Share Your Pet Stories to Win A Dog-Themed Prize Pack!

We’re celebrating some of our favorite canine companions over on our Dog Days of Summer page! Featuring furry sidekicks that not only offer cuddles and companionship, but also help their owners find love along the way, these adorable reads are the best way to wind down the summer.

Love pets? Share your best pet story in the comments below to win a dog-themed prize, including the following books:

Protect and Serve by Terri Reed

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When rookie K-9 officer Shane West and his German shepherd partner find the lead police dog trainer murdered, he’s determined to bring the killer to justice. But then he discovers Gina Perry hiding nearby—a pretty junior trainer who had the motive, means and opportunity to kill her boss. Gina insists her troubled brother is the real murderer…and this isn’t the first time he’s killed. And when Gina’s brother comes after her, Shane is assigned to protect her and uncover the truth. Suddenly, Shane—a cop who always hoped to join a big-city force—vows to stay by Gina’s side as a murderer lurks in the small-town shadows.

Rookie K-9 Unit: These lawmen solve the toughest cases with the help of their brave canine partners.

A Dog and a Diamond by Rachael Johns

0816-9780373659760-bigwHow to break up with someone else’s fiancé  by Chelsea Porter, aka The Breakup Girl

Tell him it’s not him, it’s her.

Try to ignore how gorgeous Callum McKinnel is. You are breaking up with him, after all.

Fall just a little bit when he rescues your dog.

Try to resist when he asks you to join his family for Thanksgiving dinner in Jewell Rock.

Succumb anyway.

Succumb to a lot more than that.

Remind yourself that you are The Breakup Girl. You don’t do commitment.

Wonder what would happen if The Breakup Girl stopped following her own advice…

An Officer and Her Gentleman by Amy Woods

0416-9780373659531-bigwLOVE ON FOUR PAWS

Readjusting to civilian life has been a struggle for former army medic Avery Abbott. Home in Peach Leaf, Texas, for two years now, she still struggles with her worsening PTSD. And then a shaggy mutt named Foggy—and devastatingly handsome dog trainer Isaac Meyer—change everything.

From the moment Isaac finds beautiful Avery scared and shaking on a rural country road, suffering from a heartbreaking flashback, he feels a connection to her he can’t explain. Is it her bruised and battered heart? Her easy affection for the therapy dog he finds to help her? Isaac is unsure, but he vows to help her rebuild her life. What he doesn’t expect is that the sensitive veteran he has rescued is going to rescue his own heart right back…

Small-Town Nanny by Lee McClain

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Susan Hayashi is everything Sam Hinton is not looking for. She’s energetic, outspoken and spontaneous—the exact opposite of what he would want in a wife. Yet the wealthy widower can’t deny that the young teacher is great with his daughter, Mindy. In desperate need of a summer nanny, the small-town CEO hires Susan. After all, it’s only temporary. But Susan and her unconventional approach soon work their way into his and Mindy’s lives. His head says she’s all wrong for them, but a part of him believes that this unexpected nanny might really be his Mrs. Absolutely Right…

When I Found You by Kate James

0716-9780373367979-bigwIs she part of the solution…or the problem? 

It could be a terrorist threat. Or is it some other sinister plot? An unprecedented rash of security breaches at San Diego’s international airport is putting passengers at risk and bringing the competence of the airport’s chief of security, Ariana Atkins, into question. With explosives the weapon of choice, police K-9 unit captain Logan O’Connor and his bomb detection dog, Boomer, might be Ariana’s best, if not only, line of defense. Logan is certain his belief in Ariana, and his growing love for her, aren’t misplaced…but it wouldn’t be the first time he’s misjudged someone’s intentions.

Puppy Love for the Veterinarian by Amy Woods

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When June Leavy finds two puppies abandoned outside during a storm, she immediately feels a bond with the adorable animals. Swindled out of her life savings by her no-good ex, she, too, was left with nothing but heartache and struggles of her own. But when she arrives at the local veterinary clinic, June is met by dangerously handsome Dr. Ethan Singh, whose sexy smile threatens to disarm her hard-won emotional strength.

