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"I love your site and book! Your herbs saved our calf and that is just one example of the good they have done" S.P., WA

"Since using the Wounderful! Salve the wisdom tooth has straightened and come in correctly (it started out pointing almost completely toward my cheek) and the pain in my mouth has gone away." H.B., ID

"At last a complete herbal for our furry friends!

The Accessible Pet, Equine and Livestock Herbal by Katherine A. Drovdahl M.H. is destined to become one of the great herbals of the Century.  Kat in a true Vitalistic style no only lays out precise medical care for animals but also teaches the whys, the anatomical pathways and spiritual advantages of adhering to nature.  kat through personal experience can guide us, with great detail, in caring for our animals.  This is the herbal to acquire for school, nature companies and personal libraries.  While you are at it get another one for taking with you out to the barn."

David W. Christopher MH, Director of The School of Natural Healing

(please see our links to connect to the school if you decide to take courses from them- you'll get a discount and I'll get a referral).

"This comprehensive, practical, all text guide teaches herbal and essential oil use in animals- from bees to chickens to pets to reptiles and exotics.  It covers the basics of herbs and EOs, the animal's lifecycles, body systems, common challenges, and what to do to help a wide variety of animals naturally.  This definitive guide instills confidence and adheres to Nature.  It is well organized, well-written, and contains a handy index.  A great addition to the animal lovers library."  Natural Horse Magazine Jul/Aug/Sep 2012 issue

Imagine a generation of healthier & happier pets and livestock!  Imagine a generation of happier owners because maintaining their healthier creatures becomes easier and makes them more productive.    This book makes that possible.

"The Accessible Pet, Equine and Livestock Herbal" by Katherine Drovdahl is now available for $49.95 plus shipping and handling ($6.55) or include it with an order of products to make your shipping go futher.   We can ship worldwide (16.95 plus handling ($1.25)), Canada is 12.95 plus 1.25 handling.  See our shopping cart website for details.  It is a large book and is easy to follow for the beginner or advanced person working with herbs and animals.  Topics included are instruction in essential oil use, whole herb use, how to use this book for humans, exotics, reptiles all types of livestock including ratites and camelids, all types of pets, fish, and bees.  Information to help you build a sound foundation so that you are not confused by much of the conflicting data out there, building a pet or livestock herb garden, going through life cycles of your creatures, how to handle birthings, young stock care, exhibitions, parasites, senior care, and body organs and systems care and quite a bit more.  This is the only book available that covers this span of information and is in a user friendly format.   Look for future book and other projects from Kat.   I can sign the book at your request if that is something you would like,  I need an email from you immediately after I receive your payment.  Otherwise it may still get shipped without a signature.  If I am out of town I will leave some signed copies with my husband, they just won't be personal in that situation.

Watch here for more book reviews. They are starting to come in from the media.

To purchase this book you can make payment by clicking the shopping tab at the top of this page and then clicking on books under catagories.   You must supply your regular US MAIL address.   International orders please also pick the Canadian or other countryshipping.  Payment may be made by check.   Use the shopping directions above and select check as payment to get your total, invoice and place to pay.  Payments by check will be held 10 business days for check to clear.  US Post Office money orders will clear in one business day.    Click on the Shopping Tab above and then on the books catagory.

Welcome to Fir Meadow LLC.  We are located in the Siskiyou mountains of southern Oregon.      Kat has her masters degree in herbology and Master Herbalist (MH) designation and is a Vitalist.  Vitalism goes back to Hippocrates,  which is cause oriented rather than just symptom oriented (allopathy).  It is a small branch of herbalism,  but a very effective one.         Kat also is a Certified Reflexologist (CR) and a Holistic Iridologist (Dipl.H.Ir.).  She has completed studies in Aromatherapy (essential oils) with two different schools, is taking continuing education from a third school and has international  certification in that field.  She also is a C.E.I.T which is a Certified Equine Iridology Techincian and researcher. She is currently completing a book on pet and livestock herbalism with several more book projects lined up.  Her work is about evenly split up between human and creature herbalism and her training allows her to consult on any condition.  For creatures she also is not limited but can assist people with livestock, horses, pets, exotics, reptiles, birds, poultry, ratites, bees, fish and more (is there anything else?) to move them towards optimum wellness.

