Today I returned to the McGill Student Wellness Hub and made some new friends.
With students back in class (hopefully) I’ll be going back to my volunteer work at the
The Student Wellness Hub Animal Therapy, (SWHAT) initiative seeks to bring stress relief, joy, and companionship with furry friends.
I can hardly wait to go back to volunteering as I’m getting pretty bored hanging out inside (it’s freezing out) and mostly sleeping all day. Here are my friends at the Hub. Don’t you think we make a great diverse team?
Things are starting to move again and so last Saturday I had another volunteer gig. It took place at the McConnell Student Residence at McGill.
Lots of students took time off their studies to come and see me.
It was a lot of fun being petted by so many different hands.
Some even took out their phones and showed pictures of their dogs in different parts of the world. They all missed their dogs whether they came from Iran, Boston, Dubai, Libya, Germany or anywhere else.
Goes to show how popular dogs are!
Don’t be afraid to ask for what you want.
Greet people with joy.
Be excited about little treats.
Slow down and smell the flowers.
Go for long walks.
Be curious about everything.
There’s always an opportunity to explore.
Sleep as much as you like.
It has been a while since I had children reading to me because of Covid but recently
I had the opportunity to work with Daniel, a young boy who happens to live in
the same apartment building as I do.
Although I liked all the children that read to me either at the library on
the island here or at the library in Verdun, Daniel is my favorite. Daniel has
a lot of ENTHUSIASM and an hilarious IMAGINATION but what I like the most about
him is that he never forgets to PLAY.
I have noticed that adults, in particular, seem to have lost their ability
to play and that makes a dog like me, who loves to play, want to go to sleep. There’s
more to life than being serious all the time!
Another thing I really like about Daniel is his SUPER POWER to read my mind.
He knows just when I need a break and will tell my dog mom:
I think Bau needs
So, Daniel and I play a game of tag. But he is always way too fast for me.
Another neat thing about Daniel is that he uses his SUPER MIND READING POWER
Bau is tired of running
And then he gives me a little pat on my head. Which I love!
We then return to our desk and I continue to listen to him read his stories.
Playing for just a short time allows us to concentrate once more. I guess
that’s the MAGIC OF PLAY.
Sometimes, I see Daniel in the elevator and I can’t help myself. I get so excited and want to jump on him
because I’m so happy to see him even though in my dog therapy training I was told not to jump on people.
It’s really difficult for me not to express all the joy in my little heart when I see him.
Soon Daniel will be moving away and that makes me sad. Already I miss him.
Bau: Why did the dog cross the road?
Kip: Because he had a bone to pick!
It’s finally on sale – a book which I have been working on for years.
Throughout these years the book’s title has changed. It first was Only the Lonely, inspired by Roy Orbison’s iconic song Only the Lonely and which I also included as a quote in the beginning of the novel.
Then the title became The Boy Next Door but I found it told only part of the story. The Set Up was the third title but after a bit of research I found that there were too many books with that title.
Finally, I settled with Just Before Sunrise because it evokes the question: What happened just before sunrise? Which is the whole point of the story.
Right now, Bau, who has been so tolerant throughout this process is still manifesting his patience and control. He is just eagerly waiting for me to finish this post and press publish so that he can go for his well earned walk.
I am very proud to present my dog Mom’s latest novel Just Before Sunrise. It is available in both e-book and paperback.
I hope that those of you who will read it will enjoy it.
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Let loose without my leash as a reward for all my patience while I waited for my Dog Mom to finish her latest novel with its new title and blurb.
She’s warned me that although the cover is done, her manuscript is not quite ready. Not more waiting around!
A coming-of-age story with a domestic noir twist
Nadine, tired of running her call-girl agency, has upgraded to gold digger as she finds the perfect rich widower to marry. Discovering that her wealthy widower is an abuser she seduces his stepson, Charlie, to plot her husband’s murder. But things don’t go as planned and soon she is turning to her experience hiring young call-girls to find the perfect girl to save her from going to prison…
Homeless Maya is drifting on the streets, grieving the recent loss of her mother.
When she is offered the opportunity to prepare a lake-side house to be used as a half-way home for delinquent girls, she doesn’t think twice.
She soon falls for Charlie, the attractive boy next door, who has a seriously dark side. She is drawn into his murderous schemes, doing anything he asks her to, risking her own safety for the promise of a future with him.
When she finds herself party to murder, and she realizes he is more concerned with his older female accomplice than with her, she must learn to trust her instincts and use all of her courage to get out of their trap alive.
An older woman, a younger man and their rocky relationship become involved in investigating the murder for which young Maya is accused of committing.
Just Before Sunrise is a story about loss and survival. About loneliness, betrayals and deadly desires.
My Doggy Mom is still working on her book. Because she wants to change the title I am forced to endure hours lying next to her as she keeps searching for a suitable one. It’s enough to put a dog to sleep. I wonder if she spent that much time searching for my name.
Doggy Mom: Well, in fact, it was easier. You are of French origin and I wanted you to have a literary name.
Bau: As if I can read French!
Doggy Mom: I thought of Hugo, as in Victor Hugo, but I didn’t think that my daughter’s friend, Hugo, would appreciate me naming you after him.
Bau: He should have been honored.
Doggy Mom: So, anyway there was Baudelaire but that was too long. So I shortened it to Bau. Here in Montreal where almost everyone speaks French, when they ask what your name is, they think I mean Beau, which means handsome.
Bau: Oh, I quite like that!
Doggy Mom: Fits you perfectly. Anyway back to my book title.
Bau: Oh yeah (Yawn, Yawn). What was wrong with The Set Up? Lots of books have that title.
Doggy Mom: That’s the problem. I don’t want my book to get lost in the slush pile.
Bau: If that’s the case, you should have checked before wasting my time.
Doggy Mom: You’re right. Learn from my mistakes. Also the title gives the story plot away.
Bau: What about the cover?
Doggy Mom: Finally, I found what I was looking for. Now, I’m just waiting for the graphic designer to get back to me. Could be a few weeks. Of course there’s going to be the extra headache of formatting my book to fit Amazon standards.
Bau: Oh, boy! I think I’m going to go for a nap. Wake me when it’s over.