“Dogs have a way of finding the people who need them.”— Thom Jones



“For every pet parent who knows there’s no such thing as ‘just a dog,’ this collection of uplifting glimpses into the lives of ordinary-turned-extraordinary dogs and the people who love them is a tail-wagging good read.

Thanks to the rescue dog who saved her life after a traumatic brain injury, Carmen Leal went from saying she’d never have a dog to becoming an advocate for man’s best friend. Carmen volunteered at a local rescue shelter by writing bios and social media posts, applying for grants, and helping to save and re-home over 6,500 dogs from a high-kill shelter.

This endearing anthology includes stories that celebrate the bond between canines and humans including:

• Buddy the beagle who went from living chained under a porch to becoming the town’s only therapy dog

• Heavenly Joy, the frightened Chihuahua who changed the life of a grumpy old man

• Bogey, an abandoned mixed-breed trained by prison inmates and adopted by his forever family

I Chose You is a collection of memorable, beautifully written stories of dogs rescued by people and, ultimately, people rescued by dogs. If you like four-legged friends and happy endings, you’ll love Carmen Leal’s touching collection of heart-warming stories.

Fetch a copy of I Chose You, the feel-good book that resonates with anyone who has ever loved a dog.


What Others Are Saying!

“There’s a particular “twisting of the heart” that takes place every time I read a dog rescue story. Perhaps it’s because my own dogs are rescues. Or maybe it’s because I’ve fostered over 40 rescue dogs over the past four years. I see the need. Daily. I’m so thrilled to discover this beautiful collection of stories featuring these imperfectly perfect rescue pups. They deserve the very best and these stories drive home that point. I Choose You has won my heart!” — Janice Thompson, author of Paws for Reflection: 50 Devotions for Dog Moms

“Great read! Nothing in life is perfect except unconditional love. I Chose You captures that choice!” — Adrian Palmer Board of Directors Medical Advisor Australian Shepherds Furever Rescue

“The best prescription I can write for trauma survivors, veterans with PTSD, and others with mental health issues, is the healing power of dogs. I Chose You is the perfect gift for yourself or a dog lover and a wonderful reminder of the unbreakable bond between canines and their people.” —Angela Miller, Licensed Professional Therapist

“I Chose You, is a must read for anyone who has ever been blessed by the unconditional love dogs give us, even when undeserved. Each story in this special collection about second-chance dogs shows us just how lucky we are to have our canine companions. This is the perfect gift for anyone who loves great stories about great dogs. And every dog is great.” — Stephanie Amieva

Carmen Leal is a storyteller and the author of multiple books, dozens of articles, devotionals, and human-interest stories. Carmen relocated from Hawaii to Oshkosh, yes, there is a story behind the move, and has become an awesome dog mom. Carmen and her husband have become reluctant gardeners and know a crazy amount about Wisconsin weeds. She is the mother of two sons, two incredible grandsons, and Coconut, the best imperfectly perfect rescue dog in the world. Learn more about Carmen and Coconut by visiting carmenleal.com.