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Chipper's Friends:  The Heartwarming Story of an Imperfect Dog, by Michelle Jansick

Come, Sit, and Say Hello to a therapy dog dropout named Chipper, and the people who love her. This funny, touching story—narrated by Chipper herself—proves that you don’t have to be perfect to make a difference. It is sure to leave a paw print on your heart!

Praise for Chipper's Friends

If you love dogs, you'll love this story. By the time you finish the introduction, you'll be hopelessly hooked on the idea that you're going to read a book with a dog talking to you, not just as an average human would, but like an intelligent well-thought person. You will laugh with happiness and maybe shed a tear enjoying this happy tale.
-Mile High Dog Magazine

This is the most inspirational and hilariously funny book you will ever pick up! Everyone needs this book in their life!
-Trisha L.

With chapters titles such as “Zombies & Peeing on Pee” and “Boobs & Cinnamon Rolls,” how can one not be intrigued? Chipper starts off her story as she gets out of doggy jail when she is adopted. She then tries her paw at visiting a nursing home, donning butterfly wings for charity, and winning back squirrel surveillance privileges by making Valentine’s Day paw print cards for elderly folks. This is what I’d call a real book-- "a book just like us." If you are looking for a funny, tear jerker, laugh out loud and reach for tissues at the same time… read all by yourself or to your kids – this is your book!
-Paws & Read Pet Magazine

Reading this book was like getting to pet this inspirational pup in real life. Two opposable thumbs up!
-Aaron Jackson, CNN Hero & Co-founder of Planting Peace

It's impossible to read the introduction and not be hooked instantly. Michelle Jansick has captured and put an amazingly realistic voice to Chipper and Chipper's thoughts. Chipper's compassion and meaningful contribution to society comes with lots of laughs, mishaps, adventures and good ol' downhome fun… which makes it an excellent read for kids from 5 to 105. I took a copy up to visit my grandkids and read aloud a couple chapters at a time. Sometimes only an hour after reading the kids were begging for another installment of Chipper's inspiring story. I felt great about the fact that they were learning important life lessons in a humorous yet realistic way. I also took it on a beach vacation recently and laughed aloud so many times that folks kept approaching me to inquire about what I was reading that was so entertaining. Sometimes I just had to share excerpts with the folks around me which turned my blanket into the daily party place. It is well written, inspirational and expressed in a wholesome comical way.
-Theresa L.

What a fantastic book and an amazing dog. This book is inspiring and will make you laugh and cry. I can’t get enough of Chipper!!!!!!
-Chris F.

Previous customer reviews is what led me to buy this book. Yes, it is written like it’s the dog talking and very, very well done. Yes, it is written so that it is very easy for a child to read, too. The other comments said that an adult would enjoy it and there were laugh-out-loud segments. Since I am an animal lover - especially dogs and horses- I just had to try the book! I have read comments before about how some books make you laugh out loud, but I never experienced that. A smile or inner chuckle, yeah, but this book definitely made me laugh out loud on certain parts (neighbors must now think I have finally and totally flipped)! I loved the book. I love Chipper! This book is now part of my library of books on animals - especially rescued ones! Thanks, Michelle Jansick, for writing a funny book that FINALLY made me laugh out loud!
-P. Wilson

Alternatively laugh out loud funny (seriously my husband keeps asking what’s so funny) and heartwarming. You won’t be disappointed. Plus a portion of the profits goes to charity so you’re doing a good thing when you purchase this very unique book.
-N. Laird

"Chipper's Friends" is a fun-filled book for people of all ages!
-Eric Roth, author of K9 Medic

Narrated by Chipper herself, a rescue dog with dreams of becoming a therapy dog. “Chipper’s Friends” is a wonderfully funny story about how our failed dreams don’t mean we are failures. Chipper teaches us, as she herself learns, that there are many ways to help others and bring joy to people and animals who exist around us. I definitely recommend this book to everyone!
-Ashley J.

