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True Stories of the Love, Hope and Joy That Animals Bring to Our Lives

By Jennifer Basye Sander

Animals carve out a special place in our hearts: they are the reliable daily dose of friendship and can be a lifeline to any person in need. In THE DOG WITH THE OLD SOUL (Harlequin Nonfiction; August 2012; $12.95 U.S./$14.95 CAN., Trade Paperback Original), Jennifer Basye Sander brings together a heart-warming animal anthology that demonstrates just how deep the connection between man and animal can be. The anthology presents a unique look into how animals can truly play the role of best friend no matter their species. The enchanting vignettes take the reader all over the world to discover the power and adventure of how animals have made everlasting impacts on all walks of life.

From a quiet town in India, where a rescued German shepherd senses danger and saves his owner from an armed man to a small kitten found on a bridge who helps an abandoned wife discover faith in love again, or a bird sanctuary giving a man down on his luck the strength to move forward. These true stories inspire laughter, tears and the understanding that even the tiniest bird can alter one’s perception of the world. THE DOG WITH THE OLD SOUL reminds us all that peace and purpose can be found with animals as well in interpersonal relationships.

Countless videos go viral across the internet, showing us how animals can have truly human emotions. From early-morning joggers trying to keep up with their labs to celebrities carting around their shih tzus, it is clear that animals can become true members of any family. With the ability to show us what a fulfilling life truly means or to just be a daily companion, THE DOG WITH THE OLD SOUL shows readers how animals can be a lifeline for any human. Humor and sadness collide throughout the book, but the message is unmistakable: animals do bring love, hope and joy to our lives.

The stories were collected from such talented writers as Elaine Ambrose—coauthor of Menopause Sucks and Drinking with Dead Women Writers; Dena Kouremetis—national columnist for three channels at Examiner.com; Gordon M. Labuhn—author of Murder Has Two Faces; and many more. Each story will welcome you into the writer’s powerful and personal relationship with animals, from a troop of famous soccer collies to the kissing baby humpback whale. Brimming with tears, laughter and love, THE DOG WITH THE OLD SOUL reminds us of the life-altering connection that animals can make in our lives.

About the Editor

JENNIFER BASYE SANDER is the author and coauthor of more than 50 nonfiction titles, including the New York Times bestseller Christmas Miracles (1997). Sander and her books have been featured on CNBC, CNNfn, The View with Barbara Walters, C-SPAN’s Book TV and Fox News, among others. Articles about Sander have appeared in People, USA TODAY, the New York Post, the Chicago Sun-Times, Cosmopolitan, the Boston Globe and the Los Angeles Times, among many others. She lives in Granite Bay, California. Visit her at WriteByTheLake.com.

About Harlequin Enterprises Ltd.:
Harlequin is the global leader in series romance and one of the world’s leading publishers of books for women, with titles issued worldwide in 28 languages and sold in 114 international markets. For decades, Harlequin has published great romance imprints such as Harlequin, Silhouette and Love Inspired. In young adult literature, Harlequin Teen is the home of authentic fiction for every young reader. Harlequin Nonfiction publishes memoirs, cookbooks, diet, fitness, self-help and motivational, and relationship books. Harlequin Enterprises Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of Torstar Corporation, a broadly based media company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSB). Harlequin has offices in 19 countries, including offices in Toronto, New York and London. For more information please visit www.eHarlequin.com or press.eHarlequin.com.




True Stories of the Love, Hope and Joy That Animals Bring to Our Lives

By Jennifer Basye Sander

CBS Films, Animus Films, Benayora Pictures, Serena Films, Parlay Films, Waterfall Media and Also Known As Pictures present a PG-13, 96 minute, romantic drama directed and written by Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal with a theater release of September 7, 2012.


