WORDPRESS WEDNESDAY: Good Dog! by newly published author Joan Myles

Hello again all my faithful campbellsworld followers.
I’m so glad you’ve dropped in on your way home on this warm WordPress Wednesday.
I’m telling you the following tale from friend and fellow author Joan Myles, well, it smoothed out all my rough edges.
What? You don’t have rough edges? Well, how about I send my Google Gremlins over your way and you can have mine a while?
No. You don’t want them? Well, can’t say as I blame you…
What’s that? Only have a few minutes before you’ve got to get to the store to pick up something for supper.
Well, then, come right up onto the deck, sit down, and let’s read Joan’s terrific tale together.
I must say it’s wonderful to have her back with us here today.
OK. SHH. Here she is now.
Oh, yes one more thing. Make sure you don’t take off without checking out Joan’s book info at the end of her tale.
Alright. Alright. I’ll hush. Go ahead Joan.


For any of you darlings who may have been wondering about him, Ari the WonderDog, my retired Guide Dog, is living a sweet and happy life these days. Every morning after breakfast, his and ours, we continue to play “Hide-n-seek”, hiding his four favorite toys, and requesting them by name. Most of the time Ari responds by cheerfully dancing down the hall, sniffing from room to room, and returning with the correct toy. Of course, even a dog gets bored…so, sometimes he swipes the previously retrieved pal from my unsuspecting hand, waltzes down the hall, and returns to claim his prize with the stolen toy.
“Oh, you’re a trickster, aren’t you?” I exclaim, pat him on the head, and send him looking once more. And, depending on his mood, he will comply or repeat
the snatching game.
Yes, Ari is a delight to live with, still loves to play, have his belly rubbed, still “heels” and “sits” on command.
But a couple of times lately he has earned the gold-plated “Good Dog Award”.
The first happened one day as I was gathering an assortment of vegetables on the kitchen table, planning to settle in with my lunch and a recorded book.
My husband was away for the afternoon, so I thought I would take this rare opportunity to leisurely eat my hummus and raw veggies while catching up on
some long-overdue reading.
I no sooner sat down, and one of my cherry tomatoes rolled down my lap onto the floor under the table.
“Bah!” I grumbled, as I got to my knees and began moving my hands slowly and methodically across the floor, inch by blasted inch, away from my chair.
“Well, there you are, Ari,” I chuckled when my search brought me nose to nose with my canine buddy, “you didn’t happen to catch my tomato, did You?”
I pawed all around his furry body from nose to tail, and just decided to give up. Either Ari had eaten my tomato, or it would make itself known later…maybe when my husband got home.
I climbed back into my chair, brushed off my hands, and was just about to get up to wash before returning to my uneaten lunch, when Ari nudged my knee.
“What is it pal? Need to go out or something…”
I reached out to scratch his whiskered chin, and what do you know, the lost tomato appeared in my hand. Ari must have caught it on the roll, and kept
my lost tomato in his soft lab mouth until just now…without making a single tooth mark in its smooth skin.
Oh, Ari! What a very good boy you are!” I exclaimed.
I took the unblemished orb from him and cut it up into doggy bites for his treat. “I think you earned this.”
So why was I so surprised a few days later?
That morning I was unusually chatty and was rambling on and on about some crazy incident or other to my husband. In fact, I was so lost in what I was
saying, that when He handed me my daily vitamin, I automatically held it out to Ari, already in treat mode I suppose.
“Oh my God, Ari, no!”
But like the lab he is, he graciously slurped up my offering with delight
. And while we humans panicked and debated how negatively such a terrible mistake would affect him, Ari set about gathering up his favorite toys for “Hide-n-Seek”.
“We’ll just have to watch him carefully,” my husband stated, then “Hey, what’s this…why it’s the vitamin! Good boy”
After all, Ari is no fool, thank goodness. He knows there is only so much room in a pup’s mouth…whew! And I know better not to ramble so brainlessly




One With Willows is a collection of spiritually playful poems which invites you to step out of the everyday world, to catch your breath, even to catch a glimpse of what really is. There is magic in light that turns hummingbirds into rubies. Wonder and delight wait for you in a garden, bid you to sit beside a young child at the piano, and may even lead you to stumble upon holiness where you least expect to find it.

You will want One With Willows on your bookshelf when you need a friendly reminder that things can get better. It will sit with you on the edge of the bed when you are weary, and revive your sense of hope when you need a boost.

Purchase link:


One with Willows, an Ebook by Joan Myles smashwords.com

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About Patty L. Fletcher

About Patty October 2021 Patty and her guide dog Blue. Patty has her hair tied back in a low ponytail and rests her right hand on Blue's head. She wears a white shirt with a pink and purple butterfly on the front and light blue shorts. Blue is a handsome black lab. He wears a brown leather harness with a handle attached to the back and is smiling at the camera as he sits in front of Patty. In the background is a brick building with white, windowed doors and a flowerpot overflowing with pink and yellow blooms. Updated – October 2021 Patty Fletcher is a single mother with a beautiful daughter, of whom she is enormously proud. She has a great son-in-law and six beautiful grandchildren. From April 2011 through September 2020, she owned and handled a black Labrador from The Seeing Eye® named King Campbell Lee Fletcher A.K.A. Bubba. Sadly, after a long battle with illness on September 24, 2020, King Campbell went to the Rainbow Bridge where all is peace and love. In July 2021, she returned to The Seeing Eye® and was paired with a Black Labrador Golden Retriever cross named Blue. PATTY’S BLINDNESS… Patty was born one and a half months premature. Her blindness was caused by her being given too much oxygen in the incubator. She was partially sighted until 1991, at which time she lost her sight due to an infection after cataract surgery and high eye pressure. She used a cane for 31 years before making the change to a guide dog. WHERE SHE LIVES AND WORKS… Currently, Patty lives and works in Kingsport, Tenn. She’s the creator and owner of Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing (Author, Blogger, Business Assist), The Writer’s Grapevine Online Magazine and the creator and host of the Talk to Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing Podcast. WRITING GOAL… Patty writes with the goal of bridging the great chasm which separates the disabled from the non-disabled. HOBBIES… Patty’s hobbies include reading, music, and attending book clubs via Zoom. FAVORITE TUNES… Some of her favorite types of tunes are classic rock, rhythm and blues, and classic country. FAVORITE READS… Patty enjoys fantasy, science fiction, and books about the supernatural. She loves books by Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Norah Roberts, and many more. Some favorite books include Norah Roberts’ Hide Away, Stephen King’s Dark Tower series, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, and J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings series. SPIRITUAL FAITH… Patty describes herself as a spiritual Walker. She says she knows both Mother Goddess and Father God and embraces all they have to offer. CONTACT… Email: patty.volunteer1@gmail.com Visit: https://pattysworlds.com/ And: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/PattyFletcher As well as: https://www.amazon.com/Patty-L.-Fletcher/e/B00Q9I7RWG
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4 Responses to WORDPRESS WEDNESDAY: Good Dog! by newly published author Joan Myles

  1. joanmyles says:

    Thank you Patty….and it’s even Ari’s Birthday today! *smiling doggy with wagging tail*

    Liked by 1 person

  2. joanmyles says:

    Reblogged this on Jewniquely Myself and commented:
    **Happy Birthday, Ari…singing your praises everywhere!**

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Reblogged this on The Heart of Applebutter Hill and commented:
    Want to get a flavor of a retired guide dog’s life? Here you go. Thanks to my friend and fellow author Joan Myles.


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