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Create Your Own Money Saving Adventure

You may be wondering, why is there a book review about saving money on a site that is about animals? Well, as most pet parents know, sometimes our pets can be pretty expensive. From vet bills, to toys, to cute clothes, and of course, food, we animal lovers can always find ways to spend on our pets!

That’s why it’s great to have a book that can help you learn to save in other areas in your life, like groceries! Create Your Own Money-Saving Adventure (The Standard Edition) (Volume 1) will help you save on everyday items you need, plus help you learn to find savings for other things as well, like travel and online shopping.

Loads of awesome money saving information is packed into this book. If you have ever been interested in using coupons, or even just wanted to know more about how things are priced in your grocery store, you need to get a copy of this book.

I’ve been trying to put more of the tips to use and have found that we are already saving money. I can’t wait until I can really dive into the book and follow it more closely. Food is one of our biggest expenses, and sadly, not one we can cut much on. Saving on our food will help us have extra money for Baby and her vet bills (she is one expensive, but totally worth it, little girl)!

Disclosure: I received a copy of Create Your Own Money-Saving Adventure (The Standard Edition) (Volume 1) for my review.

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The Dalai Lama’s Cat

This book can best be described as charming, fun to read, and even a bit enlightening! Told through the perceptive of one very lucky cat, we get a glimpse on what it might be like to live inside the home of the Dali Lama.

‘Oh! How adorable! I didn’t know you had a cat!’ she exclaimed. I am always surprised how many people make this observation. Why should His Holiness not have a cat? ‘If only she could speak,’ continued the actress. ‘I’m sure she’d have such wisdom to share.’ And so the seed was planted . . .

I began to think that perhaps the time had come for me to write a book of my own—a book that would convey some of the wisdom I’ve learned sitting not at the feet of the Dalai Lama but even closer, on his lap. A book that would tell my own tale … how I was rescued from a fate too grisly to contemplate to become the constant companion of a man who is not only one of the world’s greatest spiritual leaders and a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate but also a dab hand with a can opener.”

A fun and easy read, it will draw you in with it’s warmth and humor. I loved the lessons that each chapter taught, subtly yes, but there none the less.

From her rescue story to her meetings with dignitaries, this little kitty knows how to tell a tale! I found myself wishing it were all true, as I was falling more in love with this sweet cat. Within her story are many founding principles of Buddhism, told in such a way that anyone could easily relate to them. It’s the type of story where you can glean wisdom and be entertained at the same time. It is also a story I am sure to enjoy reading again.

Find The Dalai Lama’s Cat on Amazon or anywhere fine books are sold.

Thank you to Hay House for providing me with a copy free in exchange for my reviewing it.

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Dogs with Old Man Faces

Dogs with Old Man Faces: Portraits of Crotchety Canines is a delightful little book full of photos of dogs with, you guessed it, old man faces.

Each old dog also has funny captions on the page next to them, such as; “Pedro likes Old Spice and Sinatra,” “Jack enjoys a hot cup of Sanka,” and “Chet is still upset they cancelled Matlock.”

We loved this fun tribute to senior dogs, who still have what it takes to make us smile!

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Chaser, the dog that knows 1000 words! #Chaser1000

Chaser Most dog lovers will tell you that their dog is smart. In fact, it’s something that dog owners have known for some time, that dogs do indeed know what we are saying. Sometimes, they might even know too much! Just try tricking your pup into going to the vet or getting a bath!

Well, a dog named Chaser and her beloved owner “Pop-pop” are challenging what science thinks about dogs and language with a vocabulary of 1000 words!

In the book, Chaser : Unlocking the Genius of the Dog Who Knows a Thousand Words, we follow the progress of a border collie as she learns the names of various toys. But this is more than just learning the names of the toys! To show true understanding of language, she must also learn the words needed to interact with the toys, she must show that she also understands common nouns.

The story of Chaser actually begins with Yasha, the faithful companion of John Pilley, emeritus professor of psychology at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Yasha paved the way for what would later happen with Chaser, as Yasha often would take part in many classroom behavioral experiments. Yasha also had the run of the university, and even had his own ID card! After Yasha’s passing, John experienced what many dog lovers do, that moment when you think you will never have another dog again because losing them is just so painful. Luckily, John’s wife Sally knew better, and gave John a very special Christmas gift.

Noticing right away that Chaser was a bright dog, John set out to determine how best to tap into her intellect. Using play and positive reinforcements rather than relying on treats or punishment, he started training her to recognize items by name, and by group.

The book is a very interesting read. I found myself getting pulled in from the start, both as an animal lover and one who had once thought about going into psychology. Reading about how Chaser was being taught, and what it could mean if John could indeed show that Chaser was learning language, made this a very fun book. Would Chaser prove that animals, especially dogs, do know and learn language and understand what we are saying more than we give them credit for? Would the scientific world believe the research if it did show this?

Well, you will just have to read the book to find out! The story is engaging because you can tell that not only does John love the research, but he really loves dogs as well. John and co-researcher Dr. Alliston Reid later published their findings in the journal Behavioural Processes, and you may have even heard of Chaser thanks to some media coverage too.

To purchase the book and learn more about this amazing dog, be sure to visit Chaser’s website. The book will be released on October 29, 2013 and join our #BlogPawsChat on October 22nd for a chance to win a free book and toy! And be sure to follow Chaser on Twitter, and like the Chaser Facebook Page. Oh, and the book has a list of all the words Chaser knows too! Quiet impressive. 4 paws way up!

I have been compensated for my review of this book. Thanks to BlogPaws network for providing the book for this campaign. As always, my opinions are my own.

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