Book Review: If I Should Die Before My Dog..Guide Instructions & Workbook

Book Review: “If I Should Die Before My Dog*

A Dog Lovers Guide to Help Insure Your Pets Are taken Care Of When You No Longer Can

By Joe and Cathy Connolly ISBN 10: 1475124511

Illustrations: Rod Lawrence CreateSpace South Carolina

Book Cover

Book Cover

This combination Instruction Guide and Workbook is a must have for every pet owner who is concerned about the future, when they are no longer around to care for their animals.


Joe and Cathy Connolly have created a wonderful final gift for us to present to our pets next Guardian…

The information and material presented in this book is done so in a simple, straight-forward way. There is an easy Table of Contents to set out all the areas covered. I very much like that it is a workbook with blank pages to complete with specific information about my own dog.


The purpose of this book is to provide a care plan for orphaned dogs whose lives have suddenly changed, either because a beloved owner has passed away or one who has no other choice then to give them up. This book gives a voice for those who cannot speak, to tell their story.” *excerpted

The reality is if you own a pet and become incapacitated and unable to care for them or worse you should go away permanently….your animal will be lost and confused. A family pet in a loving household becomes bonded to their hooman(s) and when that familiar person is no longer there – they are at sea, emotionally, practically, in every way. To prepare for the time that this happens, Joe and Cathy have asked the important questions to secure the answers someone new will need to care for your furbaby correctly.

Making preparations for this time is the business of every loving pet owner. Leaving these issues to chance or interpretation is not a good plan. You wouldn’t leave any of your other valuables up to a stranger to make choices about. Well isn’t the same most important when it comes to this loving, loyal member of your family? Fur Sure!!


Partial Table of Contents

Where Will I Go Now?

My Name Is

My Picture

My Nicknames

My Ancestry

My Medical History



Health Insurance

My Food


My Bed


Things that Scare Me

My Personality

Toys & Games

My Bad Habits

Commands I Know

Words I Know

Riding In The Car

Other Things I Like

….And More

ChazzTheDog’s Opinion: I fink dis iz a grreat book for all moms and dads should read and prepare for their furbabies. How iz anybuddy gonna noe what I like to eat and what words I understand, and what my nicknames are when they get me? Dis iz beary impawtent stuff to us dogs and cats! Awooooooooooo If my Mommie can no longer take care of me, or worser she goes away and no come back…I want my next Guardian to noes stuff about me. Teachin’ a hooman from scratch takes a long, long time and much patience. I gib this book 3.75 Paws Up rating out of 4.0


USA only

18 yrs of age +

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Giveaway Start Date: 3.27.13

Closes: 4.5.13

 Pals, get your entries in to win a free pawtographed copy of this awesome book.


AdoptedMomToChazzTheDog blog has received no fee or compensation for this review. The opinions expressed are completely our own, not influenced by any outside source. We did receive a copy of If I Should Die Before My Dog for review purposes. ChazzTheDog, decides on his own Paw Rating as well. He is very independent when it comes to his reviews.

About adoptedmom

Adopted Dog Mommy having an adventure with her new buddy, pal, fur-baby, Chazz the Terrier Shibu Ina mix.

Posted on March 27, 2013, in Adopted Mom To Chazz, Book Review, GiveAways & Contest, Pure Chazz and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 29 Comments.

  1. Thanks for sharing this important info! Don’t enter me because I am backed up with books that I have to read/review but I tweeted this and shared on Facebook! Good luck to those who enter!

  2. Cathy Connolly

    Chazz and Barbara, What a wonderful review the two of you have done!! Thank you for explaining so well the purpose of the our book. Giving our furkids a voice!!

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  5. I read and reviewed this book and I agree with Chazz…it’s something every dog and cat person needs to do for their furbaby

  6. As an ardent advocate for companion animals with decades of rescue history, I can attest – through the heartbreaking pleas that appear daily on countless sites, asking for “together-forever” homes for bonded companions whose guardian has passed or is no longer able to care for them – to the critical need for conscientious planning for the care and homing of our dear ones as a mandatory consideration of responsible guardianship.

    As I, myself, approach the age where my many companion will eventually out live me, too, I welcome this thoughtful publication as a vital component of my “responsible rescuer” arsenal!

    Thanks, ever-so-much, for publishing this thought-provoking book!

    • Thank you for your thoughtful comment at my blog. Glad you enjoyed the Book Review. Make sure you let me know if you want to be entered in the Giveaway and leave a valid email address to contact you. For extra entries follow @ChazzTheDog on Twitter and LIKE If I Should Die Before My Dog page on Facebook. Good Luck


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