10 Reasons Senior Dogs Make the Best Road-Trip Companions

The author of Tube-Sock Tricks and 101 Other Tips for RVing Success readies for another road trip.Between the clown hounds (Brontë the yellow lab and her foster friend of mixed lineage) and the more senior fox terriers, including the famous Chaucer, we strike a daily balance between chaos and quiet around the headquarters of Canterbury Tails Books. When it comes to fun away from the office, Brontë in particular is up for a hike, a run, or swim anytime, anywhere, which makes her a great traveling companion for our more active adventures. Yet after many a day trip and cross-country trek with dogs in tow, I’ve come to the conclusion that senior dogs truly make the best road-trip companions! Continue reading

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Announcing Our Third Bark for Books! Campaign

Chaucer Barking by John Clarke Copyright The Armarium PressChaucer will be launching his third Bark for Books! Campaign this Saturday at the May Fair in Rindge, New Hampshire. For every copy of Learning Is Cool… It’s the First Day of School! sold between now and 15 August 2013, The Armarium Press will donate one copy of the book to the young child of a deployed or wounded soldier.

“We came up with the idea several years ago, shortly before Learning Is Cool was released,” says publisher Carmen Madrid. “We’d been corresponding with the Baghdad-based soldier we’d adopted through the Soldiers’ Angels program, and it occurred to us how difficult it must be for kids to start kindergarten or first grade with a beloved parent so far away.”

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Discovering the Tucson Library’s Read-to-a-Dog Program

Read to a Dog program at the Dusenberry River branch of the Tucson Public LibraryWhen visiting Tucson recently, some of The Armarium Press team discovered the Pima County Public Library’s Read-to-a-Dog program. We’ve heard about read-to-a-dog events at indie bookstores elsewhere around the country, but this is the most extensive such program we’ve come across: About a dozen Tucson-area library branches participate weekly. The concept is that children–specifically early readers and those who might be having a little trouble reading at their grade level–find dogs a comfortable, non-judgmental audience.

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Lessons from a Photo Shoot: Fire Safety Tips Your Kids May Not Remember From School

Chaucer With Fire Marshal BrianThanks to Fire Marshal Brian, Chaucer and his team secured some great photos a while back for the prolific terrier’s forthcoming book about careers (Surgeon, Sculptor, Sailor on the Sea… What in the World Do I Want to Be?) We caught up with Fire Marshal Brian recently, and the discussion turned to fire safety lessons for young kids.

It turns out that firefighters face unique challenges when entering a burning home in which there are young children. Why? Kids often conceal themselves, behind doors, in closets, under furniture–forcing their rescuers to spend precious moments in a dangerous game of hide and seek.

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The Power of “Well Done”

Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.

Inspirational words such as these from Winston Churchill can be a beacon in our lesser inspired moments. And, if you’re like me, moments of cloudiness try to creep in to my day’s work, curbing my enthusiasm more often than I care to admit. One way I try to motivate myself is by recalling that most motivational quotes were born of some challenge faced by the “quoter.” The other way is even simpler. Read on.

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