Monday, September 8, 2014

The Dog Did What?

I love Chicken Soup for the Soul books. The short stories are fun, uplifting, and just right for reading a few in the doctor's waiting room or at night before bed. I'm also honored to have my stories published in several volumes of Chicken Soup for the Soul. Just released is the newest Chicken Soup edition, Chicken Soup for the Soul, The Dog Did What? 

Description: Our dogs make us smile every day with their crazy antics and acts of love. This book is full of hilarious and heartwarming stories about the many ways our canine companions surprise us, make us laugh, and touch our hearts.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Dog Did What? will have you saying just that, as you read these 101 humorous and heartwarming stories about our lovable, goofy, and comical canines. Whether funny or serious, or both, these stories will make you laugh and touch your heart.

Book sections include That Little Rascal, Who's in Charge Here? and Four Legged Therapists.My story is called Puppy Love. You'll laugh at the role my husband's and my new dalmatian puppy played in our honeymoon!

Check out Chicken Soup for the Soul, The Dog Did What? for your serving of stories about dogs doing what dogs do best-- surprising us with their cute, funny and adorably-naughty ways.
  • Series: Chicken Soup for the Soul
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Chicken Soup for the Soul (August 19, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611599377
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611599374
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Friday, September 5, 2014

FitDog Friday- Ducks, Deer and things seen on the hike

I love the country, but I'm more of a "sit on the porch and watch the birds" kinda gal than a "get out there and hike in the wilderness" person. But what kind of a post for FitDog Friday would that make? So this Labor Day weekend, we decided the weather was just right for a lovely hike at Peebles State Park on Van Schoick Island near Troy, New York.

We took Kelly, Ike and Zeke. The dog friendly trails included one receptacle for poo bags at the head/foot of the trail.

Zeke was full of energy and very excited at all the new smells. The other dogs were happy, but containable. The weather was breezy and perfect. Still, it didn't take long before all tongues were hanging out!

 Oddly, none of the dogs seemed to notice the several deer only yards away right next to the path.

Kelly and Ike got winded quickly. Even quicker than me!

At last, we shared a nice drink and relaxed. 

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Wordless Wednesday- A dog in the hand....

Hmmm now how does that saying go?

A dog in the hand....

is worth two in the tree.

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

A Wacky Rule for Pet Parents?

No Dogs Allowed. Keep off the Grass. No Pets.
We must follow certain rules to be responsible pet parents, but not all of them are convenient or even reasonable. And some are just plain wacky.

How about this one--a luxury apartment building in New York City allows dogs (under 15 pounds) BUT requires that residents carry their dogs across the lobby.

photo courtesy of iStockPhoto

According to the New York Post, management at Hawthorn Park apartments, on the Upper West Side, where a 1-bedroom unit goes for about $5,000/month, doesn't allow dog paws to touch the shiny clean marble floors.

photo courtesy of iStockPhoto

Not only that, but renters and their dogs are banned from the regular elevators and must use the service elevators to access their apartments.

If I were paying that much for my rent, I'd expect a red carpet across the lobby for my pooch.

How about you? Which pet-related rules do you dislike? Do you find some rules unfair, unreasonable, or even wacky?

"MOM! We don't have any marble floors, can we come inside?"

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Brooks' Books and Giveaway- Dogs Rule Nonchalantly

Brooks' Books Pet Book Reviews and Giveaway


Dogs Rule, Nonchalantly
by Mark Ulriksen
ISBN 978-1939621108
Pub. date 9/30/14

Good news! You can enter to win a copy of this book at the end of the post.

"There's nothing happier than a happy dog," writes Mark Ulriksen. And there's nothing more entertaining than an entertaining book about dogs--happy and otherwise.

Dogs Rule, Nonchalantly is a humorous and heartwarming look at the everyday interactions between dogs--big, small, frisky, lazy--and their caregivers. As you turn the pages, you'll find yourself smiling, and nodding in agreement.

"While puppies can melt your heart, getting an older dog does have its advantages." --Mark Ulriksen
This spoke to me, because my husband and I rescue senior dogs--they fit our quieter lifestyle, so I see the advantages of an older dog. At the same time, I'm babysitting my son's four month old puppy, so my heart melts every day between 9 to 5. Whether you share your home with a puppy, senior, or middle ager, I bet you'll agree with this statement too.

"Whether you've been gone for 5 minutes or 5 hours, they'll greet you like you've been gone for 5 years."- Mark Ulriksen
I love the author's comment here, because this is one of my favorite qualities of dogs, and I've also found this truth in my research on the human animal bond. You need only look as far as your own dog waiting for you at your front door to appreciate this sentiment.

Dogs Rule, Nonchalantly is illustrated with the author's whimsical paintings of dogs created for The New Yorker, Time, Newsweek, and other magazines and private commissions, together with new paintings created especially for this book. Mark Ulriksen is an illustrator best known for his work for The New Yorker, where he has more than 40 magazine covers to his credit. Mark lives in San Francisco with his wife, two daughters, and their chocolate Labrador, Henry.

I spent a good deal of time pondering the title of this book, and I think it's fitting. Dogs are relaxed and subtle in the way that they capture our hearts. And while dogs rule nonchalantly, this book portrays the bond between humans and dogs humorously, truthfully and yes, ...nonchalantly.

This is a beautiful book that will make you want to run to wherever your dog is sleeping (probably on your favorite chair) and give him a big hug!

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*Full Disclosure: I was provided with one copy of Dogs Rule, Nonchalantly to review and one for giveaway. This in no way influenced my review. Opinions expressed here are 100% my own.