How Perception, Emotion, and Thought Allow Smart Birds to Behave Like Humans

By John Marzluff and Tony Angell


In the depths of winter 2012, this compulsively watchable video of a crow sledding down a roof in Russia on jar tops http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dWw9GLcOeA&sns=fb went viral, sparking debate among its almost 700,000 viewers around the world.  Crow expert and author John Marzluff received it from enthusiastic viewers from across the United States and several different countries around the world.

In GIFTS OF THE CROW: How Perception, Emotion, and Thought Allow Smart Birds to Behave Like Humans (Free Press, June 5, 2012, $25.00), Marzluff, the preeminent researcher on crows, teams up with artist and fellow naturalist Tony Angell to offer an astonishing look at the little-known and largely underappreciated intelligence of the birds of the amazing corvid family, which includes crows, ravens, and jays. Showing that these “bird brains” are actually quite sophisticated, Marzluff and Angell tell fascinating, true stories of surprising crow behavior, such as crows using tree bark to wind surf along ridge tops, tools to get food from hard-to-reach places that human babies can’t figure out, and, most surprising of all, giving gifts to people who help or feed them. Along with these and other amazing stories, the authors explain the engrossing, breakthrough science that accounts for this behavior, as well as arresting illustrations of the crow’s antics and anatomy.

In GIFTS OF THE CROW, Marzluff and Angell prove that crows are highly intelligent, undeniably emotional, and much more similar to humans than we ever imagined. In fact, Marzluff and Angell reveal, crows have taken on seven key human characteristics: language, delinquency, insight, frolic, passion & wrath, risk-taking, and awareness. Their unusually large and complex brains, long lives, social lifestyles, and shared habitat with humans have led to crows evolving these human traits. With surprises on every page, Marzluff and

Angell recount mindboggling, riveting stories of crows who, like humans, acknowledge their recently deceased, bestow gifts, seek revenge, warn of impending danger, recognize people’s and other creatures’ faces, commit murder, dream, play tricks, design and use tools, and work together to accomplish tasks.

Exciting and conversation-changing, GIFTS OF THE CROW reveals new discoveries about crows’ intelligence, behavior, and relations with people and other animals, as it provides a fresh theory about how crows have assumed human traits—and what their behavior tells us about ourselves.

In an interview about GIFTS OF THE CROW, John Marzluff and Tony Angell can discuss:

· What makes corvids so much more like humans than other species, such as the eagle, whale, or bear

· The symbiotic relationship between crows and humans: how they adapt to us and learn from us and what we can learn from them

· Why crows over the years have been considered clever, from Aesop to Dickens to Poe to today, and why the term “bird brain” is not an insult but a compliment

· Why it is important and valuable to study the sophistication of crows from both a scientific and artistic perspective

· Their most surprising and poignant astonishing discoveries about crows

· How these findings about the amazing abilities of crows should influence the way we, as humans, go about protecting and preserving these and other sentient beings.


John Marzluff, Ph.D., is Professor of Wildlife Science at the University of Washington. The author of four books and more than one hundred scientific papers on various aspects of bird behavior, his research has been the focus of articles in the New York Times, National Geographic, Audubon, Boys Life, The Seattle Times, and National Wildlife. PBS’s NATURE featured his raven research in its 2001 production “Ravens,” and featured his crow research in 2010 with the documentary film, “A Murder of Crows.” John has been a guest on NPR’s Diane Rehm Show, the Jay Thomas Show, and Morning Edition.

Tony Angell has authored and/or illustrated a dozen award-winning books related to natural history. Most recently, his drawings in the coauthored book, In the Company of Crows and Ravens, received the prestigious Victoria/Albert prize. His works are continuously available at galleries in Seattle and Santa Fe and are in several museums and corporate collections across the country.

Written by Pittsburgh resident and accomplished veterinarian Dr. Doug Knueven, a pioneer in holistic pet care,The Holistic Health Guide: Natural Care for the Whole Dog ($21.95; Hardcover) demystifies the subject of holistic medicine, helping readers choose among treatments and options that may best suit the needs of their dog.

