Review – Judy: A Dog in a Million – Damien Lewis – Military History, WWII, Animals

We’re suckers for a good dog story, and this one looks promising! (Please comment on the original post.)

Library of Erana

Review- Judy: A Dog in A Million

Damien Lewis

5 stars

The impossibly moving story of how Judy, World War Two’s only animal POW, brought hope in the midst of hell.

Judy, a beautiful liver and white English pointer, and the only animal POW of WWII, truly was a dog in a million, cherished and adored by the British, Australian, American and other Allied servicemen who fought to survive alongside her.

Viewed largely as human by those who shared her extraordinary life, Judy’s uncanny ability to sense danger, matched with her quick-thinking and impossible daring saved countless lives. She was a close companion to men who became like a family to her, sharing in both the tragedies and joys they faced. It was in recognition of the extraordinary friendship and protection she offered amidst the unforgiving and savage environment of a Japanese prison camp in Indonesia that she gained…

View original post 588 more words

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A Highly Literate Lurcher

I’ve been blaming Annabelle for not posting so much about my adventures, but it isn’t all her fault. Now I’m getting older, I don’t have so many adventures – and I certainly can’t be chasing boys anymore!


However, there are advantages to getting older. I’m an accomplished traveller in Storyland now, and I’ve learned to read books all by myself. Yes, I know I’m a dog, and you don’t believe dogs can read. Wrong! There was a show on TV just the other night about a dog with an IQ of 142 who is going to University. Dogs are evolving, just like humans.

This blog is evolving, too. I’ll still write about Pearl’s and my adventures when we have them, but there will also be posts on books and writing. To reflect this, the name of the blog will be changing to The Literate Lurcher.*

Because that’s what I am now. A highly literate Lurcher, and loving it.

Literary Lurcher

Hope you love it too!

*If Annabelle can work out how to do it. Any advice will be welcome in the comments!

Posted in Millie | Tagged , , , , , | 9 Comments

Angry Annabelle on Advertising

Once again my Yahoo inbox is behaving badly, in spite of me having a new computer. Must be something about March…

The Literate Lurcher

Sorry, but I just gotta rant! Sorry, but I just gotta rant!

Is anyone else sick and tired of adverts in their inbox slowing down the typing of emails?

This morning I had to wait several minutes just so I could be shown an animation of a pink fireman with a pink hose (surely a deliberate subliminal) spraying pink goop on a stomach full of Exorcist-green puke. While this delightful vision was uploading I couldn’t type a word. This kind of advertising doesn’t induce me to purchase the stuff being shown, it just makes me angry and stressed.

Then again, maybe the idea is to give you indigestion so you’ll buy Gaviscon (other brands of pink goop are available).

Image foundhere

View original post

Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

Half Price Books!

Millie reads SlapstyxI’m sorry I haven’t been around much lately, but Pearl and I have been very busy in Storyland, collecting ideas for the second book of Annabelle’s new Bad Boy Wizard series. She plans to release the first and second volumes together when they’re both finished.

In the meantime, you can get Annabelle’s current books at a discounted price of $1.50 each from Smashwords as part of their Read an Ebook Week promotion. Just click Gateway to Magic or The Slapstyx and enter the code RAE50 at the checkout.

Here are some nice things people have said about Annabelle’s books:

“Gateway to Magic by Annabelle Franklin was a cute, quick read with some valuable lessons within. I shared this book with my little ones, who absolutely loved it. From their point of view it was ‘awesome’. The author did a wonderful job of painting the scenes, making things very easy to visualise, most especially the Forest of Pointy Fingers! I love it when authors bring a story to life by word-painting, and Franklin doesn’t disappoint! Franklin’s Gateway to Magic is perfectly tailored to its target audience, as my brood can well attest. They all loved it, and we’ll be reading it again for sure!” – J. Aislynn d’Merrickson for Readers’ Favorite

“A wonderful second book by a children’s author adept at creating worlds that children and adults alike cannot resist stepping into. My grandchildren were as enthralled by The Slapstyx as they were by Annabelle Franklin’s first book Gateway to Magic. Bedtime was a magical and shared experience, as ‘one more page’ became several more pages. Everyone loves a good fight between good and evil and this is one of the best. A sublime story that will find a spot on the shelves of every child (no matter what age) who loves really good books.” – Karen Watkins, Amazon reader





Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Donate a Book to a Worthwhile Cause #MARCHingBookstoKids #PBPiO

pbpio-badge11We are delighted to be donating a book to the Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa Storybook Project. This March, a signed copy of ‘The Slapstyx’ will be winging its way across the pond for parents (and grandparents) in prison to read to their children.

Want to join in?  You don’t need to have written a book – all children’s books are welcome as long as they’re in good condition.

Visit author Michelle Eastman’s page for details – and while you’re there, you might like to check out her tales of the Dust Fairies. We suspect they could be distant relatives of the Slapstyx dirt-goblins!


Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Top Ten Dog Training Mistakes – Guest post by Blogger Kevin Davies…

At last! Some commonsense dog training tips!

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog


For all the wonders of owning a dog, they do come complete with quite a few nasty habits. From trying to eat the cat to urinating on the carpet, an untrained dog can be quite a handful indeed.

The good news is that just about any dog can be trained. The only problem is that it’s not something that can be done overnight. It’s something that takes time, effort, and above all, quite a bit of patience.

