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A Love Letter to Coffee and What Coffee Is Best Paired With

If you love coffee as much as I do each day is coffee day, but since today my American readers celebrate #NationalCoffeeDay and on the 1st of October everyone will celebrate #InternationalCoffeeDay, I thought I’ll dedicate this post to coffee lovers all over the world!

The simplest way to enjoy coffee?
Pair it with an interesting book. Image by @PatFurstenberg
The simplest way to enjoy coffee? Pair it with an interesting book.

A Love Letter to Coffee

My beloved, it has only been moments since I’ve left you and… I already miss you!

I will not shy away from my feelings for you! You are my one, true joy in the early hours of the morning. No matter how restless my night has been or how busy my daily schedule is, sharing those special moments with you in the morning, holding you, reveling in your scent and your full body… Oh, nothing can take away the simple pleasure of our time together.

How sweet and understanding you are of my living you behind each morning. You do know that there is no one else for me, but you. I always return to you.

You are so unique, yet your flamboyant personality has me under a spell, I can never get bored with you. 

Others?  Don’t bend your ear to childish gossip. There is only one for me and that one is you.  The others, as you perceive them, are but mere acquaintances. No even a fling, but a brush with cruel, ordinary life. None will ever stand a chance near you, let alone compare itself with you, my beloved. They are. .. so different, so much more less than you will ever be. They do not have your charm, the strength of your core, your unmistakable perfume. They are not you. They can never take your place.

Oh, the way you can change your looks, it never ceases to surprise me! And the heavenly scent of your voluptuous body, always surprising, yet always them same; homely, unique, promising.

You can be hot or cold, I’ll take it; I’ll never turn you down.

My Espresso, my Latte, my Cappuccino, my Americano, my Chococino, my Macchiato, my Viennois…

With all my love, forever and always yours,

The coffee lover

I wrote this letter to support the book review and lovely blog post created by Joanne of Portobello Book Blog during my Spring 2018 blog tour with my book As Good as Gold.

As Good as Gold, A Dog's Life in Poems
As Good as Gold, A Dog’s Life in Poems

Besides BOOKS, what else can one pair coffee with?

Chocolate, of course! Since both tend to originate from similar regions of the world… Try Dark Chocolate with Brazilian Coffee if you dare…

Sweet pastries, bread, doughnuts, and dairy also go really well with coffee…

Poultry is said to go well with a coffee with fruity notes like the coffee from central and east Africa, while red meat is best paired with a dark roast coffee originating in the Pacific Islands.

Last, but not least, berries go well with the coffee from east Africa, while pitted fruits such as peaches, plums, apricots, and the citrus fruits enhance the taste of coffee originating from central Africa and central America.

I love how Gertrude Stein speaks of coffee:

Coffee is a lot more than just a drink; it’s something happening. Not as in hip, but like an event, a place to be, but not like a location, but like somewhere within yourself. It gives you time, but not actual hours or minutes, but a chance to be, like be yourself, and have a second cup.

Gertrude Stein, Selected Writings

I hope you will have a fabulous day today and will never have to say:

“I’d rather take coffee than compliments just now.”

Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

How do you enjoy your coffee?? I love coffee during any time of the day, milk, no sugar. I am not very fond of espresso though, but I love cappuccino, cafe latte, macchiato, chococino, Viennois you name it and – in summer – the iced coffee!

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Winter Magic, Kids Snow Stories, Christmas Cheer Books via @PatFurstenberg #giftidea, #kidslit #christmas #winter #snow

Christmas time and winter holidays are the perfect season to curl up with a mug of hot chocolate and marshmallows and a magical book.

Cuddle up with your child and travel together to a magical land where sweet dreams, good friends and snowy adventures!

Little Tail and the Snow: “Imaginative way of bringing nature to life. Makes you think of all those little precious things around us we take for granted every day. Lovely depictions.”

 

 

 

 

Little Tail Meets BlueHow much do you enjoy snow? THAT much? Then you’re just like Little Tail, the adventurous dog who went far and away looking for it. What else will he find in that snowed up, frosty forest?

 

 

 

The Blue Forest: “Excellent! I teach children to speak and read English! They love these books! They are fun and informative as well!”

“You simply have to read about this Winter Wonderland!”

 

 

 

Will Little Tail, the friendly dog with a red tuft at the end of his tail, have another chance to frolic in the snow with his friend? He will have to wait to find out. Daylight casts new shadows over the forest trees and things look different than they were during night time.

 

 

 

  Little Tail might be a small dog by size, but he’s a brave little dog. What else has he discovered up North? Friend or foe? He soon learns that it is better to listen when being spoken to – even if a tiny bird addresses you.

 

 

 

Little Tail has to make a choice and there is a risk that he will be chased out of his cozy burrow and in the heart of winter , if the old rhyme proves to be right. But if he doesn’t offer his help a stranger might perish!

I really enjoyed this book about Little Tail the dog. He is such a great character, who is very kind.
This is a wonderful book to teach children about helping others and friendship.

 

You can read all of these book and more in HAPPY FRIENDS, available in paperback, kindle and LARGE PRINT from Amazon:

“Enid Blyton style.

Happy Friends has everything you want in a children’s book! It will make your child laugh, smile, stoke their imagination and set them on the right track for sweet dreams!
As well as all this, the book shares valuable life lessons, traditional values, installs empathy, and positivity too!
It is a fun yet deep book which I believe every child should own!

All of these books and more are part of the “HAPPY FRIENDS” collection: “Patricia Furstenberg’s collection of twelve stories, Happy Friends, is a classic collection of stories to charm and to teach young readers the value of life and the value of good friends. Each of the twelve stories stands on its own, but each story interacts with the next as the plot thickens. The individual stories become Little Tail’s journey of discovery as he leaves his home and friends, only to discover that Snow might be interesting, but so are his friends back home.

For as “The Book of Life” says, and is often quoted in Happy Friends, “The time spent in the company of friends will, more than once, become part of our most cherished memories, staying with us for the rest of our lives.” Happy Friends is a treasure to be enjoyed and shared over and over again”(Reader’s Favorite Book Review)”

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Belle Cat, Whiskers on my Mat, 5 STARS Readers Favorite Review via @PatFurstenberg #bookreview, #5stars, #BelleCat #cat #story #kidslit

Belle Cat, Whiskers on my Mat, 5 STARS Readers Favorite Review #bookreview, #5stars #cat #story #kidslit

Belle Cat: Whiskers On My Mat by Patricia Furstenberg is the heartwarming story of a human family and a cat. Belle, the tabby cat, was adopted by a family after she was found injured following being hit by a car. Though she was badly injured and the shelter man said she had no chance and would never heal, the family took her home. When Belle reached home, everyone was delighted and they found immense joy in watching her drinking milk, bending graciously over the plate, sitting poised in front of the dish, hearing her soothing purr, and the feel of her silky, warm fur.

