“If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” – Vincent Van Gogh
“TO BE A DUKE”
by Emily-Jane Hills Orford
After experiencing an unhappy first year of his life, Duke believes that he has found his forever home. This is Duke’s story of adjusting to life in a new home, a family that he quickly grows to love. Duke thrives and learns some tricks. He has boundless energy and his new family introduces him to agility where he excels. Duke discovers that he has a dignified name, something that he has to live up to. All Duke can do is try his best. When he excels in obedience classes and agility events, Duke realizes that he has found his niche. Life is good, especially when he learns how to be a Duke.
Emily-Jane Hills Orford loves writing about the extra-ordinary people (and special dogs). She writes about real people and real events. Emily-Jane’s stories have appeared in History Magazine, Canadian Stories Magazine, The Curious Tourist Guide, and Western People. She has written several fiction and non-fiction books: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter, Ukulele Yukon, Letters From Inside, The Creative Spirit, It Happened in Canada (Books 1, 2, and 3), Personal Notes, The Whistling Bishop, Songs of the Voyageurs, F-Stop: A Life in Pictures, Still Delicious, Amazingly Extra-Ordinary Women and To Be a Duke. An award-winning author, she was named a Finalist for the 2009 Next Generation Indie Book Awards with her book, The Whistling Bishop, and again in Finalist in the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards with her book, F-Stop: A Life in Pictures.
EXCERPT from”TO BE A DUKE”
I started to sing with impatience. I wanted to get on the road. “Patience, Duke,” Joyce laughingly scolded me. “We’ll be going soon enough. And you have to be the best dog ever today.”
That’s okay I decided. I was always the best dog ever, so no problem there. I let out another howl and sang to my heart’s content. Joyce fussed around preparing my water bottle and organizing my agility equipment. I trotted along beside her, stopping now and then to sing my song of impatience.
“You’re funny, Duke,” she chuckled. “Don’t be so impatient. We’ll be going soon enough.”
“You be good, Duke,” Mom leaned over to rub my ears. She held my head gently between her two hands and looked me square in the eye. “Make us all proud of you, okay? We’re going to come and watch you.”
Dad came over and gave me a fond pat on the head. “Just remember: you are THE DUKE,” he firmly instructed. “So, live up to your name.”
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