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  • Paperback: 226 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (19 Sep 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1492759554
  • ISBN-13: 978-1492759553
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,095,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When Amy married Mark in 1994, she became a stepmother to four kids, ages three, five, 13 and 15. Since most books about step motherhood were as uplifting as lead balloons, Amy documented her own humorous and stressful experience in From Zero to Four Kids in Thirty Seconds. Her book includes numerous tips for stepmoms and is a fun, entertaining read. At the same time Amy was thrown head-first into step motherhood, she was also unwittingly plunged into the world of pet ownership. Something Furry Underfoot documents Amy's adventures learning how to care for and spoil a variety of pets and how she fell for each one. Amy's four photo animal books--about a dog, a ferret, a cat, and a domestic duck-- are sure to entertain and amuse children and adults alike. Amy works for the state of Michigan managing a grants program and lives with Mark and an ever-changing variety of animals. In her spare time, Amy also spoils outside critters, shoots photographs, and spends time outdoors. Amy also tends to get into trouble while traveling, the details of which may be the basis for her next book. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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This is the strangest review I've written and not just because it is of a non-fiction book when most of my critiques are of science fiction and fantasy novels. In fact a book about small pets has some similarities to SF: alien-looking critters, usually with an agenda quite different from humans. When I teach science fiction workshops on characterization I produce photographs of insects, and deep-sea creatures to demonstrate that no matter how weird we fictioneers create our aliens they can't get stranger than those with which we share our planet.

The other odd thing about me reviewing a book about pets is that I've not properly owned one. My sister bawled until my parents gave in over a rabbit in a hutch and this mug found he was the one who cared enough about Snowy to clean the hutch. I tell people I like animals too much to `own' pets. As a child it disturbed me to witness animals being caged, confined in tiny environments such as bowls and aquariums, forced to wear collars, left all day howling, forcibly separated from their parents and siblings, and so forth. I fought kids who pulled legs off craneflies and spiders. As a teen I became an animal activist, successfully forcing fox hunts to be abandoned when my fellow conspirators and I sprayed aniseed around a village centre so the hounds wouldn't leave. True, I've now abandoned the practise of superglueing the locks on butchers' doors, but my attitude that every creature has a right to its own life, remains vibrant and definitive to my vegan lifestyle.

In this context I read Something Furry Underfoot with trepidation. I needn't have worried. Yes, flies are chased, caught and fed to similarly captured then imprisoned frogs, but that game soon tires the intrepid Peterson family so they cheat and buy bagfuls of live crickets.
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Humor and Animals - A Win 10 Aug 2013
By JennieR - Published on
Format: Paperback
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!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great book for pet lovers :) 25 Sep 2013
By Jocelyn S. - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
This is a very touching book! As a pet lover, I have a great appreciation for this book and the author.

I loved everything about this book. From the experiences with the various animals her and her husband has taken in, to the stories. I'm a huge pet lover, so I understand wanting to help all animals. I love all animals from ducks to puppies to pigs.

Reading this book made me really want to get another pet. I might even get a rescue pet. As you can see, this book is really inspiring!

I recommend this book to everyone! Even if you're not a pet lover, I still think you would enjoy this book :)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Funny, Tender, Touching, "you should read this" 10 Sep 2013
By Karla Brandenburg - Published on
Format: Paperback
This was a delightful story about pets. The author begins by blaming her husband for their abundance of animals, but as it unfolds, the reader begins to understand that she's in just as deep as he is.

Ms. Peterson's sense of humor and lovely storytelling take you on a journey of how she came to adopt and raise dozens of different kinds of animals, from domestic to wild, through the course of her marriage. From the joys, to the challenges to the heartache, it's all there in loving detail. A "must read," particularly for animal lovers everywhere.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Laugh Out Loud Funny 22 Aug 2013
By Aby Garvey - Published on
Format: Paperback
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.
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Fantastic book 20 July 2013
By Webe58 - Published on
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This book will make you laugh and sometimes make you cry especially if you are a pet owner. It is a wonderful trip through pet ownership and spouse management. It is funny and insightful and is quite simply an enjoyable read.
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