Since she has been hogging the keyboard so much lately, I thought it was about time I got in on the act and had a friend over. Honestly… tap, tap, tap… ‘not now, girlie’ and ‘how did you manage to get the ball there‘ is about all I’m hearing at present. Apart from the odd rustle of cheese wrappers…
So, I thought I’d introduce you to my pal, Ray. Well, okay, strictly speaking, we haven’t met… but have you seen his pictures??? And he has a story to tell about how he trained his new two-legs. Ray is another rescue dog… so we already have something in common… but instead of saving his royalties for an automatic tennis ball launcher, his book… well, the two-legs has his name on the cover, just like she has on my books… the royalties will all go to help other rescue dogs. So, why don’t you read on while I go look at the pictures again…
Much love, Ani xxx
Hi! My name is Ray and, while I don’t get much time on the keyboard (I have big feet), my Dad has suggested that I write up a guest Post for Sue here!
So…. about me! I was rescued from a life as a stray and named after Ray Charles. The Humane Society that rescued me worked on me for four months, and then decided that I would then be suitable for a forever home. Eventually, I met Colin (my Dad) and, while he seemed very cautious about me, I sensed that he was somebody that I would like to live with. I eventually made my feelings quite clear with a decisive nose touch… but he had no idea what it meant! I think the staff there explained it to him because he was much friendlier after that and the rest is history. I found out later that he had been bitten by a German Shepherd many years earlier which, with me being a German Shepherd mix, could explain his initial reaction to me!
It took me a long time to train him to live happily with me because he has a bit of a stubborn side (as do I), but it just takes perseverance and patience. He is still a bit of a “work in progress”, and probably always will be but, as he has often said to other people “I’ll expect perfection from you as soon as I can set the example. You’re quite safe for the immediate future!
What is really cool is that Colin loves me so much now (and I do him), that he has written a book about his first eighteen months of living with me! It was what he calls “an emotional roller coaster ride”. I really don’t know what that means, but humans seem to understand it!
I have also been in our local newspapers promoting heart-worm prevention and for fund raising for our Humane Society. I have lived with Colin since March 2013, and it has been a really interesting time!
Perhaps I should tell you about Colin? Well, he was born in England and moved to Canada when he was about 30 (a long time ago!). He had experience of two rabbits and numerous cats as pets, but had never had a dog! Then he met Carol, who had a history of living with dogs, and things started to change!
When he started contemplating the idea of perhaps adopting a dog from our Humane Society, he did not say anything to Carol just in case it didn’t work out. He was visiting the Humane Society on a regular basis to look at various dogs and talk to the staff there (as he really didn’t have a clue!) but then, one day, it all came out into the open! Carol had wanted to go there to make a donation to them and, as Colin was apparently now on first name terms with a number of the staff, he decided he should say something before anybody called him by his name!
Now I have to find a couple of pics for Sue to consider adding, and I almost forgot… links below are to his Blog which is mainly about me, and his (my) book at amazon with reviews!
Find and Follow Ray and his two-legs Colin
WordPress blog: A Dog’s Life?
About the author’s two-legs, Colin Chappell
Having been bitten by a German Shepherd when 14, I was indifferent to dogs until 2012. I had met a number of friendly dogs by then, and decided that perhaps there was room in my life for one! While I was looking to adopt a large, even temperament, self assured, sociable and huggy kind of dog… Ray was looking to adopt me.
His plan was clearly more successful than mine because he moved in during March 2013.
He was not socialized; had no house training; was afraid of anything that moved; lunged and barked without warning and did not like to be touched. He did, however, meet my criteria in size! At 75 lbs, he was most certainly a large dog!
Ray was my first dog!
Is there any expression of FRIENDSHIP as endearing as a dog voluntarily touching its nose to yours? When Colin Chappell contemplated the idea of adopting a dog, he did so warily, for he had seldom spent time with dogs and one of his primary canine experiences came when he was bitten by a German Shepherd at age fourteen. He certainly was unprepared for the complexities of caring for the seventy-five pounds of rescued, furry attitude he encountered in Ray. But perhaps what he was even more unprepared for were the emotions he would feel once Ray invited him to be his friend. Who Said I Was Up For Adoption? tells the evolving story of this adoption (though it remains unclear just who did the adopting). Funny, heartwarming, and emotional, Colin and Ray’s story is really two stories, for part of learning to let an adopted dog into one’s life is learning to see from a perspective other than your own. True to that knowledge the book is narrated from parallel, alternating viewpoints-Colin’s and … Ray’s! All net profits from sales of Who Said I Was Up For Adoption? will be donated to the Oakville and Milton Humane Society, a remarkable organization that rescues and rehabilitates dogs (and many other creatures) and matches them with suitable, loving humans.
“It’s a must read for any dog person especially if you’ve rescued one. Even if you don’t have a dog (I don’t), it will tug at your heart strings.” Extract of Amazon review by .