“Dr. Doug” explains how the holistic approach to veterinary care addresses the whole animal: body, mind and spirit. Chapters detailing the numerous benefits, tips and advice for common holistic treatments include natural nutrition; the latest information on vaccinations; herbal medicine; massage therapies; acupuncture and chiropractic therapies; plus homeopathic and other alternative therapies. This comprehensive illustrated guide concludes with a valuable resource section.

Practical and easy-to-use, The Holistic Health Guide is a must read for people who love their dogs and want them to live long, healthy lives.  www.tfh.com

Surrounded by the Catskill Mountains in the town made famous for peace and music, Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary provides shelter to cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys, ducks, sheep, and goats who have been rescued from cases of abuse, neglect and abandonment.

We are a place where visitors can come face to face with these animals who most only know as dinner and learn about the devastating effects of modern-day agribusiness on the animals, the environment and human health. Here you can frolic with goats in a large open pasture, sit down with a pig who wants nothing more than a belly rub, cuddle with chickens who seek out your attention or get nuzzled by some very friendly sheep!

At the heart of our mission is the hands-on work of rescuing, rehabilitating and caring for farmed animal refugees — as well as educating the public about the horrific treatment of animals who are raised for food.
Animals Slaughtered For Food Since This Page Opened

63,852 chickens
3,147 ducks
1,731 pigs
1,192 rabbits
961 turkeys
717 sheep
406 cows
Number of animals who have been killed worldwide by the meat, dairy, and egg industries.

Source: Action for Animals

Many people don’t realize how dramatically meat and dairy production in the US has changed over the past 50 years. Those childhood images of happy animals living on sunny, idyllic farms couldn’t be further from reality. Virtually all animals who are raised for food — or their products — live miserable lives in intensive confinement in dark, overcrowded facilities called “factory farms.” These operations emphasize high volume and profit with little regard for the environment or humane treatment of animals.

WFAS is driven by the simple philosophy that kindness and respect to animals is our moral duty and that all the creatures that share this earth are here with us and not for us. Like our faithful dogs and lap-sitting cats, farm animals are feeling individuals who deserve to be treated with compassion and to live free of fear and suffering.


By Kim Kavin, Foreword by Jim Gorant
When journalist Kim Kavin decided that she wanted a puppy, she did what millions of people do every year: clicked on an online photo and submitted an application. She had no idea that the adorable brindle—advertised as healthy and near her home in New Jersey—was actually a last-minute rescue from a gas-chamber shelter in North Carolina. Blue had arrived in the Northeast with at least a dozen other dogs in an RV that is just one among countless transports whose sponsors are dedicating their efforts to saving dogs by any means possible. Blue was happy and friendly, but he seemed to have endured some unusual albeit unknown ordeal. The dog’s manner prompted Kavin to trace his history all the way back to a long row of cages where Blue had been tagged to be put down in just three more days. Little Boy Blue is the true story of one sweet puppy’s journey of survival. It’s also a shocking exposé that describes a brutal ongoing reality inside some of this country’s taxpayer-funded shelters. But Little Boy Blue also tells an inspiring story of the grass-roots rescue network that has exploded across the nation in recent years. Readers will come to know and love a very special dog who now brings smiles to the faces of everyone he meets. From a single click of Kim Kavin’s computer mouse, Blue’s journey of a lifetime began. This is the story of Little Boy Blue, told with candor and a great deal of love.
About the Author:
Kim Kavin is a widely published award-winning journalist, as well as a volunteer worker dedicated to fostering puppies who have been saved from high-kill shelters but who have not yet been adopted. She lives in Long Valley, NJ, where her hobbies include cooking, wine tasting, and hiking local park trails with her dog Blue.
Little Boy Blue
A Puppy’s Rescue from Death Row and His Owner’s Journey for Truth

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"I love your site and book! Your herbs saved our calf and that is just one example of the good they have done" S.P., WA

"Since using the Wounderful! Salve the wisdom tooth has straightened and come in correctly (it started out pointing almost completely toward my cheek) and the pain in my mouth has gone away." H.B., ID

"At last a complete herbal for our furry friends!

