Yalu And The Puppy Room

Yalu And The Puppy Room

Yalu And The Puppy Room

Yalu And The Puppy Room is a children’s chapter book about an eight week old Golden Retriever looking for a forever home. The story begins with Yalu being chosen to meet a family who specifically wants a Golden Retriever.

Yalu And The Puppy Room

Yalu And The Puppy Room

Yalu is convinced the interview with them will be easy. She enters the puppy room confident and ready to charm the guests. The mother and her son instantly adore her. The interview is going great until an awkward situation takes place.

Yalu And The Puppy Room

Yalu And The Puppy Room

The story is told from Yalu’s point of view. She wonders why all the other dogs in her kennel are getting picked while no one wants her. The brothers and sisters of her liter seem to be able to find willing families. Why is she being left out? Rather than giving up, Yalu comes up with a brilliant idea to have her stand out from the crowd.

Yalu And The Puppy Room

Yalu And The Puppy Room

She gets to test her idea when she is the last dog brought to the puppy room. While the other dogs are running about behaving like a bunch of puppies, Yalu decides to focus her attention on the two people persons visiting.

What was the awkward moment preventing Yalu from getting picked the first time? What was the great idea she came up with that made her stand out from the other dogs in the puppy room? The answers to these questions can be found when you become the proud owner of Yalu And The Puppy Room.

Find out how a puppy dog learns to overcome rejection and find her very own forever home. Are you, kind reader, looking for a female hero for your children? Then let Yalu be your role model. Watch her rise above her trials and tribulations. All you need to do is be brave, be bold and click on the book banner below.

Thunder-dunder

Thunder-dunder

Thunder-dunder

Without a doubt, the scariest thing in the world is the sound of thunder-dunder. Thunder-dunder can be loud, bright and rolling.

Thunder-dunder

Thunder-dunder

Thankfully, I was never scared of thunder-dunder because I had a brave puppy dog named Yalu who protected me.

Thunder-dunder

Thunder-dunder

Whenever there were instances of thunder-dunder, Yalu would check on me to make sure I was never scared. If there was more thunder-dunder, Yalu would climb in my lap to make sure I remained calm. She would let me pet her. That was my way of letting her know I was alright.

Sometimes, the thunder-dunder would go away. Other times, there was more thunder-dunder streaking across the skies of her puppy palace. If Yalu was still in my lap, she moved up to my shoulders because I could really be scared of the thunder-dunder and her job was to protect her people persons from being scared because unless someone has a puppy dog, committed to protecting them, thunder-dunder can get scary particularly when its loud and rolling and thunder-dundering all around you.

Thunder-dunder

Thunder-dunder

There were rumors of Yalu hiding in the tub when the thunder-dunder got really loud. I will treat those stories rumors because the Yalu I knew was a brave puppy dog. My evidence is a story I wrote about her heading out into the dark of the night to rescue a pet zebra named Molly.

Now you might be wondering how can a puppy dog have her very own pet zebra named Molly and what was her pet zebra doing outside at night? There could be monsters out there. Well you, kind reader, will have to find out by becoming the proud owner of Yalu And The Stinky Stink.

For the amazingly low price of $2.99, an e-book from Amazon.com can be instantly downloaded to your smart phone, tablet or computer in mere moments. All you, kind reader, need to do is brave, be bold and click on the banner below.

Where The Magic Happens

Where The Magic Happens

Where The Magic Happens

Take a look at where the magic happens. Rather than renting out a recording studio, I do my audio work here.

Located in the basement of my townhouse the recording booth I use is definitely homemade from two homemade benches nailed together.

Where The Magic Happens

Where The Magic Happens

Bed comforting foam was used to block most of the outdoor noise.

I live near the Nashua airport where propeller aircraft fly overhead. Sometimes the pilots bring their aircraft in very low over my place on their final approach. I also live near a stretch of highway where the drivers like to burn rubber down the road to make sure their engines are in tip top shape.

Where The Magic Happens

Where The Magic Happens

Oh, did I mention the neighbors on the other side of the highway who like to party on Friday and Saturday nights? Then there is the dishwasher, people walking on the main floor and the furnace all making their special noises.

