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Amy Peterson became a stepmother in 1994 when she married a man who had four kids, an old VW Rabbit and a boat load of fishing tackle. Unable to find other true, uplifting stories about becoming a stepmother, Amy used her casual, entertaining writing style to tell her amusing but heartwarming story in From Zero to Four Kids in Thirty Seconds. The conflicts she faces (and avoids) are universal to all stepmothers, and the conflicts with her beau are amusing universal struggles between the sexes. Amy’s goal was to write a story that would have universal appeal to women, while being particularly helpful for women contemplating becoming stepmothers.
At the same time Amy was muddling through the world of stepmother hood she was also faced with one pet after another that her husband kept bringing home. The first hedgehog was joined by a second hedgehog and the baby hedgehogs came 28 days later. One ferret soon got three ferret pals to play with. The first puppy had too much energy, so along came another dog. And so it goes in Amy's second memoir, Something Furry Underfoot, a humorous, touching memoir about raising and falling for a whole array of pets. It includes 50 tips, most of which are about pets, some of which are about the spouses that love pets. This fun, entertaining read will help pet owners and potential pet owners make better decisions about their pets.
Amy has been published in numerous magazines and does weekly blog postings on her web site, amylpeterson.com, about nature, pets and life. Like her books, most of her blog postings are light-hearted if not also sometimes information. Amy works for the state of Michigan and lives with her husband and a variety of fuzzy animals.
on Oct. 08, 2013 :
In her second memoir, Something Furry Underfoot, author Amy L. Peterson weaves a humorous and touching account of her family's adoption and growing menagerie of pets, and helpful tips for the pet lover/owner. This enchanting story is written in a witty style, the author's love for animals is clearly evident in her true life account of living and caring for a variety of animals that her husband and stepkids added to their family.
As an animal lover and pet owner of four fur babies (1 Brown Lab, 2 Bichon Frise, and 1 Poodle), I can relate to Amy's menagerie of animals. Growing up I raised rabbits, had parakeets, dogs and the occasional hermit crab, and the feelings of love and care for each of my animals is filled with wonderful memories and humorous trials and tribulations that are locked in my heart forever.
I thought that Something Furry Underfoot was a wonderful story. It is filled with snippets of humor that will keep you in stitches, and the inspirational love for animals will have fellow pet owners nodding their head in agreement and admiration. Animal lovers and pet owners will learn a lot from Amy's helpful pet tips, it's a must read for anyone who already has an animal, or wants to add an animal to their family.
Animals have a way of touching a person's heart and life with an unconditional love that is like no other.
Kudos to Amy for writing a truly heartwarming and enjoyable story that all animal lovers will adore.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review.
(reviewed 77 days after purchase)
on Oct. 02, 2013 :
First, it's important for you to realize that I have 3 fur-kidz of my own. Come to think of it, I’ve had a pet at every point in my life. I remember growing up I had a black lab named Boots (who used to swing me on my swing), then a cat named Licorice, then another cat named AppleJacks (after my favorite My Little Pony), a dog named Holly (that I found while volunteering at the Humane Society), a cat named Cotton (bet you can’t guess what color she was), a sugar glider I named Snickles, another dog named Chief (who wasn’t really my dog, but I tried to claim her), a cat named Silver (who acted more like a dog), two ferrets named Bandit and Bella, a bird, some fish, and finally, my dogs Buddy, Lina and my adopted red-nosed step child Brutus. So, yeah, lots of pets.
The best and greatest thing about Something Furry Underfoot is that while I was reading it, and laughing and crying, I thought back to all the fond memories I have about my previous and current pets. Peterson has inspired me to write down these memories, because I know once my dogs have passed, the memories will be the only thing I have left of them.
I would recommend Something Furry Underfoot to anyone who has or had pets or anyone who simply loves animals. In fact, 18 pages into the story, I realized I had always wanted a hedgehog (but I doubt I’d be able to pull off Mark’s (Amy’s husband) look to get my way on that )! Peterson’s tales about her first batch of ferrets (especially the part about the ferret war dance) had me rolling because I remembered playing with Bandit and having him do what I called the ferret freak-out. If you’ve never had a ferret, then you’re missing out! Just read Amy’s book and you’ll realize what I say is true! There are tons of wonderful stories in Something Furry Underfoot. The overall message? How each and every animal touched Amy and Mark’s life!
Overall rating 3.35 out of 5 stars.
Appropriate for all ages.
***I received a free copy of Something Furry Underfoot from the author in exchange for an honest review.***
(reviewed 36 days after purchase)
on Aug. 22, 2013 :
I read Amy's first book and loved it, and have to say I loved this one even more. As the owner of just one pet, I found Amy's portrayal of life with a man who always wanted just about every pet under the sun, to be heartwarming and funny. If you're a pet lover, or have ever unwittingly gotten yourself into pet ownership due to a loved-one, you'll enjoy this book. It will make you laugh...and cry...and in the process you learn a lot about pet ownership, too.
(reviewed 59 days after purchase)
on Aug. 21, 2013 :
I had so much fun reading this cute book. I'm not really a pet lover, although I do like animals, but after reading this, I actually wanted to go out a buy one of these cute little guys. (Not the rats, however!) If you love pets, you really should read this. It's moving, funny, and sad ... all in one book. It takes special people to love animals the way Amy and Mark do, and I commend them for tat. Kids and adults will enjoy it and it would make a great gift to stick in a stocking at Christmas or for a birthday!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Aug. 12, 2013 :
This book is a must read. Adults and children, alike, will enjoy this book from the first chapter to the last. It does make you laugh with the experiences this couple has with all the animals they have kept in their home and loved. Take the time to purchase this book for yourself or even a gift for a child. You will will find out what it is like to care for different types of fury friends.
(reviewed 12 days after purchase)
on Aug. 10, 2013 :
When I read this book description I was sold. My house has been a zoo at various times. But when I read 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." I was sold. In one two year period I had over 30 foster dogs go through my house. This book was filled with comfortable humor as well as the gentle handling of the down side of pets - when they die. The author finds humor in the various situations - human and animal - along with good spirits and calmness that I am not sure I could manage. Anyone who has ever had a pet will appreciate the lengths the author and her family go through in trying to understand and care for their animals. A delightful read!
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
on Aug. 05, 2013 :
I thoroughly enjoyed this book from cover to cover. It's written in a light and humorous style that makes for a pleasant and relaxing read. And as an animal lover, I was so impressed with the care that the author and her husband have obviously given their lucky animals.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Aug. 01, 2013 :
I loved this book and it truly made me laugh and cry. It is an enjoyable read that offers a funny, heartfelt journey into the world of pet ownership. For those with pets, you will relate to everything in this book. For those without pets, you will enjoy a glimpse of the mindset of those of us that let creatures roam in our homes.
(reviewed the day of purchase)