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All about pets

Enjoy these reads where animals take the center stage, and steal hearts.

By Denise Doucette Friday

Two Good Dogs

Adam and his rescued pit-bull-turned-therapy dog, Chance, happen upon a hotel run by a mother and teen daughter when they frequent the Berkshires for business. The mom is struggling to make a profit, while her daughter contends with a new school, bullies and a menacing threat by her father’s murderer. Along comes Mingo, a kid living on the streets with a saved dog of his own. The unlikely foursome must learn to trust each other, and the rescue dogs become the rescuers in this sweet tale of second chances by Susan Wilson.

Lawyer for the Cat

Sally Baynard is a public defender in Charleston County where her ex-husband is a judge. She defends some shady characters, is caring for her mother with Alzheimer’s, and is being pressured to get more serious by her sweet boyfriend. None of this prepares her to represent Beatrice, a cat who is bequeathed a multimillion-dollar trust fund on Edisto Island. Lee Robinson follows up Lawyer for the Dog with this witty tale of Southern shenanigans.

The Eighty-Dollar Champion: Snowman, the Horse That Inspired a Nation

The true story of a horse saved from the slaughterhouse that went on to win Horse of the Year, the PHA championship and the Championship at Madison Square Garden. Elizabeth Letts shares this incredible journey of Dutch immigrant Harry de Leyer and the former plow horse who refused to give up on each other. Show by show, the pair rose to the pinnacle of showjumping against the top horses in the country, and gained the attention of the nation in the process.

Lily and the Octopus

A beautiful story about a man named Ted and his aging dachshund, Lily. Everyone deals with trauma differently, and for Ted, his life with Lily provides his escape. When Lily becomes ill, his coping methods take him on an adventure to discover his own bravery, and hers. Dog owners everywhere will relate to the lengths some will go to for their pet, and the great love that bonds them in this amazing debut by
Steven Rowley.

The Cat Who Could Read Backwards

Newsman James Qwilleran (Qwill) is far from his days as a crime reporter when he writes for The Daily Fluxion on assignments such as art and decorating. Yet mysterious murders abound with this eclectic crowd, and he comically solves each one. Along the way, he adopts a lobster-loving Siamese cat named Koko, who is the real crime-solver. This delightful mystery series includes 29 books by Lilian Jackson Braun.

Local Author

Island and Sea, Christmas and Me

Chris Wagner has lived on Hilton Head Island for more than 40 years and has a special tradition of writing an annual Christmas poem about the island he loves. Over the years, his poems have touched the hearts and funny bones of many. Those poems from the past are featured along with many new efforts in this 48-page, coffee-table book. It’s a wonderful collection of works that will make you laugh and make you cry. It’s a great Christmas gift for anyone who loves the island and enjoys the holiday season. The book is available at Tara’s of Hilton Head in Fountain Center, Coligny True Value, The Crazy Crab in Harbour Town and Gifted in the Village at Wexford.

Many of the words and ideas in Chris Wagner’s book come from things he’s read, greeting cards he has browsed through or jokes he has heard in his 30-plus years of bartending.