Reviewing Dash, PI by Carol Lea Benjamin

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If you must leave your dogs at home while you go on vacation, do what I did: take along a ton of books and make sure that at least two of them have a dog-theme. But, be warned. You might not be able to easily find Carol Lea Benjamin's, Dash, PI as it's out of print.  I picked it up in the sale bin at the public library - and - having read all of Benjamin's books on dog training,  I was pretty excited to find this one. I was hoping she'd be as good at writing fiction as she was/is at writing … [Read more...]

Did Vicki Hearne Write Only For Smart People?

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Reading anything by Vicki Hearne is a daunting experience; surely not for the faint hearted. There is an intellectual rigor to her writing that brings all of her gifts and talents to bear. She was not just an animal trainer who drew high praise from her peers - Carol Lea Benjamin, Donald Craig and Elizabeth Marshall, to name a few. Hearne was also a poet and a philosopher. She had STRONG opinions about all kinds of controversial subjects and she wasn't afraid to call a spade a spade as … [Read more...]