A Valentine’s Day Give-Away! Win a Luxury Dog Scarf from “Oh Tiny Heart” !

Hi and Happy Valentine’s Day all!! A few weeks ago I was excited to be contacted by a wonderful company that “makes and sells handcrafted luxury accessories for pooches from rare and fine materials you can’t find  anywhere else.”

I thought with today being Valentine’s Day, it couldn’t be more perfect  than to feature this company that I now “heart” on this special day of love!!! Why not treat your special dog to a luxury dog scarf from:

“Oh Tiny Heart”

 

THE OH TINY HEART STORY:

Launched on September 23, 2016 from our small San Francisco apartment, our handcrafted accessories combine our love of chic design with the comfortable and stylish fabrics and materials we love to wear ourselves. If we wouldn’t wear it, why should our pets?

We hope you come to love Oh Tiny Heart as much as we love the little pooch who started it all.

The beautifully wrapped package that I received for Dakota

WHY THEY STARTED:

We started Oh Tiny Heart after adopting our little fur baby, Mylo. When we first brought Mylo home, we found ourselves unable to stop shopping for things we thought he’d like — treats, toys, accessories — you name it! When we couldn’t seem to find accessories for him that we absolutely loved (we’re picky!), we decided to make our own.

HOW THEY STARTED:

Determined to create accessories we weren’t embarrassed to let Mylo wear, we rolled up our sleeves, purchased a sewing machine, a few bundles of thread, and began chopping up our old clothing. Sewing with discarded stretchy knits and delicate cottons forced us to master difficult fabrics right off the bat, setting the tone for the types of materials we’d end up working with most.

When we finally created an accessory we were proud of, we posted a picture of Mylo modeling our creation on Instagram, and comments demanding we sell our pieces started pouring in from friends and followers. That’s when we knew we had to open our own shop.

While we are still very much a mom and pop pet shop handcrafting accessories from our much-too-tiny San Francisco apartment, we feel our family has grown so much larger thanks to the amazingly supportive customers we are lucky enough to have.

We’d love for you to take a look at what we have:

Robin Scarf from the Signature Collection. Photo Courtesy of the Oh Tiny Heart Website. Click to visit!

The Robin Scarf is the scarf that I selected for Dakota to try.  It is from the Oh Tiny Heart Signature Collection. (There is also a Gateway Collection and Rare Collection). It is super soft, light as a feather, just beautiful, so beautiful, that I want to wear it, but Dakota insisted that I let HIM wear it! Dakota doesn’t always wear scarves or bandanas unless he has just returned from being groomed, so at first he wasn’t quite sure what to make of it:

The Robin scarf is a  royal blue beautiful sweater knit scarf. It’s super cozy to the touch, the fabric is super snuggly!!! This scarf is completely unlike any other scarf I ever put on Dakota. It’s so luxurious!! Once I let him know just how handsome he looked in this scarf he allowed me to take another photo:

DETAILS:

  • 80% Polyester/15% Rayon/5% Spandex
  • Light Weight
  • Yarn Dyed Slub Hatchi Sweater Knit
  • Ultra Soft Brushed Hand
  • Fluid Drape
  • Four Way Stretch
  • Royal Blue Cozy and Warm Sweater Knit with Soft Touch Black Trim
  • Traditional Square Bandana
  • Oh Tiny Heart Hand Dyed Real Leather Label
  • Handmade in USA

    Photo Courtesy of the Oh Tiny Heart website

SIZES AVAILABLE:

  • Petite (XS) fits necks up to 10” (12 x 12” square bandana, 14” on diagonal fold)
  • Popular (S/M) fits necks up to 14” (16 x 16” square, 22” on diagonal fold)
  • Prestige (L) fits necks up to 18” (20 x 20” square, 31” on diagonal fold)

CARE:

  • Hand Wash to Maintain Longevity
  • Air Dry Flat or Iron on Low Heat
  • Do Not Tumble Dry
  • Do Not Bleach

“What I put up with for a product review! Mom I am NOT a girl Sheltie, I am a BOY!!! But…this would look pretty on a female Sheltie as a cute hat, don’t you agree?”

 

I couldn’t be happier with Dakota’s scarf and am excited for you to check out all that Oh Tiny Heart has to offer! They also have Collars and Leashes!!!

