well, practically wordless Wednesday… for me and her royal silliness…
People are dressing up their pets for Halloween next week and it is getting crazy out there… and here…
You have just a few more days to send me your pet photos for our Howloween contest… You might just win a cool scary prize BOO…
Now, here is the skinny on how much pet parents are spending on Halloween costumes for their pets. It could make you HOWL…
“Trends for 2013 show that the most popular pet costumes are the following: a pumpkin, a hot dog as a close second, cat, and devil.
“….According to a National Retail Federation Spending Survey, Halloween is second only to Christmas in spending and since 2005 spending on Halloween has increased 54.7 percent with total spending estimated to reach $6.9 billion in 2013.
“A good portion of the spending for Halloween comes in buying human costumes, but of the people surveyed, an additional 13.8 percent of pet parents plan on dressing up their four-legged companions as well.
“An estimated $330 million will be spent on finding just the right costume for Fido or Fluffy. This number has jumped an astonishing 65% since 2010.
“…Pet parents could once count on their favorite retailer only carrying a few selections of pet Halloween costumes, but today, there are literally hundreds of choices. This is especially true when you add online retailers into the equation”.
(and I would add and you write a whole blog about it, ha ha ha)…
Dog training the American Male by LA Knight
a love triangle of the hilarious kind…
This is definitely NOT your usual romantic comedy romp between the sheets and the relationship. It started kinda slow to me… but it is a very funny premise about a man and woman and a dog. The woman is a radio talk show host and a psychologist. Her radio show is about relationships and it is doing poorly. Nancy has issues with men, to say the least. She moves in with her boyfriend, Jacob, he gets a dog and the dog is out of control so she hires a dog trainer.
Have to say that I was appalled when Jacob goes to a pet store to buy a little foo-foo white dog. Buying a dog from a pet store these days seems so taboo. As dog lovers know, millions of shelter pets die every year and part of the problem is people buying pets from puppy mills and irresponsible breeders. Jacob has been told that is the kind of dog his lady likes, little white foo-foo dogs. But when he finds out the price, he instead goes to the pound and adopts a shelter pooch. Circuituous route to adoption but at least he gets there instead of supporting puppy mills (which is where pet store pets come from). I digress.
The heroine, Nancy Beach, hires two dog trainers to help with the German Shepherd pound puppy five years old and not fixed. Then she decides to use the training tools she is learning on the dog with the man and it works for a short time. And what ensues is kinda kooky, crazy and just plain funny. What woman is not frustrated with trying to domesticate the male Y chromosomes in her life and becomes so fed up with trying that she will go to any lengths to get there? As a woman, I think that women can definitely relate to this tale about the Extreme Makeover of the Male of the species.
Ultimately, some women discover they much prefer the company of dogs to mama’s boys (not sexually) because after pursuing adult monogamous relationships with man boys and having the child men meltdown time and time again, women realize that dogs are loyal, faithful, give unconditional love, like to play, are forgiving, do not care how we look, listen to us, are patient, kind, and usually like to cuddle so why bother. Yeah it would be nice if we could meet actual adult men who actually like women to be in relationships with. But we find that rare. Far too many men are judgmental, selfish, seek successive revolving doors of Barbie, Madonna, sluts, mommy, are passive aggressive, power crazed, workaholics or lazy do nothings and act as though giving us what we want, satisfying a woman is a fate worse than death. Meanwhile not offering much of what we want from them to begin with. (Companionship, romance, passion, genuine friendship, loyalty and cleanliness, for starters). How dare we expect men to be human and humane and to listen to us!!! I chalk it up to the testesterone. Does something wacky to their little brains.
The difference between men and dogs…
*They never lie
*They never borrow money
*They do not hold grudges
*They are willing to wake up and be there for you no matter what time of day or night
*They always want hugs and kisses and are always ready to return them just as quickly as they receive
*They never have anything nasty to say and even if they could talk I just know they would never complain
*They don’t care if you are fat, short, skinny or tall
*They do not care if you are having a bad hair day, they love you just the same
*They never complain if you get home late
*They are always patient
*They are always honest
*They are a willing lifelong companion
“Men really are dogs,” says L.A. Knight. “The average American male would rather sit on the couch all day, scratch his privates and sleep. Who among us hasn’t performed for a treat, peed on a tree, dry-humped a woman’s leg, howled at the moon, stuck his nose in a groin or two, or inspected his own bowel movement before flushing? As a dog owner, I know that when my wife had our dogs trained they became more content, were less anxious, and they even lost weight. I say bring it on…just go easy on the electric shock collar.”
