Those doggy magazines and sites are chockful of gift ideas for pets at this time of the year. I was blown away by the ingenious ideas and cute toys, and then a little voice (an echo of Elliott, perhaps) sounded in my head. Do my two dogs, who’ve already got a big basket full of toys, want or any need more? I know there’s that famous dog who can identify up to a hundred of his toys by name, but my two are not in that category, no way. So, what would they really appreciate most of all?

As always, my better half had the answer at the ready.  “Love”, she said, “that’s what I’m planning on giving. Not just cuddles, but love gazes.”

“Love gazes?”

“Look, Kit, you know how I’m always looking up things. Well, I stumbled on a website that talked about a study that was done on dogs and their emotional well-being. It said that when your dog gazes lovingly into your eyes, and you return that loving gaze, what’s really happening is that your dog is enjoying a spike of oxytocin, often called the “Love Hormone”. That love hormone flows both ways, so I’ll get a nice boost as well.”

“You could try looking at me that way too,” I joked.

“What you could do is play hide and seek with them. That’s their next favourite thing after walkies. Just think of some clever places to hide those new treats we bought for them.”

“So, what you’re saying is take a break and play with them.”

“Absolutely. They’re here for us one hundred percent, and now is a good time to be there for them. Comfort and joy, and all that,” she said, raising an eyebrow, but there was a twinkle in her eye.

“And while you’re doing that, I’ll cook them some lamb shanks,” she added.

I used to sing a song for my dog Beryl, while stroking her. She was a real party dog and loved it when she had a blingy bow attached to her collar. Her self-image was very important to Beryl, and she simply adored this special time between us. Beryl knew this song was for her because her name was in it. She loved being made to feel like a star.

Here’s how the simple lyrics went :

Isn’t she lovely,

Isn’t she beautiful,

Beryl is wonderful,

Ooh, ooh, ooh!’

Repeat until she fell asleep.

I must think about what special song Adriana would sing to Elliott. There’s no doubt those two have a special relationship. It would be something that she would play for him on her flute too.

On that note,

Happy Christmas and all the best for the New Year

Elliott and I plan to have a new story for you in 2023.

In the meantime, I hope you enjoy Every Which Way But Home, the prequel to the Mutt to Megastar series.

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Reality Barks

Reality Barks

Rescue dog faces the reality of his unusual new life.

It’s a humorous Australian rescue dog’s tell-all tale about how he becomes a celebrity and wins their love.

Wagging The Dog

Wagging The Dog

Rescue dog to the rescue!

Being a celebrity dog is sooo cool, thinks Elliott as Jamie leads him out at the Sydney Stadium with all the other TV animal stars

Three Dogs And A Wedding

Three Dogs and a Wedding

The best day to be Best Dog is Valentine’s Day.

Like all dogs, Elliott understands about love, and he’s already helped rescue Paul and Adriana’s romance, but it seems that Adman Jamie can only see the dollars.

Every Which Way But Home



Curious to know how Elliott (or Barney, as he was in his former life) ended up in Barranyup Dog Pound, way out west in Woop Woop?  For Sydneysiders, Woop Woop is their way of describing anywhere beyond where they are generally prepared to go. For Barney it was also a strange environment, where survival was a matter of life or death. Discover how he learns to deal with it in "Every Which Way But Home". It's the prequel to the Mutt to Megastar series.

Mutt To Megastar Box Set

Mutt To Megastar Boxset

A rescue dog’s funny story.

From Kit James, recognised for his humorous canine dialogue, comes a fun compilation of the first three books in the Mutt to Megastar Series.

Every Which Way But Home

Every Which Way But Home


Jolted from his cozy life when he accompanies his Boss, Ian, on an ill-fated trip, Barney is thrown into the unfamiliar world of Barranyup Dog Pound. Getting lost was his own fault – he's got nobody to blame but himself, as he admits. There's nothing worse for a dog than feeling sheepish! 

Now that he's been incarcerated, the smart-arse young mutt must use his wits and his 'smarts' to survive this hostile environment.

Stunned and disappointed that Ian doesn't show to take him home, Barney's got to deal with his new situation. Can he learn to use the system under the guidance of Charlie, an ancient scarred Blue Heeler who takes him under his paw?

Or will it be "Bye, bye Cruel World" with Doc Soper's needle?

And then ... will there be life and love in a new home after the dog pound? Find out how it all happens in Every Which Way But Home, the humorous, yet touching, prequel to the Mutt to Megastar series.

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