Ok, I couldn’t resist and HAD to put the scarf on Cody too….he was a little less thrilled than I was:

Don’t let Cody’s expression deter you, remember, he IS a cat after all!!!!

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Give-Away is open to those who are

18 yrs of age and older. An approximate $38 value!

Entering is super easy,

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In full disclosure: I was not monetarily compensated for this review/give-away. I was sent the Robin Scarf from the Signature Collection in exchange for my always honest review.

Lucky Friday! It’s A Vita Bone® Give-Away!

Hi All! It’s Dakota! Today might be Friday the 13th but today, is YOUR LUCKY DAY! I have been eagerly awaiting telling you about some tasty new treats that I was lucky to try!

One day, my Mom and I were pawing around the internet reading blogs, and we read about  Vita Bone®. I tapped my Mom’s arm and told her that I wanted to try them. Mom and I  were lucky when our comment was seen on Facebook and we were contacted asking if we would like to try some Vita Bone® Biscuits and Vita Bone® Chewy Sticks. It was my lucky day!

When my package arrived I couldn’t believe how generous my new friends were! I was sent a box of VITA BONE® Flavors Biscuits,  a box of Vita Bone® Biscuits, (Original),  VITA BONE® Beef Flavored Chewy Sticks  and VITA BONE® Lamb Flavored Chewy Sticks.

Vita Bone® Biscuits

 FROM Vita Bone® Vita Bone® Biscuits are made with natural ingredients and fortified with 23 essential vitamins and minerals. Our nutritious recipe also includes omega-3 and 6 fatty acids and glucosamine from natural sources like salmon oil and chicken. These essential elements help promote healthy skin, a well-conditioned coat, and joint health in your dog. Plus, the crunchy texture helps clean teeth and freshen breath.

They come in sizes that are perfect for whatever size dog you have, (small, medium or large).  I received Medium because they are for dogs over 20 lbs and I am around 25 lbs.

 

I didn’t try the original biscuits  yet, but I will! I DID try the:

Vita Bone® Flavors Biscuits

Vita Bone® Flavors Biscuits come in liver, beef, vegetable, cheese, chicken, and original flavors.  They are scrumptious!! As you can see in the photo below, even the medium-sized bones are generously sized so Mom breaks it up for me. It makes the tastiness last longer and makes them easier for me to eat.

Vita Bone® Chewy Sticks

As I mentioned, I received the Beef Flavored Chewy Sticks and the Lamb Flavored Chewy Sticks.  I haven’t tried the Beef Flavored sticks yet but I DID try the Lamb Flavored Chewy Sticks, (of COURSE I went for those first since Shelties LOVE to “herd” lambs/sheep!). I got to experience the taste of real lamb in every bite!  The sticks are easy to break into smaller pieces, which make them great to use for training, and you could put them in your favorite treat dispenser too!

About Vita Bone®

Vita Bone®is a family-owned company through and through and have been making pet food and treats in Ogden, Utah since 1972. They are passionate about pets, which is why they craft their own recipes and carefully source each ingredient. You can find out more about their brands at americanpetnutrition.com

Vita Bone® Gives Back!

Proud Supporter of:

All of us at Vita Bone® have dedicated our careers to the health and happiness of all pets because we know what joy they bring to families across the country.

We also know the joy and power pets have to change lives. That’s why we support Pet Partners, a non-profit dedicated to training and providing therapy animals to people in need.

Therapy animals give affection and comfort to people in hospitals, nursing homes, hospices, disaster areas, and more.

Pet Partners teams interact with a wide variety of clients including veterans with PTSD, seniors living with Alzheimer’s, students with literacy challenges, patients in recovery, people with intellectual disabilities and those approaching end of life.

 

I am certain you are going to love Vita Bone® Biscuits and Vita Bone® Chewy Sticks as much as I do!  Check out their store locator to see where you can purchase them. You can also:

ENTER TO WIN!!

 Our friends at Vita Bone® are generously offering TWO of our readers who are 18 and over and who reside in the U.S. the chance to win ONE BOX OF VITA BONE BISCUITS and TWO PACKAGES OF VITA BONE CHEWY STICKS. Entering is easy! Just enter on the rafflecopter below. Good luck!! 

