Monthly Archives: April 2013

Best In Show

 Best In Show

This past weekend was the Best in Show sponsored by the Animal Foundation of Las Vegas. Saturday was the Best in Show Campus Adoption Day and Vendor Fair at the shelter located on 655 N. Mojave Road in Las Vegas. The event went from 11 am to 4 pm.

Saturday’s event was outside and did I bring a tent? No. Did I bring a cap? No. Was it hot? Yep. What I did bring was plenty of ice water in a large jug that promptly melted (the ice, not the jug) during the course of the day—I did find more water. I also brought sun block and applied it four times to my exposed skin. My sister Lori would be so proud because I didn’t turn into a lobster. On Saturday, I met some venders, traded ideas, and sold three books. I also meet a few of the four legged stars of the show such as Lux, a very friendly one year old male Labrador Retriever.

Sunday was Best in Show at the Orleans Arena. It was inside and the air conditioning at the Orleans worked. I met more venders, got more ideas, and sold seven books for a total of ten over the weekend.

I smile because ten books were better than no books and I will withhold comment on what I paid for the booth because after all, it was for a good cause. What I wanted to do was read before the crowd and have the pictures of my book show up on the large widescreen television sets. That didn’t turn out to be possible.

Thirty-one abandoned dogs, including Lux, did found a home by the time the show ended. More than enough people bid for a pet or an item and for the first time in a long time, all the dogs present were the center of attention, and most now have new lives with families eager to pour out their love.

A Moment With Destiny

Earlier this week, I was in a waiting room where I had the pleasure of meeting Destiny. She was about seven or eight and quite bored in having to wait for her dad. She explored the reception area and happened to end up next to me. I stopped reading the book I had brought with me and I fluttered my fingers at her. That sparked a big old smile from my visitor.

Right off the bat, I realized old Destiny needed not only a gift, but a surprise so I gave her my Yalu bookmark. Like all kids, she loved the three strings I had looped through a hole at the top of the bookmark and asked about the doggie in the picture.

“Why that’s Yalu.”

“Yellow,” was her response.

“No, Yalu, it’s a name you can howl. Try it.”

She did and a few people nearby looked our way.

I told her Yalu was the main character in a book I had written.

Shame on me for not having a book handy, but I did have internet reception so I showed Destiny my webpage, www.yaluthepuppydog.com (hey, gotta plug the webpage and book whenever possible) and brought up the audio version of me reading Yalu and the Puppy Room.

For eight minutes and fifty-eight seconds, I entertained a bored little girl with a story. Made me wonder if that’s how Hans Christian Anderson spent his days in Denmark. Well, that’s how Danny Kaye seemed to have portrayed the storyteller in the 1952 movie and like the great story teller, I too entertained someone with a tale near and dear to me.

Happy Birthday Yalu

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Happy birthday Yalu.

Thank you for bringing so much joy into not only my life, but the lives of those around you. One look, one smile, one wag of the tail ignites a spark that brings so much happiness to my heart. You have always been the brightest part of everyday.

For those lucky enough to have a Golden Retriever, you are truly blessed. Golden Retrievers are convinced they are the center of your universe and if you ever come home mad, then you must be mad at them. Their response is to run up to you, find out what’s wrong, and cuddle until all is well in your world.

Happy Birthday Yalu

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAYalu's Last Picture

Happy birthday Yalu.

Thank you for bringing so much joy into not only my life, but the lives of those around you. One look, one smile, one wag of the tail ignites a spark that brings so much happiness to my heart. You have always been the brightest part of everyday.

For those lucky enough to have a Golden Retriever, you are truly blessed. Golden Retrievers are convinced they are the center of your universe and if you ever come home mad, then you must be mad at them. Their response is to run up to you, find out what’s wrong, and cuddle until all is well in your world.

Peek-A-Woo


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

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

Item One: a people person.

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 Peek-A-Woo-Woo. This a puppy dog only activity.

Item Three: a blanket.

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

The 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 Peek-A-Woo-Woo can be:

1, A puppy dog running round and round in fast circles.

  1. More than a two Woo-Woo reply from the puppy dog.
  2. Front paw puppy dog playing.
  3. Extensive tail wagging.

4, And finally, puppy panting.

Put all those together and one gets a happy dog.

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

For Yalu, Peek-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 would say, “Peek-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 ‘Peek-A” would come from me.

It is the little things in life that can be most fun and after sharing the thrills of Peek-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.