Chipper, I loved your book and certainly hope you have a sequel!
-Rhonda Dick, Intermountain Humane Society Board Member

A wonderful, true story of laughter, friendship, and love... told through the eyes of a rescued puppy.
-A Puppy's Voice

If you love dogs, then add this to your list. Warm, funny, and good perspective.
-Dr. Matthew Rooney, Veterinary Surgeon

Hi Chipper. I have been reading your book and I LOVE IT! Thank you for saving so many poochies! You are AWESOME and INSPIRING!
-Jaime Keeler

Just finished reading your book and I LOVED IT!!! You’re an inspiration, Chipper! Love you and all you’re doing to help hurting people and animals!
-Laura Berggruen

Chipper, I loved your book! I received a copy as a surprise gift from my son and sat right down and read most of it that very first day. It made me laugh out loud, as well as reach for a tissue to wipe away a few tears. I read some of my favorite parts out loud to my husband. It certainly held my interest as the story quickly moved from one adventure on to the next. Good job!
-Joan Hughes

You will laugh, you will cry, you will love it!!!
-Lori McDonald

Inspiring and laugh-out-loud funny!
-Colorado Puppy Rescue

If you liked "The Art of Racing in the Rain," then you'll love "Chipper's Friends."
-Melissa Pritchard

This is one of the funniest books I have ever read! I lost count of how many times I burst out laughing. I loved reading about the Rabbit from Hell and Screamy Houdini. I couldn’t put the book down, and I have recommended it to many friends and colleagues. I wish there was a copy of this uplifting book in every hospital and nursing home.
-Dan T.

I absolutely loved this book! What a wonderful and realistic story of adopting shelter dogs! All of the good and bad times are shared, the good outweighing the bad, just as it is for all adoptive pet parents! I suggest this book for everyone, dog lover or not. It is thoroughly entertaining the whole way through!
-Robin Camp

"Chipper’s Friends" is a refreshing read combining humor with the innocent life experiences of a sweet, nonjudgmental dog. This lighthearted and uplifting book gives a glimpse into the life of Chipper’s loving family, the world of animal shelters, and therapy dogs. An enjoyable story that will make animal lovers laugh!
-Talia Daggert

My 6-year- old son and I absolutely love this book. I have shared some of the stories with his Kindergarten class. I highly recommend this book!
-Amy T.

I started reading this book while our family was driving to Florida for vacation. I started crying on page 13, and from then on it was a nonstop mixture of laughter and tears...the perfect combination for a good book! Chipper and her mom are great storytellers. This book inspires you to make a difference in this world… even if the only difference you can make today is to bring a smile to someone's face. We should all strive to be more like Chipper!
-Terri Scott

"Chipper's Friends" is an excellent book! Once I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down. It is so comforting to see that even if you are not perfect, you can still make a difference. You will laugh, shed a tear, and your heart will feel happier having read this book!
-Joyce Bird

"Chipper's Friends" was a great joy to read. Each chapter was filled with heartwarming and fun adventures. It tells the tale of a dog training to be a therapy dog, and several of the very special people she meets. And Chipper provides fun glimpses into the lives of her owners, too. I can't wait to share this book with my 11-year-old.
-Gloria Peterson

A very sweet story! A great addition to any dog owners library. Pick one up for a friend! It is great book to read when you are having a bad day, certainly going to give you a little pick me up!
-Jennifer M.

Between my laughter and tears, in this touching story of Chipper’s family, I discovered new opportunities to help others, creative ways to have fun, and sweet ways to improve my marriage. This is a must read!
-Pam J.

I could not put this book down. "The Real Ones Don't Squeak" hilarious! Thank you for sharing your adventures and stories. I loved it!
-Leslie R. Nourse

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CHIPPER UNLEASHED! My life as a therapy dog dropout, by Michelle Jansick

In this hilarious sequel, Chipper is on a mission to change the world and prove that our failed dreams don’t make us failures. This wonderfully imperfect mutt will inspire you to just be yourself and use your talents to make the world a brighter place.

