Adorable Puppies, October 23, 2003
If you are thinking about buying a new puppy, this is an
excellent resource. If you walk past a pet store and see a cute
puppy, you might want to read this book first. There are
excellent ideas like bringing a puppy home on a day when you
will be home the next day or maybe for the weekend.
Puppy proofing a house is also a great idea. Especially since
"chewing on everything" is an expression of basic
canine hunting instincts. Do you have a baby gate? You might
want to buy one. There are grooming supplies, cleaning supplies
and toys to think about. I had never considered the danger of
electric cords. You mean they chew on those too? Yikes.
This book was truly enlightening. For example, you should not
buy a puppy that is not at least 9 weeks old because there is a
"critical fear" period in which puppies who are
frightened for any reason will become a lifelong fear. Even a
car ride or a trip to the Vet could make them afraid of Vet
visits and car rides.
The Main Sections:
So You Want a Puppy Are you ready for a new puppy? How to
decide on the type of dog you want to own. There are more than
400 dog breeds to choose from. There is also information on the
types of breeds that require more frequent grooming. Do you want
an active breed like a Shih Tzu or a laid-back breed like a
Bringing Home Your New Best Friend All the essentials.
What you should do before bringing a new puppy home and how to
set household rules, prepare for housetraining and the essential
first 24 hours. Do you have any poisonous plants in your yard?
Is your fence secure enough to prevent escapes? How do you
housetrain? Some great ideas about "not using
newspapers" because apparently this is a bad idea in the
Your Puppy's Health Everything from the first visit to
the vet to what your puppy should eat. Also helpful information
for emergencies. There is a lot to think about in this chapter
including vaccinations, spaying and neutering.
How to Train Your Puppy Interesting tips on how to be
your puppy's teacher. How you can use training to avoid trouble.
If you don't want your puppy to chew on his leash, you can
simply dip it in vinegar. There are simple ways to show your
puppy you are the leader of the pack. Liz Palika also gives
"Ten Simple Principles for Successful Training." You
start with the basics and then work your way into "boundary
More to Do
and Learn What are the beset games and
toys? Also a section on "Why Does My Puppy do That?"
You will find out some creative ways to get a puppy to stop
If you are trying to decide between owning a cat or a dog,
this book will defiantly help you see if you are a "cat OR
dog" person. You might be both.
KISS books have so many great extras and pictures. You will
find Trivia, definitions and website addresses. The pictures in
this KISS book are especially cute.
A must-read for anyone thinking about adopting a new
Walt Disney Paul Walker Eight Below
Completely Riveting Suspense, January 30, 2007
Eight below is impressive in how it presents an impossible
challenge and then sets out to prove that even the most intense
goals can be easily mastered when you can find a way to create
interest in your project or concern. This movie held my complete
attention and my husband recommended this movie to me. We
watched this last night and literally didn't leave the room for
the entire time it was playing. It was that good!
The Siberian huskies and Malamutes in this movie are amazing
actors and I loved the way they seem to speak to each other and
set up situations so they can survive the harsh terrain. The
pack of sled dogs spends time alone waiting for the pilot, guide
and cartographer to return to the research station in the
Antarctic. The ways they survive for months on end shows
stunning intellectual abilities and also explains how animals
use their natural instincts to survive.
Magnificent snowy landscapes, harsh storms, survival, humor,
romance, overcoming adversity, unrelenting challenges and
riveting suspense makes this an unforgettable movie. While most
of the movie is "on the edge of your seat"
suspenseful, there are brilliant moments of humor and in the
end, the conclusion is well worth waiting for!
~The Rebecca Review
Winter Movie about Penguins - Totally
The March of the Penguins
Exquisite Beauty and Realistic Danger, February 17, 2007
March of the Penguins brings a new understanding to the intense
conditions penguins must endure to survive brutal weather in a
world they feel compelled to live in. Summer brings freedom as
penguins fly through underwater worlds and in the winter, they
take on an amazing task of keeping their eggs safe from the
My respect for penguins was dramatically increased as I watched
them form partnerships and then take on a world of challenges.
Watching this with a sense of awe may be an understatement.
There is something stunning about the commitment the penguin
parents enter into in order to bring new life into the world.
The male and female penguins play an equal role in the parenting
process and their dedication is beyond impressive. For the most
part, this documentary focuses on surviving the winter, but the
scenes of the baby penguins are well worth waiting for.
The way this is filmed, you truly gain a sense of the emotions
of the penguins and you can almost see the sheer wonder of the
parenting experience in the eyes of the parents. What I loved
most was the way the little penguins sing to the parents and how
they communicate with their friends. The sadness of the penguins
who don't manage to keep their eggs safe is tangible. As they
return to the sea, you can't help but feel their loss.
Overall, you have to go into this with realistic expectations
because this is about the reality of survival. March of the
Penguins presents this reality, yet it also presents an
emotional dimension that will give you a renewed respect for
penguins. The leopard seal in this movie reminded me of the one
in 8 Below (which I felt was initially more upsetting than this
movie) and they are truly terrifying. This movie does seem to
have been created with an adult audience in mind, so you may
want to preview this before showing it to your children.
~The Rebecca Review
Ice Blue Peppermint Soap
Refreshing Peppermint, February 17, 2007
Sea salt is added to the Ice Blue soap to purify the skin and
the peppermint will refresh and leave you a little tingly. I
didn't find this to be overly intense, but mildly invigorating.
This particular soap is especially good after working out and is
perfect for summer or anytime you are feeling overheated. Orange
oil, Bergamot oil and Peppermint make this a soap you won't want
to live without. Other soaps I've tried and loved: Sultana of
Soap, Sandstone, Ooh La La and Gratuitous Violets. Each soap has
its benefits and moods.
~The Rebecca Review
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