Welcome Home Mama And Boris: Book Review

Cover of Welcome Home Mama and Boris

The Internet is full off heartwarming reunions between dogs and veterans returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan. They make us feel good about an unfortunate situation and also demonstrate how much our dogs add to our lives.

Welcome Home Mama and Boris: How a Sister’s Love Saved a Fallen Soldier’s Beloved Dogs provides us with a view of a different, but no less uplifting, meeting. A meeting between a fall soldier’s sister (co-author Carey Neesley) and the dogs he rescued before he lost his life in Iraq.

I received a preview copy of this book a few weeks ago and enjoyed it immensely. This isn’t a book I would normally buy on my own — I tend to gravitate toward either fiction (mostly Sci-Fi and Fantasy) or science (math, physics, and surprise! behavior and training,) but I had heard of this story back when Carey was trying to rescue the dogs from Iraq and my curiosity was piqued. The book did not disappoint. As a matter of fact it was difficult to put it down after I started reading it.

Carey writes in both the first person and in the present tense which took me a few pages to get used to, but eventually her direct style and internal dialog grabbed me and brought me right into the story. She starts out showing you how close she was with Peter (her brother) as well as how close he was to her young son Patrick. How and why Peter served not just one tour in Iraq but two provides insight into his character and helps make it obvious why Carey worked so hard to save his dogs.

While most of us are familiar with Carey’s success bringing Mama and Boris home, there is a lot more to the story, both before and after she worked the miracle of getting them back to the U.S. How did Peter find the dogs? Why did his unit in Iraq work so hard to help her save them? Who helped her stateside? What bureaucratic hoops must one jump through to get 2 dogs from Baghdad to the midwest? It’s a great read.

THis is a really a book for anyone, but dog people will find it especially interesting and rewarding. Preorder it now!

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Saturday Survey: Your Dog’s Christmas Gift

We spoiled our dogs with bones and toys this year. What did you give yours? Until next time, Good day, and good dog!

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MIROSLAV ŠKORO – Zašto lažu nam u lice – 2013.

Pogledajte novi spot za pjesmu ”Zašto lažu nam u lice” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hc-tRY6fO6Y (M.Šenkovski/M.Škoro) Kada moj brat kući svrati Iz daleka…
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logo_headerOn Wednesday, December 11th Halo, Purely for Pets and Freekibble.com teamed up to deliver 500,000 meals of Halo Spot’s Stew to shelter pets in the Wichita, KS area as part of the 2013 Holiday Kibble Drop.

All Paws in Wichita was the pick-up location for the shelters and rescues receiving food, K9 Karma, Lifeline Animal Placement and Protection, For The Love of Every Animal (F.L.E.A.), Kansas German Shorthaired Pointer Rescue and Kingman County Humane Society.

Wichita’s Premier Pet Photographer, Heidi Marcinik of Sundog Pet Photography was on site taking photos of the event. We love to share them with you!



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Cool Dog images

A few nice Dog images I found:

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Dog farmer

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Wishing Everyone a Very Happy Holiday!

On Wednesday, we’re stepping away from the computer to enjoy some family time, a long dog walk, and the joy of the holidays. We want to wish all of you a very happy holiday and to thank you for…

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May 19, Purina Beggin strips need to be taken off the market

My small dog was killed by a product called Beggin strips. It did this over time not the first time I ever gave it. This item needs to be removed off
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Do you believe flea markets sell the real deal?

Do you believe flea markets sell the real deal?
I'm not surprised it took awhile to find jurors who are going to decide if the Swap Shop and its owners should be held responsible for sale of knockoffs at the flea market. I mean, how many of you believe that when you go to a flea market somewhere
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Trifexis flea and heartworm pill blamed for 700 dog deaths
The popular and widely distributed flea and heartworm pill, Trifexis, is being linked to 700 dog deaths and an estimated 30,000 illnesses. WSBTV.com reported Wednesday, Nov. 27 that, "The number of dog deaths pet owners blame on the popular pet 
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Flea Theater is hopping over to bigger Downtown space
Actress Sigourney Weaver, a founding partner of Flea Theater, left, with Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and Dept. of Cultural Affairs Commissioner Kate Levin, helped bust down a ceremonial wall at the Dec. 5 groundbreaking event for the
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Interview on Tips for Finding a Pet Sitter

Craig Price, host of the podcast, ‘Reality Check with Craig Price’ and author of the book, ‘Half a Glass’, recently interviewed Nicole Bruder, owner of Lucy Goo Pet Sitting.  Below is an excerpt from the interview.

Craig: Nicole, I’ve known you for 20 years, but not everybody has a friend who can come in and watch their pets when they are away.  If you’re not familiar with pet sitters, where is a good place to look?

Nicole: A good place to start would be your vet.  A lot of clinics have business relations with pet sitters. You can also look in your local pet magazines, like Pet Talk, or go to an online finder such as petsitusa.com. Pet sitting associations are great, too, such as NAPPS, PUPS, and Pet Sitters International.

Craig:  What questions are good to ask a pet sitter before you hire them?

Nicole: Are they insured and bonded (don’t be afraid to ask for proof), how many people are on staff, and how do they train? (Running background checks should be mandatory.) What’s the procedure if the designated sitter has an emergency, and cannot make a visit?  Who is the back-up sitter? How do the sitters handle emergencies, and are they able to take your pet to the vet safely? (Every pet sitter’s vehicle should have a dog seat belt harness and a crate that buckles into the back seat.)

Craig: So, if your pet sitter has a mini cooper and your have a St. Bernard you probably want to find someone else.

Nicole:  Haha, right?!  But that is important!

Craig:  I know you have paperwork, and pet notes, tell us about that.

Nicole: A professional pet sitter will provide you with a client contract, pet info form, emergency and vet info forms, and location of items page.  There should also be a system of communication, such as the little notes we leave at each visit. I have some clients who are on the Lucy Goo Face Book group and Twitter, so they get to see those posts. We can also send pictures of their pets via text or email.

Craig: Do you put a newspaper in there for proof of life, so that they know that this picture was taken on Thursday at 9 o’clock in the afternoon?

Nicole: Ha! No, we haven’t had to do that. Our clients trust us! The pictures are just because they miss them. It’s fun to get a picture or video of your pet when you’re away!

Craig: So, what is your perfect client?

Nicole: We love it when clients book us ahead of time, and fill out our forms with care and attention to detail. We like it when our clients remember to let us know when they’ve left and especially, once they’ve come back. We want to be sure everyone gets home safe to their pets!

Craig: As we are moving into the holiday season, is there anything different people should do before leaving their pets?

Nicole: It’s always helpful to pet proof the house before you leave. Glass ornaments on low branches, tinsel, candies and baked goods, are temptations! Take time to put things up and out of the way. Be sure all candles are blown out, or unplugged!

Craig: So, I know that you work in the Houston area, and this is a nationwide podcast, but if people want to talk to you and ask questions about pet sitting, where can people find you?

Nicole: You can find me at: www.lucygoopetsitting.com

Craig: Well, I know that we are going to be using you very shortly as we head to the Caribbean over the New Year. So, Nicole, always a pleasure to see you!

Nicole:  Thanks, Craig!


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