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A memory book for dogs (and the people who love them)

June 8, 2011 |  6:15 am

Today my heart is swelling with love for Dolores Hestad, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and -- most important -- devoted caretaker of the 5-year-old Shih-tzu Shadow. She's also the author of "This Is My Doggie Life" and "This Is My Kitty Life" -- two self-published memory books similar to the ones people make for babies. In this case, however, they're for dogs and cats.

On the Official Blog of Dolores Hestad, she writes that she conceived of the animal memory book while on her way home from a vacation with her husband and Shadow.

I thought wouldn't it be nice to have a book to write all of Shadow's adventures.  He had taken a plane ride from Seattle to California, went to the beach for the first time and tasted the salt water.  When we got home I started to do some research and writing things down and I thought, why not write a book like a baby book but only for dogs and cats?

The result is a book that has space for devoted caretakers to record their furry friend's medical history,  Dolores microchip number, favorite things, least favorite things and tales of their four-legged adventures. And, of course, there's  room for photos too.

I haven't gotten around to making a baby book for my 3-year-old, so it's unlikely that my dog's adventures and health will receive this level of attention. Also, I'm not a huge fan of the cover or the title font on the interior pages. It has a saccharine, cutesy vibe -- but it's hard not to love a great-grandma so enamored by her dog that she was inspired to make a memory book for him.

And for other dog lovers to purchase  too, which they can at major online retailers through links on Hestad's website.


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Photos: Courtesy of Dolores Hestad