This book is definitely a must-read and must-have for all cat lovers and owners. The author makes the verses attractive with adorable and charming photographs of the cat, adding to the aesthetic feel of the book. The images are gorgeous and they make the verses tangible to readers. It is a good book for poetry reading in classrooms as it gives information to children about cats in an engaging way that will make them want to observe cats whenever they see them. There are a lot of facts about cats that readers will learn once they read about Belle. The Fun-tastic Cat Facts at the end of the book and other interesting facts about cats make this book entertaining and fun. Readers, both adults and children, will start observing cats more closely after reading this book.” (Review by Mamta Madhavan for Readers Favorite)

Woohoo! I am thrilled with this review!

You can buy Belle Cat from Amazon, it is available in paperback and eBook (FREE to read with Kindle Unlimited):

Amazon US, Amazon UK, Amazon Canada, Amazon Australia, Amazon India

Readers' Favorite FIVE STARS Book Review
Readers’ Favorite FIVE STARS Book Review

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Cat Riding through a Field of Rice on a Bicycle, #cat, #poem, #Japan, #kitty #猫 # ねこ#neko #pet #nature via @PatFurstenberg

Cat Riding through a Field of Rice on a Bicycle

Shh, hums the rice, swaying with the wind,

Whoosh, sings the breeze, warm and mild.

Cling-cling-cling, the silver bell sings along

While the bicycle runs along the road.

A basket in the front.

What’s inside?

 

The air is sweet with cherry scent,

The boy is careful at the bend.

He knows the road, his eyes on basket –

Where something small sits in this racket.

First time out,

In the basket.

 

And now and then a nose pops up,

Sniffs just above the basket, plump.

A cherry blossom petal landed in the punnet?

It grew paws, tail, and purrs when you stroke it?

Has whiskers too,

As white as snow.

 

The orange head looks left and right;

It rains, the rice smells fruity

Yet no rain drips on the small crown

The boy holds an umbrella.

And on and on

Their bicycle they ride.

 

The boy hums with a smile, calming the warm bundle

And every now and then he strokes the silky nuzzle.

And quite so often, it is said,

They ride their bicycle to town and back home again.

Where they cook,

The two of them.

 

On autumn days, fragrant and cool,

They ride to pick up mushrooms.

And when the first snow hugs the ground

They ride it still, is rumored –

The boy, a silver bicycle

And… cat.

 

What keeps them cycling, rain or shine?

Or during snow or weather fine?

Is it the never-ending field, the road that stretches infinite?

Or is it that they love how wind through hair and fur articulates?

And how and air smells sweet and fragrant

Just for the two of them, Jun and Haku.

 

This poem was inspired by “How I trained my cats”, a video by Japanese vlogger and YouTube-er JunsKitchen – enjoy!


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Belle Cat, whiskers on my mat

Perfectly Captures What It Means To Be A Cat.” (5* Amazon Review)

The poem will capture the imagination of children showing them the joys of owning a cat and how different they can be.” (5* Amazon review)

When a stray cat, lost and hurt, is given a second chance she grabs it with all of her… paws!
Based on a true love story between a cat and her human, told with compassion and humor.

Available as eBook and paperback on Amazon.

Amazon UK, Amazon US, Amazon JAPAN, Amazon Canada

Haiku-San, Cherry Blossoms

Pets — Understanding Your Child’s Affinity Towards Animals

Blog Post Image courtesy Federica Diliberto, available free on Unsplash.

 

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Pup’s Second Breakfast #humorous #poem #AsGoodAsGold via @PatFurstenberg

Pup’s Second Breakfast

Dogs have feelings too.
Dogs have feelings too.

~A humorous poem  for pet lovers and not only! Read more poetry in my new book As Good As Gold~

I tiptoe in the morning around the room,

Get ready for the day as quiet as a plume;

Since at my feet, hidden quite deep

That only his nose peeps

Snores pup.

Under my duvet asleep.

 

He’s quite a puzzle, my puppy is

For he can hear,  from his deep sleep

As breakfast food touches his bowl.

And in a second he’s at the door.

He yawns.

And then he eats!

 

My coffes’s ready, wait for my toast,

Pick up the paper. Puppy? engrossed

In his own breakfast, yet now and again

He comes to touch base.

A good intend.

Polite! I’m proud of pup!

 

My toast is done!  It jumped right up

Just as pup ate his very last bite

And shook his head then quenched his thirst.

I’m ready to bite. Puppy? transposed.

I glance at him, he looks away.

I sigh. Only his nose moves.

 

Ready to eat I am. Again. When something drips.

The tap?  The rain? The bag of trix

Right by my feet? With big, round belly

And eyes so soft especially

As I hand him a piece

Of toast. And now, I eat in peace.

 

P.S. Pup ate half a toast.

Between the toast and pup I love pup most

~~~~~

You might also like to read the poem Bailey the Sea Dog , a haiku for an Airedale Terrier dog or read about Understanding your child’s affinity towards animals.

Enjoy more haiku and feel good, humorous poems about dogs in my new book of poetry and haiku, As Good AS Gold. As Good As Gold is also available as e-book, paperback and Large Print, a dyslexia friendly edition: Amazon UK, Amazon US 

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Free book preview: Joyful Trouble, As Good as Gold, The Cheetah and the Dog, Belle Cat, Puppy, The Lion and the Dog, The Elephant and the Sheep, #diversity, #historical, #poetry, #haiku, #humour, #feelgood read via @PatFurstenberg

Free book preview, sneak peek, read my books anywhere free, Kindle instant preview of my books: Joyful Trouble, As Good as Gold, The Cheetah and the Dog, Belle Cat, Puppy, The Lion and the Dog, The Elephant and the Sheep

Enjoy historical, WWII, diversity, poetry, haiku, children’s books, kids literature, short stories teaching empathy, feel good reads for all ages.

Joyful Trouble: Based on the True Story of a Dog Enlisted in the Royal Navy


Take home an unbelievable and humorous true story of an incredible dog and how he found his true, yet unexpected calling. You will love the moving tale of Joyful Trouble, a dog whose love for humans went beyond any human-dog connection.

As Good as Gold: A dog’s life in poems


As engaging as a tail wag.

“A super sweet and poignant book of poetry about what a pup thinks of his world. As a cat lover I especially was tickled by his relationship to the cat. Any dog lover would adore this book. The photos were appealing. Haikus at the end were tiny diamonds.” (Kathryn Meyer Griffith, long time author)
Celebrating the simple things in life as seen through the eyes of our old time favorite furry friends, “As Good as Gold” is a volume of poetry revealing the talent and humor we always knew our dogs possessed.

The Cheetah and the Dog


Inspired by the true story of Kasi, the orphaned male cheetah, and Mtani, the female Labrador, which struck a remarkable friendship and remained life-long friends, “The Cheetah and the Dog” is a glorious celebration of curiosity, respect for life, and unconventional wisdom, a heart-warming, fun read that belongs on any family’s bedtime shelf.

Belle Cat: Whiskers on my mat


When a stray cat, lost and hurt, is given a second chance she grabs it with all of her… paws!
Based on a true love story between a cat and her human, told with compassion and humor.

Puppy: 12 Months of Rhymes and Smiles

“Puppy, 12 Months of Rhymes and Smiles: is an auditory feast for children, a fun read-aloud for parents, and treat for dog-lovers, young and old.
Bringing musicality into the duo of story-line and bright images, Puppy, 12 Months of Rhymes and Smiles promises to be an auditory feast for children, a fun read-aloud for parents and a treat for dog-lovers, young and old. A book that children and grown-ups will love reading over and over.

The Lion and the Dog


Inspired by the true story of Bonedigger, the disabled lion and the friendly Dachshund Milo who proved that friendship knows no boundaries, “The Lion and the Dog” is a brilliant, colourful tale that shines when read aloud and is a definitive must-have for all collections.

The Elephant and the Sheep


Inspired by the true story of Themba, the orphan elephant and Albert the good-hearted sheep that adopted him and cuddled him, the two remaining log-life best friends, “The Elephant and the Sheep” is a hymn to innocence and unconditional love, a read that is sure to warm up everyone’s heart.

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As Good as Gold Blog Tour, a Success #AsGoodASGold #BlogTour #humour #poetry #haiku #dogs @PatFurstenberg

A Christmas Sneak Peek Inside my Diverse Children’s Books

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Are You a Puppy or Dog? a #humorous #poem #AsGoodAsGold via @PatFurstenberg

Are You a Puppy or Dog?

~A humorous poem  for pet lovers and not only! Read more poetry in my new book As Good As Gold~

A puppy is needy,

He’s cuddly, yet squeaky,

His eyes are beady,

He is small.

He needs his cuddles,

Preferably in bundles

For he loves to snuggle

All night long.

 

A puppy has questions,

Runs away from lessons,

Jumps in all directions,

Yet he always

Looks for mom.

 

A puppy’s intentions

Can always be questioned

Although are the best ones,

Or so he says.

 

A dog has learned his lessons,

And he’s been called a blessing

More than once.

A dog knows that the present

Is the blessing

He’s been looking for

All along.

 

And so I ask you,

Between the two

What came first,

Puppy or dog?

 

For a puppy needs his mommy

And a dog grew up from a puppy

Or when else

Had he learned

That the present is gold?

