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Yalu has gone by a many nicknames like the little yipper, cute stuff, the prancing princess puppy and my favorite kangabunark: part kangaroo, part bunny, part shark. However, DiMamma gave Yalu her best nickname: girlie-girl.

Yalu was never a water dog. Water was for…dogs. Chelsea, her predecessor, loved the water and would spend hours soaking in a plastic kid’s swimming pool. Yalu was more into lounging around her puppy palace and displaying her very girlie-girl approach on life.

Nicknames

Nicknames

This picture does Yalu justice. She is playful in a very refined regal sort of way. Granted, she might, might fetch a ball when someone threw it. After coming back with this round bouncy object, the human response would be to throw the ball again.

Nicknames

Nicknames

People throw a ball. A Golden Retriever retrieves the thrown ball. Welcome to the human/dog relationship.

The second time someone would throw a ball, Yalu would give you a look as though to say, “I just brought that back. Why did you throw it again? I am not your servant. You can get the ball later. Now pet me, you fool!”

Nicknames

Nicknames

Why act do refined? The answer is simple. Yalu came from a royal pedigree.

Nicknames

Nicknames

Her humble origins can be easily learned by becoming the proud owner of Yalu And The Puppy Room. In this amazingly illustrated book, you, kind reader, will find out how an eight week old Golden Retriever overcame rejection and found her very own forever home.

For the amazingly low price of $2.99, an e-book can be magically sent across the globe to your smart phone, tablet or computer from Amazon.com.

Nicknames

Nicknames

Read Yalu’s story to someone special. Better yet, have someone special read Yalu’s first adventure to you. Children are very good at creating their own stories out of pictures and the illustrations created by my artist will leave a smile on your face. All you have to do is be brave, be bold and click on the book banner below.

Relaxing In The Backyard

Relaxing In The Backyard

Relaxing In The Backyard

With all the rushing around around people and puppies do, relaxing in the backyard with a ball in your mouth was very nice. Being an only pup, Yalu did not have to worry about having to share her red ball or other toys with furry siblings.

Relaxing In The Backyard

Relaxing In The Backyard

I mean come on, what proper prancing princess puppy would want to chase a ball with another dog’s spit on it?

Then there would be fights for the ball, or a toy or worse: dog treats. Could there even be equal play time among siblings? One would get too much play, the other not enough. One dog could get jealous about not having enough play time.

There would be “issues” such as equal petting time and treat distribution. Perish the thought if another sibling got more petties or treats.

 Relaxing In The Backyard

Relaxing In The Backyard

As you have probably guessed, Yalu did a good job in picking me and my sister. We were good at making sure our prancing princess puppy got lots and lots of attention so she could stay fresh. There were worries that Yalu might spoil if she did not get enough attention.

She definitely lived a dog’s life and by a dog’s life I mean she lived the type of lifestyle puppies dream about.

How did Yalu get on the road to living such a wonderful life? Well you, kind reader, will have to find out by becoming the proud owner of Yalu And The Puppy Room and Yalu And The Stinky Stink.

You will laugh. You will cry. You will wonder how a puppy dog could be brave enough to save her pet zebra from monsters. All you have to do is be brave, be bold and click the book banner below.

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Cynophobia

 

Cynophobia

Cynophobia

Yalu suffered from cynophobia. What is cyonophobia? Cynophobia is the fear of puppy dogs.

Yalu was always timid around any breed of puppy dog be they big or small. If there was another puppy dog around, she was in no mood to say hello. When a puppy dog showed up, the time to leave was right now. I could understand if puppy dogs we encountered were barking and snarling. Yalu never met such dogs. The ones we encountered were the friendly types who only wanted to sniff and say hello.

Cynophobia

Cynophobia

My prancing princess puppy wanted no part of the canine socializing. No puppy dog was going to sniff her. She was the one who would do the sniffing.

Cynophobia

Cynophobia

People we encountered without puppy dogs were another story. People we encountered without puppy dogs were another story. The lack of a puppy dog meant a big happy smile from Yalu. She needed to say hello in the hopes of getting some much needed people petties.

“Oh what a cute dog,” people would say.

Cynophobia

Cynophobia

Yalu would wage her tail and pour on the puppy dog charm—the people petties soon followed.

Our walk would continue and on our journey would take us to two houses where there lived puppy dogs that saw us coming. Even though they were inside there would be very loud barks and howls.

Cynophobia

Cynophobia

Yalu got into her hurry up mode where we needed to get out of there right now.

Her behavior made me wonder what life was like at her kennel before I showed up and whisked her away to her puppy palace.

