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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Day 9 of Books for Women by Women - Carol Quinn







Good Morning Carol and Carol....
Carol our cheerleader ( just let me quilt)  who dove into bowls with borders
and will be cheering Nancy Drew is a clue in March
did her review on Carol Quinn's book...





"FOLLOW MY LEAD"
The title and cover lures us into believing it is just a book about training dogs, but it turns out to be wonderfully so much more. The author, Carol Quinn, takes us down the path of her life changing experience while attending a dog agility training class with her two Rhodesian ridgebacks, Nairobi and Sheila. Her dogs have definite strong personalities, including some aggressiveness, which made her search for ways to teach them appropriate behavior. As Carol works with them on the agility field and at home, she notices something about their behavior and reactions. She compares this to her own relationships and life, finding ways to make positive changes. She's very candid and open about her weaknesses and insights, which helps to relate to her experiences.
The agility teacher, Irina, though skilled and obviously intelligent, is quite abrasive and would send most people running out of her class at her first biting remark. As it turns out, her influence proves to be what helps Carol focus on making changes in her dogs’ actions as well as in her own personal life. Irina does add some humor to the book by her remark: “Don’t like dogs barking? Get a cat.”
By slowly making changes in her life based on what she was learning, Carol found that “Setting a finite amount of time for each task gave me a sense of a beginning and an end. It relived stress and allowed me to accomplish more and to receive satisfaction when a work segment was completed.” (Reading this paragraph is a great example of what Madame Samm has been telling us about using a timer.)
Carol has several “light bulb” moments about her dogs’ actions and how they relate to her life. “Dogs don’t bring negative emotions into a situation. If they don’t like something, they simply won’t do it.” How often are we thrown into saying “Yes” to something we don’t want to do and then we’re miserable?  Ah, to be a dog and only do what we like to do.
This book was a totally enjoyable read and gives a lot of moments that should make one think about their own life and relationships. Even those people who aren’t pet owners could relate to this book’s view on dealing with others. Pet owners will relate to her stories with laughter and sometimes heartbreaking connections to their own pets.



“Dogs could care less about the future. They want to have fun now.”
Fabulous review Carol and Carol your book is a must have for any dog lovers..which would be all of us...lol


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58 comments:

  1. Sounds like a very fun read..and probably very enlightening!

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  2. This one looks right up my alley! At this rate though, I will be reading through June and not sewing a stitch!

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  3. Lovely review and sounds like a delightful book.

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  4. Oh I think I will want to read this book! I'm a dog lover and think dogs can teach us so much about life and unconditional love. This Book is a Keeper for sure!
    Blessings
    Gmama Jane

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  5. Pets can always teach us something about ourselves!

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  6. What a great idea for a book. I think we can learn so much from our animals, not just dogs, hehe. How true dogs live in the moment and love unnconditionally. Sounds like a great read!

    Thank you, Carol and all the Sponsors for awesome and generous giveaways and the chances to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  7. I have enough animal experience to write a book about our life with dogs....I probably won't, but I'm glad that Carol did. Thanks, Carol, for the review.

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  8. I think pets teach us so much about life and especially ourselves. I think often people are kinder to their pets than to other humans. Sad, eh?

    Thank you for taking time to share with fellow quilters and crafters.

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  9. Good review, and I love it when one thing in life enlightens us about something else in life.

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  10. Good review, of all the books so far this is the only one I want to go and buy so I can read it.

    Thanks
    Robin in Washington State

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  11. I've been preaching this for years! People sometimes think I'm nuts, but it's so true! Dogs, and pets in general, are amazing in so many ways!

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  12. Not a book I would have picked up without the description. Life lessons exist in lots of places.

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  13. This book sounds great!! thanks for a chance.

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  14. Sounds like a great read. Right up my alley. Vivian

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  15. Nice to meet you Carol! This is definitely a book that will come to our library! A perfect gift for my husband.. and for me too! :)

    My hubby had a Saint Bernard that lived to be almost 13! That says a lot about how he treated her. They normally do not live to be close to that age. She slept on the bed with him.. or should I say she slept on the bed and he on the edge, hanging on for dear life... And he took her to town in the summertime to get an ice cream cone. lol

    He still cries for Benitta. I made a memory quilt for him with photos all through her years.

    Our beloved pets are one of the best things in our ,lives and yes, they can teach us so much!

    Thank you for the book!

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  16. Thanks for this review. This isn't something I would usually want to read, but I love how the author makes it applicable to everyone by sharing the lessons she learned.

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  17. If I could just get my dog to read this to me while I sew ...

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  18. Wonderful review, Carol. Our Cairn Terrier went to obedience class, and husband and I were the ones who failed. LoL Sure can relate to the correlation with life. Thank you to the wonderfully generous sponsors - and Samm for bringing all this goodness to us. Judy C

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  19. Another good book! I think there is probably quite a lot we can learn from our doggie friends :*) And it seems one of them is to know how to say No sometimes :*)

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  20. I definitely have to read this book! My dogs teach me so much all the time.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  21. Rosemary B here:
    I love cats.... but I do indeed love dogs very much as well. I bet this book is good.
    Thank you Carol and Carol!

