Smorgasbord Pet Health – House training – reward not punishment for you or your dog.

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

There is nothing more endearing than a young puppy gambolling around the house and garden and bringing a great deal of fun and laughter into our lives.

When I first brought Sam home, when he was just 8 weeks old, it ended 18 years without a pet in the house. I had made the decision that I had to be working part-time before I got a dog, as I feel that it is not kind to leave them on their own for hours at a time.

This is especially the case with puppies – they not only have a very short attention span and get bored very easily but also have very small bladders.

I can remember some advice that I received when I had my first puppy in my twenties and I had not followed it then and I didn’t with Sam. The method of rubbing your dog’s face…

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The First Thing I Wrote

Allison Maruska

I participate in a Twitter chat called #TweepWriter. It’s a community where writers answer a different question every day throughout the month.


Today was day 20, so this was the question: What was the first thing (poem, short story, book, blog post, etc) you ever wrote about?

I think I misunderstood the question because I said this:


Most of the others posted about things they wrote as kids, like “I wrote a story about a horse that has no friends. I was 9.” Plus, I didn’t really say what it was about.

So, I thought I’d take another stab at it.

The first thing I wrote was . . .

I don’t remember exactly. I mean, my childhood was a while ago. I remember writing some Nancy Drew fanfic and I wrote a story about a friend getting sick from drugs or something for a DARE writing contest. I won…

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Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT @CathyRy reviews #HistFic Wolfsangel by @LizaPerrat

Rosie Amber

Today’s team review is from Cathy, she blogs at

#RBRT Review Team

Cathy has been reading Wolfsangel by Liza Perrat


We first meet Céleste Roussel as an elderly lady attending a memorial ceremony with the remaining survivors of their village, along with their families. The atrocities and personal losses of WWII still weigh heavily and as Céleste reads the engraved names she is assaulted by memories, the decisions she made, actions she took, the feelings of guilt and sorrow which never truly leave her. Her granddaughter now wears the bone angel talisman passed down through the women of her family for generations.

This second book in The Bone Angel trilogy tells of Celeste’s life in Occupied France. The story, narrated by the young Céleste, gives a personal account of her experiences, as Lucie-sur-Vionne suffers under the rule of German forces. Her father had been taken to work for the Reich, her…

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Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT Dark #Fantasy The Blood King by @KeithWardWrite

Rosie Amber

Today’s team review is from Harry, he blogs here

#RBRT Review Team

Harry has been reading The Blood King (Red Proxy #1) by Keith Ward

The Blood King (Red Proxy Book 1) by [Ward, Keith]

3.5 out of 5*

I received a free review copy of this book, to review for Rosie Amber’s Book Blog, which did not influence my opinion. I read the title over 3 weeks on the train in eBook form. I enjoyed the book overall but I have included some critique points of considerations for the author and future readers.

The Blood King is a fantasy book, with some clear potential to be a dark fantasy adult epic.

The story of The Blood King is not a long one, but is packed with events. I encountered some great character development and writing that kept me turning the pages. The world building is progressive throughout the book, not all given in one chapter, but presented through the story, which I…

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