“Paw Prints on Your Heart” provides the reader with a fascinating and
humorous journey into the wonderful relationship between human beings and
their four-legged friends—be they dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, etc. No
matter which pet animal takes over your household, the relationship can best
be described in one word—precious.
This is pointed out time and time again by the stories described by author Jo
Bruner. They are the types of stories that will warm the cockles of your heart, to use
an old adage.
Throughout her many years in business and as a homemaker, Jo has had a
variety of pets, but not until she and her husband, Dick, moved to Florida did
she, as she describes it, “strike it rich.”
During one of her early morning walks around the new neighborhood, Jo ran
into one of her neighbors, Sue, who announced that she was adopting a new
standard black poodle, Sam, and she also pointed out that Sam’s breeder,
Sondi, had other puppies in the same litter. Off went the Bruners to visit
Sondi and the puppies. Soon after that, Jo and Dick returned home having
just adopted a three-month-old cream colored poodle.
The Bruners named their new boarder, Rocky, because, as Dick put it, “we
didn’t want a sissy poodle.” Not too long after that, Jo and Rocky started on
their walks around the neighborhood every early morning and early evening.
They got to meet, greet and chat with a whole host of their neighbors, who,
you guessed it, were also walking their canine friends, pals and “children.”
When she returned home after each walk, she would report on these
meetings with her husband, who told her, “you’ve got a book there; but we
may have to move out of the neighborhood.” He was only kidding, of course.
But read for yourself.
Prompted by her observations during visits with her late mother, then in a
nursing home, Jo decided to do something about the loneliness she could
see in many of the home’s other residents. Her plan: “Why not take Rocky
into nursing homes and let his natural charm bring some sunshine to those
people who were all alone and in need of a smile?” That’s when she
approached the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast and offered Rocky as
a “volunteer.” After considerable training, Rocky was certified as a therapy
dog and he and Jo began visiting nursing homes; according to Jo, “A very
In 2003, the family expanded by one; a 2 month old, silver standard poodle,
named Beau, was adopted. Join the Bruners on their travels throughout the
United States and the Canadian Maritimes in their motor home. Both “boys”
had a ball and since most people in RV’s also travel with pets, Rocky and
Beau did beaucoup socializing.
Readers of “Paw Prints on Your Heart” will certainly enjoy sharing in their
escapades and it will remind you of the wonderful times with your own special