Harry: A Wilderness Dog Saga

book cover for Harry: A Wilderenss Dog SagaHarry: A Wilderness Dog Saga.

Yesterday, we had our first mail delivery since the fires started four weeks ago.  (Bella Coola and Nimpo/Anahim Lake had some air-lifted mail but I guess the powers that be decided Kleena Kleene was too far from the airport to organize it….)

Among the letters was a parcel from Harbour Publishing.  It contained the 10 freebies that this company usually sends to the author of Harry: A Wilderness Dog Saga.  This was doubly exciting as the mail delivery itself was unexpected.parcel of Harry: A Wilderness Dog SagaHarry is the main story-teller, but some of the chapters are told by other dogs that have lived in our pack.  Each dog’s tail (tale!!) is headed by a small portrait of the “speaker.”

Harrydrawing of Harry

Badgerdrawing of Badger

Tayadrawing of Taya

Maxdrawing of Max

Raffidrawing of Raffi

I visualize you all rushing out to the bookstore to order one, but I hope you don’t mind me reminding you that authors do not receive a great deal if you buy from a book store – and even less if you purchase it from Amazon – and they receive these royalties 15 months down the road.  If you do patronize a book store, please try and make it an independent one rather than a chain.  I will understand if you prefer a store as if you buy from me by mail, unfortunately, I will have to charge postage.  Books from me, though, will be signed by the author!

If you can wait long enough, I will be going on a book tour starting at the beginning of October.  Here is the slide show schedule so far – there may be some adjustments.  I will be posting details later.

Book Tour 2017

Harry: A Wilderness Dog Saga


October 2nd – Sechelt library

October 3rd – Powell River library

October 4th – Nanaimo library

October 5th – Courtenay library

October 7th – Gabriola Island library

October 10th – Duncan library

October 12th – Squamish library

October 17th – Burnaby McGill library

October 18th, Cloverdale library

October 19th – Semiahmoo library

October 23rd – West Bank Kelowna library

October 25th Vernon museum

October 29th Revelstoke library

October 27th Blind Bay library

October 28th Salmon Arm library

November 1st 100 Mile library

So you figured I was at last going to write a post that was not about the fire?  Dream on!

While I was on the road going to the post office, I thought I might as well continue to downtown Kleena Kleene.  I have taken this view several times in previous fire posts.Kleena Kleene in smokeThe rancher finally had his sprinklers on!Kleena Kleene sprinklersThere were probably a number of reasons why they were not working during the wilder times of the fire.  Firstly, he needs power, and the power line has been on and off continuously.  Secondly, he lives closer to Williams Lake near a much bigger fire and was no doubt occupied with that.  Thirdly, even if he’d had a desire to come west, he might not have been allowed to as all but essential traffic was restricted.

This morning at sunrise, the smoke was thicker than ever.

This is the actual colour that the sun appeared to me.  But at the same time I could see the foreground.  If, however, I brought the foreground into play, the sun lost its red colour on the photo.  So imagine the disc of the sun being red.Yesterday, for some reason, the sun was like a star.  I thought it was the camera lens but when I cleaned it and took several shots, the same thing happened.  It must have been the way the smoke particles refracted the light.There is hardly any helicopter activity – just an occasional fly-by.  It is too smoky for them to work.  At the same time, ground crews are lighting more back-burns both at the Kleena Kleene fires (on the right) and the Precipice fire.  This is showing up as hot-spot activity on Modis.Modis of Kleena Kleene and Precipice firesThe fire is now more boring than anything.  It’s unpleasant to breathe, I daren’t go any distance in case another fire breaks out and I will be unable to return, and the greyness is depressing.   It is also eerily quiet.  No wind, no helicopters – even the birds are not singing.  They usually quit late July so this last is normal, but it adds to the end-of-the-world feeling.  The satellite page on the weather forecast site shows the grey smoke extending right over Vancouver and far into the Pacific Ocean.However, I am enormously lucky.  So many people have lost so much and been far greater inconvenienced.  And when you look at the broader picture on Modis, it is just a nightmare.  It makes our two little western fires seem peanuts.Modis of British Columbia's firesAs the sun climbs higher, it has less smoke to shine through and it can make sun and shadow.evening smoke lightIn is book, when Harry was given his name he figured he really should have been called HandsomeGoldenSuperdogWhoRunsLikeTheWind.

Here is the Golden Superdog himself!harry superdog




About wilderness dweller

I have lived for more than 30 years as a Wilderness Dweller. Most of that time was in cabins I built myself far from the nearest road, high in the mountains of British Columbia, Canada. My "retirement" home is accessible by a bush road but still far from neighbours. I live off the grid, and operate this blog by solar-powered satellite internet.
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7 Responses to Harry: A Wilderness Dog Saga

  1. Congratulations on the book being published! I’d love some info on ordering a copy!

  2. Jean says:

    I’ve marked the Duncan date on my calendar and will get a book from you then! Stay safe amid the fires – may rain head your way sooner rather than later.

  3. Jeanette Strudwick says:

    Chris i will be ordering your new book .. Really looking forward to reading it… One more for my collection of your books…. do I email you my address? I seem to have forgotten the proceedure.. LOL JanIvy .

  4. Toni Reimer says:

    Chris, I will be ordering my ‘Harry’ book from you as I did for your last book. I have all your books and I want this one too, I’ve seen so much of Harry through your posts, I want to know his take on it all. Let me know when you are ready to send, the amount etc..
    The smoke from the fires are over Victoria, I’m not having a problem with it but some are. Loved your pictures of the sun and the one of the star ?? makes you wonder about the Jesus story. Maybe there were fires when that star was there for his family to follow.

  5. Marilyn says:

    Hi Chris,

    Will try and find out what time you will be in the library in Nanaimo and drive down to visit…from Port. We are experiencing heavy smoke today too. Stay safe.

  6. Anne MacKenzie says:

    Hi Chris,
    Have been following your latest reports on your adventures (not sure that is the correct word) during the wildfire situation.
    I see that you will be at Semiahmoo library on October 19th and would appreciate you saving two copies of “Harry” for me.
    Looking forward to seeing you then.
    Anne MacKenzie
    (formerly of Sechelt and now living in White Rock)

  7. Martha Hurst Graham says:

    I would like to order Harry’s new book with his autograph. Which payment method is the most profitable for Harry? I can mail him a check if he will email me the exact amount. Book rate is fine.

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