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Lynda K "lyndak" (BURLINGTON, ONTARIO Canada)

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Kong Active Treat Ball Toy for Cats
Kong Active Treat Ball Toy for Cats
Offered by Valo Market
Price: CDN$ 3.66
5 used & new from CDN$ 3.66

1.0 out of 5 stars I don't like to write a bad review and like most of ..., Nov. 9 2014
Basically it rolls a bit and the food all comes out right away. The cat barely touches the toy and food dumps out. I bought it so they would have a bit of a challenge. My cats are getting older and hence don't move around as much so I wanted to make them "play but also work a bit for a treat . I don't like to write a bad review and like most of the kong products but this one is a dud. I will keep looking.

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5.0 out of 5 stars My cats love this toy, Nov. 9 2014
My cats love this toy, but it only cost me $5.99. They have a line of them (squirrel etc). I chose this one as the tails for the other toys were fluffy/feathery and I think my cats would just rip that apart in no time. They carry it about and have a great time playing with it.
I like it as I can refill the catnip. The toy I have is just 6" long so unless this is a different toy and full sized I think the price is nuts ($50 +, seriously??)

Play-N-Squeak Ball of Furry Fury Squeaking Cat Toy
Play-N-Squeak Ball of Furry Fury Squeaking Cat Toy
Price: CDN$ 11.73

5.0 out of 5 stars My older cats love this toy, Nov. 9 2014
My older cats love this toy. They bat it around and occasionally their paw will go inside the outer ring, then they have to "flick" their paw to get it off. For my cats, it makes it more interesting. Maybe they think it is fighting back :) .

Catit Design Senses Super Roller Circuit Toy for Cats
Catit Design Senses Super Roller Circuit Toy for Cats
Price: CDN$ 30.01
5 used & new from CDN$ 25.52

4.0 out of 5 stars It comes in all sorts of patterns these days so the toy can look even better depending on your taste, Nov. 9 2014
I would have given it 5 stars exept for a design flaw. The blue top pieces do not stand up to play from cats, maybe kittens, but cats .......not so much. My cats had the top pieces off and the ball out in no time flat, especially the male as he is stronger than the other two. Usually he is not interested in toys but he loves this one. My cats are all older (6 and 7 years). I was forever gathering the pieces and putting it back together. So what to do???
Use the universal tool to fix the flaw! Duct tape. It comes in all sorts of patterns these days so the toy can look even better depending on your taste. All I did was tape all but one of the sides (just in case I need to get at the ball inside) together. I taped it lengthwise where the blue meets white but you could put a small stripe horizontally. I wanted the cats to see more of the ball going around, hence lengthwise.
I bought one of those tweety balls (that makes sounds) but it was too big for the circuit :( . So if the catit people came out with something similar for the toy I would buy one. My cats do play with the circuit toy but I am sure that a ball that makes bird or squeak sounds would really increase their interest.
Bottom line they actually use it, not for long periods at a time but they do play with it. I will hear sounds from the living room, check it out and Shadow is happily watching the ball traverse the circuit waiting to pounce.

Coyote Medicine
Coyote Medicine
by Lewis Mehl-Madrona M.D.
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 13.71
42 used & new from CDN$ 1.12

5.0 out of 5 stars insightful, May 9 2014
This review is from: Coyote Medicine (Paperback)
Dr. Mehl-Madrona travelled a difficult path between western and native medicine. His story is both uplifting and grounded. I feel honoured to have shared his path through his writings.
I have always been drawn to native american stories especially those about coyote and really enjoyed those retold in the book. Many years ago I read about some of coyote's adventures (in grade four or five) and have tried to find the books I read as a child but without any luck. In the book Lewis mentions coyotes are in every state except Hawaii. Coyote is a trickster and usually finds a way to go or get what he wants. So I found it interesting that Lewis ends up in Hawaii. Maybe that is just where coyote wanted to go.

Bound and Determined
Bound and Determined
Offered by Penguin Group USA
Price: CDN$ 13.99

5.0 out of 5 stars pretty hot, Dec 10 2013
I didn't know the author was also Shayla Black. I only found that out when I went to review the book. I picked up a paperback copy and Shelley Bradley was the author listed on the cover.
The plot is listed on the cover and in other reviews so I won't go into that. Both characters were very likeable and the chemistry sizzled between them (I am surprised my book didn't spontaneously combust :)) If you get beyond the outrageous beginning to the book (kidnapping? really?) and the fact he helped her instead of throwing her in jail (but where would the book be if he did that?)it was a great read. I didn't guess the culprit until the end as all three of the suspects behind framing her brother looked guilty as sin and at other times innocent. I'm hoping there is a sequel featuring her brother. It's a fun read that leaves you wanting more.
I had this on my "read and then donate" pile. I read it but don't think I will be donating it anytime soon.

