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Review of When Love Wags a Tale

More About When Love Wags a Tale


Everyone loves an underdog and nothing makes us happier than seeing one get a second chance in life. When Love Wags a Tail shares glimpses into the life-changing impact of rescuing an animal who in turn rescues their person.


With contributions from over forty dog owners, When Love Wags a Tail paints a vivid portrait of the transformative power of the unconditional love that we so generously receive from our canine companions.


Whether you're a lifelong dog enthusiast or someone who has yet to discover the magic of a wagging tail, these stories offer uplifting glimpses into the lives of ordinary-turned-extraordinary dogs and the people who love them.


If you believe in championing those without a voice, delight in feel-good adventures, and are passionate about making a difference, then you'll be captivated by this touching tribute to the power of canine companionship.


When Love Wags a Tail reminds us that in the grand tapestry of life, it's pure, unconditional, and unwavering love, and lots of laughter, that truly make us whole.


More About Carmen Leal


Carmen Leal is a storyteller, Coconut's mom, and a reluctant gardener. She is the author of multiple books, articles, devotionals, and human-interest stories. Carmen relocated from Hawaii to Oshkosh, yes, there is a story behind the move, and has become an awesome dog mom. Carmen and her husband have become reluctant gardeners and, sadly, they know a crazy amount about Wisconsin weeds.


She is the mother of Coconut, the best imperfectly perfect rescue dog in the world.

Carmen didn’t know enough about rescuing dogs; okay, she knew nothing, but despite her complete lack of research or knowledge, she ended up with Coconut, the rescue who was and continues to be perfect for her. Carmen is an active member of the Oshkosh Southwest Rotary Club, part of her neighborhood association's leadership team, and is an adjunct professor for Fox Valley Technical College's award-winning E-Seed Entrepreneurship workshop. When she is not writing and speaking, Carmen reads, cooks, and is a major bargain hunter at consignment and antique shops.


A portion of every book sold is donated to Second Chance North, an area foster-to-adoption group that helps to rescue more dogs. Follow Carmen on Facebook at #rescuemoredogs.


Thoughts on When Love Wags A Tale


I had sworn off any books, movies or TV programs that involved dogs because the dogs always seem to die and I just can't take it. I am not a big crier but dying dogs dissolves me into a puddle. But after surviving Who Saved Who, I thought perhaps my no dogs rule was too harsh. I would give When Love Wags a Tale a chance. Yup, you guessed it. I was a total puddle.


My husband and mother-in-law are wild for animals so this is totally the book for them but it went much further than the "people who are animal crazy" audience. There were so many contributors to this book and they each had a different story and different viewpoint. Although they all loved animals, some reluctantly made a connection with their animal buddy, others had to give up their animal companion for valid reasons, others were just temporary stops on the journey, some told the tale of another's human-animal connection. I admire all these people and the different roles they played in making an animal's life better.


This is a great book to have on your bedside table when you're having trouble sleeping or in your pocket when you're stuck in a waiting room. You can just dive into one or two stories and then put it away for a day, a week, a month and then jump back in for another story. But make sure you have a tissue handy. You might need it.


A Little Extra


Our little family has had several pets through the years. First, there was Simon the cat who was a spur of the moment purchase in a pet store when I was pregnant with my younger daughter. Next came Crabby and Nabby, two hermit crabs that my mom and daughters brought home from a beach vacation. Maggie, our black mini-sized lab-like mutt, mysteriously showed up at our house with my husband just moments before the girls got off



the bus after school. Of course, once they saw her all bets were off. Daisy, a slightly larger black lab-like mutt, was supposed to "visit" for a weekend while my husband's grandfather

(also our next door neighbor) was in the hospital. She stayed for seven years, much to Maggie's dismay. Now we are strictly a cat family. A mama cat started bringing her four kittens to our porch each evening. Prodded by my daughter's worries of them freezing to death my husband and son designed a cat trap. The plan was to catch these feral cats, have them fixed and then release them. So...my mother-in-law has two kittens and we have two kittens. Mama briefly went back outside before decided that she's like to give indoor life a chance. To say that she's adjusted well to a life of luxury would be an understatement.


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You can read an interview with Carmen Leal HERE.



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Carmen Leal
Carmen Leal
Jun 19

Thank you for your review of my book. I decided this should be an honest book and so sharing stories about when a beloved family member dies was, to my way of thinking, important. We learn so much about how to grieve, how to be kinder, better people, when we walk through a loss. The good news is all the really fun and special stories that people shared.


Being a puddle is not a bad thing, but I sure had my share of tears while reading stories and shaping them all into a book.


I loved learning about your pets! It's amazing how much they enrich our lives.

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