Enter to Win! Pure Gold: Adventures with Six Rescued Golden Retrievers

Pure Gold

Get Pure Gold on Amazon.com (affiliate link)

Pure Gold: Adventures with Six Rescued Golden Retrievers is a lovely memoir by Holli Pfau. My copy recently arrived, free for review, and has not only been my trusty companion through four airport excursions, it has graced my nightstand both at home and out of state.

Holli’s journey begins during a course of great change, the kind of change that moves slowly, deliberately, and etches deep meaning in the soul. At the milestone age of forty, after adopting a wise, gentle and inspirational Golden Retriever pup named Nikki, Holli leaves a career in marketing and advertising to search for something more meaningful . While she works toward a second degree in recreational therapy, she has faith that her old soul of a dog – who has reached a milestone of her own at the tender age of 1 – will lead the way.

Together, Holli and Nikki (with moral support from Holli’s husband), co-found a nationally recognized program of animal-assisted therapy (AAT) at Huntington Memorial Hospital, in Pasadena, CA. Holli’s tellings of the joy that Nikki brings to specific patients shine pure light into the vignettes presented here.

These early chapters could easily have been expanded into a book of their own (which might have impacted me more), but this leap into therapy was just the first in a long line of dog-led life adjustments.
Holli, Daisy, and ChatterWhile early chapters transcend dog and handler via the many lives Holli and Nikki so meaningfully touch, the story truly engages the heart as family relationships becomes more prevalent.

Holli and her husband give each of their rescued dogs a chance to be discovered, to be truly seen for who they are, and to have a meaningful impact. Together they take us across adventurous landscapes where we encounter rattle snakes, wildfires and beautiful, reflective solitude.

As time marches on, older dogs (and sometimes even younger dogs) move beyond this earthly life, bringing tears with each loss. And yet that sorrow is eased each time by the introduction of a new, shining, golden personality. Holli’s fears and insecurities become exciting triumphs, both great and small, all with the help of her glorious Goldens. This book offers ringside seats for every precious moment.

Pure Gold: Adventures with Six Rescued Golden Retrievers is available on Amazon.com (affiliate link) and has already hit the bestseller list in Durango, CO. But Holli isn’t strictly interested in numbers. She is a passionate advocate for adoption of dogs in need. Her hope is that her story will encourage others to adopt and support rescue efforts for all breeds.

For more about Holli and her book, visit www.puregoldbook.com.



US and Canadian residents: Leave a comment stating why you might like this book. Do so before 11:59 PM (ET) Sunday, December 4, 2011 and you’ll be entered into a random drawing to win a copy of Pure Gold: Adventures with Six Rescued Golden Retrievers!

I’ll announce the winner on Monday, December 5th, in the comments section of this post.

Best of luck to you all!
I look forward to your comments!


  1. Amy@GoPetFriendly says:

    I’m not entering to win – I just wanted to say how spectacular I think it is that Holli pursued her dream. I’ve seen the difference therapy dogs can make and it’s a beautiful and wonderful thing. I hope her story does cause more people to adopt a pet.

    • Holli’s early story is a bit like yours, Amy, in terms of looking for a way to work with your dogs. It takes courage to make that leap and a little bit of faith. 🙂

  2. Lorimillerpsu says:

    I am an advocate of pet rescue and think this sounds like a wonderful story. I would love to have the opportunity to read this book!

  3. Charlotte74 says:

    That is an inspirational story.

  4. I am amazed with the story… Very inspiring and I wish you all the best for the continue success of your dreams…

  5. Woof! Woof! We LOVE holli’s book, Pure gold … such inspiring story. we are not entering your giveaway since we also reviewed Pure gold … check our review post: http://www.sugarthegoldenretriever.com/2011/11/pure-gold.html
    Lots of golden woofs, sugar

  6. Who doesn’t love a Golden? As I said to Pamela yesterday on her blog, I am always stunned when dogs like these end up in shelters or rescues. It’s been ages since i’ve seen one in my local organizations. However, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen. All breeds are frequently rejected by the humans who should have loved them forever. I am a sucker for real-life rescue stories like these and the angle the author has taken is a needed one. There can’t be enough books featuring rescue dogs, if you ask me!

    By the way, I love the new look of your site! Just lovely!

    • I know I do! My husband had a gorgeous and gregarious Golden when we met. I loved that dog so much. And you’re right about amazing dogs ending up in shelters. I’ve recently read that the number of Newfoundlands is on the rise because of their size and the economy. I don’t understand that since my Newf eats as much as my 60 pound hound mix. That goofy, go-get-em hound, per pound, is more expensive to feed. Anyway, Holli’s story proved time and time again – 6 times actually – that you don’t have to buy that next dog, no matter what breed you’re in love with. You can make the choice to save a life AND get what you want.

      I wish you luck in the giveaway, Kristine! And thank you for the compliments on my winter redesign. 🙂

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