Where The Magic Happens

Where The Magic Happens

Through trial and a lot of error, I have come up with a simple nine point checklist.

  1. Record after nine at night.
  2. Record on weekdays—editing can be done on weekends and during the day.
  3. Make sure the following are off.
    1. The dishwasher.
    2. The furnace.
  4. Restart the computer I use for recording.
  5. Fire up the recording software—I use Ableton Live 9 Lite.
  6. Do a simple test recording—I have done more than enough reading where I was not recording so always test the software and microphone.
  7. Inside the booth I stand at the same position—my broad shoulders fit perfectly against the far side of the door.
  8. Have an interior light that does not hum—I used the flashlight feature on my iPhone because the booth is dark.
  9. Relax and read.
Where The Magic Happens

Where The Magic Happens

Where The Magic Happens

Where The Magic Happens

For the blogs, I keep the recordings short—three hundred to five hundred words. My goal is to with a short story. Toward the end of my recording I pitch my e-books. Why? Because I have two very good stories worthy of your purchases.

What I am offering is a unique opportunity to see the world through the eyes of a Golden Retriever name Yalu.

Where The Magic Happens

Where The Magic Happens

Where The Magic Happens

Where The Magic Happens

To date she has two fabulous adventures called Yalu And The Puppy Room where she finds a forever home and Yalu And The Stinky Stink where our heroine encounters a skunk and rescues her pet zebra.

For the amazingly low price of $2.99 each, you will magically transported to Amazon.com where these finely illustrated e-books can be downloaded to your smart phone, tablet or computer. All you, kind reader, need to do is be brave, be bold and click on the book banner below.

P.S. Hope the sideways picture of the recording booth caught your eye–thank you Facebook for making that picture possible.

Zoom

Zoom

Zoom

Zoom is a game I love to play with Yalu. How do you play Zoom?

All you need is a puppy dog, a back yard and people paws. Start by using two hands to pet the puppy on the tummy and sides—all the petting gets a puppy dog’s energy level up to critical mass.

Zoom

Zoom

Once at critical mass (you will know when you are there because the puppy dog will want to leap into action), step back and watch the puppy take off.

Zoom

Zoom

Zoom is best played in the center of the yard so when the puppy runs by you get the full zoom effect. Oh and you have to say “Zoom” whenever the puppy passes in one direction. Then you turn in the direction the puppy dog went and say, “Zoom” when the puppy digs runs by you again–just keep saying, “Zoom.”

If you are really good, try touching the puppy dog when she runs past you and if the puppy dog is good, she will get close enough to let you almost touch her.

What does Zoom do?

Zoom

Zoom

Well, in fifteen minutes, zoom wears out most puppy dogs with a minimum exertion on your part. Zoom will help your puppy dog sleep during the night. Zoom is also works on young children who have problems going to sleep.

After playing zoom the next thing you should do is read a story to your puppy dog—I guess you can read a story to the kids too.

Zoom

Zoom

My recommendation is an action pact adventure called in Yalu And The Stinky Stink.  This story has everything important: a curious puppy dog, a pet zebra, yes, a pet zebra, and more action pact drama than you can shake a tail at.

How exciting is Yalu And The Stinky Stink? Well you, kind reader, can find out by venturing to Amazaon.com and getting your very own e-book that you can be downloaded to your smart phone, tablet, or computer in mere moments. All you have to do is be brave, be bold and click the book banner below.

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How Yalu Got Her Name

How Yalu Got Her Name

How Yalu Got Her Name

Yalu: Y-A-L-U was her name, not Yellow because naming a cute brown dog Yellow would just be silly. Everyone deserves a good origin story so this is how Yalu became Yalu.

Way back when in the pre-Yalu days, my sister Lori and I had decided we had gone too long without a puppy dog.