All of our livestock products Kat formulates.  Some of the herbs we ship in from pesticide/herbicide free resources that Kat trusts.  Some are organic, some are not,  as not all herbs can be acquired with an organic label,  and high quality wild crafted or naturally raised herbs Kat finds just as effective, without the higher price tag on them which would then have to be passed on to you.   She also raises many of her own herbs (over 70 at last count) in an organic manner.  You will find many of those in her livestock tinctures and salves.  You will find these products to have strong herbal smells and colors- we do not adulturate our products and use highly efficiacious herbs.  We use them here on our farm too- she NEEDs them to work!  She also places safety high on her list of priorities, and does not use toxic, habit forming, or poisenous plants.  We also offer steam distilled & CO2 extracted pure essential oils that she has sourced from wholesalers with integrity.

Kat offers consultations via email, in person and by phone for both human wellness concerns and for pet and livestock concerns.    Consultations must be prepaid before an appointment is set up.     Payments currently can be received by check, by money order,  or by paypal.    Appointments will generally be set up for Monday through Friday afternoons,  Pacific Standard Time.

Kat does speak at conferences and conventions and can offer Iridology and reflexology at many of those.   Contact her by email if you would like to set up a conference to find out her availability and details.

She also raises, along with her husband,  a nationally recognized and awarded herd of LaMancha dairy goats, with a couple of Toggenburgs thrown in for variety.   They are on a complete alternative health program,  yet are able to receive Best in Show, Top Ten milkers (in the US), and high appraisal scores.   We sell milking stock and breeding stock every year and ship US wide.   Please see that website if that interests you.  They also curently raise Norwegian fjord horses, great pyrenees guardian dogs, a barn cat, assorted chickens (mostly australorps), and a couple of pigs each year.  She has owned and worked with most types of farmstock and even exotics such as iguanas and geckos.   If the creature is important to you,  then it is important to her.

Your purchase or use of any product that we offer implies your taking full responsibility in use and in safeguarding them from children, creatures, or mentally inequipped persons from use as well as proper storage.     Per the FDA's requirements we do not make any claims of prevention, cure, or treatment with any of our products, nor can we or will we diagnose.  Kat is not a licensed medical doctor or veterinarian and makes no claims express or implied to be either.  She has claimed her 9th amendment rights to be able to offer  any products and services she chooses that are not expressly forbidden by law.   If a diganosis is wanted,  you may always consult a licensed professional for that service.

May you and your beloved creatures find Abundance in Wellness!

Give thanks to the Lord for He is good, His mercy endures forever...

Adventures among Ants:

A Global Safari with a Cast of Trillions

By Mark W. Moffett

“Who the hell are you? . . . We have to have you back.”

Conan O’Brien

“This book [Face to Face with Frogs] is so gorgeous, I wish I was in it.”

—Stephen Colbert

“I don’t know why you’re still alive.”

E.O. Wilson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Future of Life and The Ants

On May 25, 2010, the University of California Press will publish Adventurers among Ants: A Global Safari with a Cast of Trillions ($29.95 hardcover), an illuminating look at the hidden world of ants by “the Indiana Jones of entomology,” Mark W. Moffett.

One of only a handful of people to earn a Ph.D. under the world’s most respected ecologist, E.O. Wilson, Mark Moffett is a modern-day explorer, biologist, and photographer with more than a little luck on his side, having accidently sat on the world’s deadliest snake, battled drug lords with dart guns, and scrambled up a tree to escape bull elephants. For him such risks are worth it, as part of his mission to find stories that make people fall in love with the unexpected: insects, frogs, and other of nature’s small wonders.

