Dog Bless America: Tails from the Road

by Jeff Selis | Home & Garden |
ISBN: 0811828301 Global Overview for this book
Registered by alrescate of Strafford, Missouri USA on 6/9/2004
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26 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by alrescate from Strafford, Missouri USA on Wednesday, June 9, 2004
A dog from every state! This collection of dog photographs is very sweet. The author and his dog went to every state and found at least one dog to photograph and write a small paragraph about. The author includes entries from the journal he kept as he and Otis explored American from coast to coast.

Pictured are two of my six dogs: Jackson & Brandy.

Journal Entry 2 by alrescate from Strafford, Missouri USA on Thursday, June 10, 2004
Bookcrossing Pets of America!

I'm hoping to send this book around the country! I'm hoping that I gave get a Bookcrosser from each state to journal and post a picture of their pet. Please PM me if you are interesting in joining!

1. Shadie (Illinois) -->Shadie is now in S. Carolina
2. LaurieS (New Hampshire)
3. Rubyjules (Vermont)
4. LaughAtlantis (Massachusetts)
5. zenus (Florida)
6. Maurean (Florida)
7. tchouli (Georgia)
8. KF-in-Georgia (Georgia, of course!)
9. FancyHorse (Alabama)
10. whimzykat (Texas)
11. gebodogs (Wyoming)
12. labsmomnm (New Mexico)
13. stinalyn (New Mexico)-->stinalyn is now in Colorado
14. skeeterbess (Hawaii)
15. luvmeowers (California)-->luvmeowers is now in Kentucky
16. Staxman (Washington)
17. 1stlite (Montana)
18. BountifulPots (Kansas)
19. Comino (Texas)
20. rcd9229 (Texas)
21. marinaw (Texas)
22. PetuniasMama (South Carolina)
23. sparky-redhead (Minnesota)
24. JerrilynnL (Colorado)
25. jianji (South Dakota)<-----Now with this BookCrosser.
26. Lobodyke (Kentucky)

Spedbug (Delaware)
Kbok003 (New Jersey)
Loonatick (Wisconsin)
Buffra (Ohio)

Back to Alrescate!

Please check the journal for updates on the order of the ring!

*This book has now been in 17 different states!

Could not contact:
Ceili (New York)
FortyTwo (New Jersey)--->Did not contact because they have moved overseas.
adnyl (Iowa)
ByrnnSC (Maryland)

Pictured in this entry is Watson!

Journal Entry 3 by alrescate from Strafford, Missouri USA on Wednesday, July 28, 2004
This bookring is finally on the way! I don't have all fifty states yet but I hope to keep adding Bookcrossers and their pets. I hope everyone enjoys the book. I can't wait to see everone's pets!

This is a picture of Betty the Basset we rescued in June.

Journal Entry 4 by Shadie from Indian Trail, North Carolina USA on Sunday, August 1, 2004
These dogs were sooo adorable. I really miss having one...
Sending this on the next person!

Journal Entry 5 by Shadie from Indian Trail, North Carolina USA on Sunday, August 1, 2004
Putting up a picture of a newfoundland...we had one that looked just like this when I was little.

Journal Entry 6 by BarkLessWagMore from Merrimack, New Hampshire USA on Wednesday, August 18, 2004
Dog Bless America arrived today and I can't wait to find a few minutes to settle in with it. This is a picture of my four year old chocolate lab Graham (short for Graham Cracker) doing what he does best!

Update 8/20/04: I am so very envious of the man who authored this book. First off he gets to travel through every state of the US and then he gets to meet all of these wonderful dogs and get glimpses of their lives and, to top it all off, he travels with his doggie companion Otis and he gets paid for all of this fun! Wish I had thought of the idea. It sounds like my idea of heaven.

Journal Entry 7 by BarkLessWagMore from Merrimack, New Hampshire USA on Sunday, August 22, 2004
My kids and I just finished up reading about each and every dog in this great book. My favorites (and the kids too) were on page 80 "Rock & Roll" from Memphis, Tennessee AKA "fat Elvis" & "Skinny Elvis". I'll be sending this to Rubyjules as soon as I hear back with an address. Thanks so much for sharing & for the cute sticker!

Here's a picture of my own personal "Fat Elvis" about to get the only exercise he enjoys.

Journal Entry 8 by BarkLessWagMore at Bookring in n/a, Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Tuesday, August 24, 2004
Released on Tuesday, August 24, 2004 at Bookring in n/a, Bookring Controlled Releases.

Mailed off to Rubyjules today.

