Dominant Dog

 

 

Dominant Dog

Dominant Dog

Yalu liked playing games with her people and one of those games was called dominant dog. How do you play dominant dog?

Well, first, you need a dog, preferably a cute, brown and fuzzy prancing princess puppy–those are the best. Note: for Yalu, dominant dog could only be played with people. Having another dog play dominant dog with her would simply be bad. Why? My prancing princess puppy was afraid of other dogs

Dominant Dog

Dominant Dog

So let’s review. You have found a willing puppy dog and a people person for the puppy dog to dominate—time to play dominant dog.

The best version of dominant dog was when the puppy dog climbed on top and sat on the people person for total puppy domination.

 

Another variation of dominant dog would be having a puppy dog place their paw over your arm. Every time the people person moves their arm, the puppy dog can then place their paw back on top to maintain dominant dog status.

Dominant Dog

Dominant Dog

Now the question is: how much fun can dominant dog be? Well if you are the dominant dog, lots of fun. Yalu got to lie on top of people for long periods of time in order to show one and all she was top dog. Personally, I think everyone let her win the dominant dog games she played.

 

 

So let’s see, the concept of dominant dog was covered and how to be a dominant dog. There were pictures of a dominant dog being a dominant dog and how happy a prancing princess puppy could be at being a dominant dog. Was anything else I forgot?

Dominant Dog

Dominant Dog

Hummm, right around here something important I like mentioning. What could it be? What could it be? Something about being bold and brave and having you, kind reader, directed to somewhere like Amazon.com.

 

 

Do me a favor, click the book banners below and see where they lead you—hopefully to some cute brown dog adventures.

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Not A Care In The World

Not A Care In The World

Not A Care In The World

Despite the blurry picture, this is without a doubt the happiest Golden Retriever you will ever meet. She does not have a care in the world other than playing and that was how Lori and I wanted Yalu’s life to stay—worry free.

Welcome to one of Yalu’s many dog action photos. Here a happy dog romps on the grass outside her Nashua, New Hampshire home. Her puppy palace had a long common backyard with a dozen other condos. There are woods and a stonewall that made for the perfect place for a prancing princess puppy to play.

Not A Care In The World

Not A Care In The World

Lori and I never asked if Yalu was the runt of her litter. It did not matter. Being a Yates dog made her the winner of life’s lottery. For those of you who believe in reincarnation, if you have to come back as a dog and you get a choice of whose dog you will come back as, be a Yates dog. Look at how happy you will be. There will be lots of play time, lots of petties, car rides, homemade dog cookies and plenty of opportunities to show the world how cute you are.

Not A Care In The World

Not A Care In The World

Before her sniffer developed and back when I could outrun her, I would race Yalu to the other end of the condos and hide behind the last building. When Yalu charged past me, I would slip out of my hiding spot and run back. I would see her stopped, looking to her left and right for me and wondering, Where did he go?

To which I would yell, “Woof, woof, woof.”

Not A Care In The World

Not A Care In The World

She would turn, notice I was far away and race back. Can a prancing princess puppy have more fun? The answer: yes, oh yes. She can have much more fun. You, kind reader, will have to read through my blog posts and find out how much fun a puppy dog like her can have.

Getting her to her puppy palace proved to be quite the challenge. Fear not, for I have documented her first adventure in an e-book called Yalu And The Puppy Room. Based on a true story, which means there is some truth in what you will read, Yalu learns how to stand out from the other dogs in her kennel.

How does she do that?

Well you will have to find out by clicking the link below. Doing do will whisk you off to Amazon.com where this wonderful story can be your for the astonishing low price of $2.99. All you have to do is be brave, be bold and click the book link below.

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The Happiest Golden Retriever You Will Ever Meet

 

The Happiest Golden Retriever You Will Ever Meet

The Happiest Golden Retriever You Will Ever Meet

Despite the picture being blurry, this is without a doubt the happiest Golden Retriever you will ever meet. She does not have a care in the world other than playing and that was how Lori and I wanted Yalu’s life to stay—worry free.

