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Jesse's Tale: Overcoming Fear Aggression and Separation Anxiety in an Adopted Greyhound: How to Care For and Train an Adopted Racing Greyhound with Behavioral Problems Paperback – July 18, 2010


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 110 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1453715266
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453715260
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,269,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Elaine Webster is a writer living in Sonoma County, California. Jesse is the second greyhound she has successfully adopted from Greyhound Friends for Life located in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Elaine Webster is a freelance writer, published author, and staff writer for the online publication, Greener Living Today. As a journalist, Elaine specializes in green-product, book and movie reviews. Her book, Jesse's Tale--Overcoming Fear Aggression and Separation Anxiety in an Adopted Greyhound, chronicles her experiences with her spirited greyhound Jesse.

Her second book Heartfelt: A Caregiver's Guide to Cardiomyopathy and Mitral Valve Surgery was released in August 2011.

Heartfelt chronicles sixteen years of the author's life with her husband Blake as they struggle through his first major arrhythmia, to mitral-valve repair surgery, and onto recovery. Through Webster's personal insights and common-sense advice, you'll learn how to:

Take Care of Your Patient

* Find the right medical team
* Research hospitals
* Track down affordable health insurance
* Establish an exercise program
* Provide nursing care
* Weigh medical options
* Manage medications
* Cook heart-healthy cuisine and handle dietary restrictions
* Provide emotional support
* Oversee recovery after surgery


Take Care of Yourself

* Keep a journal
* Enlist help
* Handle stress
* Exercise
* Deal with depression
* Maintain routines
* Make time for yourself
* Seek creative outlets
* Eat healthy
* Find a spiritual path

Elaine's most recent release, Balanced on the Edge of the Crowd is a personal memoir that captures every aspect of the 1970s through the eyes of an insecure and reckless girl, who at eighteen flees a psychologically abusive childhood home. Her story begins with a hitchhiked journey from New York City to Los Angeles, with a young boy she barely knows. What follows is a path of self-discovery and spiritual growth.
Elaine moves from Los Angeles to California's Central Valley where she meets her second husband, Blake Webster, who whisks her off on a six-month honeymoon through most of the Western United States and Canada. They do a stint in Spokane Washington and ultimately take a job in Mays Landing New Jersey--becoming the last couple to manage Sunshine Nudist Park--before it's permanently closed by Hamilton Township authorities.
Social nudity is a significant part of the book. Yet, the more raucous scenes deal with the sex, music and counter-cultures for which the decade is famous. The comedic scenes, along with their unique characters are interspersed with moments of insight and triumph over depression.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ml on September 19, 2012
Format: Paperback
This was a much shorter book than I had expected; I was really hoping for a long biography of Jesse that went through the steps needed, not just a 100 page book that only summarized the treatment. Also, I was a little offput by the assumption by the author that the dog had been abused. It could have been that the dog was shy and not competitive by nature, and was upset the first days with her because the dog was being taken away from the only home and people that the dog had ever known. The dog may have been wary of strangers but not of those he knew, and when you first get a dog, you are a stranger to it so it may react much differently than it reacts to those he knows.

I got this book because I have a shy Afghan hound, but I have always had the dog so know that shyness/fear of strangers may not have anything to do with abuse (I have two raised from 8 weeks old in exactly the same environment, one is shy and the other is a social butterfly!). I did appreciate some of the things that worked in the book, such as walks, buying a house with a large yard so the dog can run (and I do have one), structured obedience, and the idea that a controlled boarding arrangement like a kennel with individual runs might be better than something like a dog daycare for timid dogs. Some good tips, but wish it were much longer, like a detailed accounting of what worked and what didn't.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lidija on August 19, 2010
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What an amazing "Out of the box" description of what could be expected and how to train adopted Greyhound with behavioral problems.Elaine Webster does it with concise and easy to understand steps toward successfully managable relationship between adopted Greyhound and the owner. She uses her own trial and error experiences so we could relate on a personal level. She incorporates History and professional guidelines to educate the reader. The knowledge gathered reading the book can be implemented in more than just Greyhound adoptions; it can be helpful to the owner of any pet.I enjoyed the book and would recomend it to all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary on July 18, 2012
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Very informative. I received some good ideas from this book. It's always interesting to see ideas from others. You still have to know your own dog, but I read many dog books and take the ideas I can use for my own pets.
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I enjoyed Jesse's story... it helped me to understand how little-valued a greyhound's life can be, if it is bred to be a runner and it isn't fast. Thank goodness for the Greyhound rescues. It gives greyhounds a chance at life. It's also a story that will help those who want to rescue a greyhound learn about the attributes that make them special...the most important being, of course, their ability to run. Most dogs enjoy a run, but a greyhound is bred specifically for it. This is a book for all dog lovers, and especially for those considering the adoption of a greyhound.
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