I just went through the ordeal of having to put my cherished pet to sleep. Daisey Mae, my six-year-old calico cat succumbed to sudden illness. I'm now alone in the house and can't stand it. Although I have been miserable these last few days, friends and family have consoled me as they could and suggested that I look at the "silver lining" and start thinking about getting a puppy. I've wanted to get a dog for a very long time but couldn't. I either lived in an apartment building that wouldn't allow them, or couldn't because I had Daisey Mae. She would have been very intolerant of any new animal to the house; and I would never have put her through that. We had a dog when I was very young, and while I've always been "a cat person" I've always enjoyed dogs as well, albet up to now other peoples' dogs. I have no idea how to raise/train a puppy. Would Paul Owens', aka "The Dog Whisperer" book or dvd give me enough information to raise a happy, safe and social dog?