How Yalu Got Her Name

How Yalu Got Her Name

Two and a half days earlier, Chelsea, our twelve year old Golden Retriever had crossed the Rainbow Bridge. That is a nice way of saying she passed away two days earlier from complications with hip dyspepsia. Two and a half days of doggie deprivation had to stop.

dimammaMeanwhile, our parents had left for their summer babysitting stint in Minneapolis and according to DiMamma, we were told, “Do not buy a dog while we are gone.”

That was what DiManna claimed she said. What was positive I heard was, “There better be a puppy dog when I get back home.”

Well, there was no way Lori and I were going to disappoint DiMamma by not having a puppy dog to greet her.

With the parents safely off to Minnesota, Lori and I looked at the classified section of The Nashua Telegraph and found a dog kennel in Deerfield, New Hampshire with puppy dogs for sale.

How Yalu Got Her Name

How Yalu Got Her Name

Lori gave me that look saying she had nothing better to do that Saturday. I told her, “If we go to this place, there is a 95% chance we are coming back with a puppy dog.”

The big grin on her face told me she was willing to undertake the risk of a puppy purchase so off we went.

Along the way we discussed puppy dog names. Lori wanted a unique name. Since I have a bachelor of arts from Keene State College and a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire, I decided to put my degrees to use.

How Yalu Got Her Name

How Yalu Got Her Name

I first suggested Zama, a place where Scipio Africanus defeated Hannibal.

Lori gave me one of those looks from the corner of her eye and shook her head. Alright, Zama was not going to work for a puppy dog name.

How Yalu Got Her Name

How Yalu Got Her Name

Undaunted, I went with my next choice: Yalu—not only is it the river that separates North Korea from China, but Yalu is also a name you can howl.

Lori’s eyes widened. A smile came to her and I got a, “Heyyyy” and yes we both howled Yalu on the way to the kennel.

How Yalu Got Her Name

How Yalu Got Her Name

Is my work done here? Not quite because I need to convince you, to find out how Yalu found a forever home. How can you do find out? Why with a small investment of $2.99 at Amazon.com, you too can download an e-book called Yalu And The Puppy Room to you smart phone, tablet or computer.

Find out how an eight week old Golden Retriever recovered from an awkward encounter with people who wanted a Golden Retriever. So how did that happened? You .will have to brave, be bold and click on the book banner below to find out.

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Happy Birthday Yalu

Happy Birthday Yalu

Happy birthday Yalu. On this date in the year 2000, a Golden Retriever gave birth to a litter of pups. Among those pups was a little dog who would eventually become known in my world as Yalu.

From the moment she and I met later that year in July, Yalu found a way to stand out from the other dogs running around the room acting like a bunch of puppies.

Being a very shy dog, she was determined enough to choose my sister and me by standing out from the crowd. She did that by going to a couch where my sister sat and trying to pull herself up. With a little help from Lori, she got there and gave us her big puppy dog eyes. Good thing Lori and I were suckers for Golden Retrievers.

The cute continued when we brought Yalu to her puppy palace. Her curiosity at wandering around the house and the outdoors fascinated her. There were so many places to sniff and there were two people specially assigned to play with her.

It took her a little time to adjust to her new surroundings. She refused to go potty when she first arrived. Guess there was one place and one place alone where she went to the bathroom where she used to live and it was nowhere to be seen in her new surroundings.

She spent the first night at her new puppy palace sleeping on my bed. Early in the morning there were three distressful barks to wake me up. By the time my eyes focused, she was busy taking a long potty break on my bed. Nice that she finally had the urge to go, the problem was that we needed to change where she went. After having her drinking a lot of water, Yalu and I spent a lot of time on the deck with me saying, “Go potty. Go potty.”

Yalu would look at me probably wondering what, “Go potty. Go potty” meant. Given time, she had to go and since she could not get back inside, the deck became her potty place. Whenever Yalu and I would be outside on the grass lounging, having good times, she would get up, run inside, go up a flight of stairs and appear on the deck to relieve herself. A few minutes later, she would be outside with me.

If the door to the deck was closed, Yalu would walk to the door. If no one came to her assistance, she would give a single polite bark. I liked that about her, she knew how to work the staff.