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We were not compensated for this review/give-away. We were sent product to test in exchange for our always honest review.

 

 

De-stress Your Dog: PetSafe® Busy Buddy® Chamomile-Scented Calming Toys Review and Give-Away

Shetland Sheepdogs are wonderful dogs! They are sensitive, loving, gentle active, super intelligent and protective.  On the downside, most Shelties  are known to excel at barking.

Dakota is definitely true to his lineage! While he does not bark incessantly, he DOES bark at strange sounds, (sounds that are loud, and even something as simple as my whisking eggs for scrambling can send him into a frenzy). His biggest barking triggers are the vacuum and once a week he gets to exercise his “talent” by barking incessantly when the people who come weekly to clean our apartment/condo building arrive.

I have tried to distract him, play with him, anything to curb this behavior, not much has worked. I was excited when I was offered the opportunity to have Dakota test the PetSafe® Busy Buddy® Chamomile-Scented Calming Toys because we are huge fans of the Busy Buddy® line . We received the 2-Pack shown below.

petsafe-calming-toy

 “Designed to help with separation anxiety and stress, the PetSafe Busy Buddy Chamomile-Scented Calming Toys dispense food and assist with problem-solving by distracting your pet from the cause of their anxiety, such as thunderstorms, fireworks, vet visits or other stressful situations. The soothing chamomile scent helps reduce anxiety, while the patented Treat Meter randomly dispenses treats to keep dogs entertained and playing longer.”

When I opened the package I was pleased and surprised that the package contained not one, but TWO PetSafe® Busy Buddy® Chamomile-Scented Calming Toys as shown above. I was pleased that the scent was not overwhelming, and was quite pleasant.  I had been afraid that when I would open the package the scent would be overpowering. I couldn’t smell it at all until I put my nose right next to it to sniff. Perfect!  I also love the durability of these toys.

“Available in two sizes (small and medium), each kit comes with two different durable food/treat-dispensing chew toys, allowing pet parents to alternate between the two toys to provide variety and keep dogs interested and engaged. Training and behavior advice from professional dog trainers is also included.”

 Did They Work?

In complete honesty. MOSTLY. (After a minute or so Dakota ran to the door to bark, but DID return to play with the toy when called).  Also….I used them only once when the cleaning people arrived.  I would like to try these a few more times before I give my final verdict, but overall, yes I am pleased.

In the video below, if you turn up your volume you will hear the vacuum and notice that Dakota was completely focused on the PetSafe Busy Buddy Chamomile-Scented Calming Toy. 

Features

  • Patented Treat Meter randomly dispenses treats
  • 2 durable food/treat-dispensing chew toys
  • Training and behavior advice from professional dog trainers included
  • Great for thunderstorms, fireworks, vet visits, barking, and separation anxiety
  • Dishwasher safe, top rack only

The PetSafe Busy Buddy Chamomile-Scented Calming Toys are priced at $19.99 – $24.99 and are available for purchase on PetSafe.net.

 

About the PetSafe® Brand

PetSafe® Brand is an industry leader in the development of innovative pet behavioral, containment and lifestyle product solutions. PetSafe Brand is owned by Radio Systems®Corporation and headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn. For more information, please visit www.petsafe.net .

 

GIVE-AWAY!! Our friends at PetSafe have generously offered TWO of our readers who reside in the U.S. (and who are 18 and over) the chance to win the same 2-Pack of the PetSafe Busy Buddy Chamomile-Scented Calming Toys that I received. Entering is super easy, just enter on the rafflecopter below and good luck!!

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In full disclosure:I was not compensated for this post. I received a PetSafe Busy Buddy Chamomile-Scented Calming Toys 2-Pack in exchange for my always honest review.

A Dog Treat Give-Away from Zuke’s® !!!

Hi all! It’s Dakota and I am just spinning with excitement about what I have to share with you today! Many of you who have been long time readers of my blog  know quite well that when I LOVE something I STICK with it! I am that way with the food that I eat, and I am the same with treats! Sure, I will show you treats here and there that strike my fancy, or that I think you will be interested in learning about, (or both!!), but my FAVORITE things to share with you are food and treats that Mom has pawed out the cash for from her OWN pocket that were staples in our household, LONG before we were presented with the opportunity, (as we have been with Zuke’s,) to tell YOU about them! It is a pleasure to review and share with you products THAT WE USE EVERY DAY!!

