Confessions of a non-recovering introvert

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I’m an introvert. When I said it to friends a few times over the last couple of weeks, I’ve gotten responses like, “You? You’re so talkative” or “I remember you as so outgoing” but almost always, “You’re not an introvert.”Really? How would you know?You probably base your idea of who I am on what you see on the outside, without knowing what’s going on inside of me most of the time. Sure, I can put together a party and play the happy hostess. But inside, I’m usually freaking out, because I … [Read more...]

Review: Cesar Millan’s The Pack Leader Tour

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Last night I attended the Rochester, NY appearance of America's most famous dog trainer, Cesar Millan, in town for his "The Pack Leader" tour.In the interest of full disclosure, until that point my exposure to Millan was limited. I'd never seen his show, never seen him train a dog or talk about training a dog, never read his book (although I do have a copy of "Cesar's Way", picked up at the used bookstore, in my to-read pile).I had seen him profiled on CBS Sunday Morning and found him … [Read more...]

Books for the animal-loving reader on your Christmas list

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If you've got an animal lover on your Christmas list who also happens to love books, then here are a few great gift ideas they're sure to love!1) "A Dog's Purpose" and "Emory's Gift", by W. Bruce Cameron. "A Dog's Purpose" is narrated by Toby, a dog who is born, lives, dies, and then finds himself reborn again and again, eventually understanding that he has learned something from each life that helps him find his ultimate purpose. It’s a very funny and inspiring must-read for anyone who has e … [Read more...]

Book review: “Stay,” by Allie Larkin

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It’s the age old story: girl loves boy, boy falls in love with girl’s best friend, girl goes on a drinking binge and orders at dog off the internet.OK, so it’s the age old story with a twist. Of lime.In her debut novel, “Stay”, author Allie Larkin has penned a funny chick lit story of love, friendship and self-discovery, and tied it all together with a dog named Joe.Savannah “Van” Leone has been in love with her friend Peter Clarke since they met on the first day of classes in college … [Read more...]

Book review: “Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts,” by Lucy Dillon

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I’m not much for romance novels, or chick lit for that matter. But I gladly made an exception for “Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts,” the new novel by Lucy Dillon.Thirty-nine-year-old Rachel Fielding is having a bad year. She’s lost her job and ended a long-term relationship (with a married man), and to make matters worse has inherited her late aunt’s house - which includes a dog kennel and a grieving Border collie named Gem.With nowhere else to go – at least until she finds another job - Rach … [Read more...]

Streams of contentment and lessons learned from animals

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In the classic song, “Thank God I’m A Country Boy,” John Denver sang, “Life on the farm is kinda laid back”; I’ve always wondered what he meant by that. I visited a dairy farm once and believe me, the amount of work needed to feed, milk, and otherwise care for cows and then get the milk to processing was certainly not laid back. It was arduous to the nth degree.Now that I'm older, I realize Denver wasn't talking about the physical life on the farm in that famous song, but instead the mental a … [Read more...]

DreamWorks picks up movie rights to NY Times bestseller "A Dog's Purpose"

Fans of writer W. Bruce Cameron will be wagging for joy at this news: DreamWorks has picked up the movie rights to Cameron's NY Times Bestselling novel, "A Dog's Purpose." Cameron will write the screen play, along with Cathryn Michon (who also happens to be his wife.) The movie will be produced by Gavin Polone."I saw this as a movie virtually from the time the idea showed up whole cloth in my head," Cameron says on the DreamWorks website. He hopes for "an uplifting movie, a movie about joy and … [Read more...]

Book review: The Lost Dogs by Jim Gorant

In 2007, then Atlanta Falcons' quarterback Michael Vick was indicted in a dogfighting case that rocked the sports world and struck a nerve with animal lovers everywhere. The case made international headlines and begged the question, How could an athlete with the world at his feet be so cruel to animals?But more importantly - and almost entirely overlooked - is what happened to the 51 pit bulls taken from Vick's Bad Newz Kennels. … [Read more...]


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