Journal Entry 9 by rubyjules from Clifton Park, New York USA on Friday, August 27, 2004
I started looking at this today, and it's a very cute book. I'll add a picture of my dog Robert soon.

edit 9/13/04:
Finally, a picture of Robert Kendrik. Isn't he the cutest??? :-)

Journal Entry 10 by rubyjules at Bookring in Bookring, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Thursday, September 2, 2004

Released 17 yrs ago (9/1/2004 UTC) at Bookring in Bookring, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases



I mailed this out to LaughAtlantis today. I promise I'll get a picture of my dog up soon! :-)

Journal Entry 11 by LaughAtlantis on Thursday, September 9, 2004
Interesting story...

I received this book in the mail yesterday and sat down at my kitchen table, flipping through the pictures. Meanwhile, my lovely basset hound Bacon took the opportunity to go upstairs into my bedroom (where he *knows* he is not allowed) and eat a handful of Hershey's kisses. Perhaps needless to say, they were not unwrapped. So really, the first thing I did after taking a look at this book was yell, "BAD DOG!" Ironic, huh?

I'll comment more on the book once I've read it.

Journal Entry 12 by LaughAtlantis at -- Controlled Release in Boston, Massachusetts USA on Monday, October 18, 2004

Released 17 yrs ago (10/18/2004 UTC) at -- Controlled Release in Boston, Massachusetts USA



I sent this out earlier today (after having kept it for *way* too long; I'm sorry about that). My favorites were One Ton and Winston Churchill the 28th. Great pictures, wonderful dogs.

Journal Entry 13 by zenus from North Salt Lake, Utah USA on Wednesday, October 27, 2004
What a lovely dog book! My favorite dog is Muffin from Utah. He was found by Best Friends Animal Sanctuary In Southern Utah. My mother, before she died, was awarded Volunteer of the Year by Best Friends for the hundreds of hours she dedicated to the Humaine Society over many years. Best Friends is an absolutely wonderful organization helping homeless animals. What a lucky dog Muffin is!
I will keep the book a couple more days to enjoy then off to Maurean. Oh I'll try to get a picture up if I can get my husband to help me do it!

Journal Entry 14 by zenus from North Salt Lake, Utah USA on Thursday, November 4, 2004
What a cute book! I really enjoyed reading the stories of all the cute canines! Sent out on 11/3 to next in line. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 15 by Maurean from Atlantic Beach, Florida USA on Monday, November 15, 2004
Oh, I am sooo very sorry I have not journaled this sooner, but I have had computer issues all month, and am now just getting back on track! Anyway, I have had this wonderful little book in my possession for some time now (I think it actually arrived on the 9th), so I will PM tchouli today for her addy.

Alas, one symptom of my computer problems seems to be the driver on my digital camera, so currently I have only the pic from my bookshelf to add; a typical day-in-the-life of Oona (my baby - 7 yo 'heinz57') and her 'pal' George (my 5 yo tom) - as you can see, they seem to enjoy each other's company!

This book was a joy to page through, and while all doggies are beautiful, I was particularly fond of B'wana and Sir Winston Churchill (just look at those faces!)
I don't know what I enjoyed looking at more; the pics in the book, or the pics in this journal!! Thanks so much for sharing this with me....every furry face made me smile!

I will drop this in the mail on my next PO run. *mailed 11/26

Journal Entry 16 by tchouli from Snellville, Georgia USA on Saturday, December 4, 2004
recvd today

i have included a pix of our dog turin turambar. he died last year but he was the best. a german shepherd-border collie mix, he herded the cats and kept order in the yard.

Journal Entry 17 by tchouli from Snellville, Georgia USA on Sunday, December 5, 2004
how wonderful this must have been to create. my fav is one ton - and his amazing nose. thanks for the ring. i will be shipping this on to KFnGA on monday.

i have included seamus in this entry - the only dog i know who climbs trees.

Journal Entry 18 by tchouli from Snellville, Georgia USA on Tuesday, December 7, 2004
mailed today to KFnGA. as my final dog-shot, i have included ella a 12 year old humane rescue that runs the household as she chows down on cat food.


Journal Entry 19 by KF-in-Georgia from Marietta, Georgia USA on Wednesday, December 8, 2004
This arrived today.

Possibly thinking she's too cute to scold, Oreo (pictured at left, where she's hovering just outside the kitchen) stole my breakfast off my plate this morning.

Oreo now knows she's not as cute as she thinks...

Journal Entry 20 by KF-in-Georgia from Marietta, Georgia USA on Thursday, December 9, 2004
Well, I found my favorite dog: the Wisconsin dog, Moo--a greyhound, of course. I work in a dog grooming salon, and lots of these dogs look like my customers.