Welcome to one of Yalu’s many dog action photos. Here a happy dog romps on the grass outside her Nashua, New Hampshire puppy palace. Her puppy palace has a long common backyard with a dozen other condos. There are woods and a stonewall making for the perfect place for a prancing princess puppy to play. Lori and I never asked if Yalu was the runt of the litter. Becoming a Yates dog made her the winner of life’s lottery.

The Happiest Golden Retriever You Will Ever Meet

The Happiest Golden Retriever You Will Ever Meet

For those of you who believe in reincarnation, if you ever have to come back as a dog and you get a choice of whose dog you will become, be a Yates dog. Look at how happy you will be. There is lots of play time, lots of petties, car rides, homemade dog cookies and plenty of opportunities to show the world how cute you are.

Before her sniffer developed and back when I could outrun her, I would race Yalu to the other end of the condos and hide behind the last building. When Yalu charged past me, I would slip out of my hiding spot and run back. I would see her stopped, looking to her left and right for me wondering, Where did he go?

To which I would yell, “Woof, woof, woof!”

She would turn, notice I was far away and race back—can a prancing princess puppy have more fun? The answer: oh yes. Yes she can have much more fun. You, kind reader, will have to read my blog posts to find out how.

The Happiest Golden Retriever You Will Ever Meet

The Happiest Golden Retriever You Will Ever Meet

Getting to her puppy palace proved quite the challenge. Fear not for I have documented the first adventure of our heroine in an e-book called Yalu And The Puppy Room. Based on a true story, which means there is some truth of what you will read, Yalu learns to stand out from the other dogs in her kennel.

How does she do that? Well you will just have to find out by clicking the link below. Doing so will whisk you off to Amazon.com where this wonderful story can be yours for the astonishingly low price of $2.99. All you have to do is brave, be bold and click the book link below.

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The Curtain Rises

The Curtain Rises

The Curtain Rises

The curtain rises. Before you, kind reader, sits a picture of an eight week old Golden Retriever between two couches. The dog’s name is Yalu. She sits is in a place called the puppy room.

Upon her face is a Mona Lisa type smile. Why the smile? She knows the secret of standing out from the crowd. She is young, bright and confident. My proof is a short two minute video to your right that is meant to spark your curiosity. Take a moment and view it.

The Curtain Rises

The Curtain Rises

Are you wondering what happens next? If so, good. That means I have written an excellent cliffhanger. Why? Because something awkward will be happening to our heroine.

The goal of my blog is to entertain you. Walk away with a nugget of knowledge. I write about my dog Yalu, being a self published writer or post technical information that helps me support my WordPress page. Questions are always welcomed. If I do not know the answer, I’ll look for it.

I always end my blog with a request to purchase my two e-books. Yalu And The Puppy Room and Yalu And The Stinky Stink are priced at $2.99 and are available at Amazon.com. Personally, and being a bit bias, I think both books are great. My goal is to have you agree. Read the book to someone special or better yet, have someone special read it to you. In the end there is only one way to find out if I’ve written a good story. You need to be brave, be bold and take a gander at Yalu’s wonderful world.

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Carnegie Hall

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Carnegie Hall

Carnegie Hall

How many drafts did it take to write Yalu And The Puppy Room and what does that have to do with Carnegie Hall? For these answers and much more, stay tuned.

When I speak at elementary schools, I ask students, “How many of you think I sat down one day and wrote Yalu And The Puppy Room in one sitting?”

 

Carnegie Hall

Carnegie Hall

All the hands go up.

“How many of you think it took me two drafts to write my book?”

The hands stay up.

“Five drafts?”

Some hands go down.

“Ten drafts?”

More hands go down.

“Twenty drafts?”

Very few hands stay rise at this point.

How many drafts did it take to write Yalu And The Puppy Room? The answer is thirty-seven—I have even made some revisions since putting the story into an e-book format.

Thirty-seven! When I admit to so many drafts, I become the instant hero of every elementary school teacher.

