Meet Guest Author Colin Chappell…


I am Colin Chappell and was bitten by a German Shepherd at 14, which established a strong dislike of dogs for the next 40 years or so. Then I met a dog lover and we eventually became a couple, but without dogs!

In late 2012, I decided that perhaps I could find a place in my life for a dog and so started talking to our local Humane Society. I decided that yes, I would adopt a dog, and I wanted a large, very self assured, cuddly, openly affectionate and domesticated dog!

However, while I was planning on adopting a dog, there was a dog (Ray) planning on adopting me… and his plans were clearly better than mine as he moved in with us in March 2013! 

colin-chappell-02Ray is a German Shepherd / Rottweiler. He was very insecure; was afraid of anything that moved and would lung and bark to resolve the situation. He did not like to be touched; was very distant, and had no concept of living in a home. He was however quite large at 75lbs!

The following 18 months were a roller coaster of emotions and a huge learning curve for me. Living with Ray has been a joy, and a worry. He has been the cause of laughter, and tears. Most importantly, he has carved for himself a niche in my heart, and I now have one very precious canine as a dear friend.

Those first 18 months are covered in a book Who Said I was up for Adoption?”, and in October 2014, I started a Blog which is heavily focused towards stories about Ray.

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37 thoughts on “Meet Guest Author Colin Chappell…

  1. Reblogged this on TINA FRISCO and commented:
    Now here’s a dog after my own heart . . . Ray Chappell, beloved canine companion of Colin Chappell, charmed his way into Colin’s heart and home, despite being insecure. Colin tells us the tail-wagging tale in his guest post on The Story Reading Ape 🙂

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    • With your name I just could not resist! First, many thanks for the re-blog. Second, I have just finished writing a mini-epic (fiction) about a “life journey” taken by Odessa, a Barn Owl! It is part of a collaboration with Carolyn Shelton to produce a book of young/older children’s stories. “Odessa’s Journey” is in 12 parts (each part takes only a few minutes to read), and the link below will take you to Part 1. Having said that, I don’t want to take anything away from my book about my beloved Ray, so I hope that you will consider reading that also. Reviewers of “Who Said I was up for Adoption?” have suggested having a box of kleenex close by for certain parts however, be assured that he is still very much alive and healthy!

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  2. Very warm and fuzzy. I’ve been the mother of four-legged kids all my life but every now and then, a very, very special one comes along. I’m so glad you and Ray found each other. -hugs-

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