Author V.J. Rotella Tells the Story of a Golden Retriever in New Book

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The bond, the adventures and the heroism of Captain Ollie and Tugboat

There have been many news stories detailing the bond between dogs and humans, and tales of dog heroics enter the public consciousness; capture one’s imagination, and fuel assertions that a dog’s loyalty is unwavering. Readers will find about that in the heroic story of a beautiful Golden Retriever, which was rescued and adopted by a tugboat owner named Captain Ollie in the book titled The Adventures of Tugboat and Captain Ollie written by V.J. Rotella.

Captain Ollie who owns a lot of tugboats adopted a lovable Golden Retriever puppy. He falls in love instantly the moment he saw the puppy and takes him home. He named his puppy Tugboat after hearing the sound of a tugboat. After many years, Tugboat grows up to become a strong Golden Retriever. Little did Captain Ollie know, