A local interview!

We have a lady in our town that loves dogs … and photography.  She publishes a book every year that is a collection of photographs of dogs she meets as she travels around here. All the proceeds from book sales go to the Oakville & Milton Humane Society (being the organization that rescued our beloved Ray).

The book is a very popular fundraiser, but this year she wanted to go a step further in her interest in dogs. She subsequently started podcasting, which covers her interviews/talks with people from all aspects of life and from anywhere  in the world. The common denominator is man’s best friend …. dogs!

A few weeks ago, she asked me if I would be interested in participating, and the answer is below!

https://dogstories1.podbean.com/e/colin-chappell-and-ray/?fbclid=IwAR3PEjDmYew7YJatVZlo687Qw3U1dDgFU9yr-xVf89tSMXQGTv5rdIFgKo0

Who am I? Do I really exist?

Personal identity (in this context = how you see yourself), is always an interesting topic for discussion. It can however be very complicated if you have a dog in your life and, in some cases, may even trigger an identity crisis! Continue reading

“For Sale: Used Dog – One Owner – Low Mileage”

We are fast approaching Ray’s 7th anniversary with us, and it was inevitable (for me) that I would go back in time and see what I was blogging about in January 2015 … being the first January of this Blog. I came across what follows and decided that, rather than link back to the original Post, I would save you all a step and copy/paste it here. I am still in disbelief that somebody could be that insensitive, naive, or just plain stupid. Continue reading

More reflections!

Ray was the first dog that ever became part of my life. This was partly due to being raised with cats as pets, and no doubt also because of a bad experience (when around 14 years old) with a large white German Shepherd. Continue reading

A 2020 Dog Lover’s Treat!

If you are a dog lover, or have a friend or two who are dog lovers, then treat yourself, and them, to my book about Ray!

Unlike so many books about dogs, not only is he still alive at the end … but he is still alive at the time of writing this Post!

Ray is now “Mr. Sociable” and will invite attention from most people he meets, but he was not always like that. Whatever happened in his early years made him fearful of people and other dogs, and his way of dealing with it was to lunge and bark to make “the problem” go away. He also displayed startle response (as I found out the hard way), and his first medical examination determined a Stage 2 Heart-Worm condition. He jumped off a viewing platform which overlooked a river around 100ft below us and …..! Let me just say that he was a challenging addition to our home.

All the details, and how they were addressed, are in the book. Ray had to wear a muzzle for quite a while when out but it had little to do with him biting! The reasoning (so logical when someone explains it to you) is in the book!

All profits from book sales will go to the Oakville & Milton Humane Society, being the organization that rescued him, and put much time and effort into making him a potential adoption candidate.

There are many book reviews on amazon.com, and the book is available from any on-line book retailers in eBook, paperback and hard cover formats.

So … If you are a dog lover, or have a friend or two who are dog lovers, then treat yourself, and them, to my book about Ray!