Illustration by New Zealand artist Cherry Lawrie
Six years ago my husband and I embarked on our current circumnavigation by sailboat. During the first part of our trip we had our golden retriever with us. Her life with us aboard the boat inspired me to write these mini stories for children. Many situations are drawn from adventures we have had, places we have been, and people we have met.
Most children will never live at sea and many will never even see a dolphin, sea turtle or a whale. With these stories they will enter the world of Lily, dream and travel with her and Brandy on the ocean. They will learn about marine life, its fragility and how to best protect it. They will also be exposed to children from many parts of the world.
The story, Brandy the Sailor Dog, is told through the eyes of a two-year old golden retriever that can communicate with the animal kingdom. Brandy travels the world on a sailboat named GUPPY. She sails with eight year old Lily and her adoptive parents, Ben and Annie. Brandy likes her peace and comfort but always finds herself in the middle of a situation. She is brave, funny and has a little attitude. She never misses a chance to help or to get in trouble. For example, drinking from the kava bowl in a Fijian village.
Brandy The Sailor Dog
Book One; The Beginning
Brandy is a two-year old female golden retriever. She travels the world on a sailboat named GUPPY. She sails with eight year old Lily and her adoptive parents, Ben and Annie. At first she really didn’t want to go sailing the world. Why would she ? She was comfortable at home on her bed. What changed her mind?
Brandy likes her peace and comfort but always finds herself in the middle of a situation. She is brave, funny, and with a little bit of an attitude. She never misses a chance to help or to get in trouble.
Brandy can communicate with the animal kingdom, but doesn’t know to what extent yet. Imagine her surprise when she is at the bow of GUPPY seasick and Sam, a Bottlenose dolphin, asks for her help. His companion Sassy is trapped and her life is in danger.
What will Brandy do? She is not allowed to jump off the boat when it is moving.
During this first adventure, Lily will start suspecting Brandy’s ability to communicate with the marine life.
It will also be a turning point were the young family, already on an exciting but challenging journey, will start working together on a rescue effort. How will they manage? What will be Brandy’s role?
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Brandy, I need your help to free my companion Sassy . Says the dolphin Sam.
I am soooooo in trouble . Says Brandy
The Magical Adventures of Brandy the Sailor Dog- Book One
Chapter One – She is so cute
Once upon a time…
Ah! Lets cut that out. I’m a dog. Brandy’s my name and I’m a sailor.
I’m Brandy the sailor dog.
I sail the world with my human friends Lily , Annie and Ben. When she was very young, Lily lost her parents.
Annie and Ben adopted her. They became her mom and dad. They love her very much. She loves them very much as well.
But enough about Lily for now. Lets talk about me. You probably wonder how I got to be a sailor ?
Here’s how it all started…
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