The Goose Girl, by Shannon Hale
Anidori-Kiladra Talianna Isilee, Crown Princess of Kildenree, spends the first years of her life under her aunt's guidance learning to communicate with animals. As she grows up Ani develops the skills of animal speech, but is never comfortable speaking with people, so when her silver-tongued lady-in-waiting leads a mutiny during Ani's journey to be married in a foreign land, Ani is helpless and cannot persuade anyone to assist her. Becoming a goose girl for the king, Ani eventually uses her own special, nearly magical powers to find her way to her true destiny. Shannon Hale has woven an incredible, original and magical tale of a girl who must find her own unusual talents before she can become queen of the people she has made her own."
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I listened to it, and though the style was not was I'm used to (different people reading and one narrator), it was okay. The story is very sweet, though there were some upsetting parts - not recommended for young children.
Adoptable Dog: Teaching Your Adopted Pet to Obey, Trust, and Love You
by John Ross, Barbara McKinney
"Unbelievably, there has never been a comprehensive training-and-care guide written for the adopted or "pre-owned" dog. Manuals abound for the puppy, even for the needs of the adult or mature dog, but Adoptable Dog promises to be the standard work for this exploding population. John Ross and Barbara McKinney, authors of the best-selling Puppy Preschool, provide a biscuit-to-basket guide for every kind of adoptable dog-the older puppy, the overactive or unhousebroken adult dog, the shelter pooch, or even the mature canine in need of one last, loving home."
There was a lot of good information in this book and a lot I found to be common sense. It actually made me a little hesitant to adopt another dog, but inspired me to better train the one I have.