March 12, 2019
Hi there! I’m Lily, one of the Guardians of the Trails, and I want to welcome you to the first of our canine blogs.
The weather hasn’t been very good for hiking recently. There was too much snow all at once and instead of taking us out in the woods, Dad’s been shoveling snow. We’re not sure why, since more snow falls and he has to do it all over again. Humans don’t always think things out well. Maybe it’s because they have such a terrible sense of smell. Besides, it’s really fun to play in the snow and then watch Dad cleaning up puddles throughout the house.
Soon the trails will be clear and once again the Guardians will be patrolling the wilderness. We’ll bring you some pictures of our adventures on this blog, so check back in a week or two.
Well, it’s time for a snack. So long from the Guardians. We’ll talk to you soon.
February 27, 2019
I have to start by telling you that this will be the last time I write the blog. Crazy Lil has informed me I’m too dull, and the Guardians will take it over from now on.
From the dull category, today we’re thankful that we can now fill orders for the softcover books and e-books. Please be aware that due to the size of the stories (six stories, 152 pages with over 300 color photos) the eBook is a very large file.
The Guardians recently released a two-year calendar, 2019 in 2020, and it’s now available on the website. I think you love the larger photos, many of which are from yet unpublished stories I think your kids will agree the photos are pretty exciting.
There’s been interest in having an author’s reading in preschools, Headstart, daycare and elementary schools, so we will be offering a free author reading, with or without the Guardians. If you’re interested send us an email.
Check out the website video from local TV and see the Guardians off duty.
Thanks for reading. Good luck next issue with Crazy Lil and the Guardians in control.
day. Please excuse my recent absence
from the blog. It’s been frustrating to
keep repeating that the book was almost ready, so I stopped doing so.
happy to report that Guardians of the Trails; Secret Agents of the Wilderness
in soft cover and eBook is available from Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Guardians-Trails-Secret-Agents-Wilderness/dp/173261251X/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&qid=1546887397&sr=8-10&keywords=guardians+of+the+trails)
and will soon also be available on this website.
in a short time our website will feature special pricing for a Guardians of the
Trails two-year calendar with large, full-color photos of the secret agents in
action. Stay turned and we’ll soon have
Guardians have many more successful missions under their collars and we hope a
second book will follow soon. Stay tuned.
will feature discussions of “dog
gear” the Guardians and their faithful companion, Dad, have found useful
in the wilderness.
October 17, 2018
Good morning. The Guardians have been busy in the wilderness and have now put together more secret missions for their second collection of stories.
Wait, you say. Where’s the first collection?
Well, it’s a week or two away as of this date. The final edit is done and very soon the first collection will be available as an eBook from Amazon or as a soft cover from our website. With luck we will soon have a calendar available from the website too!
Thanks for your patience.
Good morning. The smoke from summer’s fires is now receding and the air is cool and crisp. It’s a great time for the Guardians of the Trails to return to the wilderness!
Our first chapter book (Guardians of the Trails: Top Secret Agents Revealed) is being assembled by the designers now. They will arrange and format it for e-books initially and for hard copies later.
The Table of Contents is on our homepage and we anticipate copies will be emailed to eager youths in a couple of weeks.
We hope you enjoy reading the stories as much as the Guardians enjoy patrolling the wilderness.
Blog May 12, 2018
Best Laid Plans
Well, the” short cartoon” I planned for my blog mushroomed into a full story. I believe the wait will be worth it, though.
Now I wanted to comment on something else. I plan on making an effort to make kids really aware of the fascinating canine abilities.
Dogs are really different. As you read this you’re using your eyes, the dominant sense for humans. Not so for dogs. For them it’s their noses, and it results in some interesting abilities.
Smell is a dog’s dominant sense. It gives them a,” 3-D” sense of time looking backwards. They can tell not only who visited that large tree trunk but how long ago it happened. It would be like us being able to watch what happened yesterday.
My first standard, a wonderful blue, was a sight-hunter with a lousy nose when we were running trails. I thought maybe poodles, being raised as duck retrievers, had been bred for sight over smell. However, I found that Bella has a fair nose, and Peaches is even better.
But Crazy Lil’ is the champion, hands down. She can smell a potato chip a half a mile away.
On the story front, progress is being made on the publishing. Stay tuned, and be careful of ticks this time of year when you’re out in the fields with your dogs. They’re going to be very bad. I’m going to be trying some herbal tick repellents that are totally non-toxic over the next month or two. I’ll let you know how it works.
April 8, 2018
My dear departed father, an Air Force pilot, commented that, “…close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.” Unfortunately I wasn’t even close.
My estimate in the last blog that we would publish in two weeks was not accurate. The revised “chapter book” format with multiple stories meant I needed more finished stories right now. And I didn’t have them.
So while we are making good progress, publication is still a ways away. The good thing for the Guardians and for their readers is that the chapter book will contain some of my favorite photos.
This image of Peaches near Tumalo Falls is from one of the new stories. In the next blog we have a preview of our story near Broken Top.
There was a recent TV ad in which the lady said her dog was, “family”. It occurred to me that the term, “family” applied to a dog or other pet probably differentiates the Dog People from the Non Dog People. If you’re reading this and have a non-canine pet I suspect the same principles apply.
There are those of us who look at our dogs like teenagers who deeply love us and who want to be with us all the time. Heh. While we may not encourage a sudden, wet, sloppy tongue in our faces, it’s occurrence doesn’t send us to Urgent Care.
Non Dog People left this discussion long ago.
So, welcome aboard. This website is all about dogs and people who think dogs are nature’s greatest gift to man. We hope the kids will be so interested in the story they won’t even realize they’re learning about the animals and environments in our forests and wilderness.
We’re trying to finish publishing in two weeks. Stay tuned.
First let me apologize for the delayed publication of the stories. I’m working with a children’s book designer and they feel the stories would give readers better value if we published seven to ten stories in a single ebook volume. I agreed that it will be a great deal for the readers, but I wasn’t quite ready to publish all the stories at once.
So, work continues on the stories and I’ll also be sending out some FREE mini-stories for those of you who provided your email. The first should be out very soon.
Thanks for your patience.
Growing up I spent my summers living with my aunt and uncle so I could work on a farm outside Eugene, Oregon. They always had one or two dogs, sweet souls with questionable breeding, usually obtained from a little girl sitting in front of a Payless Drug Store with a cardboard box that said, “FREE PUPPIES”. Despite their checkered pedigrees, these dogs were usually some mixture of retrievers and hounds and consequently were good hunting dogs for a young boy who spent all available time in the woods.
As fate would have it, I fell in love and married a woman who is deathly allergic to animals. Deathly allergic means multiple trips to the Emergency Room for adrenaline so she could breathe after exposure to animal dander. Needless to say, I realized my dog days were over.
However, to her everlasting credit my wife one day said the kids needed to learn to live with a dog, and she suggested we get a…Standard Poodle.
A poodle, huh…? I was initially skeptical but she persisted, pointing out that they were actually bred in Germany as hunting dogs called pudels.
I waivered. Maybe it would be ok. And since they have hair instead of fur and don’t shed, there would be no fur or dander throughout the house to trigger an allergic reaction.
The big, black female turned out to be the best dog I’d ever had. For thirteen years she was my close, intelligent companion, at home and on mountain trails. She proved herself to be a fearless and intuitive protector of the family one day when our daughter was home alone and terrible danger threatened. The day I held her for the last time was one of the saddest day of my life.
Today, two Standards and a Miniature maintain their pack in our home and share my desire to explore the wilderness. So yes, poodles. I love most dogs, but poodles have a special place in our family.