Yalu did pick a rather bad day to have a birthday. President Lincoln died on this date in 1865. HMS Titanic sank on this date in 1912. There was the great Mississippi flood of 1927. Taxes in America tend to be due today. Despite all the gloom and doom that occurred on this date, a very cute, brown, fury puppy dog came into the world. Knowing that April 15th becomes a pretty good day for me.

Since you’ve read this far, go click on the banners below and become the proud owners of Yalu And The Puppy Room and Yalu And The Stinky Stink. For just $2.99 each, you can become part of Yalu’s adventures and enter her wonderful world. Be brave, be bold and see the world through a puppy dog’s eyes.

Mr. Wesley’s Tennis Ball

Mr. Wesley's Tennis Ball

Mr. Wesley’s Tennis Ball

Something absolutely terrible has happened to Mr. Wesley, a golden retriever puppy dog I know. One of his tennis balls has gotten trapped in a sewer. What a tragic catastrophe—almost as bad as people person pretending to throw a ball.

You might be wondering, “How did this happen?” Get ready for a story!

There we were, Mr. Wesley and me, out in the backyard of Yalu’s puppy palace playing an intense game of double ball. A people person note: there’s a blog on double ball that you can read about. Anyway, the ball got thrown and instead of bouncing off the grate like usual, the ball disappeared.

Disappeared?

Mr. Wesley’s Tennis Ball

There stood Mr. Wesley standing above the grate and then looking back at me. Something was wrong. A closer look revealed his tennis ball at the bottom of the grate. Mr. Wesley gave a look expecting me to use my people paws to lift up the grate and get his ball. A lift was tried, but the grate was too heavy to move. Sigh. Could life get any worse for Mr. Wesley? Not really, he had another tennis ball and we went to Petco to get a few more.

Mr. Wesley’s Tennis Ball

Yalu never had a problem losing a tennis ball. Most of the time, she was quite good about knowing the whereabouts of her toys. Sometimes, her pet zebra Molly got really good at playing hide and seek—then there was the possible issues of monsters. You can find out what happened by becoming the proud owner of Yalu And The Stinky Stink.

In this thrilling story you will meet a puppy dog who goes out of her way to take care of her pet zebra. What is that? You want this story right now? Good news! Yalu And The Stinky Stink can be downloaded from Amazon.com in mere moments for the amazingly low price of $2.99. All you, kind reader need to do is be brave, be bold and click on the banner below.

A Big Dog Rope

A Big Dog Rope

When you are a puppy dog, you need a variety of play toys. One toy every big dog should have in their toy box is a big dog rope.

A Big Dog Rope

Never get a little puppy dog a big dog rope and little dog rope should never go to a big dog. Such a people person mistake would be beyond silly. What can a people person do with a puppy dog with a big dog rope? Well, for the fashionable puppy dog, a big dog rope can be worn outdoors as a lovely scarf.

A Big Dog Rope

Wait a sec, that’s not the reason for having a big dog rope. Puppy dogs need to play and a good way to play is with a big dog rope. Put a people person at one end of the big dog rope, a puppy dog at the other end of a big dog rope and let the tug-of-war begin.

Mr. Wesley, a Golden Retriever puppy dog I know, was kind enough to volunteer his very important puppy dog time to play tug-of-war with me. A fun fact about tug-of-war, the game can be played either inside or outside. Mr. Wesley usually won because he had a strong set of choppers and is very good at pulling. The best part was just playing with a puppy dog. Mr. Wesley liked to play, so did Yalu.

A Big Dog Rope

An important positive of Yalu’s personality was being able to play with anyone she met at a moment’s notice.

A Big Dog Rope

Good thing she had this skill because her ability to play was put to the test when a family who wanted a Golden Retriever came to her kennel. They wanted a puppy who played which happened to be one of Yalu’s better talents. What could possibly go wrong?

Find out by becoming the proud owner of Yalu And The Puppy Room. For the astonishing low bargain basement price of $2.99, a finely crafted e-book about a puppy dog searching for a forever home can be magically transported from Amazon.com to your smart phone, tablet or computer in mere moments.  All you, kind reader, need to do is brave, be bold and click on the banner below.