There are a lot of quirky characters and hilarious situations that are laugh out loud funny and definitely R-rated. Sex toys, gynecologist visits, elderly antics and some really disgusting bodily fluids gone into at length ad nauseum. Too much info. What is NOT at all funny are the training tools used by the Spencer character (one of the trainers). He is a military guy and he uses shock collars, prong collars and choke collars on the dog. The first dog trainer used positive reinforcement but the book makes it seem that the cruel methods worked better. None of which is true in reality. I winced every time the collars were used on the poor dog. Perhaps it was a spoof on Cesar Millan and his methods? Not sure but please DO NOT follow these methods at home.
The book is also kinda sexist and the women characters and the relationships could be MUCH MORE detailed… like how and why and when exactly did these two characters fall in love? That is completely glossed over. They go on a blind date, meet at a bowling alley and next thing you know, One Month Later, they are moving in together. What??? Where is the romantic and sexual tension? Where and when and what happened between these two people? For regular readers of romantic comedies, the romance almost seems besides the point of this book. And the book is written in scenes like a screenplay.
Still, you find yourself rooting for the characters and the romance and for the dog. And you can see the set up of situations and you think you know what is going to happen and it does not. Definitely not predictable, like a good mystery.
And in the end, it all works out in unexpected ways, which is refreshing. The dog is redeemed and so is the guy. And some of the scenes will keep you rolling on the floor laughing even after you put the book down so we give this e-book three and one-half (out of four) paws up. Cici would love to meet a nice handsome boy toy like Sam, the German Shepherd but then she has plenty of boy dogs in the neighborhood already. (Milo, Pablo, Gizmo and others). Lucky dog.
Today is the feast day of St Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals. St Francis was renowned for his relationship with animals, famously brokering a peace between the townspeople of Gubbio, Italy, and a local wolf. Many churches take the opportunity to bless pets around this feast day.
World Animal Day is celebrated each year on October the 4th. It started in Florence, Italy in 1931 at a convention of ecologists. On this day,animal life in all its forms is celebrated, and special events are planned in locations all over the globe. The 4th of October was originally chosen for World Animal Day because it is the feast day of Francis of Assisi.
There are still many people who think that dogs are nothing more than security alarms – people who keep the animals chained up in yards, like living doorbells.
And there is the blight known as BSL…and too many healthy animals are killed in shelters, dog fighting, animal abuse, etc.
Animals are precious and we are their voice.
If you have a pet, dog or cat or rabbit or bird or fish, whatever, you know that they are special and bring lots of love and often entertainment into your home.
My Cici aka polka dot princess does often with her silly antics. As did my cats Precious and Abundance. Pets not only make our world furrier but also funnier. Love and enjoy them while you can.
Celebrate World Animal Day !!!!
there is even a blog hop…
enjoy this hilarious video (some strong language) of a dog trainer talking to a typical dog owner
15 biz success secrets I learned from my polka dot princess and other dogs
Claim your top spot throne, hog the bed… / limelight / garner the maximum attention
an awesome trendsetting divalicious babe… Be happy in your own body and style!
A top dog makes lots of friends by meeting people, networking every day and finding out what they have in common
Be positive, enthusiastic, optimistic at all times or when in doubt, yawn…
Steal people’s hearts with your unconditional love, acceptance, kindness and that special look
Charm the treats out of them by making people laugh (be flexible and roll over for belly rubs)
One treat is never enough, go for the gold, lick the one you love
Roll in the grass, smell the roses, bark at the birds, have fun and play every day
Beach Dog Yoga
Keep focused, get your priorities straight, have a dream, go for what you want, be persistent stare into their eyes, look sad, wag tail… until you get what you want
Appreciate your friends, biz associates, co-workers, clients, love the ones you are with, best friends
Why settle for less, when you can have the best
Be yourself even if you have a bad reputation
Sleep soundly, rest between naps
Show/prove your loyalty
Use your imagination, be creative, challenge yourself, have an adventure, venture where you’ve never gone before
what Cici can learn from Alfie
what’s it all about, Alfie? Keep your enemies close, sleep with the enemy, besides, cats make great bedfellows
and if you are in a stressful situation…do what a dog would do…
what have you learned from your dog/cat/pets???
Wordless Wed. blog hop, catch the code…