February 21, 2018

CLOSED Animal Lover Giveaway- Books and a $25 Gift Card

Author on her farm

The winner is revealed on our Facebook page

Author Kathleen Callaghan Mendenhall blends animal facts and fantastic story lines into the 4 children’s books of her “Giggling Goats & Buddy Too” series.


All of the characters in Mendenhall’s books are based on the real goats and guard dogs she and her husband, Farmer B., care for at Wacky Farms in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.


In How Buddy Found His Bark, Buddy the guard dog must find his bark, the number one trait for a good guard dog.


His bark will warn if a predator is near,

to keep his goats from having fear.


He will guard his herd and wait to hear

a coyote, a mountain lion, or maybe a big bear.


The rhyming couplets throughout all of the books are pleasing to everyone’s ears (my husband always says his favorite books to read aloud to our kids always rhyme).


As a plus, each of the magical animal stories has a theme young audiences can understand too, including lessons surrounding important issues like friendship, loyalty and pride.


The books all have color illustrations, and are approximately 15 pages in length.  The books are geared to kids ages 3-10.


The other 3 books in the series are:


Moo Moo Sue (a goat, much to her chagrin, can only moo)


Oh Dear Oh Dear, You Have No Ears! (teaches about the different breeds of goats.  The author has LaMancha goats, which, we learn, have tiny ears)


Howdy, Howdy, Howdy!  My Name is Rowdy! (tells the story of a boisterous dog named Rowdy, who is much too loud for his friends’ ears)


You can win a new set of the 4 “Giggling Goats and Buddy Too” books in the series, including a $25 Pet Smart gift card to use in store or e-certificate to use on-line (your choice if you win).  This prize has a $60 value.  A VISA gift card may be substituted.


Here’s how the contest works:


For 1 chance to win: Leave a comment after this post answering, “What is your favorite pet memory?”


For 2 chances to win: Leave a comment and “Like” our Kid Focused Facebook page.


For 3 chances to win: Leave a comment, “Like” our Facebook page, and “Subscribe to Kid Focused” to receive free Kid Focused news every 1-2 weeks directly to your inbox.


If you already “Like” our Facebook page, and you are already a subscriber, leave a comment and you will automatically earn 3 entries.  Remind me in your single comment if you are a subscriber and/or a Facebook fan.


The contest will close at 8pm Pacific Time next Sunday, October 30th. The books and Pet Smart gift card will be shipped anywhere in the United States.  No more than 1 comment per visitor.  Winner will be randomly selected.  A $25 VISA gift card may be substituted for Pet Smart.


See more about Kathleen’s life and books at imgoatie.com or goatsaspets.com





  1. My first cat – yellow kitty. What a gem.

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  3. Shannon Baas says:

    The great dog we had as a kid.

  4. valerie taylor mabrey says:

    My favorite pet memory is the night my dad got us kids up out of bed and produced the cutest puppy out of his coat pocket. We were so excites. Princess was a good dog and gave us several puppies. Dd was always our hero but that night he might as well had a big old S on his shirt.
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  6. Rebecca Gebo says:

    I am already subscribed to kidfocus newsletter and have already liked it on FB :)

    One of my favorite pet memorys is one faithful Christmas we had a big cookie exchange at work and I came home with a plate loaded with the most delish cookies. I had set the plate down on our kitchen table and went in the next room to let my mom know I was home and what great cookies I had gotten. When I returned, I found the plate on the floor and our 140lb black lab Marty devouring every last cookie! Marty had climbed up on the kitchen table and gotten the plate of coveted christmas cookies. This dog was notorious for getting into any kind of food but this was one of his highlights :)

  7. Rebecca Graham says:

    My favorite pet memory was watching our lab dog jump in the pool with the kids.

  8. Cynthia C says:

    My favorite pet memory is when our dog came back home after being lost for months.

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  10. Adrienne Gordon says:

    MIne is bringing home our puppy for the kids.

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  14. This might seem like an odd favorite memory, but when our black lab Ruby was very old, she layed under a shade tree in our yard and found her final resting place. It was so peaceful for her and for our family to know she was comfortable, happy and with us–no interventions at all…

  15. Christina Gould says:

    My favorite pet memory is bringing home a baby kitten named Milo. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  18. Courtney S says:

    My fave pet memory is when I adopted my dog. I just knew he was meant for my as soon as I saw him! He brings absolute oy to my life!

  19. Katharine says:

    What is your favorite pet memory … hmmm, that is a hard one as I have had many pet friends over the years. I guess when my kitten Tolkien jumped over my shoulder into my plate of spaghetti and sauce and then ran tracking tiny red kitten prints and leaving chunks of spaghetti all over the floor LOL. It was a pain to clean up – but SOOOOO cute.

  20. Barbara M says:

    Doing my first comment a 2nd time – brief loss of internet connection when I was posting it.
    Favorite memory – getting my first cat Snotty.
    She’s such a licker and keep me awake the first couple of nights doing this.
    It’s her way of bonding.
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  22. We recently got a new puppy. We drove 5 hours to get him. I never forget the first time I saw him. He was a perfect angel the five hour drive back home.
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  23. My favorite pet memory was my dog winning sweet 16 contest.