~~~~~

You might also like to read the poem Bailey the Sea Dog , a haiku for an Airedale Terrier dog or read about Understanding your child’s affinity towards animals.

Enjoy more haiku and feel good, humorous poems about dogs in my new book of poetry and haiku, As Good AS Gold:

As Good As Gold is also available as e-book, paperback and Large Print, a dyslexia friendly edition: Amazon UK, Amazon US 

 

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As Good as Gold Blog Tour, a Success #AsGoodASGold #BlogTour #humour #poetry #haiku #dogs @PatFurstenberg

As Good As Gold by Patricia Furstenberg
As Good As Gold by Patricia Furstenberg

My new book As Good as Gold, A dog’s life in poems was released just a few weeks ago as eBook and paperback and it enjoyed many wonderful blogger’s attention during a five day powerful and uplifting blog tour.

Here are some of lovely comments As Good as Gold received:

“I have a confession to make. I’m not much of a dog lover. I’m more a cat person so I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy As Good As Gold, celebrating dogs. I needn’t have worried. I thoroughly enjoyed this charming collection of verse and as a result of reading it I think I understand dogs so much better.” @Lindahill50Hill on her blog,Linda’s Book Bag

“Patricia has caught the canine personality beautifully in her poems.” @LoveBooksGroup on Love Books Group blog.

“We enjoyed reading through all the poems and seeing the adorable pup photos with each one.” @J_Mischenkoblogging at Read Rant RockAndRoll

“These are beautiful poems to be read with a child, by a child or as a pet loving adult. There is something for everyone to relate to.” @susanhampson57 on her blog Books From Dusk Till Dawn

“a lovely book. I think it would appeal to any dog lover or animal lover, children and adults alike.” @ShortBookScribe blogging at Short Book And Scribes

“Many people are put off poetry as they find it inaccessible and this is why this book of poems is such a pleasure to read, each one uses words and images we all know.” @Walescrazy on her blog Books Are My Cwtches

“I always enjoy reading Patricia’s books not just because they centre on dogs but because she always manages to capture their personality as they grow and find their way.” @mgriffiths163 for @JenMedBkReviews blogging at JenMedsBookReviews

My favourite poem is “As Pink as a Puppy’s Tongue” because it has a pug in it and pugs are my favourite dog. This is a very good book.” review by a young boy reader at @x2mum on blogmumjd

“I particularly liked the haikus at the end. It’s quite a challenge to write a haiku with its strict rules but the author has managed this beautifully with each a small complete story and still from a puppy’s point of view.” @portybelle ‏ blogging at Portobello Bookblog

“This book is a pure delight to read! It is uplifting, positive and a pleasure to read and as a dog lover it warmed my heart” @dmmaguire391 blogging at Donnasbookblog

“All of these poems are so incredible and I truly hope that readers everywhere will check out this new release by Patricia Furstenberg. She continues to prove herself as an outstanding writer and her words truly make the world a happier and more beautiful place!” @jenthomason1109 on her blog Dandelions Inspired Blog

“I really enjoyed seeing all things from snowflakes and autumn leaves, to other creatures in the garden, through all these dog’s eyes. What we consider normal and everyday for our puppies and our older dogs, may not be so ordinary and normal. Maybe we could learn from the excitement of our dogs, a new “wonder” in all the things around us.”@Haydnsgrammie for @ReviewThisSites at Review This Reviews

this could be easily used in a classroom reading a poem a day and using this as a discussion to talk about feelings and emotions too. Children will love seeing the world through a puppies eyes .@ggilly47on her blog gilly918

“My little girl loves dogs so she really enjoyed listening to the poems as they really were lots of fun and designed to make you smile. Then there is the lovely addition of photos of both dogs and puppies that we both loved” @Rae_Reads1blogging at raereads1.blogspot

“I’d recommend As Good as Gold to fans of poetry and books about dogs in general. It’s a great read for people of all ages.” @pixyjazz on her blog Book Reviews By Jasmine

“The well-written poems with vivid imagery are enjoyable, entertaining, and uplifting. This brilliant poetry book is one that dog-lover parents and their children will not want to miss.” @singlibbooks on her blog Singing Librarian Books

“This is a charming collection of ‘doggy’ verse with an extensive range of other animals and nature included, as well as some delightful haiku at the end.” @JuliaThumWrites blogging at Julia Thum

You can purchase As Good as Gold from Amazon worldwide:

As Good as Gold eBook: Amazon UK, Amazon US, Amazon worldwide

As Good as Gold paperback: Amazon UK, Amazon US, Amazon worldwide

As Good as Gold Large Print and dyslexia friendly: Amazon UK, Amazon US

 

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As Good as Gold, e-Book Cover Design Awards, July entry by @PatFurstenberg

As Good as Gold: A dog’s life in poems by Patricia Furstenberg

As Good As Gold by Patricia Furstenberg
As Good As Gold by Patricia Furstenberg

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Announcing #AsGoodAsGold by @PatFurstenberg #BlogTour 21-25 May and Giveaway

📢 Announcing 🌍21-25 May 🐕 As engaging as a tail wag! Can YOU resist it?

