The Puppy Adventures of Porter & Midge Review (Lone Star Book Blog Tours)

Jennie Chen and Giselle Nevada

Children’s Book / Pet Books / Pet Care
Publisher: Raise the Woof Press
Page Count: 38 pages
Publication Date: May 16, 2023

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Introducing The Puppy Adventures of Porter and Midge: Out and About – a quick introduction to early socialization and training for puppies that will make them outstanding canine citizens and wonderful family pets. 

Kids will love following along with the two puppies’ story set in Austin, Texas, as they learn about how to take care of their own puppy. This is the first book in a series of story books, journals, and activity books. 

“Gift this book to any new puppy owner you know!”-Lynn M. Hayner, Author at dogster

“Chen and Nevada write in an easy and enjoyable style…If you are a dog lover, this storybook is for you. Help your children become the best dog companion they can be.” -Philip Van Heusen, Reader’s Favorite

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The Puppy Adventures of Porter and Midge is a picture book that introduces the principles of puppy training and conditioning to young readers. This is great for families who are first-time dog owners and children who are learning the finer points of pet care. Having not owned a dog myself, I found this to be a very interesting and educational read. Readers will definitely need to note the regulations regarding animals in businesses in their hometowns, but I do love the way that important information is relayed in a very understandable manner. 

There was a moment where the reading flow felt a little off on a page due to the word placement. This is something I just tend to be hyper-aware of since I do a lot of work with comics. I'm used to following certain directional cues and those did lack on one page. However, this doesn't detract from the broader story and isn't an end-of-the-world issue. It's just something that I noticed that threw me off for a quick moment. 

Overall, I liked this book, I liked the art, and I love how informative it is. It is educational while still giving kids lots of cute puppies to look at. I think this is a great book that would be awesome to have available in shelters or veterinary offices for families adopting and caring for their first puppy. I give The Puppy Adventures of Porter and Midge a Lone Star rating of  ✯✯✯✯ stars. 

Jennie Chen is a homesick Austinite who founded Keep Austin Dog Friendly. Over the last 20 years, Jennie has owned Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs and Lowchen. She has earned numerous titles in conformation, competitive obedience, rally, herding, animal assisted therapy, and more. She is passionate about the relationship people build with their beloved canines, and she has been an advocate for people living with disabilities who need a service dog to live independently. She is active in various dog clubs and can be seen on AKC.TV from time to time.

Giselle Nevada has owned several mastiffs, acquired both from reputable breeders and via rescue. Fostering rescued mastiffs and helping them work through their issues led to a keen interest in socialization as a means of preventing future issues. She loves working with her dogs and has dabbled in carting, conformation, agility, rally, trick dog, nose work, and many other canine sports. Her puppy Porter is a testament to early socialization - he has achieved many performance dog titles and has done commercial work. He also has a role in a movie called Match Me If You Can directed by Marian Yeager.

Three winners receive a PAWtographed/autographed copy of
The Puppy Adventures of Porter & Midge: Out and About
(US only; ends midnight, CST, 6/9/23)


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  1. Really appreciative that you were willing to post about our book! Pls reach out if you have any questions. Happy Reading!

  2. Sounds like a great resource & love the idea of having copies in shelters & vets offices. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!


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