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There Was A Young Lady Called Jill

There was a young lady called Jill
Who owned a dog named Bill.
While in her local pub
He ate all the grub
And Jill she paid the bill!

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Dogbotics

A friend, who works in the field of the biological sciences, informs me of a breakthrough in the sphere of human to animal communication. The development in question pertains to our canine friends and, as a dog lover of many years, I am delighted to be able to launch this exciting story upon the world.

My friend works in the little known field of Dogbotics. I must confess to not having heard of Dogbotics until I had the good fortune to become acquainted with my friend who, being of a shy and retiring disposition wishes to remain anonomous. Obviously being, as I am a man of the upmost integrity I will, of course respect the wishes of my dear friend and not reveal her identity.

Anyway, returning to the matter in hand, Dogbotics have developed a tiny chip which (when implanted into the neck of a canine) allows said animal to speak. I must confess to having been sceptical of this development until I heard it with my own ears. Imagine my surprise (I mean shock) when my own four-legged friend, Trigger (after having had the chip implanted) addressed me in the following manner:

“Hello, I’m Fido”.

Admittedly, his name is not Fido but (as mentioned above) Trigger. However his ability to voice in any manner (other than a growl, woof or whine) is truly staggering and will improve over time (or so my friend in Dogbotics informs me). In the meantime, I must remain content with such statements as that quoted above, together with such gems as

“Woof, I feel rough, that six day old pie I found in the street earlier is giving me a sore belly. Quick, I need to go outside!”.

I shall, of course keep you fully informed of the progresss of this exciting and innovative technology.

Kevin

Kero Audio Promo

I’ve owned birds, cats, chinchillas, degus, dogs, fish, gerbils, guinea pigs, hamsters, rabbits, and rats. Each one has a special place in my heart. But – though I never intended to play favourites – one little dog touched my heart in a way none of the others managed to.

His name was Kero, and he was a West Highland White Terrier.

Well, his name was actually Castellan Keroberous, but that’s quite a mouthful, so we usually just called him Kero. Since it was a mouthful even for us, I figured it would be even more of one for a child, so made sure to just use his name as Kero when I wrote the seven book series of children’s books in which Kero is the main character.

My “Kero’s World” books have been in eBook and paperback for a while, and now they’re also available in audio, thanks to the skills of narrator Giles Miller.

I’m very pleased with the job Giles has done in bringing Kero’s stories to life. I hope, if you buy the audiobooks, that you’re as pleased with them as I am, and that you enjoy the listening experience.

Regardless of the format you’d prefer, if you’d like to grab copies and share in Kero’s stories, here are the main places where you can buy the books:

   

Book 1 – Kero Goes Walkies
Audible: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Children/Kero-Goes-Walkies-Audiobook/B075G1P29M/
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/312873
CreateSpace: https://www.createspace.com/5519864
Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/kero-goes-walkies-victoria-zigler/1115292107
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/kero-goes-walkies
Chapters-Indigo: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/kero-goes-walkies/9781301045556-item.html
iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/kero-goes-walkies/id646101881
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/audiobook/kero-goes-walkies-keros-world-book-1-unabridged/id1281682080
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kero-Goes-Walkies-Keros-World/dp/1512358002/
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Kero-Goes-Walkies-Keros-World/dp/1512358002/
Amazon Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/Kero-Goes-Walkies-Keros-World/dp/1512358002/
Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Kero-Goes-Walkies-Victoria-Zigler/9781512358001

   

Book 2 – Kero Celebrates His Birthday
Audible: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Children/Kero-Celebrates-His-Birthday-Audiobook/B076JLCYM8/
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/319037
CreateSpace: https://www.createspace.com/5519876
Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/kero-celebrates-his-birthday-victoria-zigler/1115457791
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/kero-celebrates-his-birthday
Chapters-Indigo: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/kero-celebrates-his-birthday/9781301569700-item.html
iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/kero-celebrates-his-birthday/id655736313
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/audiobook/kero-celebrates-his-birthday-keros-world-book-2-unabridged/id1299188305
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kero-Celebrates-His-Birthday-Keros-x/dp/1512358061/
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Kero-Celebrates-His-Birthday-Keros-x/dp/1512358061/
Amazon Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/Kero-Celebrates-His-Birthday-Keros-x/dp/1512358061/
Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Kero-Celebrates-His-Birthday-Victoria-Zigler/9781512358063

   

Book 3 – Kero Gets Sick
Audible: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Children/Kero-Gets-Sick-Audiobook/B076JHMF35/
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/324875
CreateSpace: https://www.createspace.com/5519881
Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/kero-gets-sick-victoria-zigler/1115766744
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/kero-gets-sick
Chapters-Indigo: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/kero-gets-sick/9781301564569-item.html
iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/kero-gets-sick/id662445496
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/audiobook/kero-gets-sick-keros-world-book-3-unabridged/id1299180270
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kero-Gets-Sick-Keros-World/dp/1512358118/
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Kero-Gets-Sick-Keros-World/dp/1512358118/
Amazon Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/Kero-Gets-Sick-Keros-World/dp/1512358118/
Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Kero-Gets-Sick-Victoria-Zigler/9781512358117

   

