Something Furry Underfoot
by Amy L. Peterson

Create Space, 2013. ISBN 978-1-492-75955-3.
Reviewed by Laura Strathman Hulka
Posted on 03/12/2014

Teen/Girls; Nonfiction: Memoir; Nonfiction: Animal Companions

"When you marry someone who had pets growing up, chances are you have pets in your future."

This is tip #1 in Amy L. Peterson's very enjoyable animal memoir. The tale (tail!) reaches out to grab the readers' interest, and keeps us amused, and, yes, sometimes feeling tearful.

Peterson was driven to near madness, chirping, clucking, barking and meowing whole heartedly at the stream of animals her husband and four stepchildren con her into acquiring. As the book continues, the humor, angst and personalities of the humans and animals keep you reading and reminiscing about the animals in your life as well.

Tip #30 "Some pets show up when and where you least expect them." Many of us have tender dreams of pets that once strayed into our lives and into our hearts, and never left. Peterson chronicles her experiences with a stray kitten and abandoned bunnies, and serving as the alpha mother to a duckling. Each story is told with charm and self-depreciating humor, letting us peek into her family life, her marriage, and her continual designated role as a sucker for animals of all sizes and shapes.

Tips #45 and 46 "All pets die." And "It's always hard when pets die." When Peterson's beloved pets age and die, we feel what the family feels, and mourn our own losses. Whether a pet dies of old age, accident or health problems, the loss is intense and painful. And experiencing such losses are what makes loving animals so very difficult.

The book is presented to the reader with magic (the name of one of their bunnies) and great appeal. Whether you have pets of your own, had them in your childhood, or never understood the pull of being owned by a remarkable pet, this book will make you smile, laugh out loud and grimace in sadness. You will close the book with regret that it is over—and, yes, feel the urge to run to the animal shelter to see what enchantment you can find for yourself and your family. "See, every fuzzy and feathery that enters our lives has a story. And I believe it is our job as humans to make their stories as good as possible."

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. You can find more about her, and photos of the pets she talks about in this book on her website.

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