Monday, October 21, 2019

Review: Miss Olive Finds Her Furever Home by Susan Marie and Miss Olive

by Susan Marie
and Miss Olive
Illustrated by Rebekah Phillips
Doggy Diva Show, Inc.
Picture Book
30 pages
ages 4 to 8

Miss Olive Finds Her "Furever" Home is the first book in the heartwarming and inspirational series The Doggy Diva Diaries. When we first meet Miss Olive, she is a sad and lonely little pup hoping to find a loving family and her "furever" home. With the help of her magical fairy dog-mother, "Sophia the Doggy Diva," Miss Olive learns a valuable life lesson: It doesn't matter what you look like on the outside. It's the kindness and love you have on the inside that counts. Your dreams really can come true!


Animal fans will enjoy joining Miss Olive on her journey to finding a loving family and will be left with the desire to snuggle with a dog of their own.

Being alone in a cage is hard for this puppy, but when someone finally appears and takes her home to an adoption house, things turn around. She receives a name, Miss Olive, and is now has nine other dogs living and playing with her. But the bliss is short-lived as the other dogs are adopted, and she's left alone. She wonders if it's because of her missing back leg despite the caretakers insurances that she's just special. Still, she can't help but wonder if she'll ever have a family of her own.

I love the pink fluffy feel of this book. Miss Olive, although starting out as a plain, brown puppy, is in a class all of her own. The illustrations make her personality shine—chucked full of lightness, love and super sweet, girly colors. Miss Olive comes across as special as she is, and it's something to admire.

The tale simply reflects the adoption process when a dog has been taken shelter. It's done in a clear way, young listeners will understand and adds the extra possibility of a 'foster' home. With the addition of Miss Olive's handicap, the message that even these dogs are lovable comes across...something we sympathize since our own dog is very much like Miss Olive. It's a lovely way to build young listener's awareness of the problems dogs face, while showing how truly wonderful these pets are. And Miss Olive is nothing if not wonderful, inside and out.

And here she is...

For over fifteen years, Susan Marie has been spreading the word about puppy love through her nationally syndicated weekly radio show, The Doggy Diva Show. On her show, Susan interviews pet care experts, dog trainers, authors and representatives from animal rescue organizations.Past guests include Bob Barker, Dean Koontz, Julia Cameron, Alison Eastwood, and America Veterinarian, Dr. Marty Becker. The Doggy Diva Show can be heard on Pet Life Radio, iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher and Speak Up Talk Radio.

Miss Olive joins Susan Marie at the microphone each week as the co-host of the radio show The Doggy Diva Show, Pet Life Radio In addition to her co-hosting duties, Miss Olive is now the author of Diva Delights, her editorial column in Suncoast Pet magazine, which runs every other month.

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