In Adventures among Ants, Moffett takes us around the globe on a strange and colorful journey. In tales from the Amazon, Nigeria, Botswana, Madagascar, Borneo, India, Australia, California, and elsewhere, Moffett recounts his entomological exploits and provides fascinating details on how ants live and how they dominate their ecosystems through strikingly human behaviors, yet at a different scale and a faster tempo.

Moffett’s spectacular close-up photographs shrink us down to size, so that we can observe ants in familiar roles; warriors, builders, big-game hunter, and slave owners. We find them creating marketplaces and assembly lines and dealing with issues we think of as uniquely human—including hygiene, recycling, and warfare. Adventures among Ants introduces some of the world’s most awe-inspiring species and offers a startling new insights and discoveries about the workings of both ant and human societies.

• Ants are world-class road builders, handling traffic problems on thoroughfares that dwarf our highway systems in their complexity

• Ants with the largest societies often deploy complicated military tactics

• Some ants have evolved from hunter-gatherers into farmers, domesticating other insects and growing crops for food

"Mark Moffett's alluring stories show the extraordinary behavior of a world still on the edge of discovery. From swarm raiders to empire builders, Adventures among Ants combines brilliant portraits of six species with thought-provoking lessons about the nature of social evolution."

—Richard Wrangham, Author of Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human

Mark Moffett has written or photographed more than two-dozen articles for National Geographic. He is Research Associate at the Smithsonian Institution, and the author of The High Frontier: Exploring the Tropical Rainforest Canopy and Face to Face with Frogs. Moffett has received numerous awards for writing, exploration and photography, including the Explorers Club’s Lowell Thomas Award.

"Mark Moffett has been described as 'the Jane Goodall of ants.' Certainly Adventures among Ants, with its detailed account of his fieldwork, makes an invaluable contribution to our scientific knowledge of these creatures. But it does more. It is so well written and captures his excitement so wonderfully that it will bring this wealth of information to a far wider audience. I was fascinated by ants when I was a child—how I wish this book had been available to me then!"

—Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE, Founder, the Jane Goodall Institute, and UN Messenger of Peace

"Mark Moffett is in the front rank of present-day explorer naturalists. He has been in many of the most remote parts of the world, and has thorough scientific knowledge of his subject. His photographs are superb, the best ever taken."

—Edward O. Wilson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Future of Life and The Ants

"Think you know all about ants? Think again, and take it from Mark W. Moffett, who has traveled all over the world to study them. The world of ants seems to be a parallel universe to our own. It's rife with warfare, terrorism, traffic jams and highway infrastructure. There is freedom and servitude, disease and hygiene, tool use and teamwork. A stimulating read, with stunning photography."

—Bernd Heinrich, author of The Mind of the Raven

"Mark Moffett is second to none as a naturalist storyteller. His big book of ant adventures is resplendent in detail, information, and theory, with that inimitable personal touch."—Michael Shermer, publisher of Skeptic magazine, columnist for Scientific American

For more information, go to: http://www.adventuresamongants.com

To view images from Mark Moffett’s photography exhibit, “Farmers, Warriors, Builders: The Hidden Life of Ants,” which ran at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History through October 2009, go to: http://www.mnh.si.edu/ants/photogallery/index.htm

Book Specifications:

Adventures among Ants

A Global Safari with a Cast of Trillions

By Mark W. Moffett

$29.95 hardcover, with jacket

288 pages / 7 x 10”

61 color illustrations, 1 b/w photograph, 1 line illustration

ISBN: 978-0-520-26199-0

Publication date: May 25, 2010

Published by University of California Press


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When members of Navy SEAL Team Six raided Osama bin Laden's compound on that now infamous night last spring, they didn't go in alone. They were joined by Cairo, the Belgian Malinois who captured America’s heart and imagination with his furry and heroic swagger. Now journalist Maria Goodavage, an editor and featured writer at the popular website, Dogster, goes behind the gated government facilities to discover the untold stories of military working dogs and handlers across all four services.