Book 4 – Kero Celebrates Halloween
Audible: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Children/Kero-Celebrates-Halloween-Audiobook/B076JLY9N8/
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/342194
CreateSpace: https://www.createspace.com/5519892
Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/kero-celebrates-halloween-victoria-zigler/1116264603
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/kero-celebrates-halloween
Chapters-Indigo: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/kero-celebrates-halloween/9781301689095-item.html
iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/kero-celebrates-halloween/id681250334
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/audiobook/kero-celebrates-halloween-keros-world-book-4-unabridged/id1299188237
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/Books/Kero-Celebrates-Halloween-Keros-World/1512358177/
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/d/Books/Kero-Celebrates-Halloween-Keros-World/1512358177/
Amazon Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/d/Books/Kero-Celebrates-Halloween-Keros-World/1512358177/
Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Kero-Celebrates-Halloween-Victoria-Zigler/9781512358179

   

Book 5 – Kero Goes To Town
Audible: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Children/Kero-Goes-to-Town-Audiobook/B076JKC8WY/
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/344560
CreateSpace: https://www.createspace.com/5519904
Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/kero-goes-to-town-victoria-zigler/1116351967
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/kero-goes-to-town
Chapters-Indigo: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/kero-goes-to-town/9781301736898-item.html
iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/kero-goes-to-town/id685077071
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/audiobook/kero-goes-to-town-keros-world-book-5-unabridged/id1299180347
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kero-Goes-Town-Keros-World/dp/1512358258/
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Kero-Goes-Town-Keros-World/dp/1512358258/
Amazon Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/Kero-Goes-Town-Keros-World/dp/1512358258/
Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Kero-Goes-Town-Victoria-Zigler/9781512358254

   

Book 6 – Kero Celebrates Christmas
Audible: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Children/Kero-Celebrates-Christmas-Audiobook/B076JLCWXJ/
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/344566
CreateSpace: https://www.createspace.com/5519911
Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/kero-celebrates-christmas-victoria-zigler/1116351968
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/kero-celebrates-christmas
Chapters-Indigo: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/kero-celebrates-christmas/9781301781553-item.html
iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/kero-celebrates-christmas/id685077053
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/audiobook/kero-celebrates-christmas-keros-world-book-6-unabridged/id1299184684
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kero-Celebrates-Christmas-Keros-World/dp/1512358290/
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Kero-Celebrates-Christmas-Keros-World/dp/1512358290/
Amazon Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/Kero-Celebrates-Christmas-Keros-World/dp/1512358290/
Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Kero-Celebrates-Christmas-Victoria-Zigler/9781512358292

   

Book 7 – Kero Crosses The Rainbow Bridge
Audible: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Children/Kero-Crosses-the-Rainbow-Bridge-Audiobook/B076JLDP7B/
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/467451
CreateSpace: https://www.createspace.com/5519915
Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/kero-crosses-the-rainbow-bridge-victoria-zigler/1120258086
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/kero-crosses-the-rainbow-bridge
Chapters-Indigo: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/kero-crosses-the-rainbow-bridge/9781311579089-item.html
iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/kero-crosses-the-rainbow-bridge/id909832745
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/audiobook/kero-crosses-rainbow-bridge-keros-world-volume-7-unabridged/id1299180482
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kero-Crosses-Rainbow-Bridge-Keros/dp/1512358320/
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Kero-Crosses-Rainbow-Bridge-Keros/dp/1512358320/
Amazon Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/Kero-Crosses-Rainbow-Bridge-Keros/dp/1512358320/
Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Kero-Crosses-Rainbow-Bridge-Victoria-Zigler/9781512358322

You can also find the books on Goodreads.

Book 1: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17881737-kero-goes-walkies
Book 2: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17974626-kero-celebrates-his-birthday
Book 3: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18052712-kero-gets-sick
Book 4: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18052730-kero-celebrates-halloween
Book 5: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18052750-kero-goes-to-town
Book 6: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18052768-kero-celebrates-christmas
Book 7: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22919083-kero-crosses-the-rainbow-bridge

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About the author:
Victoria Zigler is a blind poet and children’s author who was born and raised in the Black Mountains of Wales, UK, and is now living on the South-East coast of England, UK. Victoria – or Tori, if you prefer – has been writing since she knew how, has a very vivid imagination, and spends a lot of time in fictional worlds; some created by her, others created by other authors. When she remembers to spend some time in the real world, it’s mostly to spend time with her hubby and pets, though sometimes to indulge in other interests that capture her attention from time to time. To date she has published 8 poetry books and more than 40 children’s books, with more planned for the near future. She’s also contributed a story to the sci-fi and fantasy anthology Wyrd Worlds II.

Author links:
Website: http://www.zigler.co.uk
Blog: http://ziglernews.blogspot.co.uk
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/toriz
Facebook author page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Victoria-Zigler/424999294215717
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/victoriazigler
Google+: https://plus.google.com/106139346484856942827

Shouting Into The BlackForest

A young child, at the edge of a vast forest, calls out
“is there anybody there?”
The silence echos back at him, as it has always done. But, sooner or later something may answer his call. Will it be a large, friendly Labrador, with it’s tail wagging furiously that comes rushing out of the forest’s black interior to greet him, or a pack of ravenous wolves. He knows not, yet he continues to call.

Is not the above, rather like our obsession with finding “aliens”? I don’t know whether they exist, but our obsession with shouting into the dark forest may, sooner or later result in us finding out. Perhaps the confirmation of the existence of aliens will be the last knowledge we, as humans gain …

Butter

The cook does mutter
About the missing butter,
While the dog licks his lips
And eyes up the chips …

Yesterday (25 March), I found my guide dog Trigger with his nose in a tub of butter. I had heard a crash in the kitchen earlier. however, on investigating and there appearing to be nothing amiss, I returned to the living room, until the sound of my hungry canine tucking into a tub of butter reached my ears!