Christmas 2015

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Today is Christmas, and though it is a happy time, it is also a sad time for my family. I planned on an uplifting post, and I suppose this is, to an extent. Probably not.

On 19 Dec 2015, we lost our 13 year old pup, Barkley. He was a great companion with a lot of pain, yet he never complained except at the end, which was his due.

Let me start with a little of his history. When I saw him, I hadn’t known his past, only that he needed a home and he was a beautiful Lab/Akita mix. He came with a pal, but that pal, Rocco, needed a single family home that we couldn’t give him, as we already had another dog, Strat. One day, I’ll tell you all about him, too. For now, here is Barkley’s story.

He had a home, a good home, until his “parent” was sent on business and was left in the care of his roommate. The roommate had stuffed the two dogs into a garage all day and night, rarely allowing them outside to piddle or poop, let alone run around, and would toss food at them. It wasn’t to watch them fight, it was carelessness on the person’s part, but they had water (not that that made it alright). The “parent” came home to find his two pups in horrible conditions and set on trying to right the wrongs that had been committed, but the landlord had demanded the dogs find new homes. That’s how Barkley and Rocco came to live with me and my small family (hubby and Strat).

The first time we fed Barkley, he nearly bit Rocco’s neck off, just because he thought he would have to fight for food. He was a big dog, as was Rocco (Rottweiler), and needed a lot of food. First order of business was to show him that he could have all the food he wanted. We fed them until they puked, cleaned it up, and fed them again, until they realized they would always have food. Barkley was smarter than stunted-Rocco, and caught on quickly.  Strat and Barks became best buds. I found a good home for Rocco with a divorcee who wanted a pup that needed attention. From some contact still, Rocco is doing pretty well.

Barkley traveled with us from Japan to Germany to New Mexico. He’s seen the Eiffel Tower, Strasbourg, Frankfurt, Berlin, and many other places in Europe. He’s traveled with us throughout Japan, as well. He even got to travel to San Antonio, TX when we had business there.

Barkley’s last days were filled with pain, and we had to make the horrible decision to put him to sleep. My husband and I spoke of this possibility, and relied on the advice of the veterinarian. Barkley was in so much pain and his quality of life would have suffered even if we had gone ahead and slammed him full of antibiotics and whatever else they could throw his way. Our decision, as difficult as it was, was for the best. Not for us–we wanted to be selfish and keep him with us forever–but for him; he needed peace and to be free of pain.

He had blindness and the inability to walk in his last days; his dignity and peace in life had come to an end. He had been a strong, dignified pup, and this was no way for him to live. We chose the most humane choice given to us, and he is now romping through fields of snow and vibrant green meadows with Strat. He lived a long, full life with us, and I believe (hope) a happy life.

As his last act, so to speak, he gave all of his knowledge to the next in line, Loki, and shared that same knowledge with Sammy.

Barkley was an awesome pup, one that will live on in the memories of our other dogs, in us, and all those lives he touched at one point or another.

Barkley will be missed but to know he is happy and free of pain, that makes his passing easier. And no matter if you believe in Heaven or not, I know he’s up there with his best pal, Strat.

One day, I may even explain why I have such certainty, but that is not now, maybe there will never be a time for such explanations.

This Christmas is dedicated to the best companion anyone could ever have: my baby-Barkley.

Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Ricki

Author Page

I hadn’t realized, and this is my bust, that I had to set up author pages for all appropriate, and available, author pages on Amazon. I have no idea why I hadn’t thought to set up the pages in the beginning, and the only excuse I can come up with is that I didn’t know, and I was so focused on US sales that I completely forgot about other countries that may be interested in my books. Face-palm.

I now have an Amazon.co.uk author page set up, which features my books, and a bit about myself. I’ll work on making it more unique than it is, but for now, it’s just standard, and hopefully it will allow an insight into who I am. Maybe.

On a different note, but on the same page, I realized that Betrayed had a review!!! It was back in May but that just means I was remiss in not saying thank you to KL for taking the time out of her busy day to write a couple sentences. It is truly appreciated.

That little bit has a huge impact, and is probably why I do better in the UK than in the US right now. So, if you’ve ever thought a short one or two sentence review has little impact, I can tell you it has a huge impact on whether or not the book will get any amount of notice by other readers. Obviously, more reviews means more notice, but I’m just grateful I have one review! 🙂

 

Reminder

Hello everyone! I just wanted to send out one last reminder to those who have yet to grab Acceptance (Annika Pierce Book 2) at $2.99.  Tomorrow, it goes up to $4.99.

If you aren’t aware yet, the reason I’m raising the price is due to the length of the novel.  If I were to go off what seems to be the norm for pages per novel, it would be just about three full novels in length.

So, grab it while you can before it goes up!

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Link to buy: http://www.amazon.com/Acceptance-Annika-Pierce-Book-2-ebook/dp/B017JBNT1Y