Dogs and cats do so much to save and even improve our lives, and that’s exactly what the newest entries in the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series – Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Very Good, Very Bad Dog and Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Very Good, Very Bad Cat – are about. Written by Amy Newmark, Chicken Soup for the Soul’s publisher and editor-in-chief, and featuring forewords written by American Humane Association president and CEO Dr. Robin Ganzert, they are now available wherever books are sold, and each features 101 hilarious, touching, and sometimes mind-boggling stories about all the very good, very bad, and simply amazing things that our nevertheless endearing dogs and cats do.

Chicken Soup for the Soul is donating royalties from these books to American Humane Association, helping the country’s first national humane organization to continue its life-saving 139-year old mission of protecting America’s dogs, cats, and millions more animals. This newest effort is part of the company’s widespread support for animal shelters and pet adoption, including the donation of Chicken Soup for the Soul pet food and books to shelters across the country.

 “Our dogs and cats are our best friends, and pet owners everywhere know the unbreakable bond that forms between them and their furry friends,” said Dr. Ganzert. “Pick up copies of these books today and I guarantee you will laugh, cry, and come away with an even greater appreciation for the amazing healing power of the human-animal bond, the inextricable link between people, pets, and the world we share.”

Readers can read the “tails” of Spirit, the pup who takes the yoga pose “downward dog” literally, and learns to steal the cucumber slices covering his mom’s eyes when she’s meditating, or King Murphy, the big Maine Coon who loves to play board games with a little girl and wear the jewelry he wins. The 101 stories chosen for each book from thousands of submissions are not only inspirational and fun, but many of them also feature adopted dogs and cats, including black dogs and cats, senior pets, and pit bulls, the categories of pets that are most often left behind at shelters. Each chapter is preceded by a compelling photo of a dog or cat adopted from a shelter by a Chicken Soup for the Soul employee or family member. 

“From clever cats that sneak food to heroic dogs that save lives—from mischievous dogs that chew shoes to intuitive cats that repair families—from goofy cats that crack us up to nurturing dogs that act like therapists—you’ll have a new appreciation for your own dog or cat’s unique skills,” said Newmark.