Saturday, March 18, 2006

A Celebrity in the Family

By trade I’m a “banker” and that’s where the majority (ok, more like 99.9%) of my paycheck comes from. However, I do dabble with website creation through my side business, So, when our dog trainer (Sherry Linker) said that she just wrote a book and wanted to put it online I jumped at the chance to help her out. Not only does it enable me to keep up my techie-hobby, but I know first hand how talented Sherry is with dogs and knew her book would be amazing. It is.

About a week before it was ready to go to the publisher, she called and asked if I had any puppy pictures that I could send her. She was looking for “tug playing” and some shots of a puppy in their cage eating and “crashed out” how puppies do on their backs (us humans would get arrested if we slept that way). Given that we have a new pooch in the family, I grabbed my camera (and Ryder) and started clicking.

After several attempts, I ended up with a few that I thought may be book worthy and sent them along in an e-mail. About a week later she got her books from the publisher and Ryder is in there THREE times (along with a nice shot of MY hand, of course)! Unfortunately the absence of opposable thumbs prohibit him from signing autographs, but he’ll be happy to chew one of the corners for you if you ask nice.

So, those of you with puppies (and even grown dogs) should invest $7.95 in one of these books. The title of her first release is “How to Keep from Ruining your Dog in the First Thirty Days” and can be found online at It's a quick read and Sherry has one of the most unique training methods you’ll ever encounter. If you’re fortunate to live in the Battle Creek area and have a dog (or are thinking about getting one), you owe it to yourself to pay her a visit. You’ll be glad you did.

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