SANTA FE, N.M., Oct. 16, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Ask people what they’d like to change about their lives and you are likely to hear that they wish they had more time to take better care of themselves, to feel less stress, and more balance in their lifestyle. At least that’s what acupuncturist and wellness practitioner Carlyn Montes De Oca discovered when she asked her patients to name their biggest challenges.

With that information in mind, Montes De Oca created a gratitude journal for dog lovers to bring the qualities dogs embody most to the forefront of their human’s lives—playfulness, loyalty, grace, gratitude, courage, enthusiasm and unconditional love.

The result is Paws for the Good Stuff: A Dog Lover’s Journal for Creating a Happier & More Pawsitive Life! The journal, a follow-up to her #1 Amazon bestseller and award-winning book Dog as My Doctor, Cat as My Nurse, is meant to be kept on the nightstand so readers can answer three short questions when they get up in the morning and when they go to bed. (For example, This morning I woke up feeling ____ and I prefer to feel ____, and I am grateful to my dog because ____.)

Paws for the Good Stuff (Goose Hill Press) is a six-month journal that will serve as a unique keepsake when it is completed, Montes De Oca says, and also features playful illustrations, inspiring quotations about dogs, simple weekly challenges, and access to six videos containing additional tips and resources.

In an interview Montes De Oca can talk about:

  • How your dog can take you by the paw and lead you to a healthier and happier life
  • Creating a healthier morning ritual rather than sipping coffee, eating a pastry and reading the news
  • Ways science supports the idea that finding more opportunities to hang out with your dog provides unmatched stress relief
  • What she means by being pawsitive

Praise for Paws for the Good Stuff

«Paws for the Good Stuff is a unique dog-inspired journal guiding you on a joyful journey of gratitude and pawsitive thinking while at the same time celebrating your special relationship with your canine BFF.» –Eric O’Grey, author of Walking with Peety, the Dog Who Saved My Life

About the author

Carlyn Montes De Oca is an author, speaker, acupuncturist, wellness consultant, and animal advocate in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She holds a master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Emperor’s College and is certified in plant-based nutrition by the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutritional Studies at Cornell University. Montes De Oca has been a spokesperson for the Guardian Campaign at In Defense of Animals She is also the founder of The Animal-Human Health Connection, offering workshops, webinars, and health and wellness coaching. A sought-after speaker, Montes De Oca frequently talks with community groups, animal shelters, non-profits, corporations, and at national and international conferences on the powerful ways animals can improve human health, happiness, and longevity. Recently, Montes De Oca also gave her first TEDx talk in Wilmington, Delaware, on The Life-Changing Power of the Animal-Human Health Connection.

Contact: Carlyn Montes De Oca, (415) 306-1853; [email protected]

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