Cynophobia

Cynophobia

She must have been the runt of her litter. Her siblings must have competed for their mother’s attention making Yalu a shy puppy dog.

Oh the drama, the drama of having to deal with other puppy dogs. You, kind reader, need to find out the humble origins of our heroine by becoming the proud owner of Yalu And The Puppy Room. For the amazingly low price of $2.99, an e-book can be sent your smart phone, tablet, or computer from Amazon.com. All you have to do is be brave, be bold and click on the book banner below.

The Skunk’s Side Of The Story

The Skunk's Side Of The Story

The Skunk’s Side Of The Story

So, there I was, minding my business, sniffing around, at one with nature. That was when I heard a door open. Outside comes a puppy dog who scampered down the porch stairs and trotted around the yard.

Great, a dog has decided to become a part of my day. Granted, I do not mind dogs. The further away they are from me, the more I like them. When they do decide to get close, I have a special way of saying hello.

The Skunk's Side Of The Story

The Skunk’s Side Of The Story

I already knew this was not going to be a good encounter. Dogs are not supposed to say hello a skunk like me. The smart canines know better. They take one look in my direction and stay away. This one might need a life lesson which I was more than happy to provide.

The dog had a big smile pasted on her face. Her eyes were wide opened. That meant she was friendly. Good thing there was a mesh fence between us or this dog might have violated my comfort zone.

Being the kindhearted skunk that I am, I decided to give this dog a warning so I arched my back and put up my tail. Any experienced dog would have turned and run away. This one crept closer and still had a friendly look on her face. That was about to change.

The Skunk's Side Of The Story

The Skunk’s Side Of The Story

Having given the dog a warning, it was time to dispense with the life lesson. With a quick turn I sprayed my special stink formula at her and scampered off to the woods.

I must have gotten her in the eyes because she cried out real loud. There was no need in hanging around, particularly when I heard the house door open again. Teaching a dog to avoid a skunk was one thing, messing with humans was something I preferred avoiding. Humans tend to get upset when their dogs get a life lesson. They always overreact and always side with their dog.

Someone will probably write a story about me and that dog. The dog will probably get all the publicity and sympathy from the reader too. Will the story be called A Kindhearted Skunk Teaches A Life Lesson? Probably not. The tale will most like be from the dog’s point of view and called Yalu And The Stinky Stink. At least I will get some credit in the story title.

I am not bitter, just stinky. We skunks have learned to play the part of the villain quite well when it comes to our interaction with dogs. Go ahead, buy the e-book and let me know if I am right or wrong. It’s only $2.99 at Amazon.com. Be brave, be bold and find out what happens when a dog tries to say hello to a skunk.

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Yummy Raspberry Crème Pastries

Once upon a time, there was a prancing princess puppy who adored a product called Raspberry Crème pastries. What are Raspberry Crème pastries? They are without a doubt the greatest pastry products ever created by Sara Lee—oh and when you, kind reader, say Raspberry Crème pastry you have to roll the “R” so it sounds fancy schmancy.

Yummy Raspberry Crème Pastries

Yummy Raspberry Crème Pastries

When offered one of the yummy Raspberry Crème pastries, Yalu swallowed it whole without the benefit of chewing. If she forgot what the pastry tasted like, she would lick the wrapper until there was no smell left to sniff.

Yummy Raspberry Crème Pastries

Yummy Raspberry Crème Pastries

Yalu preferred these pastries to conventional doggie treats. When offered the choice of a Raspberry Crème pastry or a few Snausages, the Raspberry Crème pastry won paws down—she could eat the Snausages later.

Yummy Raspberry Crème Pastries

Yummy Raspberry Crème Pastries

Keep in mind, Raspberry Crème pastries were not the perfect treat. For starters, the portions were too small and Yalu was only offered one. The next problem was that her people persons kept the Raspberry Crème pastries on the top shelf of the pantry. How could her people persons put something so yummy on the top shelf where a prancing princess puppy could not reach them?

Yummy Raspberry Crème Pastries

Yummy Raspberry Crème Pastries

When she wanted a Raspberry Crème pastry, Yalu would sit in front of the pantry door looking, staring with yearning puppy dog eyes upward while focusing her Jedi puppy dog mind control to get a people person to do her bidding.

Most dogs would give up, not Yalu. She was a determined puppy dog who used her superior mind control powers for good, her good. Once she consumed a Raspberry Crème pastry and licked the smell off the wrapper, all was good in her world.

