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Book Spotlight/Giveaway: Something Furry Underfoot. Ends Dec 20th

Something Furry

Something Furry Underfoot by Amy L. Peterson

About the Book: Something Furry Underfoot is a funny, touching book about pets that Amy’s husband brought home and how Amy ended up helping care for, and falling for, most of them. In addition to frogs, iguanas, dogs, a stray cat, rabbits, and lots of hamsters, you will meet a male hedgehog that escaped three times to mate with a female hedgehog, a ferret that cost $1,200 in vet bills and a domestic duck. The book includes 50 tips including “Tip #5: If your significant other was ever denied a pet in his/her ‘previous life,’ you may be in for a lot of fur.” Some proceeds will benefit animal rescue organizations

When Amy married a biologist named Mark, she knew a few pets were likely in her future, but she had no idea the number and kinds of pets Mark had in mind. It began when Mark purchased an aquarium for his son, Conrad, to keep a few frogs in. Amy’s mistake was responding by catching flies with Conrad and cheering as the frogs jumped across the aquarium to the catch the flies. When the frogs were released, Mark bought Conrad two iguanas, which Amy also helped care for until Mark found them a permanent home.

Shortly thereafter, Mark saw an African pygmy hedgehog he said he wanted, and not only was Amy charmed by the prickly creature, she wanted a pal for the hedgehog so it wouldn’t get lonely. Mark took this to mean a male hedgehog and soon Louie, the male hedgehog from St. Louis, Missouri, became a member of the family. Louie escaped three times from his cage for flings with the female hedgehog, resulting in several unplanned litters of baby hedgehogs.

Amy’s positive response to hedgehogs opened the door to a ferret; soon there were four. The ferrets dug up house plants, climbed in and out of cupboards, ripped up tiny bits of carpet stole, and hid pens, Beanie
Babies and shoes. The ferrets were joined by several mice, gerbils and hamsters, some of which were kept on the kitchen counter. A white frou-frou puppy named Dusty came next, followed by another puppy, Little Dipper, to play with Dusty. Of course, Little Dipper preferred long walks and snuggling over playing with

In Something Furry Underfoot, Amy shares her unpredictable and humorous story about raising a variety of creatures that her husband, Mark, “always wanted” including:
* Sonic and Louie, the African pygmy hedgehogs.
* Chunky, the $1,200 ferret, and his three ferret pals, Rocky, Sox and Big Wuzzy.
* Dusty and Little Dipper, two dogs so spoiled they go on “pups vacations.”
* Purrkins, a stray cat who had fleas and lice.
* Magic, the rescue rabbit, who had fleas and ticks.
* Bumpkin, the domestic duck who took over the house, out-pecking the dogs and cat.
* Little Buddy and BOGO, two mynah birds, one of which was sent to Amy and Mark accidently.

While humorous throughout, Something Furry Underfoot shows how to raise, spoil, and love all sorts of feathery and fuzzy creatures. It also shows how Amy fell for each pet in turn. The story is sprinkled with tips about pets, some of which are specific such as Tip #13: Two ferrets are often better than one, but sometimes
one is better than the other. Others give the readers an idea of what’s coming, such as Tip #28: It is important (although not easy) to know a boy gerbil from a girl gerbil. Other tips are universal to all pets, such as Tip #46: It’s always hard when pets die.

Four of the pets in Something Furry Underfoot are featured in children’s photo stories, each of which rhymes and tells the pet’s story from its point of view:
* Bumpkin Gets Big
* Purrkins, the Cat
* Dusty the Angel Pup
* Goodnight, Big Wuzzy.

Some proceeds from each of Amy’s animal books—Something Furry Underfoot and the four kids’ photo
books—will be donated to animal rescue organizations.

  • Paperback: 226 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1492759554
  • ISBN-13: 978-1492759553

Author’s Website

Amy Peterson

About the Author: Amy L. Peterson is a happily married wife, stepmother, author, amateur photographer, outdoorswoman and keeper of numerous spoiled fuzzy animals. Her writing is diverse, her photography of animals and wildlife unique, and her pets have trained her how to get what they want.

Amy met Mark at the Michigan Department of Natural Resources in the early 1990s and married him after he carried a rubber raft, oars, foot pump, camping gear, and fishing gear to 10,000 feet while backpacking in Montana. In addition to his prowess, Amy was attracted to Mark’s limitless supply of fishing tackle, and his interest in every kind of critter. The fact that he came with four children was something she remained in denial about for many years. To read more click

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Giveaway Ends Dec 20th, 2013

Comments like these would be deleted – Great contest, please enter me, Love to win this! This is so cute!

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If no response, the prize is forfeited and an alternate winner is chosen.

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Winner is #6 – Dorothy Teel

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  1. This is the type of book my family would love. We have four dogs, one cat, and two birds. All our animals are members of our family. We’ve had some very “interesting” things happen as a result of having pets in our lives, some better than others. We’ve always grieved for years whenever we’ve lost one of our animals. Thank you for sharing information about this book with us. michelle_willms(at)yahoo(dot)com.

    Comment by Michelle Willms (@willms_m) | December 8, 2013 | Reply

  2. Loved the review!!! We have only ever had dogs and I at time had a parakeet. Hubby on the hand has had parakeets, dogs and parrots, his bro did have a ferret that he let live in his car. Weird I know. loll.
    This sounds like a very funny and amusing story, want to read more!!

    Comment by Lori Thomas | December 8, 2013 | Reply

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    Comment by Lori Thomas | December 8, 2013 | Reply

  4. From the review I can tell I like Amy Peterson’s attitude & sense of humor. We’ve had our adventures too, from spending a ‘date night’ trying to entice a hamster out of a hole in the wall, to realizing our cats were stalking around the house because our son’s ball python had escaped. Our vet said we were running a nursing home for pets as we faced the issues of our aging dog & 2 cats. After they dies my husband said ‘no more pets’ but somehow Patron the chihuahua has found us🙂

    Comment by Teresa Young | December 9, 2013 | Reply

  5. Loved the review and reading about Amy and Mark on her website. Her photo gallery is amazing. Thanks for featuring her here Ella.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

    Comment by carol Luciano | December 10, 2013 | Reply

  6. How interesting, I was raised with dogs and now I have cats, l have had fish and the like my granddaughter has rabbits that they keep in the house and they are beautiful and very lovey creatures, my granddaughters have had tadpoles, that they watched grow into frogs and have morphed butterflies from larvae, they love nature and watching things around them.

    Comment by Dorothy Teel | December 10, 2013 | Reply

  7. I read every cat book I can get my hands on, but I don’t run across too many about animals other than cats, dogs or horses! This sounds like a great book for an animal lover like me. I shared this on Pinterest also

    Comment by Carolsue | December 17, 2013 | Reply

  8. Thank you so very much we are looking forward to reading this wonderful book. Thanks for sharing your love of books with the us and our children and grand children

    Comment by Dorothy Teel | December 21, 2013 | Reply

    • Thank you so much.

      Comment by mymcbooks | December 21, 2013 | Reply

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