The Accessible Pet, Equine and Livestock Herbal by Katherine A. Drovdahl M.H. is destined to become one of the great herbals of the Century.  Kat in a true Vitalistic style no only lays out precise medical care for animals but also teaches the whys, the anatomical pathways and spiritual advantages of adhering to nature.  kat through personal experience can guide us, with great detail, in caring for our animals.  This is the herbal to acquire for school, nature companies and personal libraries.  While you are at it get another one for taking with you out to the barn."

David W. Christopher MH, Director of The School of Natural Healing

(please see our links to connect to the school if you decide to take courses from them- you'll get a discount and I'll get a referral).

"This comprehensive, practical, all text guide teaches herbal and essential oil use in animals- from bees to chickens to pets to reptiles and exotics.  It covers the basics of herbs and EOs, the animal's lifecycles, body systems, common challenges, and what to do to help a wide variety of animals naturally.  This definitive guide instills confidence and adheres to Nature.  It is well organized, well-written, and contains a handy index.  A great addition to the animal lovers library."  Natural Horse Magazine Jul/Aug/Sep 2012 issue

Imagine a generation of healthier & happier pets and livestock!  Imagine a generation of happier owners because maintaining their healthier creatures becomes easier and makes them more productive.    This book makes that possible.

"The Accessible Pet, Equine and Livestock Herbal" by Katherine Drovdahl is now available for $49.95 plus shipping and handling ($6.55) or include it with an order of products to make your shipping go futher.   We can ship worldwide (16.95 plus handling ($1.25)), Canada is 12.95 plus 1.25 handling.  See our shopping cart website for details.  It is a large book and is easy to follow for the beginner or advanced person working with herbs and animals.  Topics included are instruction in essential oil use, whole herb use, how to use this book for humans, exotics, reptiles all types of livestock including ratites and camelids, all types of pets, fish, and bees.  Information to help you build a sound foundation so that you are not confused by much of the conflicting data out there, building a pet or livestock herb garden, going through life cycles of your creatures, how to handle birthings, young stock care, exhibitions, parasites, senior care, and body organs and systems care and quite a bit more.  This is the only book available that covers this span of information and is in a user friendly format.   Look for future book and other projects from Kat.   I can sign the book at your request if that is something you would like,  I need an email from you immediately after I receive your payment.  Otherwise it may still get shipped without a signature.  If I am out of town I will leave some signed copies with my husband, they just won't be personal in that situation.

Watch here for more book reviews. They are starting to come in from the media.

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Welcome to Fir Meadow LLC.  We are located in the Siskiyou mountains of southern Oregon.      Kat has her masters degree in herbology and Master Herbalist (MH) designation and is a Vitalist.  Vitalism goes back to Hippocrates,  which is cause oriented rather than just symptom oriented (allopathy).  It is a small branch of herbalism,  but a very effective one.         Kat also is a Certified Reflexologist (CR) and a Holistic Iridologist (Dipl.H.Ir.).  She has completed studies in Aromatherapy (essential oils) with two different schools, is taking continuing education from a third school and has international  certification in that field.  She also is a C.E.I.T which is a Certified Equine Iridology Techincian and researcher. She is currently completing a book on pet and livestock herbalism with several more book projects lined up.  Her work is about evenly split up between human and creature herbalism and her training allows her to consult on any condition.  For creatures she also is not limited but can assist people with livestock, horses, pets, exotics, reptiles, birds, poultry, ratites, bees, fish and more (is there anything else?) to move them towards optimum wellness.

