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The Dog Gym Part I

The Dog Gym Part I

The Dog Gym Part I

This is the first part a story about a prancing princess puppy, pictured right. We begin our adventure with a prim and proper Golden Retriever living a dog’s life.

One of her adoring subjects came up with the not so bright idea of taking her to a dog gym.

The Dog Gym Part I

The Dog Gym Part I

What is a dog gym? It was the absolute worse place on earth to ever take a prancing princess puppy who had everything she ever wanted in her puppy palace. Meanwhile back to this story that is about to become a living nightmare.

What was a dog gym? A dog gym is a big building where dogs could get together and be dogs. There were three areas of the dog gym. There was the really scary area where dogs behaved, well like dogs. Scary area one was inside the gym. Scary area two was outside the gym in a fenced area.

The Dog Gym Part I

The Dog Gym Part I

There was a third area within the gym where the little puppies gathered.

Oh what good idea it would be for Yalu to socialize. She was a shy dog who seemed to prefer people to other dogs. Let’s see if we could break her shyness. There was the reason for taking a perfectly happy prancing princess puppy who have everything she ever wanted at her puppy palace to do dog gym.

The Dog Gym Part I

The Dog Gym Part I

Yalu’s trips to the dog gym happened on Saturdays. Two people Yalu had selected above all others at her kennel brought her to this monstrosity–it has to be a terrible place because monstrosity sounds an awful lot like monsters and monsters had to be in charge of this

The Dog Gym Part I

The Dog Gym Part I

dog gym.

Dogs were already there. A wild pack of thirteen of mean and vicious woof woofs chased a poor helpless puppy dog that ran for his life. This dog was brave because he had a big smile on his face and his tongue hung out while he ran.

The Dog Gym Part I

The Dog Gym Part I

Yalu was forced to join in this hunt and began being a polite little prancing princess puppy dog, she ran with the pack of mean and vicious woof woofs. In less than a minute the woof woofs all stopped, turned, looked at the gentle prancing princess puppy dog in their midst. A dog vote was taken. Yalu was it.

AHHHHHHHHHH! An entire pack of mean and vicious snarling barking mean … Oh wait, I already mentioned mean? Well, they had to be really really mean and vicious woof woofs gave chase.

The Dog Gym Part I

The Dog Gym Part I

As you cannot see from this blurry picture our heroine, wearing gold fur in the lower right, she runs for her life while from two mean and vicious woof woofs gave chase. Look at those two blurry dogs barely able to keep up.  The chocolate one in the middle clearly has a smile on his face. The other eleven mean and vicious woof woofs ended up eating Yalu dust.

Run Yalu. Run!

The Dog Gym Part I

The Dog Gym Part I

Meanwhile, the pack of mean and vicious woof woofs pursued our heroine. She kept running. They kept chasing her. All around the gym Yalu ran–she avoided the little puppy area because that was the polite thing to do.

Further and faster, Yalu ran around this large open spaced building. More owners unleashed their mean and vicious woof woofs to join in this mean game of chasing Yalu. Further and faster these mean and vicious woof woofs perused Yalu. People watched, smiling and entertained by their dog’s behavior.

The Dog Gym Part I

The Dog Gym Part I

Desperate to ditch these horribly mean and vicious woof woofs, Yalu ran to her people. Brian stopped taking blurry pictures of the pursuit and picked her up. That was not good enough. The mean and vicious woof woofs surrounded him. Yalu climbed up Brian. His head had to be cold from being inside so Yalu became his Golden Retriever cap and stood on his shoulders.

Finally, Brian got the hint–guys are a little too slow when it comes to getting hints–and realized something might be wrong. He also looked silly wearing a Golden Retriever on his head in public. He lowered Yalu and cradled a full sized puppy in his arms.

Yalu had a look on her face that said, “Please don’t put me back down.”

The mean and vicious woof woofs had now grown into a wolfpack surrounding Brian and our heroine. They got bored waiting for this scared prancing princess puppy who ran to her owner and now refused to play. Some other poor dog was chosen as it. That meant the mean and vicious woof woofs resumed their chase.

The Dog Gym Part I

The Dog Gym Part I

Unfortunately, that was not the only thing that went wrong in Yalu’s life. In her second adventure, Yalu And The Stinky Stink, she met a skunk and the skunk said hello in only a way a skunk can.

You, kind reader, can find out what happened to our heroine by becoming a proud owner of this e-book. For just $2.99 you can experience real life puppy drama and find out how Yalu rescued her pet zebra. All you have to do is be brave, be bold and click the book banner below.

No A Care In The World

No A Care In The World

No 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.

No A Care In The World

No 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.

No A Care In The World

No 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.”

No A Care In The World

No 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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Peak-A-Woo-Woo

Peak-A-Woo-Woo

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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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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The Skunk’s Point Of View

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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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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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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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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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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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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