Posts tagged ‘dogs’

Why God Made a Dog…

Charlie Bear here.

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Have you ever wondered where we came from, why we’re here, what our purpose is?

I love me. I know my purpose. Pssss….it’s the same purpose your dog has: to love and snuggle and give joy to our Peeps.

But if you want to know more, check out this video. It’s really cool:

Wiggles and Woofs to you,
Charlie Bear

April 28, 2015 at 9:56 am 8 comments

What’s Dog-Lit?

Charlie Bear 1
Charlie Bear here. I didn’t know about this so-called dog-lit. Did you?
That’s what Mom Peep calls our CHARLIE BEAR book. And her other stuff she writes, too. Huh. You learn something new every hour.

Northwest Christian Writers Association

B.J. Taylor’s Writing Is Going to the Dogs

Posted on April 8, 2015 by By Diana Savage, director of the Northwest Christian Writers Renewal conference

Award-winning author B.J. Taylor has loved writing most of her life. In grade school, English was her favorite subject, and spelling bees were her specialty. As a teen, she kept a personal journal and hid it under her mattress.

Now a multi-published author, she’s even written novels in a genre she calls “dog-lit.” She tells people to think of it like chick-lit, except the stories are for dog lovers. This genre is a natural blending of B.J.’s passion for writing and her passion for helping dogs to find forever homes. Her desire is to promote the spirit of keeping one’s canine pets, not only during the good times, but also in challenging circumstances.

“Many times we have to PUT certain things into practice in order to keep our cool under pressure when we rescue a dog or bring home a dog from a shelter,” she says. “They all need the same thing: Patience, Understanding, and Training.”

B.J. also knows a thing or two about patience, understanding, and training as a writer. And she uses those qualities when turning personal experiences into stories that sell. She serves as representative for Guideposts, Angels on Earth, and Mysterious Ways magazines.

On Friday, May 15, at the 2015 Northwest Christian Writers Renewal, B.J. will meet with writers in group appointments. If you would like to show her your work, please follow the guidelines concerning what she would like to see and what she’s not looking at right now.

At the Renewal, B.J. will also present two workshops:

1) Writing for the Guideposts Contest: Learn how to craft a well-constructed Guideposts story, how to properly submit, whom to submit to, what to include, and when to send it in. Two of the twelve writers chosen to attend the 2014 Guideposts Writers Workshop were in B.J.’s class at a writers conference and learned her tips and tricks. The next contest year is 2016, and there will be thousands of entries. Don’t miss out on the knowledge, experience, and secrets B.J. will share as the winner of her own coveted spot in the 2004 Guideposts Writers Workshop.

2) Making $$$ Selling Personal Experience Short Stories: Want to know the formula for writing inspirational stories that sell? B.J. Taylor’s writing has appeared in many publications. Numerous writers have learned B.J.’s secret formula, submitted to Chicken Soup and Guideposts, and are now published authors too. Would you like to make money in your writing career? Then come to this workshop.

B.J. has been published more than forty times in Chicken Soup for the Soul as well as in Guideposts, Angels on Earth, John Gray’s Mars and Venus in Love, Writer’s Digest, Romantic Homes, Victorian Homes, and many other publications. Her latest book is Charlie Bear: What a Headstrong Rescue Dog Taught Me about Life, Love, and Second Chances. B.J. also compiled her own stories, plus the riveting stories of others, into Sunny Side Up: Inspirational Stories for Tough Times/Women/Dog & Cat Lovers. In addition, B.J. has authored a resource for writers, The Complete Guide to Writers Groups That Work.

Whether you want to find out more about writing inspirational stories, dog-lit, winning the Guideposts contest, or any number of other topics, you can learn a lot from B.J. Sign up today for the Northwest Christian Writers Renewal.


DianaSavageDiana Savage, a graduate of Northwest University and Bakke Graduate University, sold her first article when she was still in college, and she’s been writing ever since. Now the principal at Savage Creative Services, LLC, she is also director of the Northwest Christian Writers Renewal conference. Her latest book is 52 Heart Lifters for Difficult Times.

Charlie Bear here again to say THANK YOU to Diana Savage for her lovely blog post on Mom Peep. Mom Peep has a surprise in store for the people at the conference. Shhh…I don’t want to give it away.

Woofs to you all,
Charlie Bear

April 9, 2015 at 8:29 am 4 comments

Do you do this…?

Charlie Bear 1

Charlie Bear here.

Mom Peep does something kinda cool. She flies to Wisconsin for a family reunion every year where she gets to see her Great-Granddaughter, Aubree:

Aubree and frosting

and all the gang.

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She comes back filled up with love and hugs and laughter and even sometimes tears. They have a close-knit family and they rely upon each other. Me? I’m a roamer and a rover and a free spirit. I was found running around the streets of Los Angeles.

I envy the love Mom Peep has with family. Oh, sure, as dogs you wouldn’t think we’d crave family ties, and since I never knew my “parents” I can’t really miss them. What I have now is good, really good. Dad Peep loves me. Mom Peep loves me. I have all I need right here. Maybe you’ve had to turn away from something not so good and now you’ve found something great?

