Book! Book! Book!

Given our recent erratic weather which is culminating, as I write this, into a major snow storm accompanied (just to make it more exciting) by strong winds … Mother Nature has had/is having a high degree of influence over how I spend my time.

In order to create a Post under these conditionsΒ  ….. books!

“Who Said I was up for Adoption?” is a book covering the “trials and tribulations” of the first 18 months of Ray and I living together. Having been bitten by a dog many years ago, I was very cautious about making any “dog adopt decision”, but Ray took charge and adopted me! The full story is in the book.

“Just Thinking” is a book of simple poetic verse about various aspects of life, most of which have a basis from my own experiences. I have never been too enthusiastic about poetry because I often had no idea what it was about. Was it indeed aboutΒ  anything, or just an excuse to string a lot of flowery adjectives and adverbs together? My poetry is much less complicated, and reflects so many aspects of life As long as you have a grasp of the English Language, you will understand them!

“The Odessa Chronicles” is a book of short stories targeted at children in the age range of 4 to 104! Think of a Barn Owl with an “attitude”; a cat who only lives to eat and sleep; a Jackalope whose main task appears to be mediator and uses his magic when necessary, and a man who finds the three of them living on his farm. Carolyn Shelton and I co-authored this book, and it was our goal to incorporate humor and many “life lessons” into the stories.

More information on these books can be seen by clicking the appropriate book cover over to the right (may have to scroll). They are all available direct from the Friesen Press Bookstore, and also from the usual on-line retailers, and the best place for reviews is at All three books are available in Hard Cover, Paperback and eBook formats.

I would like to suggest that you stay wherever you are in the warm and order yourself a book or two or three … while I go out and start shoveling the snow before it becomes a major challenge. We are forecast 25-30cm of it together with high winds. Should make for some interesting drifts!

27 thoughts on “Book! Book! Book!

    • Thanks Joan – This is one of the reviews of “Who Said I was up for Adoption?” on

      “What a wonderful story about a man and a dog ‘finding’ each other and, yes, rescuing each other in different ways. Being a dog lover myself, I immediately melted into this book of a man who was once afraid of dogs, yet agreed to rescue a dog who’d been neglected and probably mistreated before taken to an adoption center. This story of how a man and dog learn to read each other’s signals, to understand each other, and then love each other, is heart-warming and sincere.”

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      • Colin, I went to Amazon and read a bit of the preview of the story about Ray. I love that the point of view alternates from yours to his, and that the profits are donated to the animal shelter. I tried to order, but the paperback is apparently out of stock at this time. Any idea when it will be available? If it’s going to be a while, I will consider more costly non-Prime options. Love to you and Ray, JustJoan

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      • Hey Colin, here is a Freedom Ride poem for you, in the voice of my pound pup Callie. We’d adopted Tailor the year before and he needed a friend. Callie was 8 months old and had been homed and returned to the pound twice before her (permanent) freedom ride with us. They are both Pit mixes, which are too scary for many people to consider. Within a month, Callie bit Tailor, a playful nip that went seriously south. But she was penitent and he was forgiving and now, they’re inseparable. πŸ™‚

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        • Loved the link! Ray did display typical GSD traits when in the shelter in that he could not handle the enclosed space; the constant strangers staring at him, and had nowhere to hide. He had to be medicated to prevent him from losing all self-control and possibly do serious injury to himself. In contrast however, he did get attached to a number of people there!

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          • I’m thrilled that the shelter staff didn’t give up on Ray, and did what they could to make him adoptable and get him matched him up with the right person. It’s tough raising a dog with issues, working to accommodate their needs and earn their trust. You and Ray are lucky to have each other. πŸ™‚

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            • I have nothing but praise for the Humane Society trainers. They worked with him for 4 months before posting his adoption notice. In fact, coincidentally, they picked him up in Oct 2012, which was the same time that I started making inquiries about possibly adopting a dog. The full story is of course in the book!

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  1. All 3 are wonderful books to warm your heart while its cold outside!
    Sounds like you are having a snowy day adventure, like the gang did at Moonbeam Farm. Will you build a snowman? Watch out for flying snowballs! πŸ™‚
    Stay warm with some hot coffee and don’t get lost in the drifts!

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