In the Town of Oakville (where we live), there is a lady who a publishes a book of photographs every year titled “Dogs of Oakville”. All proceeds go to our local Humane Society and she is, probably not surprisingly, very preferential to dogs that have been adopted from that shelter. Ray featured in one of her books a few years ago. We bump into this lady periodically as we take Ray out for his walks so she knows him quite well and (I suspect) loves him almost as much as we do!
Just recently, she sent out a “mass mailing” inviting pics for a 2020 “Dogs of Oakville” book. In a brief email dialogue that followed, it became apparent that she generally looks for dogs that have not been featured before however, she might consider a section of COVID-19 related pics if she has the space available.
Being always willing to support her good cause, I sent her the pic below …. just in case she had space for a topical one!
If viewing on a small screen, the text says “I don’t understand my humans. They spend 3 years getting me used to other people and now, for the past 6 months, we go out of our way to avoid everybody. Go figure!”
My book, “Who Said I was up for Adoption?”, recounts the first 18 months of Ray living with us, and covers such events as his testing positive for heart-worm and subsequent treatment program; his fear aggression; startle response; severe separation anxiety; also when he jumped off a viewing platform over a ravine, and many other challenging moments. He was an education to us and we consulted trainers and a dog psychologist to get guidance on how to deal with our almost 80lbs of Shepherd/Rotti with an attitude and a lot of issues!
Everything we learned allowed me to include, in the book, what I believe would be quite reasonable assessments of various situations if seen from Ray’s perspective. This not only allowed for some humour, because Ray really does have quite the personality, but working with a dog is so much easier if you can see the world from his perspective. It is hoped that “Who Said I was up for Adoption?” is not only entertaining, but will offer insights for existing and new dog owners.
The book is available from all the usual on-line retailers, and today’s price sampling (below) is in eBook, paperback and hardcover formats respectively:
FriesenPress Bookstore $4.99 $11.99 $19.99
Amazon.com $4.76 $17.99 $27.99
Barnes & Noble $4.99 $17.99 $27.99
Google Play $6.99 eBook only
iTunes Bookstore $4.99 eBook only