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KISS Guide to Raising a Puppy

KISS Guide to Raising a Puppy

5 out of 5 stars 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 Golden Retriever.

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 long run!

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 training."

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 barking.

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 puppy.

~The Rebecca Review 


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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 Fascinating!

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 frigid temperatures.

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






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