All of our livestock products Kat formulates.  Some of the herbs we ship in from pesticide/herbicide free resources that Kat trusts.  Some are organic, some are not,  as not all herbs can be acquired with an organic label,  and high quality wild crafted or naturally raised herbs Kat finds just as effective, without the higher price tag on them which would then have to be passed on to you.   She also raises many of her own herbs (over 70 at last count) in an organic manner.  You will find many of those in her livestock tinctures and salves.  You will find these products to have strong herbal smells and colors- we do not adulturate our products and use highly efficiacious herbs.  We use them here on our farm too- she NEEDs them to work!  She also places safety high on her list of priorities, and does not use toxic, habit forming, or poisenous plants.  We also offer steam distilled & CO2 extracted pure essential oils that she has sourced from wholesalers with integrity.

Kat offers consultations via email, in person and by phone for both human wellness concerns and for pet and livestock concerns.    Consultations must be prepaid before an appointment is set up.     Payments currently can be received by check, by money order,  or by paypal.    Appointments will generally be set up for Monday through Friday afternoons,  Pacific Standard Time.

Kat does speak at conferences and conventions and can offer Iridology and reflexology at many of those.   Contact her by email if you would like to set up a conference to find out her availability and details.

She also raises, along with her husband,  a nationally recognized and awarded herd of LaMancha dairy goats, with a couple of Toggenburgs thrown in for variety.   They are on a complete alternative health program,  yet are able to receive Best in Show, Top Ten milkers (in the US), and high appraisal scores.   We sell milking stock and breeding stock every year and ship US wide.   Please see that website if that interests you.  They also curently raise Norwegian fjord horses, great pyrenees guardian dogs, a barn cat, assorted chickens (mostly australorps), and a couple of pigs each year.  She has owned and worked with most types of farmstock and even exotics such as iguanas and geckos.   If the creature is important to you,  then it is important to her.

Your purchase or use of any product that we offer implies your taking full responsibility in use and in safeguarding them from children, creatures, or mentally inequipped persons from use as well as proper storage.     Per the FDA's requirements we do not make any claims of prevention, cure, or treatment with any of our products, nor can we or will we diagnose.  Kat is not a licensed medical doctor or veterinarian and makes no claims express or implied to be either.  She has claimed her 9th amendment rights to be able to offer  any products and services she chooses that are not expressly forbidden by law.   If a diganosis is wanted,  you may always consult a licensed professional for that service.

May you and your beloved creatures find Abundance in Wellness!

Give thanks to the Lord for He is good, His mercy endures forever...

Adventures among Ants:

A Global Safari with a Cast of Trillions

By Mark W. Moffett

“Who the hell are you? . . . We have to have you back.”

Conan O’Brien

“This book [Face to Face with Frogs] is so gorgeous, I wish I was in it.”

—Stephen Colbert

“I don’t know why you’re still alive.”

E.O. Wilson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Future of Life and The Ants

On May 25, 2010, the University of California Press will publish Adventurers among Ants: A Global Safari with a Cast of Trillions ($29.95 hardcover), an illuminating look at the hidden world of ants by “the Indiana Jones of entomology,” Mark W. Moffett.

One of only a handful of people to earn a Ph.D. under the world’s most respected ecologist, E.O. Wilson, Mark Moffett is a modern-day explorer, biologist, and photographer with more than a little luck on his side, having accidently sat on the world’s deadliest snake, battled drug lords with dart guns, and scrambled up a tree to escape bull elephants. For him such risks are worth it, as part of his mission to find stories that make people fall in love with the unexpected: insects, frogs, and other of nature’s small wonders.

In Adventures among Ants, Moffett takes us around the globe on a strange and colorful journey. In tales from the Amazon, Nigeria, Botswana, Madagascar, Borneo, India, Australia, California, and elsewhere, Moffett recounts his entomological exploits and provides fascinating details on how ants live and how they dominate their ecosystems through strikingly human behaviors, yet at a different scale and a faster tempo.