Praise for Chipper Unleashed

”Chipper Unleashed!” is a master follow-up to “Chipper’s Friends: The Heartwarming Story of an Imperfect Dog”! It was hard to stop reading once I started because Chipper, her sister Cheyenne, and her human mother are characters I wish were my neighbors. Chipper – therapy dog dropout, master digger, and superior squirrel surveyor – tells her own stories of how doing kindnesses for others inspired her legions of friends, both fur and human, around the globe. Anecdotes about the various puppies she helped foster, like Droopy, Amelia/Agnes and Lupo, tugged at my heartstrings, and I laughed myself silly reading about her first television appearance, Poop Bingo, llama races, and her trial for allegedly murdering a woodpecker. This book both entertains and inspires, and would be a perfect gift for dog-lovers of any age!
-Natine Abreu-Shaw, Secretary/mama to Willie and Gracie of Corgi Characters

Oh my gosh! What a wonderful sequel to Chipper’s first book! Chipper and Cheyenne are just pawsome pups. Their adventures are so much fun to read about! Pick up a copy of both Chipper’s books. You won’t be disappointed!!
-Cindy H.

I can't seem to get enough of these dogs!!! Always inventive, always trying to do good deeds, always funny!!! I've bought these books for all ages. My young friends read them with their children, trying not to giggle ahead of the kids understanding. And my older friends (who are not on Facebook), can't wait for a new story for me to share with them. Chipper and Cheyenne bring so much to the world with their outlook on life and the ability to take tough things and make it better. The world is indeed better by having this family sharing with all of us! Take the time to read this book, you will laugh and smile all the way through it!!! Buy a book for you and a book for a friend! The profits go to great causes!
-Sue Vorchheimer

Chipper and her family are pawsitively uplifting!!! Her books will make you laugh and inspire you to make a difference in the world. Both books are a must read and make perfect gifts for the animal lovers in your life. Do yourself a favor and get both books at once because when you start reading, you will NOT want to stop!
-Wendy Sams

This book should be a best seller! Michelle Jansick so perfectly captures Chipper’s “voice” that you forget that Chipper isn’t actually the author of the book. I feel I cannot adequately describe how much heart this book has. You’ll laugh, have warm fuzzies and just feel good about reading it. Worth your time. Give it a chance. You’ll be happy you did.
-Julie L.

After reading Chipper’s first book I was keen to get my paws on her new book. I was not disappointed. Between squirrel surveillance, digging projects, puppy training and hiking, Chipper manages to make the world a better place one kind act at a time. This is a great book to restore your faith in man and dog kind and have a good laugh. Chipper, you really are an amazing dog. I give the book 5 squirrels out of 5. Wuf u Chipper!!
-Hazel Prosser

Chipper's sequel is just as hilarious, heartwarming, and inspiring as her first book! I couldn’t put it down, and sometimes I laughed so hard that I could barely breathe. Chipper is a great example of how to live life unleashed, so I’m trying to be more like her. I struggle with being a perfectionist and people-pleaser, whereas Chipper embraces her flaws and follows her own path without worrying about the approval of others. Chipper has taught me to view life as an adventure, laugh at myself, let my guard down, and have the courage to march to the beat of my own drum.
-Pamela T.

Chipper has done it again! Her sequel to “Chipper’s Friends: The Heartwarming Story of an Imperfect Dog” is a hit. Don’t miss your chance to find out how Chipper is changing the world.
-Sylvia G.

This is the 2nd book by Chipper, my Facebook friend. I have read both, and love them! They made me smile, they made me laugh, and no matter what mood I'm in, when I see Chipper and her sister Cheyenne, especially their videos, I laugh so much! I highly recommend both books. Everybody needs to smile. Chipper will do it. Love you Chipper!
-Danielle S.