Friday, January 15, 2016

Dear Abby: Doggie Weight Loss

Dear Friends,

Thank you for coming back to visit this week.  It has been a chilly week here, but generally nice sunny weather, so I am not complaining.  

I'm sharing a couple of vintage dog food ads featuring dachshunds with you.  They directly relate to our theme today.

My cousin Mary sent a note last week: 

Dear Abby, I would like to ask your advice about Charlie, my fur-baby nephew. He is overweight and his doctor said he must lose weight so he'll be able to walk instead of waddle. The problem is, Charlie hollers REALLY LOUD when he thinks he should have food and He won't quit hollering until his mama feeds him. How should his mama help Charlie cut back on food? Charlie's cries upset the whole household. Do you have any suggestions that I could pass along? 

Dear Mary,

It sounds like Charlie is very smart, and he has learned how to get extra food when he wants it!  I like a smart pup.

I will share what has helped me with doggie weight loss.  I eat a weight management kibble (Momma will write you a note with more info).  Our vet approves of the food, and she suggested that the portions mentioned on the kibble packaging are much bigger than they actually should be.  She worked with my Momma on good portions for me.  I'm sure that Charlie's vet can do the same as well.

I have a small bowl of kibble every morning at breakfast, and another in the evening at dinner.  Momma measures it carefully with a measuring cup.  On top of the kibble I get "no salt" green beans.  These are just canned beans, drained and refrigerated.  They do not need to be cooked.  I get 2 teaspoons of "no salt" green beans on each bowl of food.  This helps me feel full.  And - the green beans are delicious!

I do get a small, all natural crunchy treat at lunch and at bedtime.  

It is the same every day - same meal times, same portions ... I am used to it, and it is a good routine.  And my weight is healthy and stable.  So consider this my healthy food testimonial.  :-)

I hope this is helpful!  Please send lots of love to Charlie from me.   Thanks for writing, and wishing you a good week ahead.


Abby xoxoxo

Book Review and Giveaweay - Mermaid Moon by Colleen Coble


Mallory’s mother died fifteen years ago. But her father’s last words on the phone were unmistakable: “Find . . . mother.” 

Shame and confusion have kept Mallory Davis from her home for the last fifteen years, but when her dad mysteriously dies on his mail boat route, she doesn’t have any choice but to go back to Mermaid Point.
Mallory believes her father was murdered and childhood sweetheart Kevin O’Connor, game warden in Downeast Maine, confirms her suspicions. But Kevin is wary of helping Mallory in her search. She broke his heart—and left—without a word, years ago.

When Mallory begins receiving threats on her own life—and her beloved teenage daughter, Haylie—their search intensifies. There’s a tangled web within the supposed murder, and it involves much more than what meets the eye.

As answers begin to fall into place, Mallory realizes her search is about more than finding her father’s killer—it is also about finding herself again . . . and possibly about healing what was broken so long ago with Kevin. She just has to stay alive long enough to put all the pieces together.

My Review 

Mermaid Moon is the second book in Colleen Coble's Sunset Cove series.  I had the pleasure of reviewing the first book in this series, The Inn at Ocean's Edge, last year.   Readers who enjoyed that book will enjoy seeing Claire again in Mermaid Moon, as a friend to Mallory.

The romantic suspense in this novel starts early on, and takes many twists and turns through the book.  

The mystery aspects of the book are compelling, and make this novel move quickly along.   It was enjoyable reading how Mallory and Kevin worked together to solve the mystery.

Mermaid Moon is also an inspiring novel about grace, second chances, and forgiveness.  Colleen Coble has a deft way of interweaving inspiration, mystery, and romance.

I enjoyed Mermaid Moon, and recommend it to anyone who enjoys a smartly written romantic suspense novel.

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