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

0416-9780373447336-bigwPERSON OF INTEREST

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

0616-9780373719624-bigwFalling for His Nanny 

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

0716-9780373659708-bigwA New Leash On Love 

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

0516-9780373447404-bigwTHE PROTECTOR’S MISSION

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.

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Comments ( 33 )
  1. Colleen C.
    August 26, 2016 at 1:01 pm
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    I am a big animal lover… have always had pets in my life since I was born. One of my favs and best dog was a rescue that I named Misty. Her original owner kicked her and made her afraid of men. She was the sweetest soul. With time and love, she came to be comfortable around my dad and grandfather. Such a beautiful dog that was a wonderful friend for the years that she lived.

  2. Teresa
    August 26, 2016 at 2:45 pm
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    when our dogs unwrapped all the Christmas presents to get to theirs (rawhide) that Mom had tried to hide under the tree.

  3. Jennifer Nunn
    August 26, 2016 at 3:10 pm
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    we had a dog Cheeba who was a beautiful dog she was one of a kind dog she would love to be coddle, she love us I remember one day when we had a tornado warning she had me chaser around until I caught her to take her down the stair until it was safe I thought was funny too

  4. Deborah Bolam
    August 27, 2016 at 7:11 am
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    Our little Jessy a Chihuahua X Foxie is a rescue dog we have had her 12 years now and she is a sweetie just wants to be nursed or sit next to you, she can’t do tricks or anything special but she is our special little mate

  5. Kim
    August 27, 2016 at 8:54 am
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    I am a big supporter of rescues, I have always believed in saving animals. But somehow I’ve never gotten to pick my own dog. I went to the local shelter to choose a furever pet when I was settled in my new marriage. We’d made it 2 years, time to take it to the next level. I submitted my application, “Pending Approval”. Then I get a call, “I’m pregnant. I cannot have both a kid and a dog. Take Diamond, please? I don’t want to give her to strangers!” So I got a yorkie/pom mix that was more spoiled than most humans I know. Soon both my husband and I were in love, and she was a happy, spoiled addition to my home. I might have made her a bit, just a tiny bit, more spoiled than when I’d gotten her. I mean every do needs a hand stitched doggy quilt, right? Then, one Sunday night I get yet another call, this one my in laws, “There’s a dog, and she’s so perfect, and so sweet, and we got her for you! She was going to be put down, they only just found her, and when the shelter opens on Monday they’re putting her down because she’s a pit! I knew you wouldn’t let that happen! We’ll help with food and vet bills.” And so my nephews, who were on site for the rescue named my black and white, eight month old pit rescue, of all things an 8 and 12 year old boys could choose, ROYAL PRINCESS! So now I am the proud pet parent to Diamond, and Royal Princess, called Royal because I refuse to stand on the porch calling for Royal Princess to go potty. Somehow, and I swear to you I don’t know how, my Royal, became convinced she was Diamond’s size… She would lay on the “toy” dog dog bed we had for Diamond and Diamond would take the extra large pit bull sized bed. The funniest moment came, however, when Diamond jumped off of my husband’s lap while we were curled up watching TV. Suddenly Royal jumped onto that recently vacated space. Now she believes this is where she goes, and my husband, who did not want dogs, has to sit apart from me because we cannot all fit on the sofa together and he would never hurt their feelings to make them get off.

  6. bn100
    August 27, 2016 at 9:35 pm
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    dog likes to go swimming

  7. Laney4
    August 28, 2016 at 8:29 pm
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    I don’t know if it’s my BEST story, but it’s one that jumped into my mind.
    Our dog, Blondie, used to drink out of my dad’s rye/coke glass. The liquid went up her nose and she sneezed. We trained her so that she no longer needed the rye/coke but could sneeze on demand. It was cute to watch (and we gave her other treats instead, much to her probable chagrin, LOL).

  8. Megan
    August 29, 2016 at 3:24 am
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    As a kid my older brother and I for fun would sometimes put on a fashion show with them by putting my brother’s clothes on them and then parading them in front of our parents.

  9. MARIE LEMPEA
    August 29, 2016 at 9:19 am
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    WOULD LOVE TO WIN THSE BOOKS. I’M ALWAYS READING ONE BOOK OR TWO AT A TIME. SO MAN BOOKS. SO LITTLE TIME. THANKS

  10. Emily B.
    August 29, 2016 at 11:17 am
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    Our rescued Chihuahua proved to be the best therapy ever! My husband has struggled with depression, but once she came into our family her companionship and unconditional love worked wonders at keeping him engaged and her funny antics brought much needed laughter back into his life. I cannot imagine our home without her smart and energetic presence!

  11. Cindy S
    August 29, 2016 at 11:50 am
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    I have had so many pets and so many memories – it would be ruff (pun intended) to pick one story to share. So, a comment if I may. I love Harlequin’s dog themed novels, but I’d also enjoy reading others that feature a variety of different species of companion animals that share out lives.