Goodavage, a former USA Today reporter, provides an unprecedented window into the world of these adventurous, loyal warriors. A detailed account driven by extensive “boots-on-the-ground” reporting, SOLDIER DOGS recounts the tales of dozens of incredible military working dogs, including the legendary Lars J274, a scrappy 15-pound Jack Russell terrier and seven-year veteran who sniffs out explosives on submarines, as well as Fenji M675, an IED-seeking dog on the treacherous front lines in Afghanistan. Moving beyond the schools where dogs and handlers first earn their chops, Goodavage speaks with dog-cognition experts about why dogs love nothing more than a mission with someone they trust—even if they have to rappel from helicopters deep in enemy territory.

Soldier dogs are an invaluable, limited-in-number asset to military operations, but some, like their human allies, return from missions too scarred from battle to ever resume active service. This occurrence has recently led military veterinarians to officially recognize canine post-traumatic stress disorder. Goodavage discusses canine PTSD in SOLDIER DOGS, where we meet Buck P027, a chocolate Lab suffering from this affliction.

Heartwarming and informative, this book is the perfect read for dog lovers, military enthusiasts, and anyone wondering how the dogs who share their homes and lives could possibly be related to these helicopter-jumping, explosives-seeking canine heroes.



Maria Goodavage, a former reporter for USA Today and the San Francisco Chronicle, is the news editor and a featured writer for Dogster.com, and author of three other dog-oriented books.


Dutton is the U.S. member of the internationally renowned Penguin Group (USA). Dutton is the home to many bestselling authors such as Harlan Coben, Ken Follett, Eckhart Tolle, John Lescroart, Tami Hoag, Eric Jerome Dickey, Linda Fairstein, Raymond Khoury, Jonathan Tropper, T. Jefferson Parker, and Kelley Armstrong. Penguin Group (USA) is one of the leading U.S. adult and children’s trade book publishers, owning a wide range of imprints and trademarks, including Penguin Press, Berkley Books, Penguin, Gotham Books, G.P. Putnam’s Sons, Plume, New American Library, Viking, Philomel, and Riverhead Books, among others. The Penguin Group (USA) is part of Pearson, plc, the international media company.


Hundreds of Secrets, Surprises, and Solutions for Raising a Happy, Healthy Cat


With Gina Spadafori Foreword by Dr. Jane Brunt


For anyone who has a cat or is thinking about getting one, YOUR CAT: THE OWNER’S MANUAL should be required reading. In this new must-have pet-care guide from Dr. Marty Becker, often referred to as “America’s Veterinarian,” Dr. Becker shares his time-tested and often surprising insider secrets for raising a happy and well-behaved cat. Among the many topics covered in the book are how to:

n Choose the right cat or kitten for your family’s lifestyle;

n Prevent cat health problems and keep your cat in top shape;

n Solve cat-care issues, from scratching furniture to not using the litter box;

n Save money on medication and treatments, both traditional and alternative; and

n Buy pet products that really work!

For seasoned cat lovers as well as those looking to adopt a new friend, Dr. Becker provides all of the insight that will make for a happy owner, and a happy cat!

Dr. Marty Becker has been a popular contributor to Good Morning America for ten years, is the resident veterinarian on The Dr. Oz Show, and is the pet expert for AARP. He writes Pet Connection, a Universal Uclick syndicated column with Gina Spadafori, and is the author of Your Dog: The Owner’s Manual (Grand Central Life & Style; May 2011). Dr. Becker is the veterinary spokesperson for VetStreet.com, the top website for veterinarian-reviewed pet-care information.

Gina Spadafori is a veteran syndicated columnist and author who has been writing about pets and their care for almost 30 years.


Hundreds of Secrets, Surprises, and Solutions for Raising a Happy, Healthy Cat

By DR. MARTY BECKER with Gina Spadafori, Foreword by Dr. Jane Brunt

Publication date: May 1, 2012

ISBN: 978-0-446-57136-4

Page count: 320

Trim size: 6 x 9

Price/format: $25.99/ Hardcover

Defending the Defenseless is for anyone who wants to join a growing crusade to bring animal protection to its rightful place in a civilized society. Allie Phillips wrote Defending the Defenseless for three primary reasons: she knows a great deal about animal protection, she is frequently asked by others how they can get involved as well and there is not currently a lot of information out there on how to get involved with helping animals.