Back in Peach Leaf, Texas, to recover from an ugly breakup, Ethan gently tends to the puppies and their charming caretaker. But as the storm rages, so does the electric attraction between Ethan and June. Is this real, or a cruel phantom of lost love? Stranded alone at the clinic, only one thing is certain: they’ve got all night to figure it out…

Rescued by the Farmer by Mia Ross

0716-9780373719662-bigwHer Country Hero 

Searching for a safe haven in the Kentucky hills, city girl Bekah Holloway encounters the unexpected—a handsome country boy who offers her help. Drew Kinley gives her a job working with wounded animals, but on the run from an abusive boyfriend, Bekah needs more than employment. She needs a hero. Instinct tells Drew he’s the perfect man for the skittish beauty. But he’s spent a lifetime saving his family farm and now it’s his turn to see the world outside of Oaks Crossing. As Bekah finds her forever home, will Drew leave…or stay and embrace a future together?

Truth and Consequences by Lenora Worth

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Honoring a promise to a fallen comrade, former army medic David Evans heads to Arizona to check up on the soldier’s sister. But as his train pulls into Desert Valley, David witnesses a drug run gone wrong and narrowly avoids the bullets flying his way. And when the police show up, he discovers the investigating officer is the woman he’s supposed to look after. With a fiercely protective K-9 partner and a new badge, Whitney Godwin insists she can take care of herself and her infant daughter. But the criminals want both David and Whitney permanently silenced, so David will stop at nothing to protect the family he yearns to join.

Rookie K-9 Unit: These lawmen solve the toughest cases with the help of their brave canine partners

Rules: Open to residents of the US and Canada, excluding Quebec. Contest closes September 4, at 11:59 p.m. ET.  One (1) winner will be selected from all eligible comments and announced here on or around September 5. For full official rules, click here.

Update  this contest is now closed.

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Comments ( 33 )
  1. Susan
    August 30, 2016 at 11:11 am
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    When we were in the Army, my husband had a working dog named Mirza. She was his pride and joy. After our first daughter was born, he would take her to the kennel with him on weekends to catch up on paperwork and such. He would lay a blanket down on the grass and put the baby in the middle of it. He would have Mirza “watch” the baby. If she got too close to the edge of the blanket, Mirza would nudge her back to the middle. When my daughter was about 8 months old and really learning to move around, dad took her to the kennel as usual and had Mirza “watch” the baby. Today, the baby was not content in the center of the blanket and had a mission to get off the blanket. After about a half dozen aborted attempts, Mirza finally had enough. She picked the baby up by the diaper and dragged her back to the middle of the blanket and simply just laid down next to her as if to say, “ok, I’m done”. My husband said he’d never seen anything so funny in his life as to watch this Malinois move the baby to the middle of the blanket and just lay down. Mirza has since passed away, but will always remain in our hearts as the “babysitter”.

    • sherridale
      September 1, 2016 at 11:51 pm
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      What a heartwarming story. Just goes to show you that dogs are much smarter than people think they are. Thank you so much for sharing this with us and putting a smile on our face.

  2. Beth Carpenter
    August 30, 2016 at 5:12 pm
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    Roxy is not allowed on the bed. We know it and she knows it. We’ve never caught her there. And yet, every single day, the pillows get rearranged, there are footprints on the quilt, and sometimes a dog toy winds up under a pillow. All this happens while we’re home. Quite possibly we’re haunted by the ghost of dogs past.

  3. Lori
    August 30, 2016 at 7:31 pm
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    After we said goodbye to a precious companion we had had for several years, we had a few years where we had several ‘new’ dogs in our home. We love a dog that will play and also be content to lay beside us in the evening. We learned pretty quickly that the best way to train the new dog was to borrow my brother’s lab for a week. She was well trained and loved to play and be loved. Quicker than we could she always demonstrated to the new dog good behavior. When she went home at the end of the week, we had a dog who was great at play and laying around contentedly.

