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Leashes and Lovers: What Your Dog Can Teach You About Love, Life, and Happiness Paperback – March 5, 2010
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About the Author
Sheryl Matthys is The Dog Expert(r) and Doggy Matchmaker. She talks with dog lovers about how their dogs impact their lifestyle and relationships. She is the founder of LeashesandLovers(r), an online social community for dog lovers, where you can establish friendships and relationships or browse a pet-friendly business directory to improve your dog's life. Sheryl believes that everything you need to know about great relationships with people can be discovered through your relationship with your dog, if you allow your dog to guide you and teach you the secrets of Love, Life, and Happiness. She wants your new and existing relationships with that special someone, your friends, your family, and your dog to be successful so you can become One Happy Pack. Sheryl brings a unique blend of experience to her insights. She's a professional speaker, author, actress, adjunct professor, entrepreneur, TV/Radio reporter and host, Greyhound rescuer, and certified dog trainer with a BA in Psychology and a Master's in Radio/TV. Sheryl and Leashes and Lovers have been featured on Animal Planet, Ambush Makeover, E!, Bravo, Fox & Friends, Sirius-XM, Animal Radio, Pet Life Radio, and in The New York Times, USA Today, FIDO Friendly, Modern Dog, BARK, The Wall St. Journal, and Entrepreneur Magazine, and at FOXNewsChannel.com as well as hundreds of other newspapers, websites, magazines, and TV - radio stations around the country and the world. She and her husband have two young children, a Greyhound and a Mutt.
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Top Customer Reviews
The stories are thought provoking, and some are very heartwarming. She talks a lot about friends and acquaintances, but leaves quite a bit of herself on the page too. I learned a few things about Sheryl that I didn't know while reading it.
I also admit that I saw myself in some of her metaphors. The book provided me with an affirmation of that I am doing right in my life, and also suggestions about where improvement can be made.
With a title like Leashes and Lovers, you might think that the book is about using your dog as an icebreaker in the world of dating and mating. But, there are more important lessons in the book about how the mental attitudes of dogs can teach each of us in how to live a better, fuller and more enjoyable life.
A story that is particularly instructive is about how dogs search out the right "playmate". Dogs will spend 55 minutes of the hour that is available finding the right friend and 5 minutes enjoying themselves rather than spending the whole hour with the wrong playmate. Most of us can relate to this.
This reviewer is also a dog lover and over the years my dogs have taught me to be more generous and compassionate in my life.
A long time ago, I read that "Good writers read, and good speakers listen." Ms. Matthys seem to have embraced this. She counsels that we all need to be more attentive to the verbal and non-verbal cues coming from the people we communicate with. We need to listen more, talk less and pay better attention.
A few visits ago to the vet I asked her how it is possible for dogs to have so much insight into people. She replied that dogs have been watching us for 15,000 years. They have picked up a great deal of information about us. We have probably been the slower learners when it comes to them.
But, if you pay attention to your dog and recall the insights provided by Leashes and Lovers, you can close the intelligence gap between you and your canine friends. And you'll be on your way to caninization.
Thank you, Sheyrl Matthys for writing Leashes and Lovers.
Black River Falls, WI
I had heard that dogs were great sources for learning about yourself, but author Sheryl Matthys finally takes the time to write a book about it so we all can benefit from the knowledge she's accumulated over the years as an interviewer, avid dog lover and certified dog trainer.
Witty, insightful, and just all around entertaining. Although some of the stars of the book may be full of fluff, the book certainly is not. I couldn't put it down, and neither will you!
Before we met at the event, I ordered the book so that I could read it beforehand. Little did I know what a "treat" it would be to read! I thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you, Sheryl!
How many of us have had the experience "wow, he/she doesn't usually dislike people that much", or "wow, he/she usually doesn't warm up to someone that easily"? There are answers for these behaviours that only our dogs (and perhaps now Sheryl) know and she is happy to share how to use those experiences as well as many others to enrich our personal lives with the information we can learn from our dogs.