  12. Deb
    August 29, 2016 at 12:39 pm
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    We had a 5-year old black lab, Bailey,who we lost to cancer. Our golden retriever, Star, was almost 12 and just so quiet! Our house was just too quiet without happy dog noises, so we decided to get another black lab. Our friends had recently gotten a lab puppy & were very impressed with the breeder. We arranged to go & look at a new litter & picked out one to take home when he was old enough. He had a little white mark on his toe, just like the lab we had lost, which brought tears to my husband’s eyes when he saw the spot. When we went to pick the new puppy up, there were just 2 of the littler left. Our new dog & an adorable little yellow lab. I picked up the yellow baby & he was just so sweet! My husband looks at me & says ” all right- you can have him”. I asked the breeder if she could hold the check for a few days, so we could get the money in the bank. My husband said “Don’t worry about it- I put the money in the account already- just in case.” So we left with Logan AND Augie. Before we left tho, the breeder had to hug & kiss each puppy & she cried. We knew we had made the right decision. The boys are now 8 1/2 years old, we take them almost everywhere we go. They have been going on vacation with us since they were 4 months old, and they love it. They love to ride in the car, and some days, I think they are the only thing that keeps me sane! And of course, they are not spoiled at all… : )

  13. rollanda
    August 29, 2016 at 1:50 pm
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    I have a standard white Pomeranian rescued from a puppy mill in Vegas in 2008 she turned 9 on Aug. the 5th.
    I am never sure if I rescued her or she rescued me as I had recently lost my whole family.
    Got her the day before she they were going to destroy her.
    Princess Arrianna Jewel Bright Stone is her kennel name.( No I don’t call her that) to me and everyone who loves her she is Kuppiekakes.
    When I got the papers for her I phone the breeder I was so made she was in such horrible condition. The breeder was up set and said he did not know that it was a puppy mill she went to a puppy mill he wanted her back. I was not giving her back now 8 years later she is happy, healthy (10.2lbs), loved by she does not bark or bite and wants a little sister or brother or both:-) So we( me and her) are looking for another rescue.
    She has a tea cup bed pink and she loves this to sleep in while watching animal planet.
    Some one said rotten.
    I say Never! spoiled Good and you make sound like a bad thing.
    Please keep on loving those pets they sure love us.

  14. Brittany
    August 29, 2016 at 3:50 pm
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    Our dog, Tippy, who has since passed away was part border collie and loved to try and herd us like sheep to wherever he thought we should go.

  15. susan beamon
    August 29, 2016 at 7:11 pm
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    The last dog I had was a cocker spaniel when I was a child, Since then I have only had cats. My sisters have both had small packs of dogs, and one of my nephews also has dogs. I find dogs take more time and energy than I have, but they are nice animals if they are well trained.

  16. Charleen Bodley
    August 29, 2016 at 8:24 pm
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    Our Bear is a 7 yr old Rottie/King Shepherd mix. He weighs about 120 lbs and if he doesn’t know you, he can seem menacing. Once known, he becomes a 120 lb slurpie! Both my hubby and I are veterans and this wonderful dog senses when we need him the most. When our youngest daughter comes home to visit or our youngest son, also a veteran, comes home, Bear instinctively goes to them to give them love and comfort. His biggest choice is who does he sleep with when they are both at home. He has enriched our lives so much, regardless of what our cat Oreo says. I have had dogs before but this Bear of ours has given us more than we could ever possibly give him.

  17. Tonya
    August 29, 2016 at 9:33 pm
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    My fur baby is a rescue dog I adopted two years ago. He was supposed to be a chihuahua. He was four lbs when I got him and one ear stood straight up while the other flopped down. He thrived and started growing and growing and growing. He’s now 25lbs and the vet said he looks to be half Jack Russell. He’s my best friend and companion the only dog we ever owned who clings to me. Every time I get home he brings me a dog toy and when I walk up to him he fkips on his back showing his belly as if subservient to me he sleeps beside me at night. But he has a mischievous side and I call him my little gangster because he steals anything he takes an interest in like pens, money, shoes. He’s actually not as much into shoes anymore after we kept them away from him for a year. I love all my dogs but Harry with his sad eyes is definitely the best dog ever.

  18. Angela
    August 29, 2016 at 11:31 pm
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    What is the magic that dogs wield when it comes to relationships? The unconditional love, the boundless enthusiasm, or maybe its just those doggone soulful, loving eyes! Winky (named after a Harry Potter House Elf) followed my dad home. She was hungry, skinny, and had little trust when it came to men. Five years later, she’s wormed her way into all of our hearts. I can’t imagine life without her! (She still doesn’t trust men!)

  19. Therese lopez
    August 30, 2016 at 3:17 am
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    I have two beautiful dogs and they’re both rescue dogs who were abandoned as puppies. Dutchess is my dog and she was adopted when she was 4months old. She is loyal and playful with my kids and always very protective of them. When I’m sick she lays at my feet or keeps her head in my lap like she knows there is something wrong. She is nine years old now and slow to get around but she still loves to go for walks with the kids and loves to be with the children. Dutchess is a loving, beautiful, caring dog I love her very much

  20. Judy
    August 30, 2016 at 8:57 am
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    When we first got our dog, the first thing I said was he looks like the dog from the movie Mask. We should have named him Mask but he was such a cute, fat puppy we named him Chubby. He loves the attention we give him and he loves running and jumping with the grandchildren.

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