☕️Come visit amazing book-bloggers and their fabulous blogs!📚

AsGoodAsGold - GIVEAWAY schedule. Get them on Author.to/PatFurstenberg on Amazon
AsGoodAsGold – GIVEAWAY schedule. Get them on Author.to/PatFurstenberg on Amazon

#AsGoodAsGold Blog Tour @PatFurstenberg
#AsGoodAsGold Blog Tour @PatFurstenberg

Follow the Blog Tour on my website here or by subscribing to the #AsGoodAsGold Twitter list here and never miss a post!

Thank you! Looking forward to interact with you during the Blog Tour!

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Belle Cat, Whiskers on my mat – Publication Day

Belle Cat, Whiskers on my mat by Patricia Furstenberg
Belle Cat, Whiskers on my mat by Patricia Furstenberg

Amazon UK, Amazon US, Amazon Canada, Amazon Australia, Amazon Japan . Read what others say about it on Goodreads.

What would you do if a kitty needed you?

When a stray cat, lost and hurt, is given a second chance she grabs it with all of her… paws!
Based on a true love story between a cat and her human, told with compassion and humor.
Insightful images of the real cat Belle are included to support this poem.
Additional fun, educational chapters:

  •  “Did you know? Fun-tastic cat facts” – Interesting cat facts for young and old.
  • “Say what? What is a cat’s tail saying?” – Understand the secret language cats and kittens use by moving their tails.
  • “How to… Tracking pet cats” – Just like the big cats, house cats leave footprints everywhere! Be a pet detective in your own back yard.
    True story, pet rescue.

Read my Book Launch Guest Post on wonderful Nayu’s book blog here.

Coming soon: As Good As Gold and its fantastic Blog Tour, 21-25 May 2018!

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From MyPuppyClub to Astro’s Adventures, a Journey of Sunday Blog Posts

A lovely collaboration and friendship was born on Twitter. In July 2016 I met wonderful and talented Australian author Susan Day. Susan invited me to write a Guest Spot for her comprehensive blog Mypuppyclub  “all you need for a happy, healthy, well-trained dog!”

Patricia-Furstenberg for MyPuppyClub.net
Patricia-Furstenberg for MyPuppyClub.net

What started as one blog post soon turned into my Sunday Dog Tales column as I wrote a post each Sunday until the 29th of April! 86 posts 🙂

Starting with Sunday the 6th of May I will be moving over to Susan’s exciting blog Astro’s Adventures Book Club!

My very first post written for Mypuppyclub was Tara, From “Gone With the Wind” to “Happy Friends”. Here is my last post for Mypuppyclub:

Bailey the Sea Dog

(inspired by a bunch of dogs we saw during our holiday in Ballito, South Africa’s Kwazulu-Natal North Coast)

 

In the little house with a brown gate, by the sea,

Lives Bailey the dog, his two brothers and one sister, Rea.

And two distant cousins, Scraps and Flea;

Six dogs and their owner – not me.

And if you think a home with six dogs is filled with glee,

Then you are… wrong. I know. Bailey told me.

In the house with a brown gate, by the sea,

Where six dogs live with their owner and nannie, Calliope,

Happy patter or paws, cheerful barks and… sticks from two trees

Are often seen and heard; as well as… balls; one, two, three.

For where six dogs live there ought to be some balls,

Some sticks to chew on and the rhythm of happy feet on wooden floors.

All day long Bailey, his sister and brothers, all six

Snooze in the sun, crawl to shade, bark and, occasionally, sneeze;

All along waiting for the hands of the clock to move past three:

The time when “daddy” comes home and they all go to swim in the sea.

All – meaning Bailey, the sea dog; the rest walk with dad, enjoying the view,

Run on the soft sand, fetch the ball and might, just might, jump a wave or two.

But Bailey! Every day he tries to become one with the sea.

White as the foam he is, restless like the waves he flees;

In and out of the swells Bailey jumps, spring, skips,

Although most of the time our brave dog swims licking his lips.

The cool waves, the blue sea, the pungent breeze

Is all he’s been dreaming of while snoozing at 30 Celsius degrees!

Bailey is in love, in love with the sea, the waves, the foam, and the winds

And all Bailey wants, is to swim in the blue deep, to surf the tides.

In and out he jumps; his tail is a flag, a rudder, a mast;

While his brothers chase the ball on the shore, Bailey is having a blast.

Only his sister, Rae, tries every now and then to bring him out of the waves;

You try to ask the swells to obey, the ocean to stand still and behave.

Bailey is one with the sea now; he is the jubilant spray atop the waves!

Thank you for reading!

You can find more poems like this one in my poetry books about dogs Puppy, 12 Months of Rhymes and Smiles and As Good As Gold, a dog’s life in poems both available through Amazon.

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As Good as Gold by @PatFurstenberg #CoverReveal – coming soon with @BooksInHandbag

Update: Read Jessie’s lovely introduction to my gorgeous cover find out how As Good As Gold came to be.

As Good as Gold by Patricia Furstenberg #CoverReveal – coming soon with @BooksInHandbag

When: Tuesday, 8th May

Where: jessiecahalin.com

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Praise for As Good as Gold:

There is something truly magical about this wonderful collection. Having read each poem, I love how every word celebrates our canine companions from the tip of their wet noses to the wag of their tails.

Susan Day, Editor and Author, enthralledmagazine.com

A super sweet and poignant book of poetry about what a pup thinks of his world; the objects and creatures in it, the sun, the moon, a snail, an owl, a pigeon, his human mommy and daddy, as he discovers what it is to be a puppy. As a cat lover I especially was tickled by his relationship to the cat. Any dog lover would adore this book. The photos were appealing. Haikus at the end were tiny diamonds.

Kathryn Meyer Griffith, long time author
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Pre-order here (release day 23rd May in eBook and Paperback):

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Puppy, FREE to a good home – Free 5* eBook Giveaway only 20-23 Jan. 2018

Puppy, 12 Months of Rhymes and Smiles FREE eBook, SPECIAL Giveaway 20-23 January, only on Amazon

Puppy, 12 Months of Rhymes and Smiles
Puppy, 12 Months of Rhymes and Smiles by Patricia Furstenberg

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Here is what book readers and book reviewers have to say  about Puppy:

My daughter loved this book. She enjoyed pointing out what was happening in the illustrations and listening to what the puppy got up to.” (Jodie for Whispering Stories)

“This is a gorgeous, uplifting collection walking us through the introduction of a new canine family member. From the moment that gorgeous little bundle is brought home, through the settling in and growing bond between family and friend.” (Mama B on ReadAllAboutIt)

Puppy, 12 Months of Smiles and Rhymes
Puppy, 12 Months of Smiles and Rhymes

“What a charming book this is. I must first commend Patricia Furstenberg on the fabulous quality of the illustrations as Puppy: 12 Months of Rhymes and Smiles could be enjoyed through the pictures alone as there is so much to look at and discuss. It would be just right for pre-school children. ” (Linda Hill, on Linda’s Book Bag).