At left is Sam, my younger greyhound. Sam is sweet, stubborn, and very dumb. But he's a cuddle-bunny--he burrows under the covers in my bed at night, my own 102-degree, fuzzy bed-warmer.

I'll get this book in the mail to FancyHorse on Friday, 10 December. Thanks, alrescate, for starting this bookring.

Edited to add: Shipped with delivery confirmation: 0303 3430 0000 9568 6099. You can track the package at

Journal Entry 21 by wingFancyHorsewing from Montgomery, Alabama USA on Thursday, December 16, 2004
Just received this book in the mail, as part of a bookring. It looks delightful - I am looking forward to reading it.

Journal Entry 22 by whimzykat from Fredonia, Arizona USA on Monday, January 10, 2005
What a great excuse for a road trip with your best pal! Hey gang, let's write a book, we're going to be famous! I've traveled all over, always with a dog, sometimes two or three, and for awhile we even took along a rabbit. Love the book, great pics, and wonderful stories! My pic shows the newest family edition, Dinsdale the hedge dog. I tell people she's a toy Alsacian, but your guess is as good as mine.

Released 16 yrs ago (1/29/2005 UTC) at Controlled Release (Details In Notes) in -- Mail, by hand, rings, RABCks etc, Texas USA



How cool is this? I get to send it to geboDOGS! en route!

Journal Entry 24 by gebodogs from Thermopolis, Wyoming USA on Wednesday, February 9, 2005
I received this yesterday and read it last night. Nice book, great dogs. Now it's ready for the next person. I've added a photo of my dog, Jeffrey, to the postcards in the book and here. Jeff loves to play in the snow with his sisters, Caroline and Piper. I enjoyed the book very much. It would be such a dream to travel all over and meet and photograph dogs.

Journal Entry 25 by winglabmomnmwing from Albuquerque, New Mexico USA on Thursday, March 17, 2005
Received in the mail...I started looking through but will spend more time with it later this week.

OK - these dogs were really sweet! I want them all (well, except for the hairless one...those really creep me out. I've seen one "in person" and it was even freakier than seeing them on TV!).

I included a photo of 2 of my roommates with the book; I'll try to find a decent one to post here. I have no photos of all 3 roomies - YOU try to take a picture of 2 cats and a bird!

26 March '05 - mailed to stinalyn

23 May '05 - finally got my act together and scanned in a photo of the evil ones - Polly & Tansy.

Journal Entry 26 by stinalyn from Fort Collins, Colorado USA on Tuesday, April 5, 2005
Thank you for including me in this ring! I've been having fun just flipping through it. I'm more of a cat person, but these are some adorable dogs.

We don't have any pics of Paganini yet, because we haven't unpacked the camera, but I think I have one of Baudelaire I can share.

Journal Entry 27 by alrescate from Strafford, Missouri USA on Wednesday, April 6, 2005
I'm so pleased with all our Bookcrossing pets so far. They are all adorable!

I'm glad everyone is enjoying the book so far. I can't wait to see the rest of the BC pets!

(This is three of our dogs--Jackson, Honey and Brandy on 'their' side of the bed.)

Journal Entry 28 by stinalyn from Fort Collins, Colorado USA on Monday, April 25, 2005
This is a truly heartwarming read. (Heh. I almost typed "heartworming.") Do have some tissues handy, because some of these pups' stories will make your eyes leak.

Still no sign of the digital camera, but once I've located it, I'll be adding a photo of Paganini, our precious little inkblot. (Pax says we should've named him Rorschach.)

I'll be sending this book along to skeeterbess sometime this week.

Journal Entry 29 by skeeterbess from Waianae, Hawaii USA on Sunday, May 15, 2005
The journey this sweet little book has made is almost as delightful as the journey the book illustrates. I'm so glad to have been on it's travel path. I'll contact the next reader and get it in the mail this week. I'll also try to post a pic of one or both of my furkids with this journal entry, but I've never done that before so we'll see if I can do it successfully!

Yippee! I did it! That's Buddy. I adopted him from an animal rescue organization which had taken him out of an abusive household. He's getting old now, a little bit blind, a little bit deaf. I've spoiled him rotten from the day we met, trying to make up for the horrors of his puppyhood. He's a light in my life.

Journal Entry 30 by luvmeowers on Friday, June 24, 2005
Just wanted to let you know I received the book. It's great to see the pictures of all your loved ones. I'll post again when I send it along.

