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Book Review/Giveaway: Toby the Pet Therapy Dog and His Hospital Friends. Ends April 7th

Toby the Pet Therapy Dog and His Hospital Friends by Author Charmaine Hammond and illustrated by Rose Anne Prevec

About the Book: Toby is a big, brown, happy dog. Every week, his owner, Miss Charmaine takes him to visit and comfort children who are in the hospital. Follow Toby the service dog for a day, and see how he makes friends with the children, helps make them happy.

My Review: Toby the Pet Therapy Dog and His Hospital Friends is based on a true story from the book and movie Toby’s Terms. This book tells an amazing story about Toby the pet therapy dog, who volunteers in a hospital once a week to cheer up sick children. Toby not only helps the children but also help the elderly. This story not only helps children to care but learn how to be kind and also encourage them to help others.

This book is fun and educational with questions at the end of the book about enhancing children’s critical thinking skills about the story. I always like illustrations that help tell the story and Rose Prevec did just that. I highly recommended this book for classroom teaching.

Note that a therapy dog is a friend to everyone! Therapy dogs are extremely patient, loving and provide great companionship.

Pages: 36

Disclaimer: As per FTC guidelines, I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone.

Giveaway Rules


There will be 1 winner

This Giveaway is Open to the USA Only

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Giveaway Ends April 7th, 2012.

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1. Mandatory: First leave a comment about the review below.

Leaving a helpful comment relating to this book would be appreciated and valid to the giveaway.

2. Mandatory Entry: Please click link below and read the author’s interview and leave a comment there.

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This Giveaway Has Ended!

Winner is #3 – jerylt


March 24, 2012 - Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , ,


  1. When I read the interview with Charmaine it brought me back to when my own daughter was hospitalized and a therapy dog was used to help the children . I can tell you that my daughter loved this dog’s visits and it actually pulled her out of the depression she had during her year long hospitalization. It’s so amazing how these animals help the children. I don’t think I’ve ever heard about another book like this one and can say it’s wonderful that Charmaine wrote about Toby. I did comment on her interview.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

    Comment by carol L | March 24, 2012 | Reply

  2. My daughter would love to do this kind of work when she grows up!

    melissa c


    Comment by melissa c | March 24, 2012 | Reply

  3. My daughter would love to read about a dog who helps sick children.

    Comment by jerylt | March 24, 2012 | Reply

  4. When I saw the title of this book I had to read the review! First of all, my dog’s name is Toby, and secondly, I work with the elderly and we have a couple of pet therapy animals that come and visit. There are many seniors who have fond memories of their childhood pets, and also many who have had to give up their pets as their health failed and they’ve had to move into assisted living. These therapy pets (dogs and cats) work wonders ..even with Alzheimers patients. I would love to read this book to my grand-daughter !
    Off to read the author’s interview and leave my comment there. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Comment by karenladd | March 24, 2012 | Reply

  5. Hi there,
    I wish this giveaway was open internationally …. sigh…. Please don’t include my comment in the giveaway draw, but I did want to comment on this post. The concept of therapy dogs is unheard of in India. I am a dog lover and I know just how comforting these dogs could be. It sounds like an awesome book. Thanks for the review.

    Comment by Lubna | March 25, 2012 | Reply

    • Thanks Lubna for leaving a comment. I wish I could but, I will ask the authors from now on.

      Comment by mymcbooks | March 25, 2012 | Reply

  6. My in-laws have benefitted from in-home visits from therapy dogs. Animals are amazing in the ways they can comfort us. Toby is a great ambassador that my grandkids would love to learn more about.

    Comment by Teresa Young | March 25, 2012 | Reply

  7. This would be a great book to teach my kids about therapy dogs…they’ve seen dogs when they’ve went to the nursing home and probably don’t understand why they’re there 🙂

    Comment by Kristie | March 27, 2012 | Reply

  8. Thanks for the review. When I worked in Hospice we had a pet therapy dog, muffin, and i have to say that along with music therapy were the best things for my patients. I have talked many times about with my daughter about muffin and this book will really bring home what i have already told her. Thanks so much for the chance to win.
    pulliam_t at yahoo dot com

    Comment by Tiff Pull | March 28, 2012 | Reply

  9. My dog is a retired certified therapy dog and was Courageous Canine 2006. I had to check out this book because I know first hand what power these dogs provide to people. I read your interview and commented on the post. Thank you so much.

    Comment by Kelly Ann Thuet | March 30, 2012 | Reply

  10. Toby sounds like a very special and wonderful dog. I appreciate the service that Miss Charmaine and Toby provide for hospital patients.

    Comment by likwan | April 7, 2012 | Reply

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