“This is such a delightful little book that made me smile and giggle at all the antics in Puppy’s first year of life.” (Susan Hampson on Books From Dusk Till Dawn).

“Puppy: 12 Months of Rhymes and Smiles would be a great addition to any family’s story time reading although adults beware…..if you don’t already have a dog in your life your “human pup” may just suddenly want one after seeing how much fun they have.” (Mandie for JenMedsBookReviews)

“This is a lovely book with cute illustrations. A book I think will be loved and read over and over again by children and adults, especially those who are dog lovers.” (Kerry on Chat About Books).

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Puppy, 12 Months of Rhymes and Smiles by Patricia Furstenberg is a fun, exciting, adorable, and a must-read children’s book.” (Nada for Nadaness In Motion)

“This is such a sweet, well thought out book that will be perfect for children. I think parents and children will enjoy reading this together. There will be so much that children can relate to.” (Laura on NovelKicks)

“This is a fun little book that would be a great gift for a child with a new puppy, or an adult who simply wants to relive those puppy moments – without all the teeth.” (Casey on She’s All Booked!)

“This is a really cute children’s book that lets the reader follow the first year of a young puppies life but from his point of view. ” (Jessica on Books A Plenty)

Read more Puppy reviews on Goodreads.

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A Christmas Sneak Peek Inside my Diverse Children’s Books

This Christmas Season, have a look inside my illustrated children’s books: Joyful Trouble, Puppy, 12 Months of Rhymes and Smiles, The Cheetah and the Dog, The Elephant and the Sheep, The Lion and the Dog

Buy on Amazon Joyful Trouble by Patricia Furstenberg
Buy on Amazon Joyful Trouble by Patricia Furstenberg

Joyful Trouble

  • Kindle UK Storyteller 2017 Top Reviewed
  • When a Great Dane arrives in a Navy base nobody expects him to win everybody’s hearts, although breaking some rules along the way.
  • “A story that reads like a movie.”
  • I picked up this book intending to just read the first chapter to get a feel for it. I was utterly sucked in and I am completely in love with Joyful Trouble – what a dog!
  • Also available in LARGE PRINT

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Buy on Amazon Joyful Trouble by Patricia Furstenberg, sneak peek

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Link to Amazon: Joyful Trouble by Patricia Furstenberg, sneak peek

Link to Amazon: Joyful Trouble by Patricia Furstenberg, sneak peek
Link to Amazon: Joyful Trouble by Patricia Furstenberg, sneak peek

Link to Amazon: Joyful Trouble by Patricia Furstenberg
Link to Amazon: Joyful Trouble by Patricia Furstenberg

Link to Amazon: Joyful Trouble by Patricia Furstenberg
Link to Amazon: Joyful Trouble by Patricia Furstenberg

 

Puppy, 12 Months of Rhymes and Smiles
Amazon link to Puppy, 12 Months of Rhymes and Smiles

 Puppy, 12 Months of Rhymes and Smiles

  • Puppy, 12 Months of Rhymes and Smiles: is an auditory feast for children, a fun read-aloud for parents, and treat for dog-lovers, young and old.
  • If you have a dog, or you’ve ever had one, there’s no question that you’ll find yourself having a little giggle at this! Whilst clearly designed as a poetic children’s book composed of vibrant colours and illustrations which any little reader would love, it also resonates brilliantly with their adult counterparts.
  • This book is definitely aimed at younger children and will delight them as an adult reads it out loud to them. However any dog lover will also love this book and will no doubt smile as they do so.

Link to Amazon: Puppy, 12 Months of Rhymes and Smiles
Link to Amazon: Puppy, 12 Months of Rhymes and Smiles by Patricia Furstenberg

Link to Amazon: Puppy, 12 Months of Rhymes and Smiles
Link to Amazon: Puppy, 12 Months of Rhymes and Smiles by Patricia Furstenberg

Link to Amazon: Puppy, 12 Months of Rhymes and Smiles
Link to Amazon: Puppy, 12 Months of Rhymes and Smiles by Patricia Furstenberg

The Cheetah and the Dog, The Elephant and the Sheep, The Lion and the Dog

  • Link to Amazon: The Elephant and the Sheep
    Link to Amazon: The Elephant and the Sheep

    The Elephant and the Sheep: “Beautiful illustrations, a lovely message of friendship and overcoming lifes struggles and of course, as this author does so well, another fantastic story showcasing the brilliance of our furry (or not so furry!) friends.

  • Link to Amazon: The Cheetah and the Dog
    Link to Amazon: The Cheetah and the Dog

    The Cheetah and the Dog: “The moral of the story is that no matter your colour or creed, friends come in different forms and help each other. They are there for one another no matter what. The illustrations are beautiful. They are vibrant and portray the animals and their surroundings perfectly.

  • Link to Amazon: The Lion and the Dog
    Link to Amazon: The Lion and the Dog

    The Lion and the Dog: “The illustrations are bright and depict what is happening in each stage of the story. There are lots of other animals to spot in the illustrations. My daughter enjoyed pointing them out and naming them as I read the story to her. She was sad for the lion but was so pleased when the lion became friends with the dog and cheered up.

Link to Amazon: The Cheetah and the Dog, The Elephant and the Sheep, The Lion and the Dog, diversity stories
Link to Amazon: The Cheetah and the Dog, The Elephant and the Sheep, The Lion and the Dog, diversity stories by Patricia Furstenberg

Link to Amazon: The Lion and the Dog by Patricia Furstenberg
Link to Amazon: The Lion and the Dog by Patricia Furstenberg

Link to Amazon: The Elephant and the Sheep by Patricia Furstenberg
Link to Amazon: The Elephant and the Sheep by Patricia Furstenberg

Link to Amazon: The Cheetah and the Dog by Patricia Furstenberg
Link to Amazon: The Cheetah and the Dog by Patricia Furstenberg

 

Link to Amazon: The Cheetah and the Dog, The Elephant and the Sheep, The Lion and the Dog, diversity stories
Link to Amazon: The Cheetah and the Dog, The Elephant and the Sheep, The Lion and the Dog, diversity stories

Find ALL my eBooks, paperback books and large print paperback editions on Amazon:

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Hot New Release – a look inside my children’s books

The Cheetah and the Dog, The Lion and the Dog,The Elephant and the Sheep
The Cheetah and the Dog, The Lion and the Dog,The Elephant and the Sheep – click on the image to buy from Amazon

The Cheetah and the Dog 

The Lion and the Dog

The Elephant and the Sheep

The Cheetah and the Dog, The Lion and the Dog,The Elephant and the Sheep – click on the image to buy from Amazon

