Thursday, January 13, 2011

Dreaming of Books Giveaway & Blog Hop

Welcome to the Dreaming of Books Giveaway Hop. This giveaway will run from 12:01 AM Friday January 14th to 11:59 PM Monday January 17th. The winner will be chosen via Thank you for stopping by, and be sure to stop by and visit all the blogs participating in this event!

I'll be giving away one copy of A Dog Named Slugger, the story of Leigh Brill and her first service dog. Here's my review, which was originally published on Two Little Cavaliers, another of the blogs participating in this Giveaway Hop:

A Dog Named Slugger
by Leigh Brill (Bell Bridge Books, April 2010,

Leigh Brill was born with cerebral palsy, and until she was in her twenties, she struggled every day to hide her handicaps as much as possible, to project an image of complete normalcy, and to be “twice as good” in order to be treated like everyone else. Then one day she has a chance meeting with a new classmate—a woman with a service dog trained to provide mobility assistance. After some exposure to what the boxer Caesar can do for Anne, Leigh accepts a brochure for Caring Canine Companions from her, and eventually talks herself into making that first phone call. Sylvia helps her to open up about the difficulties her cerebral palsy causes her and what she needs help with, and she fills out an application. After a wait of nine months, she is introduced to a yellow Lab named Slugger, and his trainer, Vickie Polk.

We follow Leigh and Slugger through their training and adjustment to each other, Leigh’s newly freed life with Slugger to assist her, and her first meeting with her future husband, Pranav. The new family comes together, and we follow their personal and professional progress. Slugger is dedicated and totally professional when his harness is on—and a typical goofball Lab when his harness is off. Slugger and Pranav develop their own relationship, parallel to and separate from the relationships they each have with Leigh.

We get flashbacks to Leigh’s childhood, which are sometimes enlightening and sometimes distracting, but the story of her life with Slugger and Pranav, her encounter with employment discrimination, and her own growth in turn into an advocate and tireless worker for service dogs and the freedom they bring to those who need them remains engaging and keeps moving forward. There’s a marvelous account of a presentation Leigh and Slugger give at a grade school, introducing children to service dogs, what they can do, and why you shouldn’t just run up and pet them. It is painfully clear that many of the children have never met a really well-trained dog of any kind, and they are astounded by how smart and how helpful a dog can be.

Since this is real life, and Slugger is a service dog, the time comes when he has to retire, and Leigh, Slugger, and Pranav all have to adjust to the introduction of a new service dog into their lives and home, a female yellow Lab named Kenda. One of the most touching sections of the book concerns Slugger’s aging, and the growth of the friendship between the two dogs, as Kenda starts to assist Slugger, too, such as when he wants to play fetch but has difficulty seeing where the toy was tossed.
This is a wonderful autobiography and an insight into the world of service dogs and those who rely on them.


Purchase it: You can buy a copy of A Dog Named Slugger from, or from, for about $14 plus shipping & handling, or your local bookstore can order it for you if they don't have it in stock.
Win it: The winner of this giveaway will receive one copy of the book A Dog Named Slugger, by Leigh Brill. Eligibility limited to US addresses only.
      Mandatory: Leave a comment on this blog telling me what most interests you about this book.
      Bonus Entries:

  1. Follow this blog on Google Friend Connect; leave a comment saying that you have done so.
  2. Tweet about this giveaway, up to three times a day, and leave a comment here telling me that you've done so: Lis Carey's Library having #giveaway for a copy of  A Dog Named Slugger be sure to stop by to enter to win @ElisabethCarey
  3. Follow me on Twitter, @ElisabethCarey, and leave a comment saying that you've done so.

