Last night my family and I delighted in yet another exquisite four-course vegan meal, so skilfully and lovingly, prepared by Brett Garvie proprietor and chef of VegTable.
Has my title grabbed your attention?
I won’t try to hold it for too long, because there’s book reading to be done! Here are 5 of my latest top picks about all our furry, fluffy and all other faithful friends.
In a word, ‘Fascinating’. It might well be your passport to better understanding the minds of dogs and our own species. At times the co-author, Brian Hare, gives some facts that aren’t easily related back to your pooch, and other nuggets of insight which are very relatable.
Either way, you’re in for the long haul. I say “long haul” for two reasons;
1. It’s a long detailed book
2. This ‘Dog Guy’ takes his readers far from the comforts of relatable dog-on-lap scenarios.
He takes us back 6 million years (incidentally, chapter 1 & 2 were enjoyed and understood by my 9 and 11 year old children). You’ll also be a touring passenger to countries like Siberia, Russia, China, the Congo and Australia. Not to leave you stranded, he equips you with incredibly interesting and relevant historical and geographical insights over and above the science. All for the better learning of the breakthroughs in cognitive genuineness.
Well, I guess author, Rory Freedman does. Also, I’m guessing, so do you. She gets it; the fact that we could be using the love we have for our dogs and cats as a powerful force for helping all animals.
Beg is lightly to make you smile and grimace, but if you like ‘the furies’, this book is likely to bring you to an even better place of love by its end.
You’ll be safe in Rory’s almost BBF-style of writing. It’s very relatable, has great soul, and her words aren’t sugar-coated, but direct, like only a friend’s honestly delivers. It’s kind of compelling to say the least.
She loves, cares but now doesn’t swear (you might recognise her as the author known for her profanities in Skinny Bitch and other subsequent books).
This novel will make you laugh, make you cry and render you unable to put it down. A great little piece of easy doggie therapy. The story and characters still linger with me and it makes my heart swell.
In my eagerness to learn how to do good by my first cat, who nuzzled his gorgeous way into my life, I reached for Cat Daddy. Of course, in retrospect, learning about cats would have best been done through a title turned around, to read ‘Daddy’s Cat’.
This book, as per its title, is about the Daddy, Jackson Galaxy. Not a bad thing, if you want an intimate, detailed account of an addict’s life and, thankfully, his recovery. He is a creative writer, no doubt, yet his descriptively-burdened sentences tired me out! Yes, there is a cat(s) involved, even some cat handling tips. Healing animal connections? For sure. Just not to the extent I was hoping for.
Essentially though it’s Jackson Galaxy’s story and he writes and reads (if you do the audible version) with gusto and great indulgence in finding his life’s “mojo”. (Which I believe now encompasses living the vegan ideology!) That’s great mojo!
What a stunning read! How often do we get a glimpse into the irresistible personalities and quirky ways of any animal other than our beloved dogs and cats?
Kathy Stevens, author and founder of Catskill Animal Sanctuary is kind to her core, and it seems to me that she has the right and ethical standing to call herself an animal lover. Her chatty writing style leaves her readers knowing how it’s done at CAS and why the rewards of truly caring are so profound and heartwarming.
I bought this one in hard copy, and it’s already doing the rounds among my family and friends.
Great reading, super learning!
We can all relate to the energy behind the words ‘crazy‘ and ‘sexy‘, right? Some of us own it. Some of us want it. Some of us hunger for more of it. Kris Carr has crazy, sexy trunk loads of both!
Wanna come along for the ride?
Reading is like eating nuts, or dare I admit to it – hell yes, Pringles. The more you devour the more you want, and your last hardly ever is. That’s been my experienced in consuming and learning from the insights in the following four books, under review.
This book found me, rather than me finding it.
Over the past three days I ignored an incredibly strong, unexplainable sense to revisit a book written by Julia Johnson, entitled The Peacock & The Mermaid. Until yesterday, when I finally took action and, within our newly-assembled and orderly-stacked home library, this unread book caught my attention and took precedence over another.
My daughters and I immediately devoured it through wet eyes, sighs of empathy and compassionate giggles!
This heart-warming story is of a young girl who finds a malnourished cheetah cub in a middle-eastern souq. The child’s relationship with this wild animal gives young readers an insight into the much-needed conservation and ethical protection of wildlife. While I bought our copy in the Middle East, it’s also sold via Amazon.