“The Cheetah and the Dog by Patricia Furstenberg is yet another fun, colorful, and poetic read. It is about an unlikely friendship of a cheetah and a dog in Africa. It’s how they form a bond of friendship and protect one another from their foes. A bright and colorful book with a beautiful poetic story, young readers will thoroughly enjoy this tale. And parents will enjoy reading and discussing the book with their young children as well.” (Singing Librarian Books)

The Elephant and the Sheep by Patricia Furstenberg is an absolute delight. Filled with fabulously fun and brightly colored page and an engaging and enjoyable poetic story, young readers will immediately be drawn to this charming read. It is a sweet book about the friendship of a jungle animal and a farm animal—an elephant and a sheep. Parents will not want to miss sharing this story with their young readers. (Singing Librarian Books)

The Lion and the Dog by Patricia Furstenberg is an absolute delight. Filled with bright and colorful pictures and an enjoyable poetic story, young readers will love this delightful and colorful read. This is an unexpected relationship and eventually friendship between a lion at the zoo and a dog that roams the zoo. Parents will enjoy sharing this story with their young readers. (Singing Librarian Books)

 

 

 

 

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eBook Publishing Day, Three Children’s Books Celebrating Diversity

eBook Publishing Day, Three Children’s Books Celebrating Diversity

Children's books by Patricia Furstenberg celebrating diversity
Children’s books by Patricia Furstenberg celebrating diversity

Available in paperback and eBook – FREE to read with Kindle Unlimited / KU on Amazon:

The Lion and the Dog

The Elephant and the Sheep

The Cheetah and the Dog

Puppy, 12 Months of Rhymes and Smiles

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3 x Cover Reveal and Book Release

Cover Reveal for THREE NEW CHILDREN:S BOOKS hosted by lovely Jessie at jessiecahalin.com
Cover Reveal for THREE NEW CHILDREN:S BOOKS hosted by lovely Jessie at jessiecahalin.com

On 31st October 2017 head over to Books In My Handbag Blog for a triple COVER REVEAL and FREE books!

 

 

Remember that Puppy, 12 Months of Rhymes and Smiles will also be released on 31st October in both eBook and Paperback on Amazon.

What readers say about Puppy: “I cannot recommend Puppy enough” DANDELION INSPIRED BLOG

“My daughter loved this book. She enjoyed pointing out what was happening in the illustrations and listening to what the puppy got up to.” WHISPERINGSTORIES

“Puppy: 12 Months of Rhymes and Smiles will be sure to bring a long-lasting smile to all dog lovers for many years to come.”READERS FAVORITE

“Grown up or not, Puppy, 12 Months of Rhymes and Smiles is a must-read for children that will teach them love and tenderness towards animals.”***** NADANESSINMOTION

It was sweet and fun to read to my two year old son.BOOK REVIEWS BY JASMINE

 

 

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Puppy, 12 Months of Smiles and Rhymes

Children’s Book Cover Reveal & FREE book offer 2 & 3 Sept.!

Puppy, 12 Months of Smiles and Rhymes, pre-order  Joyful Trouble, FREE

It is with great joy that I share with you the absolutely wonderful cover of my new children’s book, ready for pre-order NOW, out in October.

Don’t you just love this adorable Puppy?

Puppy, 12 Months of Smiles an Rhymes
Puppy, 12 Months of Smiles and Rhymes

Puppy, 12 Months of Smiles and Rhymes
Puppy, 12 Months of Smiles and Rhymes

 

Puppy, 12 Months of Smiles and Rhymes
Puppy, 12 Months of Smiles and Rhymes

 

 

 

 

Joyful Trouble, fun, engaging. Yours FREE 2Sept and 3Sept
Joyful Trouble, fun, engaging. Yours FREE 2Sept and 3Sept

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now Joyful Trouble the bestseller is also available in Large Print. Click on the image below for your respective Amazon website.

Joyful Trouble in Large Print Edition
Joyful Trouble in Large Print Edition

 

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Children’s Book Cover Reveal and Author Interview!

Exciting Children’s Book Cover Reveal and Author Interview!

When: 2 September 2017

Where: hosted by lovely, friendly and unique Jessie of

Author interviewed: Patricia Furstenberg @PatFurstenberg

Do come over for a cup of coffee, an author chat and freebies!

Children's Book Cover Reveal
Children’s Book Cover Reveal

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Spilling The Beans: Why #PayWithAPoem Day Is For Everyone

The Poet-Tree, Robert Montgomery
The Poet-Tree, Robert Montgomery

Spilling The Beans: Why #PayWithAPoem Day Is For Everyone

Take me to Croatia on the 21st of March! I only need 12 hours. I need this time to feed my soul and my body; poetry for the soul, coffee for the body. And if not Croatia, then fly me to Turkey, UK or Romania!

On this day only one can pay with a poem for one’s cup of coffee.

Would you do it?

Did you know that one in five people believe poetry is for professional writers only?

Poetry excites the mind and enlightens the soul. You could say: “Whoa, Babe, poetry ahead!” or “Yay! Poetry!” Either way your eye acknowledged it and your mind engaged with it and your heart, most probably, slowed down its pace. “I know this”, it pulsed. “It is my language.” Because poetry is the universal language of our hearts.

Pay With A Poem Day is a fresh, new approach on literature. In 1999 UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) declared March 21 World Poetry Day, celebrating writing, publishing, reading and teaching of poetry worldwide, as UNESCO says, to give fresh recognition and impetus to national, regional and international poetry movements.

Pay With A Poem Day has been initiated in 2013 by the Viennese manufacturer and coffee retailer Julius Meinl and all participating coffee sites are supported by a global campaign. If not lucky enough to be in a participating country on the 21st of March, you can follow it on Facebook and Twitter, using the hashtags #PayWithAPoem and #PoetryForChange.

In 2016 over 250 cafes around Croatia gave FREE coffee in exchange for a… poem, 34 countries from around the world, 1 300 coffee houses where over 100 000 poems have been written! This year four continents will be joining in this brewing frenzy – with Netherlands and Singapore taking part for the first time.

From a bartering point of view, does this mean that a poem is worth a cup of coffee? If so, then I would definitely like to know how many cups of coffee is Karen Blixen’s Our Of Africa worth. How about Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None? Christie was a teetotaler. How many tea cups had she consumed until its completion? 500? 1,000?

How about Farewell To Arms?

Pay With A Poem Day does put book prices in a different perspective. And considering just the coffee price today, picking up a book at your local bookstore suddenly seems like a bargain.

Feeling uneasy about that poem? Two genres of short poetry come to mind for this fantastic occasion.

  • Write a Haiku.

Traditionally Japanese a Haiku is a 17 syllables verse formed of three lines with 5-7-5 syllables. Usually a Haiku is inspired by nature. Keep it short and count your syllables.

  • Write poetry of your own heart.

Just put pen on paper smile and listen to your heartbeat.

