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K-9 Cop Magazine: Trust Your Dog

During the police K9 Academy, the dog is trained to react in a certain way to a specific stimulus whereby the dog’s trained behavior is to be interpreted by the handler.  Whether the response is to sit and stare for a drug/explosive locate, or to scratch and bark for...

Yarak

It has been said that falconry is the elite sport of kings where the animal is trained to hunt for the human.  Yarak is a Turkish term used to describe the peak conditioning of the falcon where it is hungry, but not weakened, and impassioned to hunt.  Apparently, this...

Gone Dogs submission

For nearly a decade, the following letter sat dormant as a computer file.  Unbeknownst at the time it was written, it served as the precursor to K9 Rocky and I recently stumbled across a call for submissions for short stories about dogs and sent the letter for...

Street Sign

Feverishly, with his head down focusing on his project, his right hand clutches a marker that reminds me of a sewing machine needle darting up and down. Shocks of greasy hair jut out from under his dirty baseball cap.  Seated curbside, he never looks up as if he’s...

Copyright

Copyright. Alone, the word exudes a mysterious power where few people give a second thought about the deeper meaning behind the word. Probably more so, the associated symbol of © is meaningless as eyes simply glance over it as if it was invisible. Especially in this...

Rocky at the BookBar

From a beleaguered neighborhood where graffiti was the predominate local art, the Tennyson Street’s Cultural District in Denver has redeveloped into a fresh mix of hip independently owned shops, trendy restaurants and also hosts the innovative BookBar. Born while...

Newsworthy

Recently, our hometown newspaper was gracious in printing an article that allowed more exposure towards K9 Rocky.  Although the article focused on me, I tried to deflect attention towards Rocky as he is by far a much more interesting character.  Many of my responses...

CLOSE ENOUGH

Marketing. Until completing Rocky’s book, I had never given much thought to the simple, three syllable word. Now, the word has a much deeper meaning as I struggle on how to reach interested readers. With my marketing effort, I have more respect and understanding how...

HUMBLING PRAISE

Rocky’s book competed well in book competitions and Judges were kind with comments.  However, their eyes were honed to specific elements and, admittedly due to time limitations, they acknowledged not reading the book in its entirety. Conversely, I recently went...

FORGOTTEN

In writing Rocky's memoir, I tried to include everything. Needless to say, that was an impossible goal.  But, every once in awhile, a coworker will reminisce over a Rocky story that usually begins, "Remember when..." The following incident is not included in the book...