Recommended Read – Things Your Dog Doesn’t Want You To Know

Title: Things Your Dog Doesn’t Want You To Know

Author: Hy Conrad and Jeff Johnson

Overview: (taken from www.chapters.indigo.ca) “Dear Human: Your dog probably puzzles you. Most of us do that. And most of us would like to keep things as they are: humans in the dark, dogs with the upper hand. But we dogs are about to let you in a little secret.  Okay, a lot of secrets. – We graduated first in our obedience class three times. This should tell you something. – Puppies know that they’re being cute. They’re using you. – We don’t sound anything like those silly voices you use to imitate us. – We hate those ridiculous names you give some of us. Moonbeam is not a dignified name for a mutt. – You might want to check your herb garden for fertilizer. – We are only wearing this stupid birthday hat so we can get some cake. No self-respecting dog cares about his birthday. – We are not spoiled, certainly not in comparison to teenage girls. – We are in charge of the house. We let you pretend that you are. – We’d be lost without you. We love you.   It’s all in our new book, Things Your Dog Doesn’t Want You To Know, as told to humans Hy Conrad and Jeff Johnson. Even Steve Martin (yes, THAT Steve Martin) raves about us!  Inside you’ll find revelations such as the reason we at the sofa (leather tastes very similar to rawhide), and what we really think of the costumes you dress us up in. I’m not alone. Ten other courageous canines have stepped forward to tell you what your dog won’t – every last dirty, hairy bit of it. If you have dogs, love dogs, or have ever been baffled by a dog, this book is a must-have.”

Thoughts/Comments: As a dog lover myself, this book made me laugh and smile. I like to give my own dogs personalities and voices so this was pretty much a big collection of similar cases. It is a easy book to pick up and read, even if only for a few pages, due to its journal style writing. It features 11 dogs whose names are Sophie, Gabby, Tinkerbell, Moonbeam, Rufus, Axelrod, Dimples, Orson, Sarge, Bandana, and Charlie. If you have ever owned a dog, this book will make you laugh and I am sure you will be able to relate to some of it too.

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Recommended Read – Shutter Island

Title: Shutter Island

Author: Dennis Lehane

Overview: (taken from www.chapters.indigo.ca) “In the year 1954, U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels and his new partner, Chuck Aule, come to Shutter Island, home of Ashecliffe Hospital for the Criminally Insane, to investigate an unexplained disappearance. Multiple murderess Rachel Solando is loose somewhere on this barren island, despite having been kept under constant surveillance in a locked, guarded cell. As a killer hurricane bears relentlessly down on the island, hints of radical experimentation and covert government machinations add darker, more sinister shades to an already bizarre case. Because nothing at Ashecliffe Hospital is remotely what it seems.”

Thoughts/Comments:This was a very well written book. I could not stop reading it. It sucked me in and I found myself wrapped up in the characters and the plot. Although this is the case with pretty much any book turned into a movie, after reading the book I could not even finish the movie. However, if you have watched the movie and liked it, try reading the book, and if for some crazy reason you have not read nor watched either, pick this book up and start reading it now!