If You Are Going To Do Something Do It Right

If You Are Going To Do Something Do It Right

If You Are Going To Do Something Do It Right

I have recently purchased an online course where the webinar presenter told his audience, “If you are going to do something do it right.”

If You Are Going To Do Something Do It Right

If You Are Going To Do Something Do It Right

I have done exactly that with my e-book, Yalu And The Puppy Room. Now I will convince you, kind reader, that $2.99 investment into my creation is well worth your money.

If You Are Going To Do Something Do It Right

If You Are Going To Do Something Do It Right

Picture an eight week old confident Golden Retriever. She is chosen for a special interview. The family waiting to see this puppy dog want a Golden Retriever.

The initial interview starts out great. The puppy dog is placed upon the floor and makes a grand entrance.

If You Are Going To Do Something Do It Right

If You Are Going To Do Something Do It Right

The little boy loves her.

The mother’s heart has simply melted when this prancing princess puppy dog make her presence known.

If You Are Going To Do Something Do It Right

If You Are Going To Do Something Do It Right

So far, our heroine has two out of three family members wrapped under her little paw. Then … something awkward happens.

If You Are Going To Do Something Do It Right

If You Are Going To Do Something Do It Right

Good golly Miss Molly, what on earth could happened! You, kind reader, will have to find out by becoming a proud owner of Yalu And The Puppy Room.

Is there drama? Oooooh, there is more drama than you can shake a tale at.

If You Are Going To Do Something Do It Right

If You Are Going To Do Something Do It Right

Can this puppy dog’s misfortune any worse? You will not believe how much bad luck will visit upon her. There is a point in the story where I want my reader screaming, “I WANT THIS DOG!”

Why do I, your humble author, have our cute, brown and fuzzy heroine go through all these trials and tribulations? The answer goes back to the webinar presenter’s theme of doing something right. My goal is to give you, the reader, an entertaining story where the main character overcomes all the obstacles thrown at her.

If You Are Going To Do Something Do It Right

If You Are Going To Do Something Do It Right

Is there a happy ending to Yalu And The Puppy Room? Ooooh yeah, there is a phenomenally fantastic tail wagging, “You go girl!” type of ending where all Yalu’s dreams come true.

Get ready to find out how an eight week old puppy dog finds her forever home. All you have to do is be brave, be bold and click the book banner below.

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Puppy Buyer’s Remorse?

 

Puppy Buyer’s Remorse?

So there she was, a little brown eight-week-old golden retriever, wondering if she was going to have buyer’s remorse. To her left and right were two people persons with weird and I mean a weird looks on their faces.

Puppy Buyer's Remorse?

Puppy Buyer’s Remorse?

The little brown dog began wandering around the backyard. There were lots and lots of places to sniff in this great big backyard. All by herself, the little brown dog discovered her very own stick. She carried the stick back to the people persons.

Puppy Buyer’s Remorse?

She was too shy to run around. The backyard was big and she could get lost in the tall grass. No worries. There would be time to explore later.

Puppy Buyer’s Remorse?

The little brown dog went inside with these people persons and sniffed around a place they called the puppy palace. There were lots of couches and chairs and a table and so many rooms for a puppy dog to explore.

Puppy Buyer’s Remorse?

Did this puppy dog do alright in choosing these people persons? Find out by becoming the proud owner of Yalu And The Puppy Room. This is the first thrilling book in a series of adventures where in Yalu must learn to stand out from there other dogs in her kennel. Standing out meant being clever than the other dogs playing all around her.

Puppy Buyer’s Remorse?

When she saw these two people persons, Yalu decided they were the ones for her. She chose these people persons before they had a chance to choose her—all she needed was space on a couch and big puppy dog eyes.

Puppy Buyer’s Remorse?

You, kind reader, can see the world through the eyes of this golden retriever as she rises above rejection and finds her very own forever home. For the amazingly low price of $2.99, an e-book Yalu And The Puppy Room can be magically downloaded to your smart phone, tablet, or computer phone from Amazon.com in mere moments. All you have to do is be brave, be bold and click on the banner below.