I understand what Mom Peep goes after when she goes away. Do you? Do you have a place where you prepare meals together, sit around and chat, play card games or hide ‘n seek?

Share where you might be going this year, or whether those loved ones are right around the corner and you see them all the time.

Tell us what makes you happy deep down inside.

Wiggles and Woofs,
Charlie Bear

February 24, 2015 at 8:31 am 6 comments

Have you heard the Scoop?

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Charlie Bear here.

American Pet Magazine runs a column written by me (ahem…Mom Peep) and it starts out like this:

I was found roaming the streets in Los Angeles, fending for myself with no one to care for me. If I’d been taken to a shelter, I would have never made it out because I had a bunch of issues: I threw temper tantrums, guarded my food and toys, and was sensitive to touch. So my rescuer took me to a foster home and from there I was adopted and found my forever home.

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My column is on page 19 and continues with this intro: Charlie Bear is a 5-year-old muttigree who believes he won the lottery. No way could life have been predicted to turn out this good. In fact, his Mom Peep, B.J. Taylor, wrote the story of Charlie Bear’s first year in their lives. It’s an emotional, heart-tugging story that includes the big dog, Rex (Mom Peep’s forever love): Charlie Bear: What a Headstrong Rescue Dog Taught Me about Life, Love, and Second Chances 

To read this new issue for enlightening facts and stories, click here:



Wiggles and Woofs,
Charlie Bear

February 17, 2015 at 11:24 am 10 comments

If Dogs Were…

Charlie Bear here.

Charlie Bear 1

Guess what’s coming this weekend? Valentine’s Day! Human Peeps love to celebrate the holiday with chocolates, candy, flowers, dinners out.

four hearts

Me, I have a few suggestions for you from my heart to your heart. Do you think they might apply to Peeps loving Peeps?

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IF DOGS WERE YOUR TEACHERS (an internet pass-around from “Unknown”)

♥   When loved ones come home, always run to greet them like they’ve been gone for a year.

♥   Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride in the car.

♥   Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.

♥   Take naps.

♥   Run, romp, and play daily.

♥   Thrive on attention and let people touch you.

♥   On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.

♥   Delight in the simple joy of taking a long walk.

♥   Eat with gusto and enthusiasm.

♥   When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them.

♥   When you’re happy, dance around and wiggle your entire body.

If Peeps showed other Peeps this much love, the world would be a very happy place.



Love photo

Wiggles and Woofs,
Charlie Bear


February 10, 2015 at 10:12 am 8 comments

Have You Seen This?

Charlie Bear here with notice of a cool new book. (It would be really cool if it was a new book about ME, but not this time.)

This book is from an author that Mom Peep really likes. She  likes him for a bunch of reasons:

1.   He’s a great writer. Mom has read tons of his books.

2.   He wrote about his CCI (Canine Companions for Independence) dog, Trixie, and that was an awesome book.

3.   Now he’s written about another CCI dog, Anna.

ASK ANNA: Advice for the Furry and Forlorn is Dean Koontz’s newest book. It’s 96 pages and is an 8″ x 8″ size (one of those odd dog-book sizes, huh?).

Dean Koontz’s dog Anna was raised by Canine Companions for Independence, a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing assistance dogs. The Koontz family later adopted Anna, and 100% of what Dean receives from the sale of ASK ANNA will be donated to CCI.

Ask Anna

Blurbs about it from the Amazon site:

Dean Koontz is one of the world’s biggest selling authors. Anna Koontz is Dean’s remarkable dog who is poised to follow in her dad’s footsteps with her first advice book for canines. She will soon become canine columnist to the world!

With her superior intellect, sharp wit, a warm and fuzzy heart, Anna Koontz debuts her talent as an advice columnist in her seminal work ASK ANNA: ADVICE FOR THE FURRY AND FORLORN. Some of her best advice: take time daily for ball-chasing and belly rubs – the keys (along with sausages) to true canine joy.

Learn more about the problems that plague Anna’s clients and be inspired by how she counsels them. Also delight in Dean’s just slightly skewed perspective on the importance of dogs throughout history. Without their advice, we humans would be in even worse trouble than we are today. They’re heaven-sent (what is dog spelled backwards?!)

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Dean Koontz’s book with Trixie:

LIFE IS GOOD: Lessons in Joyful Living

Trixie Dog Book

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And just because us dogs like to be the BIG dog, here’s MY book (take that, Dean, Trixie, and Anna):



Wiggles and Woofs to you all, and to all of our furry friends,
Charlie Bear


December 17, 2014 at 9:05 am 8 comments

Do You Know a Dog Who Has This?

Charlie Bear here.

Mom and Dad Peep had a cat named Red who had diabetes for more than five years. Mom wishes there would have been some way to help Red with this all-too-common-disease in pets.