The Eighty-Dollar Champion: Snowman, The Horse That Inspired a Nation
The Eighty-Dollar Champion: Snowman, The Horse That Inspired a Nation
by Elizabeth Letts
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 13.72
70 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

5.0 out of 5 stars Should be a movie, Aug. 30 2013
I picked this book up on a whim. It looked interesting. There are some parts that the author goes into a little to much detail about the ins and outs of the jumping circuit at the time. The most riviting and emotional are the interactions between the owner of the horse and Snowman. After Snowman wins a few ribbons,there was an offer to buy him from one of the rich horsemen at the show (Firestone) There are not many men who would turn down over 10 times the annual salary of a working person but Harry does just that stating simply "My children love him".
This horse was slated for the slaughterhouse. He was on a truck ready to go when he was saved by Harry. At the school Harry worked at Snowman was used when giving lessons to students on how to ride. It was only after the school year when Harry sold Snowman (with an option to buy him back if it didn't work out) that Snowman showed his true colours as a Jumper. He didn't want to leave his "family" or Harry. Never having shown any skill as a Jumper this older, well used plow horse, jumped fences to get back home several times before Harry bought him back. From that moment on Snowman had his family.
Snowman lived during hard times for the average working man. Snowman was not pretty and looked very out of place with the other horses he was competing against. But he had that something that a lot of the other horses didn't have.....heart. He was the people's favorite.
There was an option to make Snowman's and Harry's story into a movie. It was never made. It should have been.

Dire Wants: A Novel of the Eternal Wolf Clan
Dire Wants: A Novel of the Eternal Wolf Clan
by Stephanie Tyler
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: CDN$ 8.54
32 used & new from CDN$ 0.44

5.0 out of 5 stars couldn't put it down, Jan. 30 2013
I found there was lots going on in this book as the storyline was getting more complex. Tyler writes very much in the style of J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood. I would definitely recommend reading this series in sequence. The first book is Dire Needs. The main story was Stray and Kate but a lot more was developing with Jinx, Rogue, Vice and Killan to name a few. It all works. I really got further into the story and can't wait to see what happens next. Kate is a witch, but had no idea until the "bad guys" made a play for her. She called for her familiar (sort of in an I really don't believe this kindof way)and Stray answered the call. Stray was looking for a witch and she found him. That got them together; and in spite of Kate's rapid intro into the super natural world she never new about and Stray's resentment at being a familiar they clicked. I finished the book in one night wanting more. I think the next book in the series comes out in June of 2013. Her books are now "keepers" on my shelves and I know I will be reading them again albeit at a slower pace now I know what happens :).

Dire Needs: A Novel of the Eternal Wolf Clan
Dire Needs: A Novel of the Eternal Wolf Clan
by Stephanie Tyler
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: CDN$ 8.54
51 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely amazing, Jan. 30 2013
Stephanie Tyler grabs you from the get go. She's created a world and characters to rival both J.R. Ward and Kresley Cole. I literaly could not put the book down. Gwen and Rifter are smoking hot and their story brilliant. I can't write a "this happens and then that happens" review. The book is more than that. Not only was I rooting for Gwen and Rifter but I am hooked on knowing the outcome and what happens to all the secondary characters in this story. As a matter of fact, I am writing this after reading the second book in the series Dire Wants. I read this one last night and even though I told myself I would wait till the weekend and read the second book....did not happen. Pick this book up, you will not regret it. Just make sure you have a couple of hours as you will not want to put it down.

Slow Heat
Slow Heat
by Lorie O'Clare
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: CDN$ 9.49
20 used & new from CDN$ 0.35

3.0 out of 5 stars good chemistry, well written, one really bad plot twist, Dec 6 2012
This review is from: Slow Heat (Mass Market Paperback)
I loved the chemistry between the two characters. They truly were scorching together. I really enjoy Lorie O'Clare's books. However, I just can't get past the fact Micah killed a cop. One of the good guys, even though it was a mistake in judgement on his part. It didn't add to his bad boy image. He didn't even seem that remorseful over that particular deliberate killing. Yes he did come to see himself in another light, and felt remorse. He thought he was taking out the people trying to kill his girlfriend. It just seemed to me that action was glossed over. At one point he stated he didn't want to go to prison. Well along the same line I bet the officer didn't want to die. If Micah almost killed the officer, and at that point realized he shouldn't be judge and executioner, then I would have given the book 5 stars.

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