Disclaimers: I received a free electronic copy of A Dog Named Slugger from the publisher via NetGalley. I was not paid for my review and my opinions are entirely my own. Two Little Cavaliers is providing the copy of the book which I'll be giving away. This giveaway will end 11:59 PM Monday, January 17th, and the winner will be chosen via


  1. Great Review, I would love to win a copy of this book! I think it would benefit my entire family. I have a 3 year old ganddaughter with Cerebral Palsy Hailey doesn't walk on her own and also doesn't speak etc.There has been a bit of discussion about one day getting Hailey a service dog and this book could help to seal the deal. I will follow you on google friend connect. Sirry I don't have a twitter account. Thank you, keeping my fingers crossed.

  2. Welcome! Best wishes for your little granddaughter.

  3. I would love to be entered to win this book! I love stories about dogs!
    I am following on GFC
    I tweeted!/bangersis/status/25988518002032640
    I follow on twitter @bangersis

  4. Angie, thanks for stopping by! I hope you'll enjoy my blog and visit again.

  5. I have always been a dog lover and really like to read stories about them. I also think that services dogs are extra special.

    I follow your blog on GCF as Carol N. Wong.
    I follow you on Twitter as Carolee888.

    I tweeted: Giveaway of 'A dog Named Slugger'.


  6. I would love to read about service dogs. I think it would be really interesting.

  7. oh it sounds like a wonderful book! i'm a dog lover so i know i will love this book!

  8. follow gfc publicly

  9. Thanks for the great giveaway, I follow via gfc

    tanyainjville at yahoo dot com

  10. I enjoy reading books about others who have learned and grown from life experiences.

    I'm a follower.


  11. What interests me most is reading about the miracles that dogs can create.

  12. Thanks for the giveaway!!!

    GFC follower

    vidishamun at gmail dot com

  13. I want to check out this book because it sounds like a good, uplifting story.

    I followed using GFC

    lam001 AT mcdaniel DOT edu

  14. Had Cerebral Palsy as a child, and Slugger sounds like a 4 legged golden miracle! Pick me! :)
    Thanks for a chance to win this wonderful giveaway!
    Best wishes,

  15. New GFC follower!

    Thanks so much, but no need to enter me. I have a copy.

  16. I like dog stories that tell more than just the dog's story, but also the stories of the people around them. This book sounds very interesting!

    meredithfl at gmail dot com

    new gfc follower
    new twitter follower @tessaa99

  17. I love dogs. We have 7 at our house. My DIL is a trainer. I would love to read this.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  18. I like how it's about a person overcoming illness, or disability, especially with the bond of a dog.


  19. I am a new GFC follower. Thanks for the fine review and wonderful giveaway.

    dianad8008 AT gmail DOT com

  20. I am a new GFC follower.
    This review makes me want to read this book. Thank you so much for the chance and the terrific review.
    epblack at zoominternet dot net

  21. Twitter follower:
    epblack at zoominternet dot net

  22. I would love to win this book. I am sure I would cry while reading, but I love animals and the service dogs have always intersted me.

    I follow on Twitter @ladymagnolia99
    I also follow GFC-judy

    Thanks for great giveaway!!


  23. AHH, finally a book I LIKE!! Sorry, Lis, just had to make a jab at your sci fi reviews!! It really does sound like a great book that I would enjoy reading.

  24. I love animal stories. I am an advocate for fighting illiteracy, I read books review them and donate them to Middletown High school library. They too would love this book

  25. I have 3 kitties and am currently dogless but I do enjoy a good doggie story, thanks. katklaw777 at yahoo dot com

  26. Please enter me. I'd love to win this book.

    I follow via gfc (lgm52)

    Follow on twitter (lgm52)


  27. Great giveaway!
    I'd love to read this book because I like reading about relationships between people and their dogs -- and the fact that the dog is a service animal makes it even more intriguing.
    And follow you on twitter as BettyMc Just now got a validation request

    Three entries here. bmcbroom at

  28. I would love this book b/c I enjoy reading books about animals. I follow on GFC under the name MonaG.

  29. Thanks for the giveaway and for participating in this blog hop!

    New GFC follower (Bornajhawk).

    Tweeted giveaway:!/MamaHendo3/status/27155099230937088

    Twitter follower @MamaHendo3.