What Coffee is to Poetry by Patricia Furstenberg

Coffee is brewed for all of my sense,

Hot, steamy like a heart

Pulsating into my cup.

Nurturing me,

Giving me life

Day in and day out.

Poetry grows like a tree of life,

Words covering the nakedness of its trunk.

Cover my heart,

Fuel my emotions.

Coffee and poetry

For eternity.

Pay With A Poem Day around the world

London

A visual image for #PayWithAPoem day is The PoeTree. A red tree trunk with leafs of poems written all over the world on this singular day and planted right in the heart of London, on the pavement on Finsbury Avenue Square.

“We need poetry as much as we need nature. We need it to repopulate the places devoid of emotion with our dreams and our imagination. Poems can change our days for the better. They did it on March 21st. They are doing it now, once again.” (Robert Montgomery, Pay With A Poem global ambassador and artist.)

Milan

A bridge over Navigli River is draped in poems and thoughts written by coffee lovers. Imagine strolling under the Italian sun, taking in the sights and sounds of history, your heartbeat slowing down. The fresh aroma of coffee rises teasingly when a gush of wind makes the bridge hum, a low hum of paper being tossed and turned like the pages of an open book, spread out, invitingly waiting for you. Go ahead, read it, it’s ok, it is La Dolce Vita.

Lucchetti? …no grazie, POESIE!#poesia#emozioni#pontenaviglio#Milano#paywithapoemhttps://t.co/kzqg4oIQHApic.twitter.com/Ln7YxlCvTT

— Patrizia Franzina (@LaPatty1) May 4, 2016

Because POETRY is for EVERYONE.

It is as much mine and yours as it is Shelley’s or Frost’s. POETRY is not a past tense, poetry is NOW, contemporary and ALIVE.

“I love how Pay With A Poem provides a little pocket of freedom, where money is replaced by poetry. Instead of using a banknote or a credit card people can transfer value to poetry, and use it as an alternative form of payment.” (Robert Montgomery)

There’s more to look forward to as Julius Meinl also initiated the Meet With A Poem campaign on the 1st of October:

“An experiment to rewrite the way we show our feelings”

Just go ahead, put your heart on paper and write that poem. I know I will.

This article was written for and initially published on the Huffington Post SA on 21st March 2017.

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Waiting for Snow

Waiting for Snow

Waiting for Snow Image courtesy Unsplash
Waiting for Snow
Image courtesy Unsplash

Dad cheerful said: “We’ll have Snow tomorrow!”

So my human pup and I, brave Eskimos,

Early before breakfast went down below

And sat by the window, waiting for snow.

 

It must be someone special, went through my head,

Since we could, this morning, and quite by chance,

Not eat at the table. “Toast! Can I have some more?”

“On one condition: not a crumb on the floor!”

 

I’m looking left, towards the deep, dark woods.

I’m looking right, towards the town with goods.

Where will she come from, Mrs. Snow?

Will she take the bus? Will she arrive by noon?

 

There’s a little bus station right by our house,

It’s busy in the morning, you couldn’t spot a mouse.

Buses stop here often throughout the day.

But Snow doesn’t get off. What’s causing her delay?

 

Maybe she’ll ride a bicycle, red and bright and shiny.

Like the postman does each day, even when it’s rainy.

Maybe she’ll come by yellow taxi, honking any minute.

Like the doctor does; arriving in an instant.

 

But what if Snow will just walk here, like grandpa likes to do.

“Exercise is good for you, I’m never sick with flue!”

He always tells my human pup and winks at her some more.

Grandpa’s old and wrinkled; his exercise advice might work!

 

What if Snow arrives at tea time? Mom always sais to us:

“It’s fashionable to do so, but always come announced!”

Aunts and quite so many Ladies visit once a week.

And tea, cookies and cakes, so yummy, they always like to eat.

 

Who is this Snow? Nobody mentioned her before!

Why is she coming? Did Mom even agreed?

My human pup expects her to play games;

I just want to know: will she throws sticks, twice in a row?

 

Will she tell bedtime stories and like pups like me?

Is she a stern or friendly Lady? I guess I’ll have to wait and see.

Will she share crumbs? And mostly,

Where will she sleep, if feeling lonely?

 

It’s way past lunch, we waited for sooo long.

My human pup is restless, Mom even hums a song.

I’ll tell Snow, when I’ll meet her, whenever that will be,

That being late is a no-no, please Ma’am, excuse me.

 

She didn’t come at all and it’s already time for bed.

Pajamas on, the story read, my human pup still sad.

“She’s here!” shouts Mom, so excited. “Hurry, get dressed!”

Get dressed? Go OUT? Why everyone’s so restless?

 

Is Snow a President?  What do I say, maybe she’s the Queen!

For all I know, from what I’ve seen, she’s a most expected being!

I won’t mention being late, but offer her some tea.

I only hope she brings presents, a little bone for me?

 

by Patricia Furstenberg

This is an edited version of the poem initially written for mypuppyclub.net

 

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The newly adopted puppy: Time Out (Puppy Story – part 4)

The newly adopted puppy: Time Out

Dog digging
Dog digging? Oh no!

I’ve got to be quiet; I’ve got to lie still. They didn’t put me in a corner, but they did give me… time out. Only inside…

It was because of shredding the newspaper to bits on Sunday morning… and bumping over the trash can in the kitchen, which spilled the garbage…

I only tried to clean up!

Oh, and for scratching Mom’s bedroom door. But I tried to get in! It was a matter of life and death! It was past breakfast time and everybody was still sleeping!

I’m in the hallway now, on the carpet. This one is a rough carpet, not soft like the one in our bedroom. It tickles my tummy. I’ve got to scratch.

But I’ve got to sit still.

Oh, the carpet itches. My tummy itches.

“Sit still, puppy!” Mom had said…

But I’ve got an itch. Just one scratch?

Quick, while nobody’s watching.

Thump! Bang!

“Puppy!”

“The umbrella stand?! Whatever next?!”

I lay flat on the carpet. I wish I could melt in it and disappear.

I really didn’t, didn’t, didn’t want to bump it over!

It was just an itch.

A big itch and I’m a small puppy.

I’ve got to be quiet; I’ve got to lie still.

Now I’m outside.

Time out SHOULD take place outside? It only makes sense.

Mom hasn’t told me to sit still; she just opened the door and pointed outside. But I want to. To show her I’m a good puppy.

What does a good puppy do? I wonder if my friend Mole knows. He seems to know so much… There he is! He’s always busy digging. He’s such a good digger, he keeps all the plants fresh, Mom’s flowers pretty.

Mom loves flowers.

Maybe that’s what I should do! Pick some flowers for her. Dad brought her flowers last week and she was so happy she danced!

If I should make her so happy she’ll forget all about being upset with me!

I’ll do it! For Mom!

Here, a mouthful of flowers for Mom; freshly picked!

Flowers for Mom
Flowers for Mom

They did got a bit squashed in the process, but it’s the thought that counts, isn’t it?