This book guides readers through the variety of ways they can help companion animals and offers practical tips to get involved, from donating money to volunteering at animal shelters, from opposing animal experimentation to raising children to protect animals. Phillips shares her own personal experiences in her work with protecting animals, which she describes as “some involve outrageous joy, and others involve life-altering devastation.”

“If you are new to animal advocacy, this book is much more than a how-to manual. It provides those yearning to make a difference for animals with both a roadmap and a call to action. It also reminds experienced advocates why they became involved in this gratifying yet emotionally demanding cause.”—Beatrice Friedlander, Animals and Society Institute

Allie Phillips is an author, attorney and advocate for the protection of animals and vulnerable victims. She is a former prosecuting attorney who has worked for the National District Attorneys Association where she launched the National Center for Prosecution of Animal Abuse. She was previously employed with American Humane Association as the Vice President of Public Policy and Vice President of Human-Animal Strategic Initiatives. Allie is a nationally-recognized expert on issues involving animal protection and advocacy. She is a volunteer with King Street Cats (Alexandria, VA) and Vice President of No Paws Left Behind. She co-founded Michiganders for Shelter Pets, is a council member of the Michigan State Bar Animal Law Section, on the steering committee of the National Link Coalition, and a Practitioner Member of the Shelter Animal Reiki Association. She is author of How Shelter Pets are Brokered for Experimentation: Understanding Pound Seizure (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2010). To learn more, please visit www.alliephillips.com.


An Imprint of The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group


October 2011 v 312 pages v 978-1-4422-0214-6v $34.95 Cloth

Peggy Frezon is an author, pet columnist, and multiple award-winning freelance writer from New York. She contributes regularly to Guideposts and Angels on Earth magazines and is published in more than a dozen Chicken Soup for the Soul books. Her work can also be seen in magazines such as Woman’s World, Teaching Tolerance, Pockets and others, and in books including The Ultimate Dog Lover, Miracles and Animals, Soul Matters, and David Jeremiah’s Grace Givers. She writes two web columns, Pawsitively Pets and Animals 4 People, is a staff writer for Be the Change for Animals, and blogs at Peggy’s Pet Place. Her first book is Dieting with my Dog (Hubble & Hattie, 2011).

Kelly--photo by Jennifer May

photo by Jennifer May

A native of the Green Mountain State of Vermont, Frezon studied Journalism at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications. Writer’s groups include the League of Vermont Writers and Marbleshapers. Peggy and her husband Mike have two children, and share their home with their spaniel-dachshund rescue dog, Kelly.

Natural Healing for Cat, Dogs, Horses and Other Animals

Arizona to Alaska

Born in Phoenix, Lisa lived in numerous Arizona towns as a child and later spent several years in California. By young adulthood, she was in Alaska and started mountain climbing. She climbed in South America on different expeditions, seeking summits in Ecuador, Chile and Argentina. She also traveled solo through Europe and Asia.


From Fire to Shield to Evergreen

Climbing left Lisa wanting strong first-aid skills and she signed-up for an Emergency Medical Technician course. The class included a ride-along with the Fire Department which exposed her to the rewards of helping people in crisis. She moved to Oregon for training and was soon back in Alaska, pulling 24-hour shifts as a paramedic.


“Paramedicine is physical and autonomous and demanding and technical. I loved it.”

After a number of years, she transferred to the Police Department. Her second career started with the position of street officer and she still claims it is the most demanding job in law enforcement. After a few years, she became a detective, working in the Vice unit and later in Crimes Against Children, with a special assignment as a Hostage Negotiator. She went back to the street as a sergeant and later returned to investigations, supervising Internal Affairs.