Here's Stanley taking a nap with Shags the Bear. Napping is Stanley's favorite past time.

Journal Entry 31 by luvmeowers on Tuesday, July 5, 2005
What a great book! I kept it a bit longer than planned so I could share it with a few family and friends. I might need to get a copy of my own. Thanks, alrescate, for sharing!

Here's a picture of Stanley during his second favorite past time - taking a bath. I've never seen a cat that was so clean. He loves to go outside and roll around in the dirt and within an hour his fur shines again (and I really mean shines).

Sent to Staxman 01JUL05

Journal Entry 32 by wingStaxmanwing from Seattle, Washington USA on Saturday, July 9, 2005
Wonderful book! If I'd written it, it would have been about cats, but the concept is great!

The photo is of Ashbury (whom I had from '76 to '94) and me in '79. For my current cat Sasha, see my profile.

I've added a photo of Wally, a kitten belonging to an employee of Secret Garden Bookshop in Seattle, to the package. See this link for his story:

Should go in the mail to 1stlite Monday July 10.

Journal Entry 33 by 1stlite from Forsyth, Montana USA on Thursday, July 14, 2005
Just received. What fun. I will get to it and dig out some pics of the girls for the package. Will try and locate a digital to upload one for the journal.

Journal Entry 34 by 1stlite from Forsyth, Montana USA on Sunday, October 2, 2005
Sorry, big sorry. I put this on the wrong shelf and - well I am so sorry. Great book. All the dogs were great. And my girls - Thelma and Louise - got to hear most of the stories. What a wonderful book. Thanks for sharing. Will be mailing this on. So sorry for the delay! (Louise is on the left)

Journal Entry 35 by BountifulPots on Wednesday, October 5, 2005
Just received this in the mail today. I am very much looking forward to reading it and seeing everybody's fur babies! I will put pics of mine in as soon as I get my other computer, where all the pics are stored, working. Or maybe I'll just take new ones!

Journal Entry 36 by BountifulPots on Friday, October 21, 2005
Sent this one on two days ago... It was very cute, though it now makes me want to go meet Otis!

I am including a pic of my two puppyheads...

Journal Entry 37 by Comino from Weatherford, Texas USA on Monday, April 24, 2006
This is such a cute book and very fun to read/look at! I received this book some time ago and I appologize to all of you for having it so long. It will soon be on its way to the next bookcrosser on the list.

Journal Entry 38 by Comino from Weatherford, Texas USA on Monday, May 1, 2006
Mailed off to bookcrosser "rcd9229" today. Hope you enjoy it!

Journal Entry 39 by rcd9229 from Midland, Texas USA on Monday, May 8, 2006
Cute little book, I wish there was more to it though, like why he picked those specific dogs, or those specific cities. Just seemed rather bare.

Hmm.. I sent this off to Marinaw a few weeks ago but forgot to make notes, I figured it would be too late by now but since it hasn't been logged yet, I guess I better double check that it got there.

Journal Entry 40 by marinaw from Dripping Springs, Texas USA on Monday, March 19, 2007
Wow--I can't believe I've had this in my TBJ pile for nearly a year.

I'd like to extend my most groveling apologies to those on the ring--my life is obviously too unmanageable to participate with BC in my former manner.

I've set aside time today and tomorrow to get this journaled, get the next address, and get this back on its way.

"reserved" status placed to reflect next destination

Pictured here is my almost-13-year-old Husky mix, Persephone.

Journal Entry 41 by marinaw from Dripping Springs, Texas USA on Thursday, March 22, 2007
I don't remember when I signed up to receive this book, but I'm sure I thought I would receive a simple novelty/cutesy/feel-good read. I definitely didn't expect to find inspiration in Selis's introduction: "...thank you for helping me find my ball," (the ball representing happiness, of course). This wasn't simply a photoshoot of the country's canines, Selis touched on the many areas in which dogs have become part of our culture: the Iditarod, church blessings of animals, police and service dogs, fox hunting, dog beaches and parks, and monuments.

Having the roaming urge myself, Selis's inclusion of his route made me consider which way I would traverse the country should I ever get the opportuity: West, then North, East, and South (does keeping things clockwise make it go smoother?)? Or would I have more fun with a wave pattern, say TX ->NM ->CO ->UT
->AZ, etc.? I don't know the nation's highway routes well, but I'm sure the latter would eat up many more miles/much more time. I'd have to save that trip for retirement.