  4. Jana Liu
    August 30, 2016 at 8:43 pm
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    we went canoeing on our anniversary and our dog Mea was in the canoe with us (she is a medium to large sized dog, and it took a lot of coaxing to get her in the canoe with us). We were happily paddling away for nearly an hour, when suddenly Mea decided she wanted desperately to go into the waters. She jumped, flipped the canoe and we all went under. uh oh. she forgot she knew how to swim and was coming towards me for help (it’s hard to figure out what was happening with all the splashing and life jackets in the way). Eventually she realized she could swim and made her way to shore. We on the other hand were lucky that fellow kayakers came along and towed us to shore. We were all soaked on the way home but had quite laugh and story to tell for years to come.

  5. angela smith
    August 31, 2016 at 5:27 am
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    we’ve had tons of great dogs over the years,one of them was Peanut my moms pug,when we would grill out my mom would drink a beer in a little glass bottle Peanut would stick her tongue in it to get any left over beer and carry the bottle around,she would also steal my moms chocolate milk,turn your back on Peanut she would have her face and tongue in the glass lapping it up..she’s also the dog the vet said would have 3 or 4 pups,instead had 8 adorable puppies

  6. Sally
    September 1, 2016 at 1:01 pm
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    We had the most incredible family dog when our kids were young. Ready, a Golden Retriever, had been a cast-off from a horse-owning couple because she tried to jump on a horse.She was blind in one eye, so she wasn’t wanted by breeders, so we inherited her by default (she was 2 then), and she was our loyal family dog during the three kid’s younger days. We moved to another city and was just moving into a rental house with a pool right off the patio. Ready was 9 by then, and our youngest had just turned three. There were locks on the doors to the patio, but somehow my little Houdini child got outside when my back was turned. Ready started barking like mad. She rarely barked,so it grabbed my attention right away. And there Ready was, on the patio with my daughter, barking a warning. Whether it was to get my attention or to warn my little girl away from the pool, I’m not sure, but it worked. Luckily my daughter didn’t make it to the pool, but my heart still leaps in my throat every time I think of that moment and how quickly things could have turned bad. We put extra locks on all of the doors after that too. That was many years ago. Ready was an awesome dog and we all still miss her.

  7. Janice P
    September 1, 2016 at 6:29 pm
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    It was so hot one day this past summer when I looked out the window and I saw a rabbit. I thought maybe the dogs can get some exercise. They never catch them, the rabbits just like to mess with them. Then I saw the beagle about 5 feet away from it they were both just sitting there just looking at each other. I guess it was just too hot!

  8. Olivia F.
    September 2, 2016 at 12:53 pm
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    When I was young, our dog Frosty used to keep watch over all of the kids and would try to herd us in the backyard (she was an Australian Shepherd). She was always around for a cuddle and when I was afraid of the dark, she’d stay with me in my room until I fell asleep.

  9. Nancy J Smith
    September 2, 2016 at 10:48 pm
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    Love man’s best friend. My best friend is very special, as Josie is not only my best friend but faithful, trusting and loyal “Service Dog”.

  10. Mendy Sarnowski
    September 3, 2016 at 2:50 am
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    I don’t have a dog story but I do have a cat story. My cat Adelia would always know when something was bothering me and come and comfort me with her kneading. I do miss her even now though it’s been a couples years since I lost her. I got a new cat named Enoch and he make me think of he because he’ll do the kneading thing on my bed all the time and it makes me laugh.

  11. Joyce
    September 4, 2016 at 12:05 am
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    Years have past but I still remember my best friend. He went anywhere he could with me. When I would walk down to the store for a comic book, Popsicle, or an errand for my mom he would go with me and wait till I came out to walk home again. No leash laws then….but none were needed with him.

  12. Elissa
    September 6, 2016 at 11:27 am
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    This contest is now closed and congratulations to our winner by random draw, Megan. Please check your inbox for an email from me. -Elissa from Harlequin

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