Zukes Logo

Click the logo to visit the Zuke’s website!

Zuke’s treats, specifically Lil’ Links, have been a staple in our house for MONTHS AND MONTHS!!  (We purchase ours at Petco,  but they are available at many other places and online, check out their handy store locator.) We first discovered Zuke’s from reading blogs that we follow, (I honestly don’t remember whose it was,) but the more Mom and I read about Zuke’s the more we KNEW we had to try their treats. Once I tasted them, I was HOOKED! 

Why Zuke’s?

 

Photo and information courtesy of the Zuke’s website. Click on the photo to visit and learn more!!

Because  Zuke’s Loves Theirs and Our pets!

It started with a guy named Patrick and his dog named Zuke. Now two decades later, pets everywhere can live a healthy, happy, active lives thanks to Zuke’s.

Anyone who’s experienced an aha! moment can perfectly recollect the date, time and place that the proverbial light bulb went off. For Patrick Meiering, it was the Summer of 1995 on a hike in the Colorado Mountains outside Durango. Partrick’s trusty companion, a two-year-old chocolate lab named Zuke had become exhausted once they reached the summit. Patrick had an energy bar for himself, but nothing for Zuke so he broke off a piece of his energy bar and tossed it to him. Zuke perked right up and there it was, the moment Patrick realized that pets need healthy all-natural treats, just as much as people do. Patrick returned home full of inspiration and made the first Zuke’s treat, an energy bar called PowerBones. Now, 20 years later we have healthy, natural and nutritious treats for every dog, not just mountain climbers like Zuke.

 

The treats that Mom buys are shown below, I AM CRAZY about them!!! 

Zukes Lil Links Group

The treats in the photo are Lil’ Links and they are the treats that Mom uses to put in my treat dispenser when she and Dad leave the house. Mom says that the second she opens the bag, they smell SOOOOO good that SHE wants to eat them!!! Paws off Mom!!!

Zukes Dakota smiling by Lil Links

Why Lil’ Links?

  • real meat is the #1 ingredient
  • they contain healthy antioxidants
  • Every bite that is gobbled (and trust me, you WILL gobble these up!) includes antioxidant rich fruits, veggies, rosemary, turmeric and sage.

Zukes Dakota eyes on prize lil links

FLAVORS INCLUDE:

  • Duck & Apple Recipe
  • Rabbit & Apple Recipe
  • Pork & Apple Recipe
  • Chicken & Apple Recipe

Guess What? They are grain-free!

Never sourced from China!

Zuke’s treats contain only the highest quality, whole food ingredients they can find!!

They look like little sausages and are sooo aromatic!

Zukes Dakota Lil Links Love

They are great to use as a reward, or for putting in your treat dispenser like Mom does! (Mom breaks them in half and packs ’em in!!) The consistency is perfect because I have to work to get them out, and since I am a “working” dog, it is a way to make “work” FUN!!

There is even MORE FUN in store for you!!! Zuke’s has come out with a NEW line of treats, that are perfect to use for training and for small breeds!!! THEY ARE BRAND SPANKIN’ NEW and I am so excited to show them to you! They are super tasty too!

Zukes Tiny Naturals Group Photo

 

New Zuke’s® Tiny Naturals™ Grain-Free, Low-Calorie Treats are Perfect for Small Breeds

 Zuke’s® Mini Naturals™, the leading treat for dog trainers across the country, just got smaller… tiny in fact! At a new low-calorie count of less than 1 ½ calories per treat, Zuke’s® Tiny Naturals™ are designed for small breeds (but are also great for medium-sized dogs like me!!),  and are perfect for delivering rewards frequently when training. Little dogs have to be extra careful about the calories they consume, and these tiny treats are perfect for their tiny tummies!! Mom is going to be using these treats to encourage me to take more walks. She wanted something small that she wouldn’t feel bad about giving to me frequently while walking, because she doesn’t want me to get fat!