Moffett’s spectacular close-up photographs shrink us down to size, so that we can observe ants in familiar roles; warriors, builders, big-game hunter, and slave owners. We find them creating marketplaces and assembly lines and dealing with issues we think of as uniquely human—including hygiene, recycling, and warfare. Adventures among Ants introduces some of the world’s most awe-inspiring species and offers a startling new insights and discoveries about the workings of both ant and human societies.

• Ants are world-class road builders, handling traffic problems on thoroughfares that dwarf our highway systems in their complexity

• Ants with the largest societies often deploy complicated military tactics

• Some ants have evolved from hunter-gatherers into farmers, domesticating other insects and growing crops for food

"Mark Moffett's alluring stories show the extraordinary behavior of a world still on the edge of discovery. From swarm raiders to empire builders, Adventures among Ants combines brilliant portraits of six species with thought-provoking lessons about the nature of social evolution."

—Richard Wrangham, Author of Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human

Mark Moffett has written or photographed more than two-dozen articles for National Geographic. He is Research Associate at the Smithsonian Institution, and the author of The High Frontier: Exploring the Tropical Rainforest Canopy and Face to Face with Frogs. Moffett has received numerous awards for writing, exploration and photography, including the Explorers Club’s Lowell Thomas Award.

"Mark Moffett has been described as 'the Jane Goodall of ants.' Certainly Adventures among Ants, with its detailed account of his fieldwork, makes an invaluable contribution to our scientific knowledge of these creatures. But it does more. It is so well written and captures his excitement so wonderfully that it will bring this wealth of information to a far wider audience. I was fascinated by ants when I was a child—how I wish this book had been available to me then!"

—Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE, Founder, the Jane Goodall Institute, and UN Messenger of Peace

"Mark Moffett is in the front rank of present-day explorer naturalists. He has been in many of the most remote parts of the world, and has thorough scientific knowledge of his subject. His photographs are superb, the best ever taken."

—Edward O. Wilson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Future of Life and The Ants

"Think you know all about ants? Think again, and take it from Mark W. Moffett, who has traveled all over the world to study them. The world of ants seems to be a parallel universe to our own. It's rife with warfare, terrorism, traffic jams and highway infrastructure. There is freedom and servitude, disease and hygiene, tool use and teamwork. A stimulating read, with stunning photography."

—Bernd Heinrich, author of The Mind of the Raven

"Mark Moffett is second to none as a naturalist storyteller. His big book of ant adventures is resplendent in detail, information, and theory, with that inimitable personal touch."—Michael Shermer, publisher of Skeptic magazine, columnist for Scientific American

For more information, go to: http://www.adventuresamongants.com

To view images from Mark Moffett’s photography exhibit, “Farmers, Warriors, Builders: The Hidden Life of Ants,” which ran at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History through October 2009, go to: http://www.mnh.si.edu/ants/photogallery/index.htm

Book Specifications:

Adventures among Ants

A Global Safari with a Cast of Trillions

By Mark W. Moffett

$29.95 hardcover, with jacket

288 pages / 7 x 10”

61 color illustrations, 1 b/w photograph, 1 line illustration

ISBN: 978-0-520-26199-0

Publication date: May 25, 2010

Published by University of California Press


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Defending the Defenseless is for anyone who wants to join a growing crusade to bring animal protection to its rightful place in a civilized society. Allie Phillips wrote Defending the Defenseless for three primary reasons: she knows a great deal about animal protection, she is frequently asked by others how they can get involved as well and there is not currently a lot of information out there on how to get involved with helping animals.


This book guides readers through the variety of ways they can help companion animals and offers practical tips to get involved, from donating money to volunteering at animal shelters, from opposing animal experimentation to raising children to protect animals. Phillips shares her own personal experiences in her work with protecting animals, which she describes as “some involve outrageous joy, and others involve life-altering devastation.”

