Life is an Adventure

by DFS-Pet-Blog on November 2, 2010

Janelle, Alan and Torri.

Janelle, Alan and Torii.

The other day I stopped at our retail store. While I was in line waiting to check out, I noticed a display for a book called “Torii’s Summer Adventure.” As all of us do while standing in line in the check out, I picked it up and browsed through it. The first thing I noticed was that Alan Condra illustrated it. I KNOW him! He is one of the company photographers. Since Cody and Taylor (my grandchildren) were coming for the weekend, I also bought the book.

Torii is a Golden Retriever owned by Alan and his wife, Janelle. Torii tells her story about her “Summer Adventure.” I won’t share spoil the adventure but the story is very well told and the illustrations are awesome! You can’t help but fall in love with Torii and her antics!

Cody enjoying Torii's adventures!

Cody enjoying Torii's adventures!


I was anxious for Cody and Taylor to arrive… As expected, Taylor loved the illustrations and kept pointing to the pictures and calling Torii “Maxx”… Cody, being 7, can read so he was able to read the story without me improvising like I do with Taylor in an effort to hold a 2-year-old’s attention. Both enjoyed the book… me included!

According to Alan, Torii has a Fall Adventure and it is now available in our local store. They are planning on Torii having a Winter and Spring Adventure also. I can’t wait to purchase the rest of the books for Cody and Taylor!

Torii often models at Drs. Foster & Smith. She was 10 weeks old in this photo that was used for a 2005 catalog cover.

Torii often models at Drs. Foster & Smith. She was 10 weeks old in this photo that was used for a 2005 catalog cover.

I asked Alan why he and his wife, Janelle, decided to write these books. According to Alan, his wife is an elementary school teacher and has always wanted to write books that she could read in her classroom as well as have them published. They began to work on their dream a couple years ago…with Janelle writing and Alan doing the photography. Once the first book was complete, they attempted to find a publisher. However, without an agent, they were unable to find an interested publisher. And, of course, without a publisher, they couldn’t get an agent. It was a Catch 22. Therefore, they decided to move forward with their project and handle publishing themselves.

Would you like to learn more about Torii? She has her own website so be sure to check it out! You can order her books from her site, or through For you Facebook users, you can even become a fan of Torri.

By the way, the original reason I had stopped at our store was to purchase some Pet Kiss Breath Freshener for my granddog, Maxx as he had some nasty “doggy breath”… Pet Kiss Breath Freshener is a natural way to eliminate bad breath and it works great! Just sprinkle a couple drops on your dog’s food… kisses aren’t so bad after all!

Like Torii says, “Remember life is an adventure – be sure to make it fun!”

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Ellen B. November 3, 2010 at 10:31 am

You can also follow Janelle on Twitter!

Christie (and her dog Tiffany) November 8, 2010 at 10:37 am

How cool! Thanks for the twitter link too…I just followed her. Also, I *love* that picture of Torii as a puppy sleeping. She looks so adorable.

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