Lucy the Talented Toy Terrier – My Adorable Pet!

Many of you have had a special pet or pets in your lifetime that you felt you could never replace. Lucy the Talented Toy Terrier was this sort of pet. She was a lifeline to me in a difficult time in my life when I first got her. She continued to be there for me whenever I needed love and support. Also available on Barnes & Noble.


She was loved by my family and friends and anyone who met her. She captured everyone’s heart by her adorable face and personality. She weighed no more than 12 pounds at her heaviest but she was no lightweight when it came to doing all she could to protect me when she thought I needed it. Her bark was not loud but was persistent until you backed away. She never bit anyone but I wouldn’t want to be on her bad side if you pushed her.

She was kind to my children when they were young even when they pulled and tugged at her curly tail or pointy ears. She would look at me with a look in her eyes that said, “Are you going to do something about them?” When I told her, “It’s okay. Go lie down and be a good girl.” She did just that but not before giving me another sad look in resignation.

Children will love reading about Lucy and learn how important it is to love and care and show respect for their pets. The pets will give back more love and respect two-fold.


This book is based on my dog, Lucy, who I had for 16 years. She was quite a character and did all the things that are in this book. L

She loved my spaghetti with homemade sauce, watched TV shows featuring animals, hated baths, “sang” when music was played, and had two cherished possessions, a knotted rag and a ball. 


There once was a dog named Lucy

Who loved spaghetti and treats so juicy.

She enjoyed watching animals on TV

And was always as friendly as can be

Unless you took away her cherished rag or ball.

You were then no longer a friend at all.


There once was a dog named Lucy,

Who’s only claim to fame

Was her curled up tail and her cute little name.

She loved spaghetti and doggy treats.

These were her favorite things to eat.

She loved watching TV

And late did she stay up.

She was a special kind of pup.

She made me smile and feel full of glee

But now that she is gone I’ve lost a part of me.

Reviews on Amazon:

SM5.0 out of 5 starsHeart-warming tale about a dog named LucyJune 23, 2018Format: PaperbackAnyone who owns or had to say goodbye to a beloved pet would appreciate this tribute to a beloved four-legged family member who warmed everyone’s heart. The prolific, award-winning author Janice Spina (who has penned books for kids, young adults, and adults) pays homage to “Lucy, the Talented Toy Terrier,” her beloved dog, in this sweet tale about a dog whose funny and endearing habits are described in rhyme. Ms. Spina brings the reader inside that circle of warmth by sharing her treasured memories of a dog who was part of the family for sixteen years; a dog known to all as Lucy. Just wonderful.
Kudos to John Spina for cleverly mixing media, embedding drawn pictures of Lucy on a realistic background of home photos

Werner Stejskal5.0 out of 5 starsA dog’s domestic lifeApril 7, 2018Format: Kindle EditionI like the idea of using photos as background to the drawn dog. It makes it a faster production and why not! The author goes through many scenarios in a domestic dog’s life and shows how depended pets are on us. A nice effort which I fully recommend!

ark Slomin5.0 out of 5 starsLively and detailed rhymes…April 8, 2018Format: Kindle EditionJanice Spina is an award-winning children’s, and YA book author, with over 15 titles under her belt.

“Lucy the Talented Toy Terrier” is Spina’s latest effort, and based on the beloved pet she once had. Spina takes the reader on a typical day… moments in Lucy’s active (and often funny) life, through lively and detailed rhymes. Accompanying the text are simple illustrations of Lucy within photographed background scenes, care of the author’s husband, illustrator John Spina.

As a previous dog owner, I adored this rhyming tail… er, tale! I’m sure your kids will too

Deanie Humphrys-Dunne5.0 out of 5 starsAnother cute book by Janice SpinaMarch 27, 2018Format: Kindle EditionI thoroughly enjoyed reading Janice Spina’s new story about Lucy. It was great fun to learn about Lucy’s personality and how she liked to spend her day. For example, Lucy loved taking walks with her owners, but she hated bath time.Guess what Lucy’s favorite meal was? She loved spaghetti, with or without meatballs. But it needed homemade sauce. Parents and children will love learning about Lucy and her endearing traits. It’s another remarkable story by Janice Spina. I highly recommend that you add it to your collection of books by this talented author such as Louey the Lazy Elephant and Lamby the Lonely Lamb. You’re sure to enjoy them.
Reviewed by children’s author, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
*I received a free copy of this book and chose to review it without compensation.

Thank you for stopping by to read about my precious little pup. I miss her every day and all the joy she brought my way. It’s too bad that dogs don’t live longer. Their lives are too fleeting but we will always keep them in our hearts.

I hope you will check out little Lucy on Amazon or Barnes & Noble. I promise you, you will fall in love with her too! There are plenty of books for all ages in Jemsbooks. Happy shopping! Thank you for your support.


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Blessings & Hugs!



About jjspina

Janice is an multi-award-winning author with 41 books: 20 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen, two young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 6 novels, and a short story collection written under J.E. Spina. She is also a writer of poetry, blogger, avid reader, reviewer and a copy editor. Janice has always loved writing and started very young writing poetry, then stories. Her books have received 33 Book Awards and a few finalists awards. All Janice's books are available on, Kindle, B&N and other online book sites. One of her sports' poems was published in The Lawrence Eagle Tribune in October of 2008. She is currently working on book 3 of a YA fantasy series an and book 2 in an angel series. There will be six books in all in this series. She hopes to work on a series of four books in a crime/mystery genre that will be offsprings of her thriller, Hunting Mariah. There are books in the works about a dog for ages YA. Her hobbies are crocheting, sewing, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, tap dancing, going to the movies with her husband, and spending time with her five grandchildren. Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates reviews. Sign up on her blog for a copy of her newsletters under Contact Me. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband who is her illustrator and cover creator.
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10 Responses to Lucy the Talented Toy Terrier – My Adorable Pet!

  1. Darlene says:

    This book and Lucy sound delightful. I love my dog, Dot. I’ve had her for 3 years and can’t imagine life without her. Such a joy they are.

  2. My Kero – who has his own seven book series – was that dog for me. I love our Lilie, but Kero… Kero was special.

  3. Having recently lost dear Millie, I know what an important place a much-loved dog has in the family home. Lucy sounds like a sweetheart and a special dog.

  4. Sorry for the loss of that beloved pet. Glad you have so many memories. By sharing them I know Lucy. She loved my favorite food too. (not the dog treat) lol.

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