Goodreads Monday is hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners. It’s a great way to talk about a book from your TBR list and just kind of show it off. Instead of weekly, I do them monthly. Today I choose a picture book because I haven’t talked about one in a while even though that’s what I am currently writing! I read through them so fast I don’t always get to talk about them. This book, however, has been on my list for a while and I have yet to pick it up and it’s too new to be in a library. So here it is, my Goodreads pick of the month.
The Suitcase by Chris Naylor-Ballesteros
“At a time when over 65 million people are forcibly displaced around the world, this beautifully illustrated and wise, gentle tale of tolerance and kindness for fellow humans resonates deeply. I hope all parents share The Suitcase with their children.” – Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner
“A simple, powerful way to introduce the idea of kindness to strangers to young children” – Axel Scheffler, illustrator of The Gruffalo
Have you read this yet? What did you think about it? And what other new Picture Books are you looking forward to reading? I’d love to know.
(See below for actual answer – I ramble first)
Oh blogging world. I have yet to be dedicated or have an actual theme. I haven’t had time to read most of the blogs I follow let alone write one myself. I’d probably care more if anyone else cared, but I don’t believe anyone does.
That’s right, no one is reading this and that’s ok. It’ll be here when someone wants to. That’s how blogs work; tons of random thoughts, opinions, ideas posted to the interwebs for anyone to read, or everyone to ignore.
I’m ok with this. I need writing practice that’s not for Picture Books. It feels like ages since I’ve written anything other than Picture Books. And if you don’t know – it’s hard!!
So here’s the deal. I groom dogs. I train dogs. I live, eat & breath dogs. No I don’t. That’s gross. But I do breath a lot of dog hair, that is true and it is gross. Just lots of dogs in my line of work.
To that end, I have had multiple questions about dog breath and teeth care recently and my answer is always the same so I thought I’d share my product review here for anyone who passes out when their dog breaths on them.
START HERE FOR ACTUAL INFORMATION ABOUT PRODUCT.
I found this product about 19 years ago when I had my first dog, Indiana Jones. (“I named the dog Indiana.”) It wasn’t that I couldn’t brush her teeth, she was amazing and loved to be groomed. She was a Staffordshire Terrier who came to work and we’d sometimes have to put her on the grooming table and pretend to give her a haircut so she wouldn’t feel left out. What’s my point? I used this product because it worked, not because I couldn’t do better with brushing.
Vets used to commend me on brushing Indiana’s teeth because they always looked so great. (Psst- I stopped brushing regularly once I saw how great this product worked – jokes on them)
Fast forward to my current dog. I stop buying Oxyfresh because it used to be exclusive to pet professionals and I had left the business for a while. New dog Scarlett Grey had missing teeth (malnutrition as a pup before I had her) and some plaque that vets ALWAYS point out to me. Oh, the shame. I started brushing her teeth. She too loved it. But then one day I realized her breath stunk anyway. Just a little, but enough that I didn’t like it.
Then I find that Oxyfresh has been rebranded and readily available on Amazon (yes I shop from the devil) and we’ve been good ever since. I still brush her teeth, absolutely recommend it if you can! But this certainly helps out in between.
It says to add a capful per/liter of water. I have a gallon of water I keep in the fridge for Scarlett. I do the math, add the Oxyfresh, and keep her water bowl filled with this special water. Without it, (ie – on vacation ) she’ll have stink breath in about 5-7 days. Which I can remedy in about 2 days by giving her the good water.
The vets stopped telling me her teeth needed to be brushed. I still brush her teeth cause she loves it. She loves all attention from me actually. Even when I squish her head with hugs.
So that’s my blog post – a product review of Oxyfresh from someone who has worked with dogs for over 27 years and has used it on my own two dogs with satisfaction. I have nothing to do with Oxyfresh or Amazon. I’m just a girl and her dog. Take it or leave it. That’s my answer to your question.
Goodreads Monday is hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners. It’s a great way to talk about a book from your TBR list and just kind of show it off. Instead of weekly, I do them monthly right now. It’s one post I’d like to keep up with while my schedule and life keep getting weird. All writers struggle to find time to write so during these challenging weeks any precious time I’ve had has gone to my books rather than this blog.
I know I know, my vast number of readers are so disappointed.
IN ANY CASE, let’s move on so my pick of the month. I’m more excited about this than maybe I should be. I recently read the first book, “City of Ghosts” only because of ghosts & Edinburgh. I’m going to Scotland this year and was looking for any reads that would take me there before my flight. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would and the second book came out just days ago! So here it is:
Tunnel Of Bones by Victoria Schwab
She (plus her ghost best friend, Jacob, of course) are in Paris, where Cass’s parents are filming their TV show about the world’s most haunted cities. Sure, it’s fun eating croissants and seeing the Eiffel Tower, but there’s true ghostly danger lurking beneath Paris, in the creepy underground Catacombs.
When Cass accidentally awakens a frighteningly strong spirit, she must rely on her still-growing skills as a ghosthunter — and turn to friends both old and new to help her unravel a mystery. But time is running out, and the spirit is only growing stronger.
And if Cass fails, the force she’s unleashed could haunt the city forever.