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DiMamma’s Lasagna

We interrupt regular our Yalu blog to bring you another thrilling story about a puppy dog I once knew. The puppy dog in question was a Golden Retriever named Chelsea and she loved DiMamma’s cooking.

DiMamma's Lasagna

DiMamma’s Lasagna

One of DiMamma’s specialties was lasagna. This was not store lasagna. DiMamma cooked this from scratch.

One day, DiMamma cooked a lasagna in a tin pan. When the buzzer blew, she took this fine creation out of the oven and let it cool on top of the stove. Usually, the completed lasagna would be immediately consumed. That was when something happened.

DiMamma's Lasagna

DiMamma’s Lasagna

Time passed—a whole lot of time. People in the house left to do other things leaving a guard dog named Chelsea in charge. Doing so proved to be monumental people mistake.

All Chelsea wanted to do was enjoy just little bit of lasagna. With no one around, she managed to get the tin pan full of cooked lasagna down from the stove.

DiMamma's Lasagna

DiMamma’s Lasagna

Now what? People could come back at any moment. Chelsea had to make a decision. She moved the lasagna to a super secret location. The next problem was how much of DiMamma’s lasagna to try. One bite was good. Two bites were even better. Once she started eating, there was no stopping—DiMamma’s lasagna was soooo yummy.

DiMamma's Lasagna

DiMamma’s Lasagna

More time passed. The lasagna remained hidden. People come back to the house. Everything seemed fine until someone asked, “Where’s the lasagna?”

People checked the inside side of the oven and found nothing. Maybe someone put the pan in the refrigerator—nope, nothing there.

DiMamma's Lasagna

DiMamma’s Lasagna

DiMamma questioned people. No one knew what happened to diner. Meanwhile, a Golden Retriever puppy dog named Chelsea sat on the couch, her head down with a quiet look on her face. No one would possible suspect her.

Five days pass. Conversations about the missing lasagna continued. DiMamma started getting upset about the missing food she made. Unable to bear the guilt a moment longer,

DiMamma's Lasagna

DiMamma’s Lasagna

Chelsea ran out of the room and carried back an empty tin pan which she placed on the couch. At least she confessed. Even more interesting, she knew what we were talking about.

I have always wondered how to add the Chelsea lasagna story to the Yalu book series. I will have to give the story more thought Meanwhile, I have two completed e-books ready for your reading pleasure.

DiMamma's Lasagna

DiMamma’s Lasagna

One is called Yalu And The Puppy Room where an eight week old Golden Retriever overcomes rejection and finds her very own forever home.

DiMamma's Lasagna

DiMamma’s Lasagna

For an encore, Yalu has a close encounter with a skunk and then saves her pet zebra from monsters in a marvelous story called Yalu And The Stinky Stink.

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

Zebra Dance

What can be better than a puppy dog playing with her toys? Yalu loved her toys. One of her favorites was a pet zebra named Molly and one of Molly’s favorite games was to climb Mt. Yalu.

Zebra Dance

Whenever Molly reached the puppy dog summit, she would celebrate with a zebra dance.

Zebra Dance

What could be better than a zebra dance? How about a multiple zebra dance when Marty would come over to play. When Marty showed up there was double zebra dance taking place at the summit of Mt. Yalu.

Zebra Dance

Yes, Yalu enjoyed playtime with her toys. I have always wondered if she thought her toys came to life with the help of a people person. Maybe she liked all the attention. She was definitely a people pup.

Being a people pup enabled Yalu to put up with all the silliness her people persons offered—and believe me there was a great deal of silliness this prim and proper prancing princess puppy had to endure. If only there was someone who chronicled her adventures.

Zebra Dance

Zebra Dance

Oh wait. There is someone, me, who has written two wonderful stories about this golden retriever puppy dog.

Zebra Dance

Her first adventure finds our heroine learning to overcome an embarrassing situation in a wonderfully illustrated story called Yalu And The Puppy Room. Nothing silly happened here as a once confident puppy dog learned how to overcome failure and find an all important forever home.

Zebra Dance

In her second adventure, Yalu And The Stinky Stink, Yalu goes above and beyond the call of friendship by going out in the dark to rescue her pet zebra Molly.

For the wonderfully low price of $2.99 each, these e-books can be downloaded from Amazon.com to you smart phone, tablet or computer. Think of it, no waiting in long lines. Instant gratification can be yours in mere moment. All you, kind reader, have to do is be brave, be bold and click on the banner below.

Zebra Dance

Zebra Dance

Lassie And The Rising Dough

Lassie And The Rising Dough

Way back when, I had a German Shepherd/Collie mix. The puppy dog’s name was Lassie. Hey, I was six when I got him and he was my very first puppy dog. Lassie was the only name I knew back then.

Lassie And The Rising Dough

Well, Lassie thought he was smarter everyone around him and he looooved DiMamma’s cooking. One day, Lassie spied DiMamma making homemade rolls. When she completed her work, she left the rolls on the kitchen counter.

Lassie And The Rising Dough

Lassie could smell the rolls and he wanted them. Since he considered himself a sly puppy dog, he managed to jump up on the kitchen counter and eat all the dough. Jumping back to the floor, he basked in the personal puppy dog victory of eating people food without anyone knowing.

Lassie And The Rising Dough

Time passed and Lassie started to realize something was wrong. He made his move on the dough right after DiMamma completed her work. Raw bread dough needs time to rise. The dough could rise in a mixing bowl or inside a puppy dog’s tummy.

Lassie started burping. The dough continued to rising inside his tummy. He ate a lot of bread dough because DiMamma cooked for a full house. He started getting the look people get after Thanksgiving when they eat too much. The problem was that the dough continued rising in his tummy.

There were only two ways the rising dough was going to leave and Lassie did not have enough time to digest what he ate—and no, there are no pictures of him getting sick because he really got sick and needed to get rid of the rising dough inside of his tummy.

Lassie And The Rising Dough

This and the Chelsea lasagna story might have a future in an upcoming Yalu adventure. The reason I would not write such a story was that Yalu was always a good dog. Her steeling lasagna and then getting sick from eating raw dough would give her a different personality.

What was her personality like? Find out by become the proud owner of Yalu And The Puppy Room and Yalu And The Stinky Stink. Both can be found at Amazon.com for the amazingly low price of $2.99 each. Are they “woof” it? You bet they are. All you, kind reader, have to do is be brave, be bold and click on the book banner below.

Nicknames

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.

Yalu And The Stinky Stink Book Cover

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.