Should you be considering undertaking the challenge of turning a wild hound into a loving pet, an excellent place to start is learning what not to do. Here are ten mistakes that can make training a dog far more difficult than it needs to be.

Being Inconsistent

Consistency is key if you want to properly train your dog. It’s important to decide early on where your dog is and isn’t allowed to…

View original post 619 more words

Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

Attitude of Grumpitude

It’s a strange fact of life that we dogs start out much younger than our human companions, but end up much older – and often wiser.

As a pup I was taught certain things that seemed illogical to me. One of these was going to the bathroom outside. This made no sense because the bathroom was inside the house – humans didn’t go outside to use it, so why did I have to? But I wanted Annabelle to be pleased with me, so I learned fast, and for most of my life I’ve always done my ‘business’ outside.

Millie papped pooping

Now, however, I’ve reached a stage in life where this isn’t always possible. I can’t always last the night without ’emptying’, and if Annabelle isn’t awake to let me out I have to do it in the actual bathroom. I get it as close to the toilet as I can, but I’m the wrong shape to sit on the pan so it has to go on the floor.


How am I meant to sit on that?

Annabelle doesn’t get cross with me – not obviously, anyway – but I can sense she’s not happy when she has to clean up a puddle of wee first thing in the morning. I can hear her muttering about the bathroom smelling like a manky fish and chip shop. She has even got me medicine to try and stop it happening, but it doesn’t always work.


I can’t help feeling her attitude is unreasonable. Show me a human who can go all night without getting up to use the bathroom! As long as I’ve known Annabelle she’s had to get up at least once a night, and she’s nowhere near as old as me. But does she take medicine to stop it happening? I don’t think so!

Annabelle’s current bad attitude isn’t limited to my toilet habits. I’ve sensed a cloud of gloom around her for some time now, and she always seems to be grizzling about something or other.


I’m hoping things will improve when she’s writing again. Annabelle is never really happy unless she’s working on a story, and she’s had to leave the first draft of her new book to ‘rest’ much longer than planned while she deals with some boring money problem.


I know life isn’t always easy for her, but it’s the same for everyone and complaining doesn’t help. She’d want to be grateful for the good things in her life – an attitude of grumpitude only attracts more stuff to grumble about.

We dogs might need training as pups, but the older we get, the more it seems it’s the humans who need training. We could teach them a lot about living in the moment and focussing on life’s goodies – lessons that make more sense than the one about going to the bathroom outside.

Millie happy with ball

NB – this isn’t an advertisement and I haven’t been paid to promote Propalin

Posted in Millie | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 21 Comments

Say Bye-Bye To The Black Fairy




She’s flying back to Fairyland today, having completed her yearly stint on our tree.

When do YOU take down your decorations?

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | 14 Comments

The Hangover

We went to a party at Snip and Freda’s last night and we’re in no fit state to make resolutions…


…in fact, right now we just wish 2017 would go away…


Don’t be sick on the SAD lamp, Pearl!

…but we’d like to wish the rest of you a very happy New Year!!

Posted in Millie | Tagged , , , , , | 12 Comments

Millie’s Christmas Message – Join The Hillcrest Supper Club!


When I was a pup I used to love playing with paper; it was very satisfying to tear it up and chew it into small soggy pieces. Sometimes I would even chew banknotes! Fortunately for Annabelle, I’ve grown out of it now.

Humans never seem to grow out of paper. Annabelle in particular lives in permanent paper chaos, and it gets worse at Christmas, with the postman delivering wads of it every day – Christmas cards, whole books of paper telling you about stuff you must buy, and sheets of it asking for money.

Many of these are from charities. ‘I can’t afford to give to them all!’ Annabelle complains. ‘I’d like to give to some of them, but I can’t make up my mind.’ So she keeps all the paper until she has made up her mind.

Not that charity is a bad thing. If it wasn’t for charity, Pearl and I might not be around today. Greyhound Rescue Wales saved Pearl from a life on the streets and me from a man who only wanted dogs who could make him a lot of money. I’m not very good at making money – only at chewing it – so he didn’t want me. Who knows what would have happened to us if we hadn’t been rescued?

Many dogs need rescuing at Christmas. Some are evicted from their homes because their humans can’t afford to feed them once they’ve spent all their money on Christmas tat. Other humans give dogs to their friends as presents. Can you believe that? I can’t imagine humans wanting to be given as presents, like they’re a toy or something – so why do they think it’s okay to do it to a dog? Often their friends don’t even want a dog that much, and the dog ends up being thrown out with the Christmas rubbish on Boxing Day. Humans are terrible for getting bored with their presents when Christmas is over. So the charities have to take care of the dogs till they find humans who do want them.

Greyhound Rescue Wales has a sanctuary in a place called Hillcrest, where around 14 dogs are waiting to adopt a loving human. That doesn’t sound like many, but we sighthounds are big dogs and get through a lot of food, so GRW have started the Hillcrest Supper Club. Anyone can join this club for as little as £1 a month, and if 500 humans joined it would cover food and treats for all the residents.

Pearl and I get plenty of treats from family and friends at Christmas, but the dogs at Hillcrest have to rely on charity – so if you’d like to give us a present, we’d like nothing better than for you to join the Supper Club. You’d really be helping out the dogs at Hillcrest and the lovely humans who care for them.






Posted in Millie | Tagged , , , , , , | 5 Comments