Monday, November 28, 2016

Christmas (on Wherever Island) is Free

Fly Off to a Caribbean Island for Christmas?

Christmas on Wherever Island by Amber Polo

A Magic Santa brings Caribbean Christmas Joy!

Marti Bell is facing the prospect of a very unmerry Christmas. Reluctantly, leaving her married lover she travels toward ice, snow, and judgmental family until a magic Santa sends her to a surprise destination in the warm waters of the Caribbean.  

Wherever Island would be a winter paradise except the only place to stay is the beachside cottage of romantic globetrotting photographer Cliff Holmes. Cliff wants to unwind and treat Marti to a little romantic Caribbean Christmas fun but she’s determined to stay in the warm ocean and out of hot water. 

  “Not only is the setting sensational, the hero will sweep you off your feet…this is one story I can read every Christmas season. …a great happily ever after story.”  Gotta Read Reviews

Novella in ebook only

Sunday, November 27, 2016

The Book of Dog Magic - A gift for dog lovers with New Age spirit

by Sophia with Denny Sargent, (Llewellyn, 2016)

Dogs have long been important in folklore and mythology. Many claim dogs can see ghosts and strange energies that  we cannot. Therefore, it's not surprising that dogs are associated with magic. Sophia and Denny Sargent’s how-to-manual of charms, chants, meditations, and stories provides background into dogs and spirit and a guide to magical techniques and exercises to connect you with your dogs on a deep psychic level.

First , every dog lover can find their inner canine and mythic dog spirit. Next discover your dog's astrological sign, as well as suggestions of complementary dog breeds based on your astrological sign.

Fortune telling? Yes, your dog can be your psychic. The authors offer the meaning of cards your dog steps on (and hopefully doesn't eat).

Use The Book of Dog Magic to find a spell to choose the perfect dog for you. Then look up a meditation to identify the right name for your new dog. Next, chant a spell to housetrain the puppy and another to make your dog more obedient.

To keep your dog from roaming try the practical "Always Come Back to Me" spell:

Tyr, hear, always stay.
You will never run away.
Always be by my side,
Never vanish, never hide.
If you do someday run free,
Always return to me.

Most comforting are the spells and meditations to help your beloved dog pass into the afterlife.

The Book of Dog Magic includes a glossary of dog spirits and dog-loving gods and goddesses.

A wonderful gift for the dog lover with New Age spirit.

Sophia and Denny Sargent

Sophia is an animal intuitive, professional psychic, teacher, and bestselling New Age author. She's a traveler with the ability to call wild animals to her wherever she goes.

Denny Sargent is a writer, artist, and university instructor, specializing in ancient cultures and folklore.  He has been initiated in several esoteric, western Hermetic and Tantrika traditions. He helped found, write, and edit esoteric journals of contemporary mythology and magik.

Both love all animals, especially canines.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Animal Stories Make Great Gifts for Dog Loving Kids

Sashi and the Puppy Mill Girl by Linda Greiner
Illustrated by Morgan Spicer.
(Brown Books Kids, 2016)

A fast-paced story about breed rescue filled with charming drawings.

Sashi, the bossy Sheltie, lives with a liitle girl named Anna and her mother who fosters Shelties. Cinnamon arrives as a dirty and frightened foster. The story explains what a puppy mill is and how fostering and adoption works with an emphasis on the patience needed for rehabilitation. Fostering is defined as "helping dogs find a home where they will be loved forever and ever."

The "For the Adult Reader" page discuses choosing a family dog from a rescue.

A picture book for 5 - 8 year old children, kindergarten through 3rd grade.

Linda Grainer adopted the real Sashi in 2001 from the Shetland Sheepdog Placement Services of New Jersey and started fostering in 2003. She is the author of two previous Sashi books. A portion of sales from Sashi benefit SSPSNJ.

Morgan Spicer, a self-proclaimed dog-and-cat-lady, hopes to one day open an animal sanctuary and rescue where she will continue to educate youth about the importance of compassion and the magic of animal companionship.


