To accompany the reviews already received, I’m posting reviews from several very successful authors who were kind enough to take time from their busy schedules to review a book, for free, by a writer they’ve never heard of!
“Pug-lovers rejoice! Funny Tails is one of the most intimate and beautiful portraits of the lovable “flat-faced, frog-eyed little urchins” to date. With an often comedic voice, Maija Harrington takes the reader on a journey through tragedy and difficulty, but ultimately on a journey of great triumph. This book is at once a deeply moving story of a family thrown off balance and a story of the power of the heart— whether human or canine—to prevail. I especially like that Maija discuses rescuing and fostering dogs.”
– Kay Pfaltz, author of Lauren’s Story: An American Dog in Paris and Flash’s Song: How One Small Dog Turned Into One Big Miracle.
“Maija Harrington’s Funny Tails: How Canine Comedy Helped Me Cope with Personal Tragedy is a delightful read for anyone who likes dogs. A feel-good book, it’s full of hilarious tales of how Harrington’s three flat-faced, frog-eyed pugs, and the many pugs she fosters for Pug Rescue of North Carolina, run rings around her as she learns to care for these dogs that she says are “without a doubt, without a snout.” It’s also a heartwarming, sometimes bittersweet memoir of how these little dogs help Harrington live – and love – despite a painful neurological disease that ends her career and is expected to end her life. Within her story, Harrington also teaches us about the unique needs of flat-faced dogs, as well as the special issues of rescued dogs, with or without snouts; and with her lighthearted, humorous writing style, we often don’t realize that she’s educating us.”
– Dr. Marty Becker, “America’s Veterinarian” on ABC-TV’s Good Morning show, and author of 22 books, including Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover’s Soul.
“Maija Harrington’s FUNNY TAILS had mine wagging from Page One. Here’s a story with a double dose of inspiration: from her valiant struggle to cope with an extremely serious central nervous system disorder to her loving and hilarious descriptions of her furry, four-legged coping mechanisms named Sarah, Harley, Duchess, and Bozo. When her physician tells her to get her affairs in order she certainly does–by beginning love affairs with a series of delightful pugs. Her story will definitely appeal to pug-lovers specifically, dog-lovers in general, and all lovers of just dog-gone great writing.”
– Dr. Elliot Engel, English professor and author of ten books, including Reigning Cats & Dogs: The Pets That Rule our Lives.
“This beautifully written book is about the author’s love of Pugs and her work with pug rescue. It also covers her own painful and life threatening disease and how it changed her life.
This book really is about the dogs. It covers the history of Pugs and explains why they have their present conformation and, sadly, associated health problems. There is lots of information about the character of these delightful little dogs
Maija’s dedication, care and love for her own and the foster pugs she has lived with, is apparent throughout the book. There are wonderful descriptions of their different temperaments, behaviour and games. There are also graphic descriptions of how she has had to deal with some of the more unpleasant health problems. However there are some very amusing descriptions of Maija’s unsuccessful attempts at dog training, as well as her successes.
There is an explanation of pug rescue and how it works, including some of the sad and difficult situations Maija has helped with. She also explains some of the reasons why people decide to re-home their dogs, in a sympathetic, non-judgmental way.
Early in the book Maija describes clearly and calmly how her painful, potentially fatal disease started that led to the end of her career and start of a new life. The battle with her horrendous medical issues, including painful treatments, continues all through the book; however it is the company and comfort of the dogs that help her over difficult times. After looking after her daughter’s pug, Florence, she decided to have her own pug that would be easy to handle with her ongoing medical condition. Sarah, an eleven month old puppy, joined the household which was the start of Maija’s commitment to Pugs.
Throughout the book Maija describes in detail what life is like with the family of pugs. This includes many humorous accounts of their antics. It is clear that Maija is dedicated to their daily care.
I would highly recommend this interesting and informative book to all dog lovers and particularly to anyone who is thinking of owning a pug. The book covers simply everything a potential owner should know about this breed including its delightful character and most importantly all the health problems from which Pugs can suffer.”
Hazel Carter, author of A Dog In A Million: My Life with Connie
“Funny Tails is informative and well-written. It endears readers to the pug breed and inspires enthusiasm for adoption, especially of disabled pets. Any pet parent can relate to the tangles and turmoil Harrington experiences with her pups and the unconditional love that helps her heal as she battles a life-threatening illness. I give it two paws up!”
– Kyla Duffy, President, http://happytailsbooks.com and author of Lost Souls: Found – Inspiring Stories of Pugs, and others in the series of Lost Souls: Found books.
From Ann Sowards of mylifewithwieners:
“Ok, you made me laugh out loud! I like your writing style. I sense a like -minded demented sort of delight in the world of dogs…a delicious irreverence for the politically correct, especially as it relates to standard dog stuffiness. Looking forward to reading more chapters!”
From Karen Lawson, a volunteer with Pug Rescue of North Carolina:
“This book is a wonderful, fun read for children and adults. My 10 year old grandson loved hearing about the pug adventures. It was both enjoyable and educational for him. We had a great time reading it out loud. We laughed and cried together as we explored these pug experiences and how they lived and loved together with their pug parents. I would recommend it to anyone who loves dogs.”
From Penelope Easton, North Carolina:
“I have read all four chapters and each “tops” the one before. Maija, your great descriptions of the joys and problems of being a pug person and your and Bill’s ability to see the funny parts of adversity charms me. I hope someone publishes this soon.”
From Frank Easton, New Hampshire:
“My Aunt Penelope clued me in to read Maija’s book chapters, and I’m so glad she did. I especially enjoyed the pink gorilla story … that was a very creative line. I was most impressed with Bill’s creativity. In fact, so impressed, I was almost jealous!! As a single guy, I have never been so creative in catching the eye of the fairer gender. So I tip my hat to him. I wish I could think of things like that!!
The first chapters really shine a light into the hearts of those two … that they take on so many rescue dogs is a great vote in their favor in my book.
I liked Maija’s sense of humor that underlies the position of servitude that “owners” of dogs usually end up in. She is a hoot. I would like to hear when the book comes out. I would enjoy sharing it with some animal nut friends of mine. I think they would get a kick out of the book.”
From Libby Whitaker, North Carolina:
“Reading “Funny Tails” is a joy. As someone who has never known a Pug, I’m intrigued by Maija’s excellent writing, with her knowledge and love of these charming animals. Her descriptions of her Pugs’ personalities and antics are delightful, and I look forward to each new chapter. Also, in this book, I see Maija as a personal witness to how having a canine companion to care for (and cuddle with) can be extremely valuable for a person with an illness or disability.”