LITERARY SWEET: Fluffy’s Guardian Angel A Book Review by Heather Capewell

I am so pleased to be a part of the Literary Sweet Blog. My book, “Fluffy’s Guardian Angel” is about my favorite gal, Fluffy. The book means a lot to me and so I am pleased to share some personal stories about us. If any of your readers are interested in purchasing the book, they can find a direct link at the end of this post.

REVIEW

Fluffy's Guardian Angel is a touching story that is sure to become a family favorite. It showcases the trials and tribulations of a Keeshond named Fluffy who becomes lost for 28 days. We get to view the story from the unique position of the loveable dog himself too.

He treks across the countryside trying to find his way home. He encounters lots of wildlife, a farmer with a gun, and so much more than he is used to. His guardian angel follows him through this adventure and shows him where to eat, sleep, and which direction to go. Even though Fluffy was quite scared his guardian angel pushes him on.

My two boys enjoyed the story.

I have always had a soft spot for animal stories, and so do my children. My oldest son, Mr. J, likes to read this story to his little brother and sister. All of my children enjoyed the artwork too. It was beautiful, and captured the words perfectly. I recommend this story to children of all ages to show that courage can come in different shapes and sizes, and that we must never give-up.

About the Author:

Author Donald Bussel served as a Fire Fighter and Fire Marshal for 13 years on the St Louis Missouri Fire Department. He then became a Life Safety Consultant for large institutional facilities, including Hospitals, Correctional Facilities, School Districts and many other government and private agencies. Care and the safe treatment of animals in organizations were also included in these endeavors. He became involved whenever negligence issues were a risk for vulnerable persons or animals. The author's lifetime has been devoted to protecting vulnerable people and animals from crisis hazards.

The illustrator for the book, Frank Roosa truly has a gift from God. His paintings for the book perfectly captured the look and feel of the adventure.

Donald Bussel's website: http://fluffysguardianangel.com/index.htm

To purchase Fluffy's Guardian Angel please visit Xlibris.

Interview with New Children's Author

Donald Bussel

L.S. - What is the origin of the Keeshond breed?

D.B. - The Keeshond is a double coated breed consisting of a wooly undercoat and longer outer hair. They were probably of arctic origin, related to the Chow Chow, Norwegian Elk Hound, Pomeranium, and Samoyed. They were bred to work on Norwegian ice ships for vermin control and comfort of the sailors. They were originally called barge dogs.

L.S. - What did you think after 27 days of Fluffy’s disappearance?

D.B. - I thought she was gone forever. I could not imagine an Arizona dog surviving the freezing Missouri winter and the harsh environment of the Missouri Ozarks. Not just because of the remoteness but also the dangerous animals she was sure to encounter.

L.S. - What did Fluffy eat to survive?

D.B. - Food was hard to come by for a gentle dog that was used to eating from clean dishes for food and water. It's amazing how the survival instinct will prevail. Fluffy ate parts of dead animals, and she had to steal food from farm animals. The 28 days were taking their toll on her. A healthy female Keeshond will weigh from 35 to 40 pounds. When I took her to the Vet she weighed 21 pounds which was slightly more than half of her normal body weight. I think she was found just in time.

L.S. - What would be the reason,(other than her guardian angel) for Fluffy’s survival in the inclement weather?

D.B. - I think perseverance on her part and adjusting to the dangerous forest were two major reasons for her survival, also accepting the rescue by the gentle giant, "James Hill".


L.S. - Tell me about the process to find an artist for the illustrations of ,"Fluffys Guardian Angel"

D.B. - This process along with writing the book was a great fun time. I put the word out through my publisher that I was looking for an illustrator. I asked for samples of their work. Incredibly I was sent samples from artists all over the country. I made the choice myself, finally settling on Frank Russo of Michigan. He was able to capture the things I wanted perfectly. We had many discussions about the look and emotion of the pictures, and I could live with his fees.

L.S. - How can fans reach you?

To reach me personally, my cell number is, 602-315-0755, email: busseld@yahoo.com and on the Internet at http://www.fluffysguardianangel.com

L.S. – What’s next on the horizon for author Don Bussel?

D.B. - I have just finished another book, it is also titled, "Fluffy’s Guardian Angel", but there is a caption, "Fire in the Hole". Presently I am in the process of teaming with a publisher and an illustrator, although I will probably use Frank Roosa again. We have already talked.

For those who are interested in reading the entire story of Fluffy’s Guardian Angel, click on the links below for a copy. The book is available in eBook and hard copy at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Amazon Fluffy’s Guardian Angel

Barnes & Noble Guardian Angel

Please visit my website for more information please visit my website: http://fluffysguardianangel.com/

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*I was given this story free of charge to review. Please note we received a PDF version and that the story itself is not an electronic book.

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Fluffy’s Guardian AngelDonald Bussel, Author Fluffy is a precocious, fun-loving little dog who loves to play — especially outdoors. The trouble begins when she goes out to play in the snow and gets lost. For weeks, Fluffy goes on an endless quest to get back home — without success. Compounding matters are her close encounters with big, menacing bears and snarling cougars — critters whom she thought would like to devour her. All the while, Fluffy feels that someone is watching her from a distance — and strangely protecting her. Who could this mysterious being be? Inspired by a real-life incident that befell on Donald Bussel and his four-legged best friend, Fluffy’s Guardian Angel is a colorful, fun-filled children’s picture book that will teach young readers some very important lessons about life. “When Fluffy returned from her odyssey, I could only say, ‘If she could only talk, what kind of story would she tell?’”says the author. “I have attempted to retrace her steps using the known terrain and what she must have gone through” Vividly brought to life by the illustrations of Michigan artist Frank Roosa, Fluffy’s Guardian Angel is one “heavenly” addition to any child’s book collection! The Foreword of Fluffy’s Guardian Angel: “It was a cold December winter morning in Missouri. There was snow on the ground from an overnight snowfall. The air was crisp and the only tracks on the new fallen snow were of the wildlife encircling the house. I opened the door and let Fluffy out to take her morning romp in the snow. Naturally she was excited about the new fallen snow and she started to explore in a farther circle than she normally covered. She did not return and I started to become concerned about her. Following is the adventure of Fluffy and what surely was her Guardian Angel, which lasted four weeks in the bitter cold of the Missouri winter. This narration is in Fluffy’s mind and eye.” - Don Bussel, author and firefighter - Fluffy’s Guardian Angel by Donald Bussel – ISBN# 978-1-4363-1524-1

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The Keeshond is a double coated breed consisting of a wooly undercoat and longer outer hair. They were probably of arctic origin, related to the Chow Chow, Norwegian Elk Hound, Pomeranium, and Samoyed. They were bred to work on Norwegian ice ships for vermin control and comfort of the sailors. They were originally called barge dogs.
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I have always had a soft spot for animal stories, and so do my children. My oldest son, Mr. J, likes to read this story to his little brother and sister. All of my children enjoyed the artwork too. It was beautiful, and captured the words perfectly. I recommend this story to children of all ages to show that courage can come in different shapes and sizes, and that we must never give-up.
Heather Capewell