Zukes Dakota staring at Tiny Naturals in my hand

From Zuke’s® :  These highly palatable, moist dog bites come in an itsy bitsy size and are made with a mouth-watering formula that completely captivates dogs. Within seconds of catching a whiff of Zuke’s Tiny Naturals, Fido is focused, excited, and ready to learn. In addition, this naturally delicious treat is made in the USA and completely free of harsh additives, preservatives, and the common allergens grain, wheat, corn and soy.

 

 “Pet parents of small breed dogs have to be extra careful not to overdo calorie intake when training their four-legged friends. Zuke’s Tiny Naturals have the same delicious taste and high-quality nutrition of our popular Zuke’s Mini Naturals lineup but are designed specifically for the build of a small breed dog. Their tiny tummies need tiny treats, and that’s just what we set out to deliver.”

Zukes Dakota sitting by Tiny Naturals

 

Zuke’s Tiny Naturals  Are Available in Tasty Peanut Butter, Tasty Chicken, and Delightful Duck recipes.

 

About Zuke’s

Located in Durango, Colorado, Zuke’s is a leader in the natural pet treat category. Named after founder Patrick’s beloved Labrador Retriever, Zuke’s has been powered by passionate and adventurous pet lovers for over 20 years. Strong believers in being active and exploring the world with our dogs, the Zuke’s team has been creating trail-tested recipes from the earth’s best ingredients to fuel those adventures since day one. The company’s unwavering commitment to product quality has helped Zuke’s become a successful and philanthropic business. Zuke’s donates a portion of all sales to The Dog and Cat Cancer Fund (DCCF). Visit www.zukes.com for more information and find @ZukesPets on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

zukes Dakota are we done

Wait!!! Mom said I can’t eat my Zuke’s treats until I tell you about the most PAWESOME give-away that we have!! Our super nice friends at Zuke’s said we could have a GIVE-AWAY!!!

GIVE-AWAY!!!! ONE LUCKY READER WHO IS 18 AND OVER AND WHO RESIDES IN THE U.S IS GOING TO RECEIVE THE SAME VARIETY PACK OF LIL LINKS AND TINY NATURALS TREATS THAT I RECEIVED!!! (An Approx. $50 value) THAT’S A LOT OF TREATS!!!!!  ENTERING IS SUPER EASY!! JUST ENTER ON THE RAFFLECOPTER BELOW, GOOD LUCK!!!

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In Full Disclosure: I was not compensated in cash for this review/give-away. I was sent a variety pack of Zuke’s Lil’ Links and a variety pack of Zuke’s Tiny Naturals in exchange for my always honest review!! The fact that we received product that we already  buy ourselves is a plus!!

An EINSTEIN Pets All Natural Dog Treat Give-Away on Einstein’s Birthday!

Hi my furiends it’s Dakota and I am spinning with excitement about my blog post today! Many of you know that Shetland Sheepdogs are no slouches in the brain department. In fact, we rank in the top ten of the brightest dog breeds!     

dakota-books

Being an intelligent sort, the quality of the treats that I eat are important to me. I was pawing around Facebook a few weeks ago and was elated when I found Einstein Pets!  The treats made by Einstein Pets are: “MORE THAN A TREAT.  EINSTEIN PETS ALL NATURAL DOG TREATS are made with the finest, fresh human grade ingredients (stuff that you can actually pronounce)” Even if you aren’t a Sheltie!!!

einstein pets logo

When I learned about these treats I just HAD to try them!!! I had to try them for another reason too. You see, EVERYONE that meets my Dad says he looks JUST LIKE ALBERT EINSTEIN!!   (so much so that Dad won an Albert Einstein look-alike contest on AOL!  Take a look at the photo below and see for yourself, my Dad is on the right hand side, obviously!)

einstein albert and lenny collage

See what  I mean? I had to tell Einstein Pets about my Dad! When I contacted them, they were the best of sports and laughed and laughed at the striking resemblance! They agreed that a Sheltie with an intellect such as mine with a Dad who looks just like Albert Einstein should certainly have a chance to try their treats! I was sooo excited!

 

After I tasted the treats and LOVED them,  I thought it was only appropriate for me to feature them TODAY which happens to be the REAL Albert Einstein’s birthday! It is also  celebrated as “Pi Day, honoring the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, otherwise known as the mathematical constant π.”     