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  22. I like the "Dogs don't bring negative emotions to a situation. If they don't like something, they simply won't do it." I've always been a firm believer that the word "no" is one of the most powerful words we have...and that too often we "yes" at the expense of our own lives and wellbeing. Saying "no" to something can often reduce a significant amount in our lives.

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  23. Great review Carol! It sounds like a fun and rewarding book to read. Thanks!

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  24. At first I was just going to pass on this book as I am not an animal person, but I decided to read to actually see what this book is about. Now I really want to read the book, so the saying "Don't judge a book by its cover" sure is true. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  25. This sounds like a great book for dog lovers!

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  26. As a dog lover, this sounds like a great book, thanks for the review Carol :)

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  27. It sounds like we could learn a lot from this book! Thank you for a great review, Carol!

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  28. As a dog lover, this sounds like a great book, thanks for the review Carol :)

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  29. This is another book I will definitely check into. We humans have become so 'overprocessed' in our behaviors, and have a lot to learn from animals, who aren't hampered by guilt and ego. There are lessons everywhere we are willing to look, and it's always a good thing to gain additional insight into our own behavior and relationships -- in those areas, I can use all the help I can get, lol!

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  30. We lost both our dogs last year and so miss them. Would love this book! Evin5 at aol dot com

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  31. This seems to be a good book for everyone not only dog owners.

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  32. What a way to look at life, through our best friend's eyes! I have often watched my beautiful rottweiler, Bullet, and wonder, "What is going on behind those gorgeous brown eyes?"
    Fingers and paws are so crossed for this book :)

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  33. I'm more into reading mysteries than make-my-life-better books, but this book was really a great read. Carol Quinn did a great job with this book. Thanks to Seal Press and Madame Samm for giving me the opportunity to read it.

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  34. This one too sounds like a great book. You have had some very interesting books. Looks like I will be reading a lot more.

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  35. Definitely adding this to the reading list! Currently have an 8 month old German Shorthaired Pointer with a "strong" but so loveable personality.

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  36. I'm a dog lover and would love to know about training. She and I would really benefit.

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  37. Thanks for sharing another great read with us!

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  38. I'm not a dog person but it looks like it won't matter with this book. I'm looking forward to reading it!

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  39. OMG this book looks like so much fun, between us adopting two older dogs and my hubby who has never trained a dog I probably can relate so some of her troubles. And... my iron is shocking the heck out of me, time for a new one lol

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  40. I haven't had a dog in a few years but I could see this book bringing a serious laugh and have me wondering if I should be doing some of this stuff with my 18 month old....

    Fawn

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  41. This book sounds great! Thanks for chance to win! :) Dogs are wise lil' (or big too) Friend's to us Human's for sure. Love 'em!

    Already follow you...thru GFC. :)

    Merry CHRISTmas Blessings!!!

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  42. As a friend who trains dogs, he said you have to be the alpha dog. This seems to apply to life also. Followers can be persuaded to do things that are not in their best interests. You have to stand up for what you believe. Thanks Carol and Carol for the great book and review. jbechosend at sbcglobal dot net

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  43. Love the looks of this book and have enjoyed your book reviews! Also, what great giveaways!

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  44. This books sounds like something I'd love. Thanks for sharing.

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  45. Sounds wonderful. I think I'll pop over to the bookstore to get it now.

    Congrats to all the winners, they are all so lucky (especially the iron winner...DH says I must get a new one soon...)

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  46. Great review, it really caught my interest.

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  47. This one sounds very interesting....on the list.

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  48. If they don’t like something, they simply won’t do it, how true. Thank you for peaking our interest with your great review.

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  49. I can't wait to find this book in the store. it sounds inspiring and I love dogs too,.
    pattiarb

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  50. This sounds great! Thanks Carol! and congratulations to the winners!

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  51. Thank you Christmas Carols! Great review. Brings a good book to life.

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  52. Sounds like a great book that we can all learn a lesson or two from. Love reading your blog!

    denise :D

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  53. I got a chuckle out of: “Dogs could care less about the future. They want to have fun now.” I'd say that's something I need to work on...so easy for me to be thinking about what's coming up and not enjoying the moment.

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  54. I have enough animal experience to write a book about our life with dogs....I probably won't, but I'm glad that Carol did. Thanks, Carol, for the review. I am the same as Betteem... sounds like a must read for me..

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  55. Dogs love us unconditionally ... they don't judge others. This is something most humans can and should work on.

    This is yet another book on my growing list.

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  56. We can learn a lot about life from our pets.

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  57. It is certainly true that if we want to change our pets, we need to begin with ourselves. Now, if only husbands were as easy to train as dogs...

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  58. Oh, thank you for reading & reviewing this book. It sounds tailor-made for me -- keeper of 4 strong-personality doggies!

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