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Guy meets girl meets Dog

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…

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

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“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.”

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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.

author-LA-Knight

http://www.laknightentertainment.com/

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to rescue or not to rescue, that is the question

Rescuing Animals is not for Wussies Anymore

Maybe it never was.

And the right way to rescue an animal and what Not to do depends upon the situation… and people want easy answers that apply to EVERY situation.. but it just ain’t so.

sometimes getting media and contacting authorities works and sometimes being sneaky, smart and thinking outside the box works. and sometimes it is difficult to know the difference. there were some situations this week that broke my heart. One with a dog named Apollo who had an amazing video. He was in a shelter in South Los Angeles and was scheduled to be euthanized on Friday. I found out about him on wed or thursday. It was a crisis situation according to the postings on Facebook. Numerous people like myself were touched by the video and wanted to help. A group of us spent hours talking, posting, coordinating, and coming up with plans to pull Apollo from the shelter on Friday morning. In the end, what happened was all of our plans fell apart. The shelter gave Apollo to someone, we know not who, they did not screen the person and that was that. No further information.  I am left heartbroken, would like to hope for the best but who knows. Not knowing is HORRIBLE.

According to Donna Reynolds of BadRap, a long time pit bull rescuer and trainer and former V-dog rescuer…

To be perfectly honest, we HATE the crisis marketing that’s becoming so popular on facebook because it’s literally sending dogs to inappropriate homes (and in many cases, right back to die in different shelters) all over the country.

I’ve taken a few of these dogs away from overwhelmed do-gooders and I have to tellya, the dogs were NOT living a quality life despite having been “saved.” They’re being shuffled and re-homed again and again until they disappear off the face of the earth.

Best way to help the dogs is still the old fashioned way … Pull the dogs that don’t get adopted into a legitimate, educated rescue, suss out any behavior issues and match them to an appropriate home.  I don’t know any other way to do it.

And now there is another situation in NYC. Not with a dog in a shelter but a dog named Coffee who has been abused for years, made to sit still for 6-9 hOURS a day, no food, no water, pipe in its mouth, with a shock collar, at Mets and Yankee games to make money for its owner Charlie from Queens (if that is his real name, we found different names on various media articles), there is a father and son and another owner who switch off) who apparently makes more than $400 a day. ASPCA has been contacted, as has the Mets, the stadium and a petition and a Facebook page has been created.

I found out about this situation yesterday and it is making me ill. Apparently the group does not want to act irrationally (like distracting the owner and getting the dog away from him), but want to keep contacting authoriies who are NOT doing anything and contacting the media who are taking photos and also not doing anything. So let’s say that the media give this story LOTS OF attention and the owner gets spooked? His jig is up and what happens to the dog??????

what is going to happen to this dog????   is there a plan in place???  Please am NOT suggesting doing anything illegal, STUPID or RASH…

OK, apparently according to some sources there is a plan in place, I do NOT know what it is, nor do I need to know, just pray that it works and that the dog is safely gotten away from this abuser as soon as possible.

http://gothamist.com/2011/05/22/coffee_3.php

Look at the difference between the other dogs and Coffee and this says the son’s name is Norberto not Charles… they won $2000 on this show…

In the meanwhile, if you want to do something, call the ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement department at (212) 876-7700, ext. 4450. This five year old dog has NO TEETH and she’s being forced to sit there in terror of being electocuted if she so much as moves, the pipe is being taped to the inside of her mouth. This is cruelty and abuse. Flood the damn phone with calls.   ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement department at (212) 876-7700, ext. 4450. Call the Mayor of NYC.  Call the NY Times. Call Rachael Ray.  There is also a link on the NY Mets website where people can send feedback. You can access the link here.

http://gothamist.com/2011/05/20/onlookers_claim_beloved_baseball_do.php

http://www.boston.com/sports/blogs/bigshots/2010/04/big_shots_for_april_9_2010.html

And then there is another situation… a dog was rescued from a shelter and the person who is taking care of the dog has been harassed, slandered, libeled and lied about to the point where she had to file police reports and is suing people. The people trashed her facebook pages, contacted her friends, and questioned her every move. They were mean, cruel and indifferent to the plight of the dog.

What is going on in this world where animals are treated so badly IN PUBLIC and people in NYC walk on by and DO NOTHING, when people who DO GOOD get trashed in public, and animal shelters are so desperate to get animals adopted that they stoop to Crisis Marketing and adopt dogs out to people that they DO NOT EVEN BOTHER TO SCREEN????  Not to mention all of the crazy animal abusers who do horrific things to their animals.

And WHY does Facebook seem to DO NOTHING about all of the trashers, haters, trolls and bullies on Facebook who harass other people?

These are words of wisdom:

The Patrick Movement Tennessee
Reality is, we can not save all abused animals! Until the govt starts enforcing felony charges, we are basically chasing our tail. I think these sites would be more productive by focusing on your local homeless animals and rescue groups. Posting animals ready for adoption, adoption days for local rescue groups, rather than all of the horrible pictures of tortured and abused animals.

Oh yes, there is another situation… if someone has a dog fighting operation on Facebook, a page that promotes dog fighting and cruelty and violence, then people are encouraged to take screen shots, forget about reporting to Facebook, but to report to the police, FBI and Interpol…

THEY CAN BE PROSCUTED AND THE DOGS CAN BE SAVED. ALWAYS GET SCREEN SHOTS AND SEND TO http://www.interpol.int/Public/contact.asp
Interpol official site – International Criminal Police Organization – ICPO

Contact Interpol

www.interpol.int

Interpol official site – International Criminal Police Organization – ICPO – Rapid access to official, controlled information.

And if there is a dog on chains, these are the folks to tell… they are also raising money (donations) to buy the old Bad Newz Kennels to turn it into a Good News rehab center for formerly chained dogs.

Dogs Deserve Better, Inc. PO Box 23, Tipton, PA 16684 Toll Free 1.877.636.1408 814.941.7447
email:info@dogsdeservebetter.org

Cici and I pray all are safe and smart and DOING GOOD… (not always the right way)…ok, Cici might not be with me if people who love animals followed ALL the rules … she probably would be dead or maimed for life… just saying…

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