Einstein Lenny and Dakota super silly

See? I TOLD you I AM SMART!! And, the fact that I chose to feature BRILLIANT treats on a BRILLIANT mans’ birthday makes me that much more brilliant, but I digress….

The day the box arrived I could barely contain my excitement!

Einstein born in the usa

When Mom helped me open the box I was even MORE excited!!! Look at all of the treats that I received!

Einstein Treat Display

The flavors I received were:

Turkey Bacon

PB’N Jelly Time

I YAM WHAT I YAM

The Great Pumpkin

Peas & Carrots

PRIDE-Turkey, Bacon, Banana & Peanut Butter

Cha Cha Coconut

The treats I tried first were the Cha Cha Coconut.  Oh were they ever AMAZING!!!!!

Einstein Treatology

EINSTEIN Pets All Natural Dog treats never contain any chemicals or preservatives, and are always made from scratch in small batches. All of the delicious recipes are created with the amazing Chia Seed for healthy bones, coat and teeth. 

FROM EINSTEIN PETS

MORE THAN A DOG. MORE THAN A TREAT

Einstein Pets has evolved from a basic idea that started with  a pure love for dogs. 

Our four-legged family members are MORE THAN A DOG. They are part of the family and deserve the benefits of good nutrition and a responsible diet.

All Einstein Pets products are created with love and passion for your pooch’s overall well-being. We will always strive to create fun and interesting products that value your four-legged family member’s health — inside and out. We consider not just your pooch, but also pet-parents who love them when we select our ingredients and create our original recipes.

All our treats are tested by Einstein’s mascot and Chief Tester, Abbey (West Highland Terrier) who takes on the arduous task of having to try everything first. You’ll find her regularly popping up and confirming her favorites either  on the website, on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

They are so incredibly tasty that while Mom was taking photos I made sure that I kept one pack under my paw for safe-keeping.

Einstein My Treats Paw on Treats

I know that many of you are headed off to Global Pet Expo this week, my furiends at Einstein Pets will be there! Be sure to visit them at their booth #5271  !!!

Einstein Lenny and Dakota 1

I am eager to go and have my treats and, I know you want to try some treats of your own, and if you live in the U.S.A you are in luck! Our furiends at Einstein Pets are going to give one lucky winner the same assortment of treats that I received…but…you will ALSO get a tote bag!!!! Entering is super easy, just enter on the Rafflecopter below, good luck!!!

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No money exchanged paws on this post. Just treats in exchange for my always honest review!!! Einstein Pets is not responsible for the content of this blog post or my Dad’s photos.

Book Review and Give-Away: The Changing Season by Steven Manchester

There is nothing that makes me happier than when I sit down with a book that I am about to read for a review, and the moment I read the first page, I am captivated, engrossed, and swept away into pages before me and eagerly anticipating the pages to come. It isn’t something that I experience often, but it IS something I experienced when sitting down to read The Changing Season by Steven Manchester.

Click the cover to visit the author's website!

Click the cover to visit the author’s website!

When Steven first approached me MONTHS ago asking if I would read his manuscript (the actual book will not be published until February of 2016), I hesitated because reading manuscripts of books isn’t always one of my most favorite things. Oftentimes due to the fact that they are in a “raw” form, they are replete with typos and grammatical errors. That certainly was NOT the case with The Changing Season.

Steven Manchester obviously not only has a passion for writing, but is a GIFTED writer. His descriptive and lyrical writing and thorough and intriguing character development is among some of the best that I have had the pleasure of reading.

The Changing Season synopsis from the author:

This was supposed to be a simple summer for Billy; one more lazy expanse of time before college began. He’d fill the hours playing with Jimmy-his canine best buddy-going camping and doing all the things he promised Jimmy they’d do before Billy left.

But that was before the accident that shook the entire town.

It was before the summer job that turned into something so much more than a way to get a paycheck.

And it was before Vicki.

This summer was destined to be many things to Billy, things he didn’t truly understand until now. But it was definitely not going to be simple.

An enormously touching, richly textured, deeply moving novel of new adulthood, The Changing Season is an experience to savor.

Allow me to touch on the sentence above. “enormously touching, RICHLY TEXTURED, DEEPLY MOVING novel of new adulthood.” is NO EXAGGERATION.  The Changing Season IS “an experience to savor.”