“If you are new to animal advocacy, this book is much more than a how-to manual. It provides those yearning to make a difference for animals with both a roadmap and a call to action. It also reminds experienced advocates why they became involved in this gratifying yet emotionally demanding cause.”—Beatrice Friedlander, Animals and Society Institute

Allie Phillips is an author, attorney and advocate for the protection of animals and vulnerable victims. She is a former prosecuting attorney who has worked for the National District Attorneys Association where she launched the National Center for Prosecution of Animal Abuse. She was previously employed with American Humane Association as the Vice President of Public Policy and Vice President of Human-Animal Strategic Initiatives. Allie is a nationally-recognized expert on issues involving animal protection and advocacy. She is a volunteer with King Street Cats (Alexandria, VA) and Vice President of No Paws Left Behind. She co-founded Michiganders for Shelter Pets, is a council member of the Michigan State Bar Animal Law Section, on the steering committee of the National Link Coalition, and a Practitioner Member of the Shelter Animal Reiki Association. She is author of How Shelter Pets are Brokered for Experimentation: Understanding Pound Seizure (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2010). To learn more, please visit www.alliephillips.com.


An Imprint of The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group


October 2011 v 312 pages v 978-1-4422-0214-6v $34.95 Cloth

“Stand up straight, dear.” “Don’t mumble.” “No one finds that frown attractive.” “Be a lady and stick to your principles.”

My mother’s words still ring in my ears. Through my childhood, teens, and college years, her advice and her role model of grace, kindness, and quiet strength were instrumental in preparing me for an effective and successful life.   I had no idea, however, that her advice was also preparing me to be a dog trainer!

The animals on our farm were also my teachers.  In their own way, they taught me the true nature of power and influence.  The Queen of the Herd, the Lead Horse, and the Top Dog all got there without serious fighting or confrontation.  Instead they used body language, boundaries, focus, and quiet determination to achieve and hold their positions of power.  Had my mother been talking to them, too?

When I started my dog training business over twenty years ago, I did house calls. It was usually women who sought out my help because they were being overwhelmed by the family dog.  They were either mad and yelling, or being overly permissive and smothering which made them ineffectual and the dogs ran their lives.  Because these were house calls, I also got to observe their kids. Invariably, the women that could not control their dogs, could not control their kids.

Something started to click in my brain.  The very skills these women needed to control their dogs were the SAME ones they needed to control their kids… and probably other parts of their lives as well.

  • Don’t yell; stay calm
  • Set the boundaries and then enforce them
  • Be a leader, not a friend, a follower or a doormat
  • Power is achieved through control, not confrontation  (fights and confrontation in the animal world are the exception, not the rule)
  • Leadership is about being effective, not being loud (the dog doing the barking and the woman doing the yelling are not powerful or effective; the leaders are the quiet ones that simply get the job done)
  • If you don’t set your boundaries, no one respects you – not your peers, or your dog.

Because the vast majority of the dog-owning families leave dog responsibilities to us women, literally thousands of you have come to me over the years – feeling powerless, frustrated and defeated.  You assume that dog training requires either masculine strength and bravado (which you do not possess) or endless cookies and treats (which you are reluctant to use or have not solved your issues).  You are desperate for help.

I am passionate about helping women and saving dogs. If you have a dog that seems beyond control, don’t give up!  Read this book.  Your dog is not impossible; he’s just confused because you are not communicating in his language.  He ignores your frustration and yelling because he sees it as weakness, not strength.  Learn the secrets of calm, effective power and leadership in this book and you will be amazed at the turnaround in your dog.  Try it on your kids, your husbands and your co-workers while you’re at it!   What makes LIPSTICK AND THE LEASH special is that it points out the profound parallels between canine behavior and that of human beings.  We are all connected! The nature of power, how it is achieved quietly, and how clever leadership uses that power to influence (not force) the behavior of others is the real message of LIPSTICK AND THE LEASH. Dog training becomes a metaphor for life!

By focusing on a woman’s special challenges in dog training, and revealing her hidden strengths, LIPSTICK AND THE LEASH can help you discover your Inner Leader, train a dog that will make you and your family proud and, ultimately, give you a road map for getting more of what you want in life.


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