Stanley Is Coming Revisited Pt. I

The 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs are now underway. I made some predictions for the first round last year which were disastrous. My prediction rate isn’t the best but it isn’t exactly a science to it like visiting a fortune teller… So I am going to do the same this year and stick with it…

Eastern Conference

  • In favour of the Pittsburgh Penguins over the New York Islanders in a sweep of four.
  • In favour of the Montreal Canadiens over the Ottawa Senators in the best of seven.
  • In favour of the New York Rangers over the Washington Capitals in the best of seven.
  • In favour of the Boston Bruins over the Toronto Maple Leafs in the best of seven.

Western Conference

  • In favour of the Chicago Blackhawks over the Minnesota Wild in a sweep of four. (Suck it Koivu!)
  • In favour of the Detroit Red Wings over the Anaheim Ducks in the best of seven.
  • In favour of the St. Louis Blues over the Los Angeles Kings in the best of seven.
  • In favour of the Vancouver Canucks over the San Jose Sharks in the best of seven.

A Dog’s Purpose; A Book Review

I have recently read A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron. I saw A Dog’s Purpose on the shelf at a locally owned bookstore. I picked it up and read the backflip about the novel. Intrigued, I read the first chapter and instantly fell in love. I knew I had to own this book and purchased it right then and there.

People cannot be surprised that I’m a dog lover. They’ve been apart of my life from the very beginning. In my twenty-seven going on twenty-eight years on this planet I’ve had six dogs. Rex the Doberman, Samantha the German Shepherd Cross and of course our Airedales: Amie, Baylee, Emma and now Archer. Dogs have been a major part of my life as you all have come to know in my previous blog entries chronicling my love for the Airedale Terrier breed.

I’ve never had a ‘favourite’ book before as an adult. I usually read two books a year since they’re sometimes up over a 1,000 pages each. However, A Dog’s Purpose is my absolute favourite. It reminded me of my relationship with my canine roots, my family, my pack. It’s an emotional story: you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll love, you’ll experience joy — and if you don’t – you probably don’t have a soul.

Bruce Cameron does a great job in capturing the personification of a dog. The book follows a dog trying to find its purpose in four different lives through reincarnation. The stories are different and the dog’s purpose changes but ultimately it is to love their humans. The book was a refreshing read and I’m pretty excited to pick up the sequel A Dog’s Journey when it’s released in book stores in paperback.

Go read this book. I give it 5/5 stars.