Carnegie Hall

Carnegie Hall

I start out with an idea and write it to the best of my ability. I read it aloud, I have a computer program called Dragon Naturally Speaking that speaks with an electronic voice writing on any Word document—you need the full version to get the read back feature. I keep writing until I think I have the best draft possible.

 

 

Carnegie Hall

Carnegie Hall

I presented what I think is the final product to my writing group. They give me ideas. They marked up the copies I printed out for them. Their responses helped improve the story.

One member suggested that a round fluffy cloud should come down from the sky just for Yalu when I mentioned her new bed. That worked.

Another idea was this one. “Alright, when he says ‘Yalu’ I am supposed to do something. I can figure that out later.” The line is precisely how a child would think.

That brings me to the Carnegie Hall tie in. There is a joke about a tourist asking a local how to get to Carnegie Hall. The answer: practice, practice, practice. That same sort of answer applies with writing. In my case, it is: revision, revision, revision.

Could I have done a better job of writing Yalu And The Puppy Room? Perhaps. The problem is this. It is time to set loose the final work. Right now, I have written the best possible story. If there is a “too” as in t-o-o when there should have been a “to” as in t-o or “two” t-w-o, I will revise.

I will let you, kind reader, be the judge of my work. Click the banner and get your very own copy of Yalu And The Puppy Room for $2.99 at Amazon.com. If you find the story heartwarming, and I know you will, Yalu has another adventure where she meets a skunk and saves her pet zebra. That’s right, a Golden Retriever who has a pet zebra. Be brave, be bold, and enjoy two great stories about a little brown dog named Yalu.

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An Embarrassing Moment With The Puppy Pal

An Embarrassing Moment With The Puppy Pal

An Embarrassing Moment With The Puppy Pal

Sometimes, hanging out with the Puppy Pal can be embarrassing. There we were outside on the front stoop of my puppy palace having good times. The weather was nice, the Puppy Pal petted me and Molly the zebra was with us while DiMomma snapped pictures.

Some dogs are camera shy, but not me. Over the years, I have had plenty of experience in front of the camera making me a very photogenic puppy dog.

 

An Embarrassing Moment With The Puppy Pal

An Embarrassing Moment With The Puppy Pal

So there I was, looking as cute as ever, handing out with the Puppy Pal and my best buddy Molly when out of the blue, the Puppy Pal decided he wanted to put me on his lap. That is fine when the Puppy Pal does that inside the house, but outside too many people could see.

Sigh, moments with my Puppy Pal can be downright silly. He gets unconditional love from me and in turn he gives me back unconditional love. I just have to deal with moments like this.

Oh, before the Puppy Pal asks you be brave and bold, here is an update on his laptop. He ordered a new motherboard that should arrive by Saturday. He plans on putting in the new device himself so that should prove interesting.

Meanwhile, you, kind reader, need to become the proud owner of Yalu And The Puppy Room and Yalu And The Stinky Stink. Both stories star me, a cute fuzzy fuzzy puppy dog. These two       e-books will leave your tail wagging.

The book links below will lead you to Amazon.com where for the amazingly low price of $2.99 each, these e-books can be downloaded to your computer, smart phone or tablet in mere moments. Read these stories to someone special. Better yet, have someone special read these stories to you. Why? Because they are “woof” it. So be brave, be bold and see the world through a puppy dog’s eyes.

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So There I Was Getting Ready To Have A Yalu Kind Of Lifestyle

 

So there I was on early Sunday morning wondering when the party across the highway from where I lived would end. My wait started at midnight and continued until two in the morning when I decided to go to bed. No problem, I could record on Sunday night and post a nice video for Monday.

focusriteSunday night rolls around and there is a new problem. The red Focusrite box I used to record would not connect to my Dell laptop. A minor issue, but an issue nonetheless. Perhaps the special USB cable was the problem. Being Sunday night, there was nothing I could do until Monday morning. The plan was to make a trip to either Radio Shack or Guitar Center for a new cord.

