Excerpts from Reviews
Atlanta Constitution. April 26, 1999.
"Mary Jane Checchi, author of Are You the Pet for Me? Choosing the Right Pet For Your Family explains that there is a lot to consider before bringing home a new animal friend."
Washington Post. April 27, 1999.
"Mary Jane Checchi, author of Are You the Pet for Me? advises families to think carefully before adopting a companion animal. Making the wrong decision can be painful for everyone -- including the pet. Parents need to know that most of the work of looking after a pet tends to fall on an adult in the household."
Amazon.com. May, 1999.
"Are you the Pet for Me? (is) a valuable tool in making one of the most important decisions in your and your potential pet's life."
Arcade. May 6, 1999.
"This is a book written not only by an animal lover but a humanist....Each section gives everything from projected costs to legal restrictions for owning certain pets. Every chapter includes a bibliography for additional reading references, as well as organizations to help address concerns about animals and their welfare."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. June 1, 1999.
"In her book, Checchi provides an overview of the kinds of questions families must ask and answer before getting a pet. She then offers information about various pets, including cats, dogs, reptiles, rodents, and small furry creatures. Checchi also presents an age-by-age list of things that children can do to care for a particular kind of pet. Most importantly, Checchi includes a checklist that families can use to "inventory their resources" to see if they will be able to maintain a particular pet for its natural lifetime."
Paw Print Post. Summer 1999 issue.
"(This) is a "must have" for any family considering pet ownership. Author Mary Jane Checchi gives a step by step, practical approach to the decision making process....She provides profiles for each pet category, including cost, size, longevity, space, exercise, time requirements, equipment, odor, shedding, physical and temperamental characteristics affecting children, personality traits, parental supervision, and legal restrictions."
Richmond Parents. June, 1999.
"Because pet ownership can be a joy if you choose the right pet or a disaster if you don't, the author covers the important matters a family should consider when trying to integrate a pet into a home, especially with children....A must-read for potential pet owners with kids...."
Bethesda Gazette. June 15, 1999.
"(This) book offers a step-by-step approach to welcoming a pet into a home, from what type of animal best suits a certain lifestyle to how to make a new member of the family fit in."
Leaves. July/August, 1999.
"Her book prepares parents and children to make successful decisions about getting a pet ....(It) draws on extensive research to provide up-to-date information on common pitfalls, resources and advice for the selection and care of a pet."
Our Children. (National Parent Teachers Association) October, 1999.
"...is an excellent resource for anyone considering bringing a pet into the family. In addition to chapters on various pet species such as dogs, cats, birds, and fish, the author addresses the companionship that pets provide, how to choose a pet, making the pet choice work, and dilemmas such as how to say no to having a pet."
Family Education/Learning Network Online. August, 1999.
"This book helps parents decide what pet is best for their children and lifestyle. It covers such issues as money, time, personality (of the kids and the animals!) and pet peeves."
Big Apple Parent. October, 1999 issue.
"Mary Jane Checchi's new book...is a terrific little volume of wisdom....this book is full of vital information."
Nashville Parent. October, 1999.
"The quest for the best family pet raises many questions, and the answers can be found in this resourceful book. Everything you need to know is here, including the cost of a particular pet throughout its lifetime, time and care requirements and temperamental characteristics affecting kids plus much more."
Allanimals. (Humane Society of the United States) Fall 1999 issue.
"If you are a parent thinking about bringing a pet into the family, Are You the Pet for Me? is a wonderfully helpful resource."
Animal Issues. (Animal Protection Institute) Fall 1999 issue.
"This book is a must read if you are considering adding an animal to your family, especially if you have children."
Animal Sheltering. November-December, 1999.
"Readers of Mary Jane Checchi's Are You the Pet for Me? Choosing the Right Pet for Your Family will find all the information they need to answer the question posed in the book's title."
ASPCA Animal Watch. Winter 1999 issue.
"A handy resource to help parents determine if their family is prepared to add a companion animal to their home. Excellent overview of long-term responsibilities and day-to-day realities of an animal's care."
Clover Leaf. (House Rabbit Society) Fall/Winter 1999 issue.
"The book is a great resource for anyone looking to add a companion animal to their household, and has gotten rave reviews from all sides."
Kids. January 17 - 30, 2000.
"Are You the Pet for Me? draws on extensive research to provide up-to-date information on common pitfalls, resources and advice for the selection and care of a pet."
Tattle Tails. (Humane Animal Welfare Society, Wisconsin) Spring 2000 issue.
"The HAWS staff recommends this informative book for current and potential pet owners."
The Scoop. Summer 2000 issue.
"Mary Jane Checchi's insightful book goes far beyond other pet books to prepare parents and children to make a successful decision about getting a pet....ARE YOU THE PET FOR ME? is a good book to have around; but more importantly, it's a good book to give to others."
