I am holding this space open for those great photos of Kala, Kode and friends that I want to share.
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The Adventures of Kala started out as a simple book for a neighbor's kids who loved dogs. Little by little, the stories grew and I decided to offer them to others.
Here on this blog I hope to add more about Kala and even talk about the illustrations and picture book formatting. You wouldn't think it would be that hard, right? It was quite the learning curve!
Feel free to comment and add ideas.
I read all reviews and appreciate the time that people take out to post their opinions, suggestions and comments about the book series.
WE ARE AUSSIE, free book, and book one of Adventures With Kala received a review from a reader. Her comment read "I think the book would be far more effective if the writer had used photographs throughout the book, rather than simple graphics."
Some of the books do contain a FEW actual photos of Kala and others. This was mostly done to show the reader that Kala and her friends were real dogs, not just cartoons. Most of the "graphics" or illustrations as I prefer to call them are actually based on the original photos. Some have graphics added to the original such as a rug.
Being a children's book, I felt they would respond better to silly, fun illustrations. Though I am not a graphic artist by any stretch of the imagination, I do enjoy working on these illustrations using photoshop and paintshop pro. It is fun to see the images come alive and I hope the kids find them fun to look at as well.
Everyone is welcomed to their own opinions and with indie publishing, we are all able to express ours whether being an author, artist, reader and critic.
Just for fun I thought I would include a few photos verses illustrations. I may add more before and afters as things go.
Illustration 1. She's a Lady! Kala got this hat on her birthday. It was suppose to be just a joke, meant to be funny. Turned out, Kala LOVED her hat and wanted to wear it often. So on special occasions, we got out her hat and we would party.
Senshi- actually my son's dog. He may appear throughout different books in the future. Also a Tri-Black Aussie.
Frog Legs. Two things make me smile about the Aussie appearance. Their unique butts ( all shaking cascading hair) and frog legs. Most Aussies seem to prefer to lay like this but not all. Kode has never laid like this. He prefers the standard lay.
I always try to keep the expressions of the original photos as close as I can. For me, it is enjoyment and I only hope others enjoy the illustrations as well.
In the second book in the Adventures With Kala series, I AM KALA, my little pup is found to be very sick. Due to this being a children's book, I didn't go into the details of her illness. Needless to say that her breeder was not a responsible breeder. She was breeding this pups from her home and in all appearances seemed fine. The yard and pet area clean and dogs were friendly and playful. Honestly, I had no idea how bad things were about to get.
Sure, I can smile thinking back now, as they say, time does have a way of forgiving. I guess what bothered me was the fact that Kala came with a record of health from an actual vet clinic.
Ok, let's start at the beginning. It was INSTANT love. She was running around the yard playing and turned staring at me. It was her eyes, she looked at me as if we had always known each other. I didn't even hesitate. She was the one for me.
Stopping for puppy food and puppy pads, we made our way home. Three L-O-N-G hours later, my sweet little girl was home. Later that night I noticed Kala struggling on the pad. It looked like spaghetti was coming out of her bum. No way! I was HORRIFIED. All the years as a pet owner I had never seen anything like this. I never knew worms could get so long in such a young pup. They were still moving. OMG they were alive! My heart went out to her as my mind was screaming GROSS!!!
Scooping up the worms and the stool in a throwaway container, I made plans to visit the local vet asap. This was not my first rodeo! The doctor put it under the microscope. Doctor N. asked if I wanted to see the slide. She began explaining what I was looking at. Kala had several different types of worms which in itself was bad, but what worried the doctor, these worms were in adult stages. Poor little Kala was FILLED with parasites. They could have only been passed through the mother who must have also been infected. When she said she "had never seen a case this bad in her entire career", I knew how serious her condition was.
Kala tired quickly. It was impossible for Kala to obtain any nutrition from her food due to the severe parasite infection. If this would have continued untreated, I doubt she would have survived. Kala went through 3 strong deworming treatments, then 6 months later, retreated and again at one year. We feed her the best foods. She got her shots. The doctor monitored her carefully and fell totally in love with Kala as we did. As weak as she was during this time, Kala was adorable no matter how many exams and treatments she had to go through.
I attempted to contact the breeder after this. Her number had been disconnected. I couldn't find her anywhere on the web as well. It looked like someone had reported her or the vet clinic. To be fair, she HAD taken the pups to a vet clinic and received deworming treatments. (Kala had been treated twice according to the breeder.) And yet how could she NOT notice the distress all those dogs were in.
My anger to this day goes to the original vet that seen the puppies and issued the first treatments. Of course in ALL THINGS IN LIFE, not all professionals are equal. Not all vets are good honest vets. I was lucky finding Doctor N.
We moved when Kala was 4 years old making it impossible to continue seeing Doctor N. I went through quite a few vet clinics with Kala until I felt that comfort zone and trust level that I had with her first vet. I quickly learned, not all professionals are professional.
Kala did recover but paid a price for her rough beginning. Her front leg nerves were weakened and anytime she got nervous or excited, it shook out of her control. Kala always had trouble going to the bathroom, whether it was from nerves or health related. Nothing a little butt wash didn't fix! It never mattered to me, she was family.