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  27. When I was in 4th grade my grandpa bought me my first pair of ducks. I named them Cookie and Snickerdoodle. They were the best pets ever!

  28. My favorite pet memory is when my red border collie would know I was sad and she would come and lean against me and look up at me so sad too.

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  30. My favorite pet memory was when our Iguana got out and climbed up our huge Christmas tree. Our parents weren’t home at the time and my brother and I had a time getting it back to where it was supposed to be.

  31. My favorite pet memory was the first night I had my first dog. He was a little jack russell terrier puppy and I was 8. My mom let him sleep in my room, but told me to make sure he sleeps in his pen so that he didn’t get used to sleeping in a bed. Well…my little Max kept started whimpering, and I had to pick him up. He fell asleep on my chest…and slept in my bed every day after that.

  32. beth shepherd says:

    I just cuddling with my Faith on the couch at night
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  33. My favorite pet memory was when I got my dog Lucy. She is a Yellow Lab, and I always wanted a dog but the situation was never right! I cherish every day with her. Thanks for the chance


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  36. Crystal F says:

    I remember our dog Bobo couldn’t make his mind up about who he wanted to be with. He would lay in bed with me for a few minutes and then go lay with hubby in another room for a few minutes. He would do this the whole time that we were in seperate rooms. Thank you!!

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  38. The night our cat Smokey Joe jumped into the bath tub with me! I screamed like nobody’s business and he loved it. Never had a cat before that loved to take baths.

  39. When our cat had kittens!

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  41. melissa Resnick says:

    the dau we bought our pony, Annie

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  43. The first pet I remember and still have the fondest memories of is Daisy, she was a German Pug that my mom had. She was adorable and was with us a long time.

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  46. Angela Cisco says:

    My favorite pet memory is of getting my Jack Russel Miley, I had to drive 2 hours to get her but she was worth it.

  47. It has to be my first dog Charlie, he was a sweet beagle -basset hound mix

  48. One of my favorite childhood memories is a bitter-sweet one. We had a parrot named Olive Oil, she was beautiful, funny and had a large vocabulary. She would say things like “Pet’s are people too” and “Leisa telephone.” When she got older she became very sick and had to stay at the vet’s office for awhile. She wouldn’t eat at all unless I went to visit her. The vet couldn’t believe it, he had never seen anything like it. It showed me just how special animals are. They truly have individual personalities and know so much more than we give them credit for.

  49. Jill Myrick says:

    My favorite pet memory is of my first kitten when I was five.
    She was orange and I named her Sunshine. She was with us until I was fifteen and was my best friend. She slept with me, played hide and seek and went with me everywhere.


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  52. Laura Benjamin says:

    We were walking in our neighborhoods right after Hurricane Katrina struck to see all the damage she left behind. We were at the end of our street and saw a house that only had a porch standing. My 6 year old daughter said that she heard a noise coming from it but I didn’t want to chance going near it. She told that it sounded like a puppy and we just had to go and see. With 2 dogs at home and with her near tears we decided to up to the porch. Under it was a little puppy that someone had left behind. It was so afraid and shaking and my daughter went up to the puppy and scooped her up with her hands. I knew we could not leave the puppy so we brought her home. She was so frightened at first but after a couple of weeks it was like she knew she was safe and loved. Today she is a happy and healthy 6 year old and I don’t know what we would do without her!
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  55. Susan Smith says:

    My favorite pet memory was picking up our dog Daisy from shelter

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  57. I have so mny memories, because easy pet means so much to me. But one of my favorites was the day our Pudgy Princess came into our lives – we had sworn we were going to be careful and not feed her too many treats, and it lasted all of five minutes before she turned my DH to mush. :)

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  59. My cat learning to tell me when it’s time to go to bed. Very useful.
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  60. My favorite memory is when we rescued a young bunny who turned out to be a sweet, supportive companion for our old rabbit who had gone blind. It was wonderful to see how happy they were together and how much joy it brought to our rabbit in his old age.

  61. Leslie S. says:

    My favorite pet memory is of my dad and hamster Harriet.She would sit in his shirt pocket and loved to give kisses.Both my dad and Harriet are no longer with us and every time I see a hamster all I can think of is her little nose poking out of my dads pocket.Thanks!

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  64. Candice Hopper-Owrey says:

    My cat is my precious memory. I love how we used to play this game where I would put my hand on top, then she would, and so on.

  65. amy deeter says:

    hanging with my dog blackie.he past away .i really miss him

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  67. we had a white longhair cat that was really dumb but the funnest one we ever had, still miss her, she loved to play!

  68. My favorite pet memory was my beloved childhood cat Izzy. He was the sweetest and most loving cat I’ve ever known and followed my everywhere I went around the house and slept on my pillow every night.

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  71. My favorite pet memory was when I got my first dog as a child.

  72. Justin D. says:

    my favorite pet memory is of my old cat who used to sleep in our cast iron skillet, I guess it was warm?? :) I loved him though


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  75. Charity S says:

    Getting a puppy for my 6th birthday.

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  77. I have special memories of my dogs like when I trying to get into a certain school.

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