Saturday, May 30, 2009

Book & Beverage

Thursday Saturday Tea was a little thing brought to you by BirdBrain(ed) Book Blog and my inspiration was drawn from Jupiter Sinclair. Here is the schpeal:

Tell us what tea you are drinking (and if you like it). And then tell us what book are you reading (and if you like it). Finally, tell us if they go together.

Since yesterday was pretty nasty outside, I decided to try out the tea I brought home from France last month. It's a fruit tea blend with fig, black currant, apple, orange, lemon, and hibiscus and it is fabulous. The tea had a full flavor without being too strong, and wasn't like those free teas they give you at hotels that taste more like fruit punch than a natural beverage. Its color was great as well; watching it turn red (like my favorite Hummingbird tea!) as it steeped on my windowsill. I can't believe I got such great tea from a train station in Marseille!

Since obedience school is so expensive, and we have heard endless amounts of positive things about the author, Jake and I picked up Family Friendly Dog Training by Patricia B. McConnell. It's a very interesting and effective read, and Zoey has already started making progress. The book goes beyond just saying "this is how you teach 'sit'," and explains animal behavior. I think it's a lot easier to properly train her if I understand why things need to be taught a certain way. Though we still have to work on "no peeing on Heather's floor," I think this book will definitely help shape her into a more obedient dog.

As for the pairing, I'd say heck yea. It's not easy to be patient with a puppy during training, but a relaxing cup of tea certainly makes it a little better.

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