“Mom, my puppy’s barking outside the door! Can I please let him in now? I’m sure he learned his lesson.”

“Puppy!! My flowers! And LOOK at ALL this mud! PUPPY!”

by Patricia Furstenberg

Initially wrote for mypuppuclub.net.

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It is my first Sunday in my new home (Puppy Story – part 3)

It is my first Sunday in my new home

First Sunday Morning
First Sunday Morning

It is my first Sunday

In my new home

I open my eyes,

My human still sleeps.

 

I’m hoping for some bacon smell,

For the kettle to hum.

No flavor coming up,

No noises at all.

 

The house is quiet,

What could be the matter?

Surely IS the right time

For food on the table?

 

My human pup snores,

Sounds just like a baby kettle.

I lick her ear;

She doesn’t budge.

 

I jump off the bed,

I am on a mission.

To wake everyone

Before it’s too late.

 

I grab at her blanket;

It is a pup’s play

To pull it off the bed

And onto the floor.

 

But this puppy is small

And the blanket is heavy.

I try my best

And head for the door.

 

I listen for noises:

Where is Mom’s room?

That is the only room

I haven’t been into.

 

“No puppies in here.”

I remember the rule.

But surely for emergency

We can bend it a bit?

 

The door is closed

But I push with my nose.

I push with my paws,

I push with all my might.

 

I’ve got to get it open.

I’ve got to get inside.

They have to wake up,

It’s well past their time.

 

I can’t open the door.

It’s too heavy for me.

My paws slide off,

I even hurt my snout.

 

I whimper, I cry.

As quietly as can be.

Surely they will hear me,

Open for me?

 

A thump at the door!

Someone’s outside!

I’ve got to protect them!

Stand up for my pack!

 

I run down the stairs.

It was a big mistake;

My paws slide,

My bum gets ahead.

 

Thump! My bottom hits the floor

Then my head hits the carpet.

I need a second

To regain my balance.

 

No time to spare,

Someone’s at the door!

I’ve got to protect my family,

I’m heading ahead.

 

I’ll bark and I’ll fight.

I’ll tear them apart!

This is my home!

It’s under my guard!

 

Silence.

Whoever it was,

It got scared.

I am sure.

 

Such a vicious pup

Got them on the run!

They got so scared,

Didn’t even come inside.

 

They left just one thing,

Small item behind.

A paper! I’ll show them!

I grab it right away.

 

I’ll fight and I’ll bite

And if they dare come back,

They’ll see what’s waiting for them.

And be scared of me!

 

Good, now the paper is gone.

What did Father said?

Garbage belongs with garbage.

I’ll clean up in a sec.

 

Such a big mess

And such a small pup.

I’ll do my best,

Let me find the trash.

 

It’s easy to spot it,

My nose takes me straight.

There’s the trash can,

Hidden in the darkest place.

 

Sooo big,

Me, so short.

But I’ve got to clean

The shreds from the floor.

 

I jumped. It fell.

BUMP!

Its lid came off.

More trash rolled onto the floor.

 

Footsteps upstairs! Coming down the stairs!

I’ve got to hide,

But where? Where?

Sorry about the mess!

 

I had to protect…

I had to protect
I had to protect

by Patricia Furstenberg

Initially wrote for mypuppuclub.net. Images courtesy Unsplash

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The newly adopted puppy: The Worm. (Puppy Story – part 2)

The newly adopted puppy: The Worm

Looking for my doggy treasure.
Looking for my doggy treasure.

I love my new place.

I love it during my sleep for I can smell my human pup cuddled tight against me. She smells of milk and of love, the stuff sweet dreams are made of.

I love my new place in the moments just before I wake up, when the aroma of freshly cooked breakfast creeps through under the door and through the keyhole, conquering our bedroom. What better way to start the day but knowing what sorts of scraps will fly off the table? And if I catch the titbits before Mother ever sees us I get a pat and a scratch behind my ear for showing such super skills! For it is against the house rules to feed me like this, but my human pup loves me so much she shares everything with me.

I share with my human pup too.

My new place comes with a big yard, so big that if I run all around once my tongue spills out of my mouth in search of water, so tired I am. It took me a few whole mornings to sniff all around it and learn it off by heart.

At its far end, by the corner of the fence, my new friend lives, Mr. Mole. He likes to dig tunnels through the ground and to share his wiggly worms with me. Nobody seems to feed him so I share some of my tasty morsels with him. I hope he likes them; he keeps on burying them into his tunnels.

It was here that I found the biggest, juiciest worm!

It made me remember my human pup and her toes. Mother calls them wiggly worms and she keeps on counting them each night at bedtime. I thought how she would laugh to discover an extra one! Would she be able to tell the difference? I thought not; they smelled the same to me.

That night I found out that…

Mothers can scream VERY loud.

I still want to make my human Mother laugh; when she does so she smells so much more of love. I’ll have to find something else to share next time.

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How much is that doggie in the window? (Puppy Story – part 1)

How much is that doggie in the window?  (Feelings of a stray dog)

Dogs have feelings too.
Dogs have feelings too.

I like my new place. It is dry and I have water and food. Last night I fell asleep with a full tummy, on a soft blanket! It isn’t much, but it was dry and it kept me warm and I was out of the wind and the wet streets and nobody kicked me. Yesterday a friendly lady even gave me a cuddle. Her cheek was soft and warm; it felt good on the inside.

I like my clean water the most and my food, it’s the best I had in a very long time. I didn’t eat it all last night, I was too afraid that I’ll have nothing left for the morning. But, guess what, this morning they gave me fresh food and water! The man who came to feed me was very quiet so I stayed away in my corner. He didn’t seem interested in me, so I left him alone. Maybe the loving lady I saw yesterday will come to see me later.

This week I haven’t been hungry and I haven’t been cold or hurt.

I have food and water. My blanket smells like me, it is my home. It isn’t a big home. I have a patch of grass fenced with a high metal mesh, but it keeps me safe. Someone brings me food and water twice a day. There are a few other kennels like mine, but their occupants are much bigger than me and very noisy, especially at feeding time.

Today some people came and they looked at each one of us. They picked the occupant of the kennel to my right because she had long, silky ears. Mine are short, but they help me hear; very well. I know what happened to the occupant of the last kennel, the one in the corner. I heard him cry last night and then he was silent. They cleaned his kennel this morning and now it is empty.

Now people come and visit the kennels every day and each time another one of us leaves to a new home. I am happy for them because they used to cry every night. Now they would have found a family of their own.

I don’t cry. I am brave. My mommy told me to be brave when she last licked me goodbye. She had soft brown eyes and short ears just like mine. She had a loving owner too, who loved her for her sweet nature and big heart.

One day someone just like that will adopt me and take me to my new home.

One day.

Maybe today.

“How much is that doggie in the window?
The one with the waggly tail
How much is that doggie in the window?
I do hope that doggie’s for sale.”

A dog's heart is full of hopes.
A dog’s heart is full of hopes.

 

 

 

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