New On DVD Tomorrow 11/8: Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure

November and December are my favorite months of the year because it means the holiday movie season is in full swing!  Available tomorrow (11/8) on DVD is the new family movie Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure.

‘Tis the season to celebrate with everyone’s favorite St. Bernard, Beethoven, in an all-new, heartwarming holiday adventure where the hilarious canine speaks for the first time! When Henry the elf (Kyle Massey) flees the North Pole with Santa’s sleigh and his magical bag of toys, he crash-lands the precious cargo in a suburban neighborhood tree. But when the bag ends up in the wrong hands, it’s up to heroic Beethoven and his teenage pal, Mason (Munro Chambers), to rescue Henry, fetch Santa’s toys and save Christmas for children everywhere. Featuring an all-star cast, including Tom Arnold as the voice of Beethoven, it’s a barking good time for the whole family!

You can save $3.00 off your purchase of ‘Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure’ DVD!  (Coupon is valid 11/8 – 12/31)

Visit Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure’s Facebook page to watch the trailer.  If you’d love a fun wallpaper/screen saver, click here to start the download!

Are your kids fans of the Beethoven movies? I love that they’re still making them after all these years – it’s a great time to pull out the older ones, too, and introduce them to a whole new generation!

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Book Review: ‘A Dog Named Slugger’ By Leigh Brill

I was one of ‘those’ people who thought of service dogs as being mostly for the blind.  We often forget (or never realized at all) that there are a multitude of people with various disabilities that rely on these dogs for tasks we can’t even begin to imagine needing help with, but are a daily struggle for some.

Leigh Brill is a young woman whose worsening cerebral palsy led her to apply to be matched up with a service dog.  From that experience came this heartfelt book about her journey with Slugger, the yellow lab who became her teammate through thick and thin for 10 years:  “A Dog Named Slugger: the True Story of the Service Dog That Changed My Life.”

The true life story of a dog who changed everything for one woman. For the first time in my life, I didn’t need to pretend, I didn’t need to be tough: I only needed to be honest. “I have cerebral palsy. I walk funny and my balance is bad. I fall a lot. My hands shake, too. That means I’m not so good at carrying things. And if I drop stuff, sometimes it’s hard to just bend down and get it.” I waited anxiously for the interviewer’s response. She smiled. “It sounds like a service dog could be great for you.” So began Leigh Brill’s journey toward independence and confidence, all thanks to a trained companion dog named Slugger. The struggling college student and the Labrador with a “a coat like sunshine” and a tail that never stopped wagging became an instant team. Together, they transformed a challenge into a triumph. Together, they inspired and educated everyone they met. Now, Leigh honors her friend with the story of their life, together.

This is a must-read for anyone who loves dogs, for those who love a heartwarming true story, and for those who just love to read period.  It’s an eye-opening story about not just service dogs and all that that encompasses, but also the many discriminating behaviors out there toward them and people with disabilities in general.

Kindle Edition Available Here

Photos courtesy of Leigh

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Jersey Shore Puppy Love

Yo, bro…what’s the situation?  Well, sure they are walking dogs, but I would think that The Situation and J-Woww should only be allowed to handle the four-legged shaggy baby variety, at least until the Jersey Shore is over…but will it ever be over?  I do enjoy seeing Mike holding his pooch kinda like a case of Bud in a can, or perhaps like one of his classy Shore ladies.  I’m so torn, I’ve only seen one of these episodes, didn’t like it, but feel compelled to watch this train wreck one more time.  Maybe seeing their kind and lovable side, you see, here it is right here, I’ll be able to give them a second chance.  This is one to sleep on, me thinks.