The Shelter Pet Squad series
by Cynthia Lord. Illustrated by Erin McGuire.
(Scholastic Press, 2014, 2015, 2016)

A series of three (so far) short chapter books about 7-year-old Suzannah, who can't have a pet - but desperately wants one. She volunteers at her local animal shelter and becomes part of the shelter ‘s Pet Squad, a group of children who learn about animals, make toys, and have fun caring for the shelter animals.

The first in the series features JellyBean” the guinea pig. The second is about a ferret named “Merlin” and the third stars “Paloma a satos puppy from Puerto Rico.

Each book encourages volunteering and friendship, explains how shelters work, and stresses the need to understand the type of animal you adopt. They include suggestions how children can help shelter animals in their own area, craft projects to make toys, and advice for caring for a pet and help your local shelter. Each one asks the child to sign a Pledge to become an Honorary Shelter Pet Squad Member.

Especially fun for 7-10 year old children, 2nd - 5th grade.

Cynthia Lord is a prolific award-winning children’s author of many books about animals and pets as well as Rules, a Newbery Honor Book. Lord is a shelter volunteer, works in a writing shed, and has a collection of rubber duckies, as well as Milo her dog, Cookie the guinea pig, and two bunnies.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Animal Rescue Groups Raise Funds And Lots of Fun

Jerome Humane Society’s "Through the Looking Glass" brunch and auction at the Honeymoon Cottage in Jerome benefited the Jerome Humane Society. Music was provided by the world-famous Jerome Ukulele Orchestra – even Batman made an appearance.

No wonder Jerome, former mining, then ghost town, now filled with artists, is also known for its ghosts.

Humane Society of Sedona
Pet Lovers Gala

HSS celebrated its 50th Anniversary (1966-2016) at the Enchantment Resort with a festive Pet Lovers Gala. Hosted by the HSS board and new director Austin Gates, guests enjoyed great food, music, and enthusiastic company, all to support the work of the Society.
Amid the glamour, The stars of the evening were shelter dog Heidi and her 4 four-week-old pups. Heidi was found and taken to the shelter where she gave birth that same night.

 Red Rose Inspiration for Animals

Red Rose Inspiration for Animals Art and Craft Shows for Animal Rescue bloom in the Olde Sedona Bar & Grill and Red Rock Precision Motors parking lot. Organized by the tireless Tina Allegrezza and her volunteers, the shows will resume in the spring.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Greyhound Update for Arizona - Greyhounds of the Verde Valley Picnic

Greyhounds Updated

Greyhounds of the Verde Valley’s annual picnic brought 40 dogs to Cornville, Arizona for food, fun races, and hot dog bobbing.

Rory Goree, Chairman of the Arizona Racing Commission and dedicated greyhound welfare advocate, was GVV’s featured speaker. Before becoming a commissioner Goree spent
17 years with Greyhound Pets of America, ten of them as President, during which time the organization placed thousands of retired greyhounds in adoptive homes. Goree personally has seven greyhounds. 
Rory Goree,
Chairman of the Arizona Racing Commission
In June 2016, Tucson Greyhound Park, the last Arizona dog track, ended live racing. The ruling was expected and many dogs had previously been moved to tracks in other states and Caliente, Mexico. Of the remaining 300 dogs, many were spoken for to be adopted. The closing was the easiest track closing of the four in Arizona since 1993. Also there are now no National Greyhound Association breeders in Arizona.

Asked why the track shut down, Goree names the anti-gambling lobby. Asked if racing might return, he stressed racing is not against the law in Arizona, just gambling on races.
There are still greyhounds needing adoption. Dogs come in from Florida, Kansas, and other states. Greyhounds of the Verde Valley helps dog lovers find a greyhound pet and continues to rehome dogs (when necessary) and supports all previous adopters and fosters.

Interested in fostering or adopting a Greyhound?
Greyhounds of the Verde Valley: (928) 634-7250

Greyhound Pets of Arizona: General Information: (877) 454-3647 ; Verde Valley adoption contact: Debbie Hunseder: (928) 300-6807

 If you're not in Arizona, contact your local or regional greyhound adoption group.