This book also brought up memories of traveling with Persephone when we moved out here from California. The benefits at the time were obvious; no one was going to mess with me and risk tangling with her, and I would have that same security right away in whatever new dwelling I could find. The drawback didn't manifest until we arrived at our destination, and it was completely my fault. Persephone hadn't been eating during our trip out, and at our last overnight before Austin, I made the executive decision to give her some canned food (which she still can't resist). After we landed in Austin, I went into Kmart to stock up on supplies I thought I'd need if we had to camp while I looked for a place to live, Persephone went--messily--all over the front seat she'd been on the entire way. Lesson learned--don't try to outthink your dog's bodily functions--you will lose.

I had to laugh a little when I read about Pahu (the Hawaiian drum dog)--Persephone has loved drum circles from the first time I was able to bring her to one. Drumming is something that I've had to let go of for now; I miss it, and I'll bet she does too.

Selis's end to the book (technically the back cover) was definitely a fitting one; filking "America the Beautiful" was just too darn cute, which is, of course, exactly what I was expecting. I hope this book has kept Otis in dog biscuits for a while.

Pictured here is our 2-year-old Great Pyrenees/Anatolean Shepherd mix Boudreaux. Yes, we're aware of what his name means in "Cajun," and we stand by our decision. Trust me.

Released 14 yrs ago (3/27/2007 UTC) at Fellow Bookcrosser in bookray/bookring, A Bookcrossing member -- Controlled Releases



Mailed to PetuniasMama priority mail today.

Journal Entry 43 by PetuniasMama from Ruby, South Carolina USA on Thursday, March 29, 2007
I received this today from marinaw. I am enjoying the book and all the other enclosures regarding my fellow bookcrossers' pets. I will try to post a photo here of my furbabies, and to send this to sparky-redhead in Minnesota on Tuesday. Thanks so much to you all- especially alrescate. I'm also sending a special edition of DOGUE.

on its way to sparky-redhead : )

Journal Entry 44 by sparky-redhead at Mankato, Minnesota USA on Monday, November 30, 2009

Released 11 yrs ago (11/30/2009 UTC) at Mankato, Minnesota USA



FINALLY got around to mailing this book back to the originator of the bookring. My sincerest apologies for the huge delay. I moved after receiving it & couldn't find it for the longest time. Once I did, I was honestly too embarrassed to say anything until Alrescate emailed me. Sent via media mail this afternoon.

Journal Entry 45 by alrescate from Strafford, Missouri USA on Saturday, December 5, 2009
This book has made its way home to me after being in about 18 states and with 23 other BookCrossers. I've enjoyed looking through all the items that have been added to go along with the book.

There were 12 more BookCrossers on the list to receive this book. I think I'll find out how many of them are still interested in the book before deciding if I will send the book back into the world.

Journal Entry 46 by alrescate from Strafford, Missouri USA on Monday, February 22, 2010
I sent this off to JerrilynnL on the 17th so she should be getting it in the mail soon.

Journal Entry 47 by wingJerrilynnLwing from Denver, Colorado USA on Tuesday, February 23, 2010
arrived safely in Colorado. I am looking forward to looking at all the reader's photos too. How fun!

Journal Entry 48 by wingJerrilynnLwing at Denver, Colorado USA on Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Wow - I've been holding on to this WAY too long. My apologies. I have thoroughly enjoyed all the dogs. It's funny - when this bookring started a couple of years ago, I had two fantastic dogs: Flounder, a black lab (who went to the land of slow-moving squirrels at the age of 10 in November 2007) and her best bud, Sarah-dog, who just joined her a couple of weeks ago (at the age of 11). It's really made me feel how important dogs (and cats - have/had three of them) are in my life. They all have such distinct personalities. I wish we could have them for much longer. :-( I have another dog now, Moby (a 7-year-old yellow lab) whom we've been borrowing for the last 7 years from the next door neighbors. He became our permanent resident in December, and thoroughly being spoiled rotten.

I had contacted the next on the list awhile back and I'm going to double-check she's still at the same address. Plus, alrescate, I'd like to send you something in apology for hogging the book for so long -- is your address still the same as it was in February? Thank you so much for sharing!

update 6/26/10 - it's off to jianji. Of course I had to include photos of all my friends. :-)

Journal Entry 49 by wingJerrilynnLwing at By mail, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Saturday, June 26, 2010

Released 11 yrs ago (6/26/2010 UTC) at By mail, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases


On the way to jianji in SD today (priority mail - conf #9405 5036 9930 0272 6064 28) - Enjoy!

Journal Entry 50 by jianji at Sioux Falls, South Dakota USA on Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Received in the mail yesterday from JerriLynnL. Looking forward to this! :-)

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