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“Who Said I Was Up For Adoption?”

Written by Colin Chappell, “Who Said I Was Up For Adoption?” is the epitome of a Doggone Good Read! The uniqueness of this book is truly second to none, with readers gaining not only the author’s perspectives, but also their spin on what Ray must be thinking and feeling throughout his adoption experiences!

All net profits of this book are donated to the Oakville & Milton Humane Society! Who doesn’t love a feel-good cause?

Chappell takes his readers on a transparent journey through the process of rescuing a dog. He vulnerably shares about his fears and hesitancies to adopt a dog, especially one with a heartrending history like Ray’s. He highlights beautiful examples of the power of the human-animal bond, and suddenly a story unfolds about two souls who learned to trust, listen to, respect, and wholly love one another.

Readers can expect to gain powerful insights into responsible dog ownership, such as the necessity to say “No” and advocate when your dog’s well-being might be at stake. Additionally, this book provides a sense of clarity into how animals communicate with us, if we take the opportunity to really listen. Accounting for experiences commonplace to many, if not all, pet owners, Chappell also sheds light on how he navigated a difficult decision-making process related to Ray’s health.

By its end, you’ll learn to really know Ray. You’ll laugh at his love for pepperoni, feel pride in his local celebrity status, smile at all of his tail-wagging moments, and maybe even shed a happy tear! Best of all though, you’ll admire the loving bond between man and his best friend!


I cannot conclude this review without a well-deserved acknowledgement of the beautiful design of this book! A rarity in adult literature, this book is published in color and is replete with a series of Ray photos that are sure to put a smile on any reader’s face! Click to get your own copy here!


Interested in reading more about Ray and his adventures with his best friend, Colin? Check out their blog site here!

Did you know? Ray was previously featured on Pets on the Net here at Sit, Stay, Blog! Check out his debut here!

Posted in Pets on the Net!

Ray the Radiant Shepherd!

He’s got the face of resilience, having mastered the art of second chances alongside his friend, Colin! Everyone, meet Ray! He was rescued from the Oakville & Milton Humane Society in Canada and has a story that is sure to warm the heart.

  • Name: Ray Anatolian Chappell
  • How I Got My Name:
    • First Name: When I was picked up by our Humane Society, and as a result of having no identification, they decided on Ray. They were naming rescues at that time after musicians, and I was named after Ray Charles! Cool, eh!
    • Middle Name: My new Mom and Dad were trying to figure out my origin and, at one point, decided that Anatolian Shepherd could well be in my genes. That resulted in my second name, and also my dad expressing a hope that I would not grow as big as an Anatolian!
    • Last Name: My last name is simply my new family name.
Ray living up to his namesake!
  • Breed: After sending away some of my saliva (Humans are very strange), it was determined that my primary breed is German Shepherd, and Rottweiler my secondary breed. Apparently, no other breeds are represented.
  • Nicknames: I have a few of those. The main one is “Buddy.” My Dad uses it so often that I sometimes wonder who Ray is!!!  Then there is the occasional “Ray Ray,” and “Dufus,” and I’ve even been called “Strange Dog” and “Great Lump of Fur!”
  • Age: I was estimated at 2 years old when rescued in November 2012. I will, therefore, be 11 this coming November.
  • Birthdate/Adoption Date: My birth date is not known and, therefore, determined to be November 20, being my rescued date. I was adopted on March 15, 2013.
  • Adoption Story: My (now) Dad had been bitten by a German Shepherd many years earlier, and I sensed his initial discomfort with me at the shelter where I lived at that time. I thought that we could make a great team, and so, given his reluctance to develop a relationship, I decided to take charge … and what a great job I did! It’s all in the book about me, “Who Said I was up for Adoption?”
All net profits from “Who Said I was Up for Adoption?” are donated to the organization Ray was rescued from — the Oakville and Milton Humane Society!
  • Best Tricks:
    • I show them where my poop is in the Winter when it has been covered in snow!
    • I can get them to follow me if I want something!
    • I used to be great at meeting people, especially ladies, but then the world changed.
    • I sometimes do fist bumps, and I will bow if asked nicely.
  • Collar Color I Sport Best: Black. No brainer for a Shepherd, eh!
  • My Fur Family: I am the only one here, so I get really spoiled.
  • Favorite Fur Friends: I know Buddy, and Rocky (since passed away), and then there was Micky next door (recently passed away).
  • Favorite Activities: Sleeping and eating. Walks are also fun once I am out, but sometimes coaxing me out is a challenge!
  • Favorite Toys: I’m not really a toy-loving dog, but stuff anything with food and I am one big furry lump of excitement
  • Favorite Treats/Food: Everything and anything. I would live off pepperoni if I had the chance!
  • Favorite Memories of Ray:
    • When he touched his nose to mine while at the shelter.
    • When he tested clear of heart-worm.
    • When I dozed off on our sofa and woke up with him alongside me.
    • When he butted me with his nose just after 7:30am one morning because I should have been out of bed by then (and getting his breakfast ready for him!).
  • Life Lesson Learned from Ray: If you have food, a roof over your head, and somebody who cares about you … you should be very happy.
Want to read more about the adventures of Colin and Ray? Follow their blog site at: https://meandray.com/