Yummy Raspberry Crème Pastries

Yummy Raspberry Crème Pastries

You might be wondering how Yalu got to this wonderful puppy palace. Find out by becoming the proud owner Yalu And The Puppy Room. For the amazingly low price of $2.99 this e-book can be downloaded to you smart phone, tablet or computer in mere moments from Amazon.com. All you, kind reader, have to do is be brave, be bold and click on the banner below.

Meet Sue

Meet Sue

Meet Sue. She is the owner of the Royal Puppy Club—you would not know that unless you looked at Yalu’s pedigree certificate that listed her royal lineage.

Sue plays a central role in Yalu And The Puppy Room. As the kennel’s owner, it is her job to raise, feed, care for, and find forever homes for the puppies under her care. Since the book is written from the point of view of the dog and the dog does not receive a name until the end of the story, Sue calls our heroine Little One and probably calls all the dogs Little One.

Meet Sue

Sue is the person everyone needs at some point in their life. She offers a spark of hope that things will get better. She is the one who will tap your shoulder and tell you to perk up. I think of her as a mentor who is at the right place at the right time for a special dog in need.

There is a moment in the story when Sue and the dog have a victory celebration. Little One has found a family because of Sue’s advice in getting her to stand out from the crowd. I almost wanted to have Sue whisper, “You did it, girl.”

Hopefully, the “you did it girl” gets implied in the story. There is only one way for you to find out. Become the proud owner of Yalu And The Puppy Room. For the amazingly low price of $2.99, an e-book for your  reading pleasure awaits at Amazon.com. All you have to do is be brave, be bold and click the the book cover below.

Yalu's First Adventure

The Case Of The Cold Puppy Tummy

There air conditioning vents in my townhouse are on the floor. When the weather got hot in the summer, the A/C got switched on. There would be times when my parents, my sister, and I would sit in the den and it would still be hot despite the air conditioning running.

The Case Of The Cold Puppy Tummy

The Case Of The Cold Puppy Tummy

I also noticed brown dog, who shall remain forever cute, was not around when the den was hot. When called, Yalu would make her presence known for some much needed petties. In ten minutes, the living room became cooler. Hum how odd.

The Case Of The Cold Puppy Tummy

The Case Of The Cold Puppy Tummy

Then there was another strange occurrence. When Yalu got petted her tummy felt very cold. Maybe she ate lots and lots of ice before showing up. Perhaps she sat on a big bag of ice to escape the heat.

The mystery of the cold puppy dog tummy deepened. How could a long haired Golden Retriever covered in fur stay so cool on a hot summer day? When the petties ended Yalu’s tummy would be warm again. She would disappear and the den would get hot. These are just mysteries of the universe like Stonehenge, UFOs, the Loch Ness Monster, and Big Foot.

The Case Of The Cold Puppy Tummy

The Case Of The Cold Puppy Tummy

Yalu had always been a curious dog. Her nose leads her to the strangest places. Once, she went out to her backyard and wanted to say hello to a black puppy dog with a white stripe across its back. Her incredible adventure can be read in a fabulously crafted e-book called Yalu And The Stinky Stink.

You, kind reader, will realize the black doggie with a white stripe in its back was not a puppy dog at all. There is only one way to find out what happens. Come visit Yalu’s world. For the amazingly low price of $2.99, this e-book can be downloaded to you smart phone, tablet or computer from Amazon.com in mere moments. All you have to do is be brave, be bold and click on the banner below.

Tielman’s Illustrations

What a thrill to see your dog house for the first time. When putting together the second edition of my first book, Yalu And The Puppy Room, I meet with my artist Tielman and reviewed the pictures I wanted to add to this edition.

I asked him to draw Yalu seeing her home for the first time from the car.

He asked me how many levels was the house.

“Two,” I answered.

“What color is the house?” he wanted to know.

“Red,” I told him.

“Do you want a garden, a tree or two in the front yard?”

“Sure.”

That was all we spoke about when it came to the illustration I wanted. Look at the picture he created: amazing, simply amazing. There was a moment where I just looked in awe of his creation.

Tielman has a special skill that all artists throughout time have possessed. The patron, me, would describe what I wanted for a picture. Then he, the artist, created something that he convinced me was my idea.

Thankfully, I’m easy to please in the picture department.

Tielman's Illustrations

Tielman’s Illustrations

I really must admit, Tielman did a phenomenal job with the illustrations he created for me. Today is an example the dozens of illustrations he created for my two e-books, Yalu And The Puppy Room and Yalu And The Stinky Stink. For page after page you, kind reader, will find his deep and rich illustrations helping to bring the words of my two stories to life.

