Saturday, July 27, 2013


Can you can hear me now! 

In two weeks COAST TO COAST WITH A CAT AND A GHOST  will be available as an audio book.

AUDIO BOOKS are fast becoming the newest media for folks on the go.
Stuck in traffic? Going to Grandma’s house for Thanksgiving? Or driving across Texas with nothing to see but an occasional cow or oil well? Or maybe you just want to escape from your thoughts?  The answer is AUDIO BOOKS.

Both of my books, COAST TO COAST WITH A CAT AND A GHOST and GOING HOME WITH A CAT AND A GHOST will be available as AUDIO BOOKS soon. 

Have you already read them? If so I’m sure you know folks who enjoy them and would prefer to listen to them instead of reading them. Be sure to give your friends a heads up. The first will be available in July and the second in October. Birthday gifts, Christmas gifts? Just Because gifts?

Sportster and I want to thank all of our  fans, each and every one of you, from every state and every country, for being a part of  our  books sales that have allowed us to  climb to the top 10% as an author in Amazon’s Author Ranking. Thank you everyone. And Sportster sends his big MEOW. 

 I  hope by offering my books as AUDIO BOOKS they will be able to become not only “a book you can’t put down,” but also “a book you can’t turn off.”
So put on your listening ears!!  Click on the fifteen minute sample to preview. And don’t forget to forward this to others.


If you are too excited to wait for the audio I am offering my e-books  FOR A LIMITED TIME AT $ 1.99.


Monday, July 15, 2013


Sunday I visited the open house at Canine_Companions_for_Independence.

This non-profit organization claims to be  the first, the oldest and the best when it comes to raising, training and providing, companion, facility, and service dogs to those in need.  The grounds at  their Southwest regional facility in Oceanside, California are impressive. The entire facility was donated by the author, Dean Koontz,his wife, Gerda  and his dog, Trixie whom he acquired from the organization.

I met Jeanne Glass and her hearing dog Heather. Jeanne and Heather graduated  eight months ago from the CCI  Santa Rosa facility that is the only CCI facility that has a  hearing dog program. What a great team they were.

Is "Smile for the camera," one of the forty commands these dogs learn?

The staff of volunteers whom I met were full of information as they greeted the visitors like me,  hosted tours, and handed out popcorn and snow cones.

It is not only veterans who receive these highly trained dogs who will complete close to twenty-four months of training. I met a facility dog named Tilly, who works with a speech therapist in a professional medical setting aiding children with autism and other problems of speech.

But CCI does cater to our disabled veterans. When a person is privileged to get a dog, they spend two weeks at the facility , for “Team Training,” in which the two learn to work as a team.
As you can see the accommodations are warm and inviting.

Here the recipients can relax and watch TV. A beautiful landscaped courtyard lies just outside.

The mess hall accommodates not only the recipients but their family members as well.

Two beds to a room. Note: Every pillow has the logo of a branch of  the service.

A large spacious indoor training area.
Grooming  space with two tubs, more than my commercial grooming shop at the Canine Beauty Salon here in Sun City, Ca. 

A place for the puppies to play. And, aaahhh, a real live bunny!
I want to be a service dog!! What an organization. The only draw back is because of CCI's dedication to training a quality dog, one that is dependable, loyal, and steady, there is a two to three year waiting list.
Thank you Canine Companions for Independence for opening up your doors and bringing awareness to the public. And thank you Dean Koontz, Gerda, Trixie and all the hundreds of volunteers that keep it open.

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Thursday, July 4, 2013


The story of a service dog begins with a puppy raiser. These volunteers pour their heart into a puppy so it may mature into a dog devoted to its veteran. Time, love, training, and more love,time and training make these dogs worth their weight in gold. 

The cost of saying good bye weighs these volunteers’ hearts of gold down - a burden most find too heavy to bear. And yet many of these puppy raisers perform the highest form of love over and over again, puppy after puppy.
At this ceremony the puppies graduate to full-fledged service dogs. Their training vest they have worn for months is replaced with a new vest. The vest is a badge of honor, embroidered with the name of veteran and his new service dog - the letters sewn into the material from the veteran’s own uniform. 

 These faces are the golden memories; the trainers take home instead of their dog.

 Men and women who sacrificed to save our county’s rich way of life will live on to enjoy it as well. Thank you to K9s For Warriors in Florida, The Canine Support Team in California, and Canine Companions For Independence in Oceanside, California 

From coast to coast, thank you to all the organizations across the country who sacrifice to save our veterans.

K9's For Warriors, Florida
You are invited to attend the Canine Companions  For Independence Graduation Ceremony on Saturday, July 13th. It will be an experience you will remember and cherish. For directions and information: