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The Secret Life Of Dogs

Dogs in Literature:

Written by an author who clearly loves dogs — his other titles include “Unleashed”, “Dogtripping” and “One Dog Night” — David Rosenfelt’s “Hounded” is the latest installment in the Andy Carpenter series, a hard boiled legal thriller full of human-canine bonding…



David Rosenfelt deftly works in wry humor, a love of dogs and New Jersey gangsters in “Hounded,” his highly entertaining 12th legal thriller featuring attorney Andy Carpenter.

Andy, who lives comfortably but not outlandishly on an inheritance, likes to joke that he doesn’t take on new clients, preferring to spend time with his girlfriend and business partner Laurie Collins, and their golden retriever, Tara. But this case becomes personal.

Police Capt. Pete Stanton asks Andy to care for Ricky Diaz, whose father, ex-convict Danny, has been murdered, and also to house Ricky’s basset hound, Sebastian. Andy would never turn away a dog in need, but he’s never been asked to take in a child. Pete maintains he doesn’t want the child “to be thrown into the system.” Laurie enthusiastically welcomes Ricky, while Andy agrees a bit more reluctantly.

Two days later, Pete is arrested for killing Danny, who had reported that this highly respected cop was dealing drugs. Andy believes his good friend is being set up, and he works as Pete’s defense attorney, enlisting his wide circle of employees to prove his case in court. Pete’s arrest seems linked to his investigation into the deaths of several prominent residents.

the review continues here…


And look for two new Andy Carpenter titles to be released later this month…

Pet Spotlight: July

TONKA!%22TONKA%22Seven year-old Tonka is a 52 pound English Bulldog from El Segundo. 

World’s “Ugliest Dog”

Check out the results of this years “Ugliest Dog Contest” held this past June at the Sonoma-Marin FairgroundsQUASI MODOfrom SONOMA-MARIN FAIR

Quasi Modo a short-spined dog from Loxahatcheee, Florida, has taken the much coveted title of the World’s Ugliest Dog® against a field of 26 other candidates. After much deliberation, worthy of a national beauty contest, and tabulation by an independent auditor, Quasi Modo, who looks like a hyena to some, was selected because he “epitomized excellence in ugliness” according to Chief Judge Brian Sobel. The Spirit Award was presented to Precious for her community service visiting disabled veterans along.

More than 500 spectators clapped and cheered as the 27 underdogs proudly walked the red carpet and strutted their stuff across the stage. Pork even sported a bright blue mani-pedi. Cameras flashed and video rolled as international press recorded the evening’s events.

You might think that all these homely hounds are Heinz 57 mutts, however pedigreed pooches took their share of the spotlight. “We aren’t interested in lineage, it’s the inner beauty and personality that shine in our World’s Ugliest Dog® Contest,” said Karen Spencer, Sonoma-Marin Fair marketing director.

The judges score the dogs on their first impression, unusual attributes, natural ugliness (cannot have been altered for purposes of the contest), personality and audience impression.

A good many of the contestant dogs have been rescued from shelters and puppy mills and the Contest has done much to raise awareness for adoption of dogs and how no matter their physical detractions, these animals are loving companions. And the dogs certainly seem to enjoy the adoration of the fans!

Quasi’s owner will take home a check for $1500 with smaller cash prizes and gifts from Paradise Pet Resort going to the runners up winners. Following the contest, he will be whisked off to San Francisco and New York on a media tour followed by a makeover on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

read more about the event here…

or click here to see more Ugliest Dogs…


Dogs in FIlm:

“Because of Winn-Dixie”  (2005)

WINN-DIXIEAdapted from the novel of the same title, this film follows 10-year-old Opal, a lonely Floridian girl who adopts a mischievous stray named Winn-Dixie.  Directed by Wayne Wang.

read Rodger Ebert’s review here…

Flea Control


Q: As summer has now officially started, and this is worst time of year for fleas, do you have any recommendations regarding flea control for cats and dogs?  I would prefer a pill by mouth instead of topical medicine, if both options exist for my pets… thanks!

A: Yes, summer is definitely the most active time of year for fleas and other “ectoparasites.”  This is in part due to the combination of warmer, longer and more humid days, allowing for an increase in flea reproduction rates and an increase in the food supply (more animals spending time out of doors).  While there are several flea control products available over-the-counter at your local pet retailer, the two I most prefer for cats and dogs are by prescription: Trifexis (Spinosad/milbemycin oxime; once a month chewable tablet) for dogs and Revolution (Selamectin; once a month topical) for cats.  Both are superior products, easy to use and highly effective flea (and other ectoparasites) adulticides that provide both on-going protection to your pet and aid in the eradication of an infestation.  Should you desire an oral adult flea control solution for your cat, Comfortis (Spinosad; once a month chewable) is an excellent product.  In addition to the Summer months, I recommend using these products on a monthly basis, year round, especially in California and the Southwest.  The side effects are few; rarely, vomiting can be seen in dogs, but is easily remedied prior to administration.  I hope this helps and have a great Summer!


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