The Dogs of Avalon is an incredible book, but not an easy one to read. The subject matter is emotionally charged and has a profound effect on the reader. On the one hand, you see how much good a handful of people manage to do with limited resources. On the other hand, you see how monumental the problem is. So long as animals are valued only for their utility or the money they represent, there cannot be true justice for animals. One thing that I liked about this book is that it does have a degree of empathy for those who get themselves into bad situations (eg a person adopting a tiger because the roadside zoo tells them it will otherwise be put down or the greyhound raiser who loves his dogs but doesn’t consider the “wastage”). Some people mean well, but don’t consider the impact their actions have or the larger situation, particularly when they themselves have little economic means. Marion Fitz...
Manny the Frenchie's Art of Happiness by Manny the Frenchie
Pub Date 06 Jun 2017
Who needs a guru when they have Manny, the world’s hippest Frenchie? The stress just falls away as you look are the adorable photos of Manny, his siblings and his friends. And for times when you can’t meditate upon his smiling mug, Manny has plenty of advice designed to make life better for humans and their four pawed companions. Needless to say naps and bacon play an important role. But there is also ample encouragement to treasure friends and family and do things that benefit others. Manny’s positive approach to life is contagious. After reading, Manny the Frenchie’s Art of Happiness, I felt energized and ready to take on the world one smile at a time.
I received a copy of Manny the Frenchie's Art of Happiness from the publisher and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
I love Adventure Cats. It is thrilling to read the stories of various cat adventurers - you may have read about some of them online and seen pictures already. Adventure Cats offers far more. Like AdventureCats.org it is a resource that provides helpful hints to determine whether your cat has what it takes to become an adventurer, and what type of training you need to do to make sure your cat doesn’t get frightened and is comfortable and safe. Safety is paramount. While it is amazing to share experiences with our bosom feline companions, not every cat wants to venture into the unknown. There are valuable tips on how to leash train your cat. There are also valuable safety and how-to guides.
With oodles of pictures, tips, and wonderful stories, Adventure Cats is a great book.
Felix the Railway Cat
The adorable story of Felix, the Huddersfield Train Station cat
by Kate Moore
Penguin UK - Michael Joseph
General Fiction (Adult)
Pub Date 23 Feb 2017
I am in love with Felix. She is more than just an amazing cat, she is the glue that keeps the Huddersfield community together. With more than 100,000 likes on Facebook she is more popular than many celebrities. Having a cat at the station makes everyone happy - from workers to irritated commuters. Even those who originally doubt the value of a station cat are quickly won over by her personality, beauty and persistence. She is far more than her job description- Senior Pest Controller.
Kate Moore’s book is all about relationships. It is tender, funny and quintessentially British. It isn't just Felix who has charm, but all of her friends and coworkers as well. I enjoyed how Moore takes readers from the very start, when she was just an idea through her kitten hood, trai...
Little Kids and Their Big Dogs by Andy Seliverstoff
Arts & Photography
Pub Date 10 Jan 2017
Little Kids and Their Big Dogs is an absolutely charming photo collection that animal lovers and families will greatly enjoy. Each of the breathtaking action shots showcase the sheer joy that comes when children and dogs play together. These beautiful gentle giants are playmates, loving companions and protectors. It is easy to see the love they have for their young friends. The text that accompanies each set of pictures is wonderful. The children and dogs speak sweetly and gently with each other. There is love and respect. The dogs are noble, as well as generous of heart.
Seliverstoff’s photos are amazing. The photos eloquently capture the magnificence of these large exotic breeds as they joyfully run, leap and frolic with small children. I especially loved the wiry furred wolfhound and the puli with the long gorgeous dreadlocks.
It has been done before, but that doesn’t make 101 Amazing Things About Dog Lovers less likable. The book contains an array of short passages, each taking on a different topic or focusing on a fun about dogs (not about the humans who love them, but more accurate titles have been already been taken). Don’t expect a heavy scientific tome. Instead 101 Amazing Things About Dog Lovers is a light read perfect for sharing with younger family members. The title is classified as Christian because it contains a short bible quote after each “fact” about dogs. It’s a nice idea, but many of the quotes don’t really fit with the text. Though the quotes are good, it appears their inclusion is more for marketing than content.
The book is nicely done, but it is more acceptable than exceptional. There is nothing th...
Absolutely fantastic! Whether you are an ardent cat lover or merely enjoy learning about animals, this book is a terrific addition to your shelf. Balancing objectivity and obsession, Abigail Tucker examines the hows and whys of our close and sometimes confounding relationship with cats. Cats have long occupied our homes and hearts. Now cats compete with the most popular human celebrities for online followers through blogs, facebook, twitter, and youtube. Even those who claim not to like cats frequently enjoy watching videos and captioning photos. But why is that the case? What has fueled human obsession with these beautiful and unusual animals who provide little in terms of service to their human carers? Abigail Tucker, an ardent, long term cat lover, has taken the time to examine a wide range of perspectives from scientists, animal rescue, TNR advocates, pop culture icons...
Migraines: More than a Headache by Dr. Elizabeth Leroux
Pub Date: 26 March 2016
As a long time sufferer of migraines, I was drawn to Dr. Leroux's Migraines: More than a Headache. Migraines can be treated with varying degrees of success, but treatment is more a matter of management than the provision of a cure. Furthermore, they are often misdiagnosed, confused with other types of headaches (that have a wide variety of causes), or even ignored as just being in the patient's mind. Despite the debilitating nature of migraines, they are frequently dismissed as unimportant, in part because far more women than men suffer from them.
One thing I like about Dr. Leroux's book is how it explains the various types of headaches, their symptoms and origin. It has valuable references that can help point those suffering from other serious and less widely known headache types in the right direction for treatment. Where Migraines: More than a H...
A Simple Guide to Protecting Your Pup from Unsafe Foods, Everyday Dangers, and Bad Situations
by Amy Luwis
Andrews McMeel Publishing
Home & Garden
Pub Date: May 3, 2016
With its hilarious illustrations and pertinent information, Amy Luwis's For Dog's Sake is a must have for any pet owner. Whether you have only just adopted your pet or are a long-term dog owner, you will benefit from reading For Dog's Sake. Best of all, the content is presented in a form that will be understood and remembered by readers of all ages. (Great for kids and adults)
Dogs, like children are curious and adventurous, but there are plenty of dangers that we are often unaware of. From poisonous plants to everyday items, Amy Luwis shows the dangers and offers suggestions. She even shows how to give your dog the Heimlich maneuver - a must for those with ball crazy dogs. The hilarious illustrations make the book fun to read, and the information is presented in a way that makes access dur...
The cat-human relationship sometimes works better than marriage. Love spans the great divide between us, linking two different species in a loving relationship.
Cats understand humans – enough at least to satisfy their needs. A cat can lead you to the fridge, persuade you to change the brand of cat food, wake you up in the morning to make sure its breakfast isn’t late, and share your bed in cold nights. It may even know how to move you off the most comfortable chair.
Cats are experts at twisting us around their little paws.
But do you understand your cat? Probably not as well as it understands you.
Cats are actually communicating to us all the time. With paws, tails, meows, whiskers and body postures, they have a vast and complex language that allows them to express their feelings quite clearly.
This book will help you chat to your cat – in a language i...