“All those years in emergency services made the city a map of memories, many of them very sad. I wanted to move…a couple of thousand miles.”


Riding, Writing and Running

Lisa and her husband relocated to the Evergreen State and adopted two former racehorses from a rescue facility. She turned to writing, working on both mysteries and mainstream novels. One novel was selected as a finalist in the 2007 Malice Domestic contest and another made the Top 100 in the 2008 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest. Lisa also began competing in the obscure sport of Ride and Tie, a back country trail race that combines running and riding, covering distances of 20-35 miles.


“Writing is such a sedentary pursuit, it would be dreadful without the promise of hours on trails.”


Miles alone on the million acres that is Washington’s Olympic Peninsula left Lisa wanting protective company. She found a German Shepherd at a pet rescue site and taught him tracking, as she had with her previous dogs.


“My last shepherd earned the FH title twice. This was before the existence of the FHII and VST titles. He also earned the Schutzhund III with decent scores, but we never V-scored”. (The FH, or FährtenHund, is a German sport tracking degree. A V-score is a judge’s rating at or above 96%.)


She resurrected the training log (the Canine Scent Work Log) she had created and used when teaching her previous trackers. Her rescue dog V-scored at his first trial and she sent the log to Alpine Publications. Alpine released the book in 2007

A Hot, Cuddly Extravaganza

Hot Guys and Baby Animals • By Audrey Khuner and Carolyn Newman

Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC • ISBN: 978-1-4494-0790-2 • $9.99 ($10.99 Canada)

Hardcover: 7½ x 5, 80 pages • Publicity begins November 2011


About the Authors

Had enough of cuddly baby animals flaunting their newborn fuzzy

cuteness? Tired of striking male models flexing perfectly sculpted

muscles? We didn’t think so. Astoundingly adorable meets stunningly

studly in Hot Guys and Baby Animals (Andrews McMeel Publishing,

$9.99, November 2011) by Audrey Khuner and Carolyn Newman.

Hot Guys and Baby Animals pairs gorgeous guys posing with their

fuzzy animal friends. Dozens of full-color photos feature tongue-incheek

captions detailing the likes and dislikes of the guy and the

baby animal. Let the “ohs” and “ahs” begin as male models cuddle kittens, play with puppies,

snuggle lambs, coo at chicks (baby chickens, that is), and more.


A percentage of the proceeds from the Hot Guys and Baby Animals calendar franchise benefits

the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). The collection’s simple and visual

format turns Hot Guysand Baby Animals into a great gift for any admirer of splendid,

shirtless guys and charming animal eyes.


Audrey Khuner and Carolyn Newman, friends since junior high, were always looking for an excuse to hang

out with cute boys and adorable animals. Two decades later, their grassroots Hot Guys and Baby Animals

concept provided the answer. They are now expanding the concept into a worldwide brand, receiving mentions

in The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the Sundance Channel, The Huffington Post, Glamour, People Pets,

Em & Lo, Gay Guy/Straight Guy, Nerve, SF Weekly, and many other publications and blogs. Audrey lives

in San Francisco, California, and Carolyn resides in Los Angeles. hotguysandbabyanimals.com



A heartwarming story, just in time for the Christmas season!




How a Dog Brought One Family the Gift of Joy

By Megan Rix




All Megan Rix and her husband Ian wanted was a baby to complete their happy home, but sadly it seemed life had different plans—until one Christmas brought them an unexpected gift. Just in time for the holiday season comes the internationally bestselling memoir, A PUPPY THAT CAME FOR CHRISTMAS (A Plume Original, on sale October 25, 2011), a poignant story of hope lost and found.


In this heartwarming book, Rix shares how the crushing emotional stress of endless fertility doctor visits led her and her husband to become a different kind of parent to a few life-changing golden retrievers. 


In an attempt to distract themselves from their disheartening conception efforts, Megan and Ian became involved with a charity which provided service dogs to people with disabilities.  They would be responsible for training dogs for placement with people who needed the specially skilled animals to live more normal lives. 