“I’ve been on this earth for more years than I care to admit. Trust me, the truth always comes out.” She smirked. “And justice is karma’s twin sister. They’re both bitches when you keep ’em waiting.”

The Changing Season is not a book where the canine is merely a “device” to make animal lovers want to read a book. Some of the most beautiful, poignant, touching and often funny moments, are conversations that Billy has with his beloved dog Jimmy, who shared his life with him since he was a little boy.

“The trick to a happy life is to expect change and then try to make each transition as smooth as possible.”

When I finished reading The Changing Season (and one evening I was so engrossed that I completely forgot a TV show that I watch RELIGIOUSLY was even on and I completely missed it one night this week!), I have to tell you I was SAD when I finished reading it. I literally was turning the pages in the back looking for more. IT IS THAT GOOD!

When you read The Changing Season, (and believe me when I say YOU MUST read this book), you will be transported back to a time of innocence, first love and lust, uncertainty about yourself and your own thoughts and desires, the excitement of new discoveries and experiences that lie ahead, instances of harsh reality, finding meaning in your life and answering the call of what you are MEANT to do with YOUR  life, all while sharing the most beautiful and unconditional love of your beloved canine friend.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR FROM THE AUTHOR!!

After returning home from a difficult tour of duty in Operation Desert Storm in 1991, I stepped back behind the walls of a Massachusetts penitentiary where I battled each day as a prison investigator. Needless to say, there was great negativity in my life at that time, and very little opportunity to heal from my wartime demons (or pursue my dreams of being published). I finally decided to return to college to finish my degree in Criminal Justice. During one of the classes, my professor, Barry McKee, detailed police work, but barely touched on other topics. I finally raised his hand and asked, “As the criminal justice system is so vast, what about the courts, probation, parole – corrections?” Barry smiled and told me to see him after class. I thought I’d done it! In his office, Barry explained, “Except from the slanted perspectives of inmates, there’s no real written material out there on corrections, or prisons.” Barry smiled again and then dropped the bomb that would change my life forever. “If you’re so smart,” he said, “why don’t you write it?” It was the last push I needed to get writing. Nine months later, I placed the first draft of 6-5; A Different Shade of Blue (under the pen name, Steven Herberts) on Barry’s desk. From then on, I was hooked. I was a writer.

Under the pen name, Steven Herberts, I wrote in newspapers, magazines, and even penned two collections of poetry. Once I’d found my true voice, I began, The Unexpected Storm: The Gulf War Legacy; an emotional account of the Gulf War that would heal my soul, and the souls of other suffering veterans.

Today, 20 years later, I have been blessed with a beautiful family; my wife, Paula, and our four children–Evan, Jacob, Bella and Carissa. From a professional perspective, I’ve written 16 books (with 12 in publication), and have contributed to more than three dozen international anthologies. My work has been showcased in such national literary journals as Taproot Literary Review, American Poetry Review and Fresh! Literary Magazine, as well as various magazines to include Angels on Earth, Obadiah, Titan, G.F.O. (U.K.), Skyline Literary, Alive Now, Dark Animus (Australia) and Spinnings Short Stories. Hundreds of my essays, poetry and short fiction have been contributed to Internet publications such as Zine5, New Mystery Reader, Wilmington Blues, Heartwarmers, The Murder Hole, Father’s World, and dozens of others.

My work has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, CBS’s The Early Show, CNN’s American Morning, BET’s Nightly News, Good Day Atlanta; in the New York Daily News, Newark Star Ledger, Boston Globe, Detroit Free Press, Providence Journal, Dallas Morning News, Orlando Sentinel, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, The Daily Oklahoman; and on 50+ nationally syndicated radio shows from coast-to-coast.

 

 

GIVE-AWAY:Steven Manchester has generously offered to give away AN EBOOK TO THREE WINNERS LOCATED  WORLD-WIDE AND ONE HARD COVER BOOK TO A READER WHO RESIDES IN THE U.S. (Dollar amount is not available due to the book not being released at the time of this review/give-away). Entering is easy! Just enter on the Rafflecopter below, GOOD LUCK!

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In full disclosure: I was not compensated for this review/give-away. I was sent a complimentary manuscript of The Changing Season in exchange for my honest review.