See It First: Donna Mulvenna, LauraVanArendonk Baugh, and Margi Prideaux

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Memior

Wild Roots: Coming Alive in the French Amazon by Donna Mulvenna

“Wild Roots is one of those rare books that has the potential to change your life.”

Donna Mulvenna had everything she wanted in her modern Australian life: a rewarding career, a spacious home, and an around-the-clock connection to mobile technology. But for all these comforts, she couldn’t shake the feeling something was missing.

So when a Frenchman entered her life and invited her to move to France, she instantly daydreamed of strolling through lavender fields and sipping espresso in Paris. How could she have known he had two tickets to an obscure, mosquito-infested French territory in South America: French Guiana?

After that life got a little crazy. Donna found herself hacking through a perilous jungle, canoeing along anaconda-infested rivers, and overcoming a tropical disease: in a place that became more hostile by the minute. Harrowing ordeals became just another pothole in the road as she battled with bureaucratic nightmares, befriended a bizarre assortment of lively characters, and encountered oddball creatures in a chocolate-colored sea.

Then it happened. Forced out of her comfort zone and cleansed of the beliefs that had sustained her in a materialistic world, Donna dug deep within herself to unearth a long-lost hidden spirit. At that moment, she came alive in the Amazon rainforest.

Written with humor, a respect for nature, and an awareness that we must somehow rebuild our relationship with it, this fascinating and uplifting memoir will make you want to reclaim your life and live out your wildest dreams.

Dogs

Social, Civil, and Savvy by LauraVanArendonk Baugh

You want a dog who is confident and happy, able to immediately distinguish between friend and threat, capable of intense focus on her work, and able to relax and play with you when you need some puppy love. But these attributes are not born in our puppies; they are created through proper socialization.

So much can be done in a puppy’s first few months of life to equip her for our human world and expectations. A well-socialized puppy is not only a happier puppy for her own sake but is also a better-mannered and more reliable pet. Learn how to raise a puppy to be:

– More comfortable and confident
– Upbeat and bold from family life to excursions to vet clinics
– Less reactive and excitable
– A better learner with better memory
– A more creative thinker and better training partner

This practical approach to socialization, with plenty of detail and easy-to-follow steps, will help you to prepare your puppy for her best approach to life and social success. Material is included for the older dog as well!

Anthology

All Things Breathe Alike by Donna Mulvenna, Jessica Groenendijk, and Margi Prideaux

Some believe the natural world is our real home. The place where we came from. Could the eternal pull we feel toward the golden warmth of a rising sun, the tumbling waves of the ocean, or the soothing sound of birdsong, be nature?s way of calling us home? Wildlife communicates through sounds and sights, scents and colours, emotion and more. There is a mystery to wildlife we are at a loss to explain, a complexity challenging to describe, and an experience impossible to convey. All Things Breathe Alike is a collection of nine separate essays written by three wildlife enthusiasts celebrating what is not yet lost. It is a crusade by passionate conservationists hoping to shed light on the ever-increasing problem of habitat loss and the many other pressing threats to the natural world. It is a gathering of friends standing together to try and make a difference in this world.