 

Monday morning arrived and I made a trip to Radio Shack. it was after ten in the morning and the building was shut tight. They were suppose to open at nine. Since I live in New Hampshire I figured the store manager and staff were happy with the recent New England Patriots win and slept in.

dell-laptopNo problem. I made a trip to Guitar Center where i picked up a special USB cord for the Focusrite box. Getting home, I pressed the power button to my Dell laptop. Nothing happened. No beeps. No boot process. No nothing. A call to Dell Support and some troubleshooting revealed the motherboard was probably dead.

 

The Focusrite box failed to work with my older Toshiba laptop–there was no power even with the new USB cable. Time to get a new Focusrite box. Off I went to Guitar Center to purchase the device–the box acts as a conduit between the microphone and computer. I come back and since I had nothing better to do with my day, I struggled trying to get the older Toshiba laptop and a new Focusrite box connected talking to each other.

imagesWas this easy process? Nope. The Focusrite box used Ableton Live 9 software. Does the software interact with the the Focusrite box? Nope. My next step was to uninstall and reinstall the Ableton Live 9 software. Does the reinstalled software fire up? In this case, yep, it did. The problem was that I cannot get the Toshiba laptop and the Focusrite box working together. The problem here might be the older USB ports on the Toshiba laptop. Then there was a problem in getting the Focusrite box registered. E-Mail was sent to the Ableton Live 9 support desk to see if they could help me get the hardware registered.

For me, life imitates art. When I have a bad day, I go all out. Yalu had plenty of situations like mine so I wrote what I know about when it comes to experiencing bad luck. Given time, I will get the Focusrite box up and running. Until then, I will only be writing my blogs without audio commentary.

Until I get back up and running, you kind reader, can help me out by becoming the proud owner of Yalu And The Puppy Room and Yalu And The Puppy Room–your purchases will help me get a new laptop or the Dell machine repaired. These two finely crafted e-books can be found on Amazon.com for $2.99 each. Two great chapter books with grand illustrations await your viewing pleasure. All you have to do is be brave, be bold and click on the banner below.

 

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Seeing The Dog House For The First Time

Seeing The Dog House For The First Time

Seeing The Dog House For The First Time

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.

Seeing The Dog House For The First Time

Seeing The Dog House For The First Time

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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Looking For Molly

Looking For Molly

Looking For Molly

Jim Morrison of The Doors was right: people are strange. There are times when they simply do not understand a doggie’s needs. There you are searching the house for the most important important pet zebra in the world. Your people should be aware of this dire problem and join in in finding out what happened to Molly.

 

Looking For Molly

Looking For Molly

Do they not know that Molly is your bff? They have seen you squeaking her tummy on the couch many times. You carry Molly all around the house. If Molly the pet zebra is not ready to be squeaked, then there’s something wrong and that wrong must be righted this instant.

 

Looking For Molly

Looking For Molly

Are your people helping? No! They’re just acting as though they have a crazy dog looking around the bedroom for no particular reason. Sigh! Finding good people can be difficult. Communicating with them can be even harder.

 

 

Looking For Molly

Looking For Molly

They think that helping Yalu wash up after a close encounter with a skunk was all they needed to do that day. They were probably sad that the skunk spoiled an afternoon walkies.

Well that might be true, but what about Molly? Yalu has done a thorough job of looking for her. Now drastic steps must be taken. The kind of steps that will make her people wonder what has gotten into their puppy dog.

Looking For Molly

Looking For Molly

I mean come on, what could drive a prancing princess puppy dog to have a panic stricken look at the base of the steps? That look could only mean one thing: monsters. Yalu has to save Molly from monsters and she needs her people.

How does she do that? Well, kind reader, you will have to find out by becoming the proud owner of Yalu And The Stinky Stink. In Yalu’s second adventure you will see this puppy dog overcome her fear of monsters and rescue her pet zebra. It is time to be brave, be bold and join Yalu on her gallant rescue–all you have to do is press the book banner underneath.

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