At the risk of dating myself (I'm 47 as of this writing) I wonder how many of you besides myself remember a television commercial for a breath mint that went something like this: "Certs. Two, two, two mints in one." The reason I bring up what TV Land would refer to as a "retromercial" is that the book co-authored by Howard Weinstein and his first beloved Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Mail Order Annie, is clearly labeled 2 books in 1. There is a reason for this and a good one. Book one deals with the life of Mail Order Annie and the lessons she taught Howard and what we can all learn from her. Most of the lessons are happy ones and bring a smile to those of us who read them. But there's one I'm going to quote directly from the book. To do otherwise would do it an injustice. First, you must understand that Howard labeled these tidbits ANNIE TAUGHT ME. But the one that Howard learned from Annie, and that I'm quoting directly, goes like this:
"ANNIE TAUGHT ME.... Part of loving (the last part, I suppose) is letting go of the one you love. Losing the loved one doesn't mean losing the love. But it sure does hurt. I hate this lesson."
Those of us who have known the joy of having a dog share our lives with us have also known the pain of losing that beloved companion when the time comes. For the simple fact is that we out live our dogs in most cases.
I've written about my first dog and how painful it was to put him to sleep. Now I have a dog who alerts me to my seizures and though he's only five years old I can't bear to think of him reaching the age when I might have to consider putting him down. Of course, his particular breed, being a miniature Dachshund, tends to live longer than the larger dogs so perhaps I'll be lucky. But there are always diseases lurking around the corner and I have to keep an eye out for them.
As to Howard's Book Two, it concentrates on training, as he has become something of a specialist in this area, Howard works as the proprietor of Day-One Dog Training and he also serves as a Canine Behavioral Consultant. He has become, through his lessons with Annie, and her successor dogs, Mickey and Callie, also both Pembroke Welsh Corgis, quite an expert in training people in how to handle their dogs, no matter what the breeds.
Perhaps the most important lesson Howard teaches the dog owner is that we must learn to guide our dogs to the behavior patterns that we want them to learn, but only by positive reinforcement.
I'll end this review by saying that I cannot recommend this book highly enough and that Howard and Mail Order Annie chose a very apt title, because every night, when my miniature Dachshund Alex climbs into bed with me, before lights out, I pick him up, he puts his front hands around my neck gives me endless puppy kisses.
And let me tell you, folks, Howard's right. They're good for the soul.
This book offers wonderful ways to help you and your puppy no matter the breed, learn together and bond the friendship that will grown over the years.
I laughed and cried over the life they shared. It made me remember all the wonderful and sad times I shared with my own dog of 13 years.
I never knew Annie but after reading this book I WAS there. I feel as if I have known her and her family all my life. For a trully enjoyable read and very informative helpful instructions on teaching your four-foot freind how to behave. This is the book for you.
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If you have not read this Book you have missed a real treat.
My wife and I have had the opportunity to spend some time with the Author of the Book, touring some of the Sears Homes in Cairo, Illinois. Rose is a fine Young Lady, we wish her God's Speed in the writing of her next book.
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants information and interesting personal accounts about Sears homes. It is interesting reading and very informative at the same time.
I have a very special interest in mail order houses as I authored a similar book in Canada entitled "Catalogue Houses; Eatons' and Others" Eatons was to Canada what Sears is to the US.
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In the pages of Kaitlin Duck Sherwood's OVERCOME EMAIL OVERLOAD WITH MICROSOFT OUTLOOK 2000 AND OUTLOOK 2002: GET THROUGH YOUR ELECTRONIC MAIL FASTER there is hope for the weary email user. From page one, readers will quickly gain the knowledge to help eliminate countless hours spent sorting through email to determine which requires their immediate attention. This book explains all the advanced techniques that are often left out of general computer classes. The easy to follow language and illustrated graphics allow novice users to quickly grasp the many helpful tips and tricks and put them to effective use within minutes.
Kaitlin Duck Sherwood's book was helpful in teaching worthwhile techniques which I was able to effectively use in my current occupation. Having worked fifteen years in an office environment email has become the primary means of communication. Often, I have felt overwhelmed with the daily struggle of finding ways to manage hundreds of email messages. Ms. Sherwood's simple and helpful advice has been helpful in allowing me to regain the precious time that has been consumed by email. This book has found a permanent place beside my computer. For anyone who is looking for a way to save time, money, and help relieve stress, this book is a must read.
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Many of my clients are regional shops and businesses that do not have the big business (big $$) marketing budgets. Not only do I often find myself referring to this book often, but I recommend it to all of my clients as well.
Business owners are often one of the biggest draws for a business; their personality, eye for detail, or craftsmanship is what attracts customers. By reading this book, my clients are able to market themselves, which my all accounts is a win-win scenario.
If you own a business or if you represent a business that is trying to increase their market share on the Internet, make this mandatory reading.
I needed (and still need) good ideas to help me market my business. I used my highlighter a great deal in this book. In almost every one of the later chapters I found really good ideas. Also the structure of the book was wonderful. The beginning of every chapter is a series of descriptive or narrative paragraphs, case study, resources and a cheat sheet. The structure that Kinnard uses makes this a tool for reference as well as a good read.
Finally, I think Kinnard has an excellent style. I think one of the great tasks of writing a book like this one is that most of the audience really is not interested in reading the material. We just want to know it so that we can use it. So, time spent reading and learning about email is tiresome. Kinnard does a good job of making the paint dry quickly.
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Talk Your Way to the Top
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It is here that she meets Susan, a breast cancer survivor. Susan quickly becomes a pen pal for Lara, answering her questions, serving as an information source and sounding board as Lara struggles through a cancer diagnosis and treatment options. From this correspondence emerges a special friendship. This relationship evolves and the two women share with one another about their families, work, and life in general.
Becker's book has come from her own personal experience with breast cancer. It is clear Becker knows her stuff and has elicited help from the medical community to provide the most current information on breast cancer. At times, the story reads a bit like a public service announcement, but the message is an important one. Becker has created two very likeable characters and a format that is very easy to read.
Dear Stranger, Dearest Friend is an important read for all women and anyone who wants to learn about this disease and the power of new friendships.
The ending is extremely touching without being too sentimental and the e-mail correspondences are poignant and funny at the same time. You can never be too young to read a novel about Breast Cancer and the struggles women and their families go through. I recommend this beautiful novel most highly!
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The book details how to move from traditional marketing methods to an Internet based marketing system that concentrates on the efficient and positive use of e-mail. It not only covers how to use it to obtain new customers but guides the reader step by step in how to effectively use e-mail to create and maintain customer loyalty and positive relationships.
It is extremely thorough in its coverage of e-mail marketing from planning to vendor selection to analysis, and this book goes deeper into exploring customer relationships.
Given the highest rating in its December 2000 MarketingToday.com review.