If My Dog Could Talk

If My Dog Could Talk - The Perfect Give for Pet Lovers & Owners

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Let me tell you a story about my beloved rescue puppy, Morgan Rayne. She wasn’t the first dog I ever had, but she was the first dog that was all mine. You see, I had grown up with dogs. Since I was very little, there was always a dog, or two, in my family. They even made appearances in our family pictures. As a grown-up, I knew I wanted my own dog, but the time never seemed right.

Then one day, I finally decided it was time. I didn’t know what kind of dog I wanted, I just knew it would be a rescue. There are way too many dogs in shelters and I wanted to help save one. So, I went to shelters and looked online and one day I found her. This sweet, goofy boxer face I couldn’t resist.

Morgan Rayne

I still remember meeting Morgan, or Rayne as was called at the time, for the first time in a big field in Atlanta. I really hoped we would connect. You never know what a rescue has been through so it isn’t always a guarantee they will like you or warm up to you. This was not the case with Morgie. As I bent down to get a good look at her and to pet her, she crawled into my lap and gave me kisses. That was it, I was a goner.

On December 1st, 2009, Morgan Rayne became mine. She was sweet, full of energy, goofy, a total bed hog, and followed me where I went. I think she may have been left by her previous owners because she had some issues with separation anxiety.

We had many adventures together. She loved the snow, well eating it, and going to the beach. Although she didn’t really love going in the water. She also loved to ride shotgun in the car wherever we went so she could look out the window. She had a pension for wine, apples, bread, and Trader Joe’s Goddess Dressing. She would sneak on my mom’s couch, even though she wasn’t allowed up there.

Morgan Collage

 

I had her for six years before she unexpectedly passed away from bloat. I still miss her to this day. Although I keep my favorite picture of us by my bed, I always wanted a way to honor or celebrate her. Now, thanks to my personalized book, If My Dog Could Talk, from I See Me! I can. The book, written by Maia Haag and illustrated by Susan Batori, tells the story of you and your dog. (Or the pet lover and their dog if you are giving the book as a gift.)

If my dog could talk set

 

If you’re not familiar with I See Me!, they are known for their personalized children’s books. They have a wide variety of books and gifts for babies, kids, adults, and pets. I was thrilled when they offered me the chance to customize their pet book, which also came with a personalized placemat & bandana.

I See Me! makes customizing your book so easy. I love that they offer the option to choose from your current pet or to honor a pet that has passed away. First, I choose a dog, from their illustrated examples, that closely matched Morgie.

Next, I answered a few questions to help personalize the book even further, such as my name, my dog’s name and gender, and anyone else that loved Morgan. I also chose a dedication from their extensive list and included a couple of my favorite photos of Morgan. Then I waited for my goodie box to arrive.

If my dog could talk inner pages

As you can see, my book turned out amazing. I love the story and seeing mine and Morgie’s name throughout the book. There are so many great little extra touches, like seeing her name on the dog bed, or our hand/paw prints in the background. It’s little things like this that make If My Dog Could Talk such a treasure. It also makes for a great gift for kids and adults alike. It’s a nice way to celebrate your current pet or honor one that has passed away.

Intro to If My Dogs Could Talk

I shared Morgie’s book with Coda, my parent’s dog. He had the privilege of knowing Morgan and using her as a pillow on occasion. I think he might have been annoyed that I didn’t make the book about him, but he still enjoyed reading it. Plus, I assured him I would be getting him one of his own, as well as one for my dophew, Cooper.  I also promised him a few extra treats which sealed the deal.

Coda reading Morgan's book

If you are looking for the perfect personalized gift, now is the perfect time to shop I Seem Me!. During the month of October, they are partnering with the Anti-Cruelty Society in Chicago. Use code DOGS to receive 10% off your purchase and a percent of the proceeds will be donated to the organization. They will be partnering with The Humane Society of Missouri in November.

In November and December, they will also be partnering with the Children’s Cancer Research Fund. A percent of every purchase during those months will be donated to the national nonprofit.

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  1. theclutterboxblog says:

    I love the idea of a customized book, that is utterly fantastic. I am so glad you had her in your life for as long as you did. Pets are wonderful things.

  2. Your dog is so cute!! I have a rottie/golden retriever and I love him, always wanted to know what he’d say if he could talk lol!!

  3. Morgan seemed like a lovely fur baby! I think this book is amazing and I love how it’s personalized. It’s really something that will help you remember Morgan.

  4. This book is such a cute idea. Losing a pet is so hard. You feel like you’re not supposed to mourn like it’s a person. But sometimes you do. I have a dog and 2 cats and I love them to bits.

  5. I love customizable books like this one. I gave one to my nieces last year and they adore it.

  6. As a dog lover myself, my heart goes out to you for your loss. This book seems like a wonderful heartfelt story of the two of you together.

  7. THis is such a cute book. My kids have been asking for a dog forever. Your dog’s cuteness makes me almost want to say yes. That suitcase picture is hilarious “I’m coming too”.

  8. Morgan looked like she was a very special pooch…and one who loved wine! We have a rescue dog that is full of personality. I swear, if she could talk…it would be scary.

  9. Awe I had a boxer at one point, and they are awesome dogs. I love that you were able to get something to really memorialize your pooch. My mom’s dog recently passed away at 15 years old, so something like this would be nice for her.

  10. This is a such a sweet idea! I love this! We were just talking about our dog and my daughter ask how long he will live. We told her maybe another 8 years. We all got sad just talking it too.

  11. Such a cute dog. We’ve really been thinking about getting one because my son has been asking for one for forever and a boxer is on our list.

  12. These books are great because they instill a love of reading and they revolve around pets. I know so many kids who would love to read these.

  13. This is such a cute idea. I think my son would really like having a book about his puppy for us to read together.

  14. What a sweet idea these books are! I still miss my pet cat from when I was growing up – she used to sleep with me at night and keep me warm 🙂 …

  15. Oh, I absolutely love this idea! Why do they always come out with this stuff, long after my kids are grown? In any case, I am sorry for your loss. My friend had 2 boxers, and they were great dogs!

  16. What a great way to commemorate a loved family pet. We have a 10 year old husky and while it’s not something I ever want to think about, our girls will be devastated when she’s no longer here. I’ll have to remember these books.

  17. This is beautiful! I definitely love the personalization and tribute. Sorry for your loss, but happy to see that you are able to keep her as part of your life in a meaningful way.

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