Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Review: The Dalai Lama's Cat and The Power of Meow & A Contest

If you're a regular reader of this blog you know that I do very few book reviews and that I'm a huge fan of David Michie's The Dalai Lama's Cat books. Newly released is the third book in the series, The Dalai Lama's Cat and The Power of Meow. 

We return to the Dalai Lama's Monastery in the Himalayas, and pick up with the same cast of characters, led by the narrator, The Dalai Lama's Cat, otherwise known as HHC (His Holiness' Cat), although she is sometimes called by other names including Rinpoche. The Dalai Lama calls her his Little Snow Lion. We return to all of the familiar places, including the Himalaya Book Cafe where she is a regular and has her own special place. This time around a new public health inspector wants to have HHC banned from the Cafe. The nerve!  

It's truly hard to stop turning pages in each of the books and this is no exception. We are once again drawn into the world surrounding The Dalai Lama as seen through the eyes and experiences of his exquisite cat. A Himalayan, of course.
Author David Michie and Princess Wussik, his muse for the book

While we learn more about each of the characters we've come to know so well, this book offers something more. Through HHC we learn how to meditate. Meditation has been medically proven to lower blood pressure, reduce stress. You don't have to be a Buddhist to practice mindful meditation.  As someone who can't seem to turn her mind off and thought she'd never be able to meditate, it was comforting to discover the ways in which to clear one's mind. Yes, you might say that a little cat taught me. Suddenly, the books I'd read on the topic seemed irrelevant. This book made it seem so much easier and more logical. A nice bonus for the reader.

Michie is definitely a pet lover whose was raised with a Siamese cat, purchased by his parents as a present for his older brother when David was born to avoid sibling rivalry. He has had animals of all kinds. That affinity for animals shines through in his writing.

I highly recommend The Dalai Lama's Cat and The Power of Meow. It could be read alone but you will truly enjoy the full experience if you read The Dalai Lama's Cat, and The Dalai Lama's Cat and The Art of Purring first. 

I'm happy to say that The Dalai Lama's Cat has been optioned for a movie. Will there be a fourth book? Only time will tell. Personally, I'll be meditating about it.
Author David Michie

The Dalai Lama's Cat and The Power of Meow by David Michie is published by Hay House for $15.99 wherever books are sold.

I have a surprise for you. Hay House will send a copy of the The Dalai Lama's Cat and The Power of Meow to one lucky winner. You must be a resident of the U.S. To enter, just leave a message.  You have until this Friday at noon EDT when the winner will be drawn and notified. The winner will be named in a subsequent blog post.

NOTE: I received no compensation for this review, only a review copy of the book. I can assure you that I've read every word and the opinions expressed in this review are mine.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Marshall the Miracle Dog

No one, not human or animal, deserves any kind of abuse. A dog named Marshall was abandoned, abused and starving. He was among 60 other dogs living on a property without food, water and shelter. During the time of his rescue by Animal Planet’s "Confessions," he had a badly broken front leg, bite marks all over his body and a tennis ball sized hole in the side of his face. The Humane Society of Missouri came to the dogs rescue, however Marshall’s injuries were so serious they required surgery before he could be put up for adoption. Marshall died on the operating table…but was resuscitated and the medical team was able to repair his face and amputate his infected leg.
Today, Marshall happily lives in his forever home with has new owner Cyndi Willenbrock. Cyndi has made it her mission to not let Marshall’s traumatic story go unheard, in fact, she has been able to use the events of his past to spread hope to young kids being picked on and bullied in school. Marshall not only warms the hearts of those closest to him, but has inspired a feature film, “Marshall’s Miracle”, staring Lucas Carroll, Shannon Elizabeth, Matthew Settle and Lauren Holly.
You can find Marshall on Facebook and Twitter. Here's a video of Marshall and his new Mom from HooplaHa  doing what he does best: teaching children why bullying is bad.

Please help Marshall spread his message of no bullying, no abuse.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

National Dog Day

Photo by Nancy Ross

It's true that "every dog has his day," only we today we can take that old saying literally. Today is National Dog Dog. Of course, your dog probably thinks that every day is his day and that's the way it should be. Dogs are our companions, our friends, our family members. Service Dogs, Police Dogs, Therapy Dogs, PTSD Dogs, Bomb-Sniffing Dogs, there is an almost endless array of things that dogs do for us. They will lay down their lives for us. They give us their unconditional love and endless devotion. They deserve to be celebrated.

Photo by Anne Willis Herring Hudson

The people at the free and private social network for neighborhoods, and App, nextdoor, have gathered some interesting raw data. They went in search of the most popular dog names and the most popular dogs.  The Most Popular Name for 2015 is Bella and the most Popular Dog is the Mutt.  This obviously wasn't a scientific survey but something fun that we can enjoy.  Here are there findings:

Here's what they found:

Top Dog Names in the Country
1.       Bella
2.       Lucy
3.       Max
4.       Daisy
5.       Bailey
6.       Buddy
7.       Molly
8.       Charlie
9.       Maggie
10.   Sadie

Top Dog Breeds in the Country:
Note: Overall Bella is the unanimous favorite name for all dog breeds... Besides Bella, below are the most popular names for each breed (breeds listed in order of popularity).
1.       Mixed breed - Lucy
2.       Lab - Bailey
3.       Chihuahua - Coco
4.       Golden retriever- Bailey
5.       Dachshund - Lucy
6.       Boxer - Rocky
7.       Shih tzu - Gizmo
8.       German shepherd - Max
9.       Yorkshire terrier - Sophie
10.   Beagle – Daisy

Monday, August 24, 2015

Dogs Who Get Excited when It's Time for Dinner or A Treat

Dogs are so sweet and funny but when it comes to meals or snacks, they're worse than toddlers. They bounce around, bark, jump, race through the house in sheer glee. Everyone who makes a meal wants it to be received with such enthusiasm, however, it's much nicer if your dog learns to sit and wait until dinner is in the dish, in place, and he has been told it's time to eat. Manners should be taught to pets as well as children.

Here are a few overly-enthusiastic dogs in video from HooplaHa;

Thursday, August 20, 2015

National Bring Your Cat to the Vet Day!

This Saturday is National Bring Your Cat to the Vet Day.  The American Association of Feline Practitoners (AAFP) is anxious to get this message out. I am, too.  You know I've written about this before. Owners bring their dogs to the vet but forget that cats need to see their veterinarian every bit as much.  

Please read this information. It's important to know why this needs to happen.  Share this with your cat-owning friends, too. Let's get this information out to EVERY cat owner!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Cats Practice Stalking

It's always fun to watch cats as they interact with each other as well as other species.  They usually exhibit prey stalking when they play with you with an interactive fishing pole type toy. Some cats prefer to see it fly like a bird while others enjoy it wiggling across the floor like a snake. There are also cats who enjoy both.

Our friends at HooplaHa have shared a video of cats exhibiting this behavior. They call it Cats Trying to Scare You and they do note how patient cats are while watching their prey. 

 I'd like to note that some of the clips involve cats outdoors which is something we don't recommend in the U.S.  There are far too many dangers outside including disease, other animals who might attack them, cars racing down the road, etc. Indoors with environmental enrichment keeps them healthier and they will live a whole lot longer.

Now for your enjoyment, and education if you want to study the body language of each of the cats, is the video.

Monday, August 10, 2015

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