Experience the world he created for me. Become a proud owner of my e-books. Both stories can be purchased at Amazon.com for amazingly low price of $2.99 each.

Yalu has two very great adventures that will make you root for her. Be brave, be bold and become proud owners of these e-books—all you have to do is press the book banner underneath.

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Peak-A-Woo-Woo

Peak-A-Woo-Woo is a fun filled game one plays with a puppy dog.

“How do you play Peak-A-Woo-Woo?” You might be ask. Glad you are wondering because all you are three household items.

Peak-A-Woo-Woo

Peak-A-Woo-Woo

Item One: a people person.

Peak-A-Woo-Woo

Peak-A-Woo-Woo

Item Two: a puppy dog—in this case a prancing princess puppy is most ideal.

NOTE: cats, hamsters, fish and giraffes, kangaroos and gorillas do not like playing Peak-A-Woo-Woo. This a puppy dog only activity.

Peak-A-Woo-Woo

Peak-A-Woo-Woo

Item Three: a blanket.

Have item one, the people person, sit in front of item two, the puppy dog.

dog-and-blanketThe people person spreads a blanket over the puppy dog.

Wait two to five seconds.

The people person removes the blanket from the puppy dog and says, “Peak-A.”

To which the puppy dog responds, “Woo-Woo.”

Warning: Side effects of Peak-A-Woo-Woo can be:

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

A puppy dog running round and round in fast circles

More than a two “Woo-Woo” reply from the puppy dog.

Front paw puppy dog playing.

Extensive tail wagging.

And finally, puppy panting.

Put all those together and one gets a happy dog.

Peak-A-Woo-Woo

Peak-A-Woo-Woo

Peak-A-Woo-Woo is best done on rainy days where there is abundant puppy dog energy.

For Yalu, Peak-A-Woo-Woo brought on lots and lots of fun. The first time the blanket would go over her head she would remain perfectly still and would sometimes forget her lines when the blanket came off and I said, “Peak-A.”

After that, I would get the “Woo-Woo” from her after that and sometimes a few more. The fast running in tight circles would follow as the game progressed—sometimes she would even become a bucking bronco.

She liked the game because Yalu would always come back to the same spot where the blanket would go back over her for a few seconds and a ‘Peak-A” would come from me.

Peak-A-Woo-Woo

Peak-A-Woo-Woo

It is the little things in life that can be most fun and after sharing the thrills of Peak-A-Woo-Woo with you, there is another joy I wish to share as well. It is the story of an intrepid eight week old Golden Retriever trying to find a forever home. Picture a bright confident puppy dog heading off to meet a family waiting for a Golden Retriever. What could possibly go wrong?

Find out by becoming the proud owner of Yalu And The Puppy Room. For the special price of just $2.99, this e-book can be downloaded to your smart phone, tablet, or computer in mere seconds from Amazon.com. What you, kind reader, need to do is be brave, be bold and press the book banner below.

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Frosty Paws

 

Frosty Paws

Frosty Paws

One of the greatest puppy dogs treats ever invented has got to be without a doubt, a Purina product called Frosty Paws. What is Frosty Paws? Since you’ve read this far, I will let you in on a super duper puppy dog secret.

Frosty Paws is ice cream for puppy dogs. Alright, not really ice cream, but one Frosty Paws is guaranteed to make a bad dog good for at least a few minutes and a good dog even more behaved.

Frosty Paws

Frosty Paws

Yalu adored her Frosty Paws. She knew what the packaging looked like. Upon seeing a Frosty Paws, Yalu would immediately stop what she was doing and come to a patient sitting position before the person holding her yummy treat. There would be no tail wagging. Only an intense stare as if that Frosty Paws cup was the last one in the whole wide world and Yalu wanted it.

Frosty Paws

Frosty Paws

Receiving her treat, she would scamper off to a private puppy dog place. Once there, she would sit and begin a reverent series of licks. How many licks does it take to get to the bottom of a Frosty Paws? The same question has been asked of the Tootsie Roll lollipop and like the Tootsie Roll, the world will never know.

Frosty Paws

Frosty Paws

What the world is waiting to know are if there are more adventures of a cute brown dog named Yalu. You can read about her humble beginnings in an e-book called Yalu And The Puppy Room. If you, kind reader, need more excitement, find out what happens to our heroine has a close encounter with a skunk.

Frosty Paws

Frosty Paws

Such a tall tale is revealed in Yalu And The Skinky Stink where for $2.99 each, these e-books can be downloaded from Amazon.com to your computer, smart phone or tablet in mere moments.  All you have to do is be brave, be bold and click on the book banner below.