Something Furry Underfoot
by Amy L. Peterson
Since starting the blog, I don’t have as much time to read as I used to. That’s why I like to write book reviews, because it gives me an excuse to do something I really enjoy. So when the author contacted me and offered me a copy of her book to read and review, I was happy to do so. I’m glad I did, because it is a very enjoyable book!
Something Furry Underfoot is the story of the author’s life with a houseful of a variety of pets. When Amy marries her husband Mark, she knows she is taking on four stepchildren as well. As if that’s not enough, it doesn’t take long before she discovers her new husband is an animal lover and “always wanted” just about every animal there is out there that can be a pet.
He starts by using the children as an excuse, with the first animals coming into their lives when Mark talks Amy into purchasing an aquarium for their 6 year old son Conrad’s birthday. She thought this aquarium would be for fish, but as it turns out frogs end up living in there. That is only the beginning, and it goes on from there….frogs to iguanas. The next thing her husband has always wanted is a hedgehog (he no longer has to use the children as an excuse!). From there it is ferrets, and then a puppy who can’t be alone, so one dog leads to two (many of us can relate to that).
Next thing, their daughter needs a pet of her own so they end up with guinea pigs, and after that Mark starts bringing home hamsters, gerbils, and mice that he rescues from his work as a biology professor at a local college. By now, animals seem to gravitate towards Amy and Mark. She finds a kitten under their deck who they name Purrkins, and people she works with soon learn her reputation as an animal rescuer and that brings in rabbits and even a duck.
Interspersed in this delightful story of the animals that come and go in their lives are 50 helpful tips for all pet owners. My favorites were these: “Tip #25: Most pets bought for children end up being cared for by the most responsible adult in the family. Tip #26: Sometimes the person you hope will be the most responsible adult isn’t.”
I enjoyed this book because it is heartwarming and amusing. The author may be skeptical about each new animal that comes into their lives, but she ends up loving every one, and their whole lives will revolve around caring for them all. This quote sums it up: “….every fuzzy and feathery critter that enters our lives has a story. And I believe it is our job as humans to make their stories as good as possible.” This book is easy to read and very entertaining. I think animal lovers of all kinds would enjoy it.
About the author Amy L. Peterson: Along with being a happily married wife and stepmother, and an author, she is an amateur photographer and outdoorswoman. She wrote another book similar to this one, only about her instant stepmotherhood: From Zero to Four Kids in 30 Seconds, and four children’s photo books. You can find her on her website AmyLPeterson.com (where she also writes a blog and shares photos of her pets) as well as on Facebook and Twitter.
This book is available on Amazon Kindle and Smashwords. Amy gives a portion of the proceeds from all of her books to animal rescue organizations. She has also generously agreed to give away a copy of her book to one of my readers! Please use the rafflecopter below to enter for your chance to win. The giveaway is open until 12am EST on April 26th, and is open to everyone.
All photos are courtesy of AmyLPeterson.com. *Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review, but was in no other way compensated. I only share information that I feel will be of interest to my readers.