Thursday, November 12, 2009

A Picture Book: The Story of Nubs

While doing research for my first picture book, I became engrossed by stories of dogs in the military. Yeah... I know. What do stories of military dogs, called war dogs, have to do with a little boy and his dog? Plenty! You have a dog, a human whom the dog loves, loyalty, bravery and never a complaint. Okay?

In my reading about war dogs, I stumbled across the wonderful story about Nubs—A mutt in Iraq that had been cruelly treated even to having his ears cut off (hence the name). Major Brian Dennis first encountered Nubs running with a pack of desert dogs during a patrol of the border between Iraq and Syria. Dennis, a dog lover, worked his charm on the aloof dog and soon Nubs would show up each time Dennis and his unit returned to the border area. You can read the endearing story I first read at ABC News. And now children can read about Nubs in a picture book out this month—Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine and a Miracle.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Halloween Cuties

Dog, Yoda, Curious George (pinch-hitting as a Jedi Knight)
and Luke Skywalker

Halloween is a conflicting time for me. I love the dress-up part where it's almost obligatory that we don a costume and take on the persona of someone (or something) else. But I don't like the graveyard, vampires, and other ghoulish and frightening images that have become such a major part of the holiday. I don't get all wiggy about it though.

The cuties on display here are my grand-nephews. Aren't they adorable?

Awwww... Grandpa is reading a picture book to Yoda. So smart no wonder Yoda is!


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