From fetching clothing and food to anticipating seizures in children so their parents can get them through the episode safely, the retrievers were life savers to many disabled people.  And in training these special animals, Megan and Ian bonded closely with their pups – first Emma, then Freddy – as any dog lovers do. But fostering the special pups was only a temporary fix to their issues, and an ultimately disappointing one after having to give them up the puppies time after time.


Megan and Ian didn’t know if they could keep taking in these adorable golden retrievers and giving them away, even if they knew it was for a good cause.  It was becoming too difficult, too painful, and their fertility treatments were adding to the stress. More than anything, they wanted that one special addition to their family to complete their happy home.

Then, one Christmas, little Traffy came along…and stayed.


THE PUPPY THAT CAME FOR CHRISTMAS: How a Dog Brought One Family the Gift of Joy is an endearing and inspirational story that will captivate animal lovers and those who believe that when one door closes, another one opens.


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The Puppy That Came for Christmas

Megan Rix

Plume / on sale October 25, 2011 / $14.00 / ISBN: 978-0-452-29748-7

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Megan Rix was born in London, and lived in America, New Zealand, and Singapore before marrying her husband, Ian, and settling in England.






Angel on a Leash

Therapy Dogs and the Lives They Touch


By David Frei

Release Date: 10/2011

ISBN: 978-1-935484-63-9

Price: $16.95

Paperback, 208 pages, full-color photographs



Angel on a Leash will make you smile and cry and appreciate the great things that our dogs do for us and for people in need...” —Betty White


“David and his dogs love and trust each other, and this has enabled him to make it his life’s work to share hope with people in need. It has also given him many wonderful stories to share with us in this heartwarming book. I couldn’t put it down.” — Cesar Milan, The Dog Whisperer


“When a dog wags his tail, it is connected to his heart. When David tells these stories of the dogs he has known and the good they’ve done, they are connected to his.” —John O’ Hurley, from the foreword



Dogs are more than just man’s best friend. They are guardians and messengers. They can lift spirits and even save lives. Some would say they aren’t just friends, but angels. True stories of dogs touching humans in ways that will inspire readers both young and old are told in Angel on A Leash: Therapy Dogs and the Lives They Touch by the very familiar voice of David Frei who has been the announcer of The Westminster Kennel Club for the past 21 years and also helped to found the Angel on a Leash charitable foundation along with Westminster.

Part of the proceeds from the sales of Angel on a Leash will benefit the organization of the same name and thus bring a smile to countless sick individuals who are in dire need of what may be a last smile. As one reads the book they will see almost as through their own eyes:

    • a six-year-old play and laugh as if he hasn’t a care in the world after a day of tests and treatments
    • a combat-traumatized soldier connect with the world around him as he pets a new friend
    • a cancer survivor enjoy the familiarity of a warm nose
    • an eighty-five-year-old widower smile as his weekly canine visitor bounds into his room
    • the weary parents of a pediatric oncology patient comforted by a nuzzle of a warm nose of an angel with  four legs

Angel on a Leash will touch the soul of any reader who looks through the pages of photographs of patients with their four legged angel. It will warm the heart of any reader who has ever dealt with any illness or loss of a loved one. It will change the way the reader looks at man’s best friend forever.




David Frei is well known to millions of television viewers as the longtime co-host (21 years) of the popular Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in February.  He is also the co-host on NBC of the National Dog Show on Thanksgiving since its inception. With Westminster, David helped to create Angel on A Leash, a charitable activity supporting therapy dog programs at health care facilities around the country. David is an active volunteer as well, visiting each week at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and the Ronald McDonald House of New York. He is a member of the Sports Council of the St. Jude Children’s Research.


About BowTie Press:


BowTie offers the finest animal care and pet books for dog, cat, horse, bird, fish, reptile, small animals, and farm animals as well as rural living and transportation topics. From how to house-train a new puppy to winning a “Best in Show,” homeowners, experts, and professionals look to BowTie Press for the best and most relevant publications. More information can be found at: www.bowtiepress.com


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