The Angel on My Shoulder: My Life with an American Pit Bull Terrier

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iUniverse, Nov 21, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 236 pages

Jolene writes with great heart and passion about a dog breed disenfranchised not because of what they are, but because of what we imagine them to be. I love stories that support the underdog, and Jolenes tale of her beloved pit bull terrier is exactly that. It is also a delight to read, and a worthy story to ponder. And you will fall in love with Rumer, Ill promise you that.
Susan Knilans McElroy, author of Animals As Teachers and Healers and Animals as Guides for the Soul

Jolene has truly captured the ways animals enrich and bless our lives in profound ways. Not only is Angel On My Shoulder a story of an exceptional, loving pit bull named Rumer, it is on a larger scale the defense of a gentle, loyal breed that has been much maligned and misunderstood. May it help everyone understand both the true nature of the American Pit Bull as well as the true nature of love.
Katrina Kittle, author of The Kindness of strangers and The Blessings of the Animals

Far more than any other breed, the American pit bull represents different things to different people. Badly managed dogs grab headlines because their behavior is atypical; Jolenes experience represents the far less shocking though no less fascinating reality of life with a peaceful, loving, comedic pit bull as best friend. If you enjoy tales of true love, you will value this story.
Diane Jessup, author of The Working Pit Bull and The Dog Who Spoke With Gods

On a bitterly cold February day in 1992, a woman named Jolene found herself with a choice to make: the brindle puppy in a kindly strangers left palmor the red puppy in his right?

For Jolene Mercadante, a librarian and lifelong animal advocate, this was the first tentative step on a journey that would impact the way she lived the rest of her life. She had no way of knowing how Rumer, a single little soul the size of a sausage, was about to change her life.

Through all of lifes great adventuresthe perfect five-week-old baby; the lanky, rebellious teenager; the extraordinary, splendid adultRumer was a creature of humor and love. She joyfully shattered the unjust pit bull stereotypes. She might not have been a heroic rescue dog, a therapy dog, or a war hero; there are other pit bulls who can claim this fame. But Rumer did touch the lives of everyone who knew her, and that made her heroic in her own way.

She did save us, she did rescue us, and she was our hero in so many ways.

Rumer was an ordinary dog who lived an ordinary life, but thats what made her extraordinary. This memoir is an unforgettable love story and an uplifting journey brought about by the life of a truly pure and beautiful soul.

 

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Wow just finished this book, I am touched. The love for Rumor is something you can only understand when you are blessed to have a pitbull in your life. A must read book.

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Contents

Chapter 1
2
Chapter 2
6
Chapter 3
8
Chapter 4
11
Chapter 5
13
Chapter 6
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Chapter 7
20
Chapter 8
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Chapter 29
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Chapter 30
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Chapter 31
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Chapter 32
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Chapter 33
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Chapter 34
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Chapter 35
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Chapter 36
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Chapter 9
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Chapter 10
27
Chapter 11
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Chapter 12
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Chapter 13
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Chapter 14
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Chapter 15
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Chapter 16
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Chapter 17
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Chapter 18
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Chapter 19
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Chapter 20
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Chapter 21
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Chapter 22
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Chapter 23
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Chapter 24
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Chapter 25
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Chapter 26
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Chapter 27
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Chapter 28
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Chapter 37
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Chapter 38
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Chapter 39
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Chapter 40
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Chapter 41
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Chapter 42
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Chapter 43
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Chapter 44
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Chapter 45
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Chapter 46
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Chapter 47
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Chapter 48
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Chapter 49
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Chapter 50
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Chapter 51
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Chapter 52
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Chapter 53
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Epilogue
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About the author (2011)

Jolene Mercadante earned her master’s degree in library science at Southern Connecticut State University and is currently the assistant director of the Agawam Public Library in Agawam, Massachusetts. An advocate for all animals, she is active in the fight to stop breed-specific legislation. She lives in western Massachusetts with her sassy Andalusian/Arabian and American Quarter horses; and her wonderful American pit bull terriers, Aderyn and Mei Mei.

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