Now, there is help. At least for dogs. Let me say right up front that you should consult a veterinarian and do your research on any product you give to your pets, right? You all know Mom Peep (as B.J. Taylor of course) writes for Guideposts magazine. Well, they ran a story on this company that has a product to help diabetes in dogs. Check it out. This is straight off their website:

Vintek Nutrition featured in Guideposts Magazine – July 2014 Issue. “Saving Vinny” the Diabetic Dog  To read the story click here:

Guideposts Magazine, July 2014 - Saving Vinny.  Diabetic Dog treatment

Our story (Vintek Nutrition, LLC – Kameron Carlson, Nancy Carlson, Vinny, Leo and Francesca) was featured in the international magazine, Guideposts in their July 2014 edition. It is a four page story beginning on page 44.  We are also featured in Guideposts – The Family Room section on page 65. The magazine has an estimated 5 million viewers and 1.7 million registered subscribers.

The story is about the pursuit of a solution for a beloved diabetic dog (Vinny) and an answer resulting in a breakthrough treatment for diabetic dogs.  The company recently obtained a patent for their discovery and in-turn has a similar patent pending for people.

Diabetes is increasing at epidemic proportions in people and even more dramatically in dogs. Since 2006, dog diabetes has increased 32% (American Humane Society, 2012) and 23% in people (CDC 2012). Both diabetic dogs and people often have similar difficulties in regulating their blood sugar levels. It is estimated that 1 in 160 dogs have this disease. There are over 73 M dogs in the USA alone and an estimated 400 M worldwide according to
__________  (855) 332-8468

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There are some great links on the website, like these:

July 22, 2014 at 10:48 am Leave a comment

It’s the BIG ones….

Charlie Bear here.

Fourtth of July
(Photo from Lampeer’s Adoptable Animals)

I don’t know about you, but the BIG ones bother me a little bit. Not the small ones that fizzle and fade, but the BOOM, BOOM rocket kind. I usually jump onto Dad Peep’s lap or Mom Peep strokes my head and quivering body and says, “It’s okay, Charlie Bear. They’ll be over soon.” I like that.

Please help my furry brothers and sisters to get through it too.

And thanks!

Wiggles to you,
Charlie Bear

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July 2, 2014 at 2:49 pm 8 comments

A Purse Burglar? Am I One?

Charlie Bear here.

I’m not overly curious. Oh, sure, I like to sniff things and I even like to take Mom Peep’s little post-it notes and run from her office into the family room with them. Sometimes, if she leaves her sunglass case on the floor, I’ll take that and run with it too. Or her footie socks.

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Mom told me about a friend of hers who has a dog named Lilly. Now Lilly is small like me, but she is WAYYYYY more curious than me. One day, Mom put her purse on the floor of a back room at her friend’s house and then walked out, leaving the door open. When she got back guess what she saw? All of the contents were removed from her purse and placed one by one in a big area about three feet wide. Her lipstick, her wallet, her glasses, her pens, her hairbrush, all of her stuff. All of it.

It’s a good thing nothing yucky was in there to hurt Lilly. Take note of what Dr. Debra from PetPlace has to say about all that.

From Dr. Debra at PetPlace,

Calls to emergency clinics and poison control hotlines are often associated with items dog have ingested that they retrieved or found in purses and handbags.

Several items can be highly toxic or dangerous. Go to: Dangers in Your handbag

Did you know that hand sanitizer can be toxic? It can! Hand sanitizer can cause signs of alcohol poisoning. These include:

  • Staggering or lack of coordination
  • Odor of alcohol on the animal’s breath or vomit
  • Extreme decrease in activity or lack of movement
  • Drastic increase in excitement for no reason
  • Depression
  • Excessive urination and/or urinary incontinence

Please keep your purse, handbag, book bag, and briefcase out of the reach of your pet. It only takes a minute for something bad to happen.

With warm regards,
Dr. Debra


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So there you have it. Better safe than sorry, right?

Check out that link for a list of items that are dangerous that just might be in YOUR handbag.

Wiggles and Woofs,
Charlie Bear

June 27, 2014 at 11:28 am 4 comments

Who said I’m like a tree?

Charlie Bear here.

Mom Peep said it. See, there are all these green, robust, tall and stately trees around Southern California.

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You probably have lots of them as well. Some skinny, some extra leafy, some low to the ground and some reaching for the heavens.

But Mom came across this one:

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And she knew if I was there I would say: “That’s a tree just like me!”

It’s out of place (it’s in a parking lot all by itself). It’s unusual (dingle-berries hang all over it). It’s a tree-of-a-different-color (bright orange?). It’s unique (that’s for sure). It’s bold, audacious, crimson and hurt-your-eyes bright (oh,  yeah…and I kinda like that).

Everything that is just like me. Mom and Dad Peep knew when they took me in that I was different. And they’ve loved me through all of my spinning and temper tantrums (which I still do by the way…just enough to keep them on their toes).

Anyway, do you have any trees-of-a-different color by you? Do you have any dogs-of-a-different-breed like me?

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I say we all accept our differences. I may not be a tall, stately, full evergreen tree, but I have tons of good qualities.

And I bet if you look, you have them too. Right?

Wiggles and woofs,
Charlie Bear

June 21, 2014 at 12:49 pm 4 comments

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