Washington Parent. August, 2000.
"Mary Jane Checchi in Are You the Pet For Me? helps parents think about lifestyle, cost, and children's ages and personalities in determining which animals may make the best companions for a particular household. Kudos to Checchi for recommending the adopting of older dogs and cats (not just kittens and puppies) from local animal shelters and for advocating spaying and neutering as part of responsible pet ownership."
Family Education/Learning Network Online. April, 2001.
MetroPets Online. April, 2001.
"Featured Book of the Month."
Noah's Ark Animal Sanctuary Online. April, 2001.
"Recommended Reading From Our Bookshelf."
"This fine book fills a deep hole on the library shelf of pet books." October, 2002
Bide-A-Wee News. May/June 2001.
"This book is for every parent whose kids have begged for a pet. It answers all the questions parents should ask before buying or adopting a pet -- any pet."
House Rabbit Society Reading Room Online. August, 2001.
"This book is intended for people who aren't sure what kind of companion animal is suitable for their family. It provides basic information on how to care for a variety of animals, including rabbits."
MVMA (Mass. Veterinary Medical Ass.) Bookstore Online. Summer, 2001.
"Now, in clear, compassionate language, author Mary Jane Checchi helps parents choose the right pet for their families."
Delaware Pets Magazine. September, 2001.
"Mary Jane Checchi offers sound advice in Are You The Pet For Me? While the choice of a pet can have a more lasting impact on a family than the choice of a stereo or car, here never has been a 'Consumer Reports' type guide to selecting the right pet...until now. (This book) goes far beyond other pet books to prepare parents and children to make a successful decision about getting a pet...."
Pet Helpers Network. New and Notable Pet Books Winter 2001-2002.
"Is Pet Ownership For You? In her new book, Are You The Pet For Me?, author Mary Jane Checchi urges potential pet owners to think about not only which companion animal may be the best fit for their family, but also whether or not they're cutout for pets at all."
Petfinder.com Resource Library. Pocket Change Spring 2003.
One of two books recommended for further reading about small pet mammals by Jill Boriss, ASPCA.
Koolkidstuff.com. Spring 2003.
"...author Mary Jane Checchi spells out not only what's in store for you as the potential pet owner, but also -- and perhaps more importantly -- what type of animal is best suited to your family, and even whether or not you and your kids are cut out for a pet at all. Beginning with the basics of what pet ownership can do for your family, including the opportunity for kids to learn responsibility and experience the rewards of animal companionship, Checchi moves on to the all-important step of choosing the right pet for your child."
Mercydesmoines.org. Owning a Pet Boosts Seniors' Health April 2003.
Are You the Pet For Me? is one of two recommended resources.
Parenting.com. May, 2003.
"To learn all you need to know about kids and pets, read Are You the Pet For Me? Choosing the Right Pet For Your Family by Mary Jane Checchi..."
Wildlife-international.org. May, 2003
"Most children, at one time or another, will ask, even plead, for a pet. And their parents, eager to give their kids what they want, will give in, too often focusing on the cute and fluffy aspects and all but ignoring the realities of pet ownership. In Are You the Pet for Me? author Mary Jane Checchi spells out not only what's in store for you as the potential pet owner, but also--and perhaps more importantly--what type of animal is best suited to your family, and even whether or not you and your kids are cut out for a pet at all."
Our Generation's Magazine. June, 2003
"In her book, Checchi gives tips to aid those in search of a pet so that families can avoid the common pitfalls and find the right pet...."
Denver Dumb Friends League. Summer, 2003.
Recommended Reading - Adults.
Cedar Rapids Gazette. July 18, 2004
"Are You the Pet for Me? Choosing the Right Pet for your Family" by Mary Jane Checchi is a wonderful book to help you make important decisions on what kind of pet fits your family's lifestyle."
Noah's Ark Animal Sanctuary, 2011
This fine book fills a deep hole on the library shelf of pet books. It goes a long way toward saving families a lot of misgivings and heartbreak over the adoption of pets that don't really fit into their lives. And, perhaps even more importantly, it safeguards the lives of pets who are adopted by people who realize too late that they can't give the animals the time, resources or love that they deserve. A well-written and thoroughly researched book this invaluable resource does a great service: it shines the light of reality -- even down to dollars and cents -- on pet adoptions.
Golden Retriever Club of America, 2011
Partnership for Animal Welfare (PAWS), 2013
Handy, thorough, easy-to-read handbook designed to help individuals and families choose the right pet. Chapters include determining if your household is truly ready for the time, financial and daily exercise and care commitment...what children are capable of being responsible for at various ages...weighing the advantages and disadvantages of each species.