Friday, March 28, 2008

New video by Sparkles and Spanner

Sparkles, Spanner and I made a new video for our webpages. Double click on the video below to see the latest promotional video.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

The first book arrives!

Today was a banner day! The mailman delivered the very first copy of Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog to Firehouse Dog Publishing. Sparkles was there to great the mailman.

It was really exciting to see the finished book for the very first time!

Firefighter Michael checks out the new book.

Kim Murray was the first person to stop by to check out the new book.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Cutouts Arrive in Arkansas

The new life size cutouts arrived today and Sparkles and Spanner couldn't wait to see what was inside the big package!

The Firefighter Dayna, Sparkles and Spanner Cutouts arrive!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008 Article

Thanks to the good folks at, there is an article on the new book and audio book, Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog. I would like to thank for all that they do to help promote fire safety and to allow Sparkles, Spanner and I the opportunity to spread the fire safety message.

Click on the banner below to read the article.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Firehouse Dog Publishing, LLC, releases Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog Audio Book sample.

A sample of the Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog audio book is now available. To listen to the sample, visit Firehouse Dog Publishing, LLC's website

Monday, March 10, 2008

Hard to Say Goodbye to the Bay State

As always, it was really hard saying goodbye and leaving my good friends. It was an extremely productive trip and I'd like to thank Jim and Karen, along with their children, Sara, Steven and Shawn for their incredible hospitality and for helping me promote fire safety.

Karen, thank you for all of the laughs. I don't know when I have ever laughed so hard!

A really big thank you goes to Sue Peltier for her incredible pictures, and to Jack. Thank you for all of your help with the project!

PJ, Penguin, Father Craig, and Tom, it was great seeing you. I will miss you all!

Closed out the trip with what has become the traditional picture; that of Jim, myself and Jack.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Sparkles Goes to Boston Mock-up Pictures Made

Today with the assistance of Jim Peltier, we were able to capture mock-up photos for the next book, Sparkles Goes to Boston. The photos for this book will be taken June 2008.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Photos a Plenty!

Today was a big day. Jim and his mother, Sue, along with Lisa, helped take pictures for the life size cutout and other promotional photos.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Visiting with Old Friends

My friends in Massachusetts are near and dear to my heart. We spent a nice relaxing evening visiting Friday evening.
Standing from L to R: Jim and his wife, Karen, me, and Penguin
Kneeling from L to R: Tom and Father Craig

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Reviewing Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog Audio Book

Today Steven and Sara Peltier helped me proof the Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog audio book. It received rave reviews from two of my most important critics!

Photo Courtesy of Tom Hogan

Working on Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog and Sparkles Goes to Boston Book in the Bay State

Am visiting the great state of Massachusetts where I am preparing for the upcoming release of Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog and Sparkles Goes to Boston books.

The hosts for my trip are Jim and Karen Peltier, along with their family, Sara, Steven and Shawn. We have lots of fun things in store, including preparing pictures for the website and for the books.

Here's a picture Steven and my new helmet.

Sara always suprises me with her great drawings!

Went to Steven's class and read the book. It was alot of fun and received great reviews from the children in attendance.

Proof of Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog Arrives

Today while visiting the Peltier's in Massachusetts, the proof of Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog arrived.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Three Generations of Firefighters Participate in Children's Fire Safety Audio Book

Firefighter Glenn Trembley of Chicago, Illinois and Author Firefighter Dayna Hilton read for the new Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog audio book. Firefighter Michael Post, of Post Arrangements, recorded the narration. Sparkles and Spanner provided vocals on the track providing great barking sound effects. The audio book will be released April 11th.

Reading Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog for the audio book

Sparkles and Spanner provided additional vocals.

Michael Post of Post Arrangements

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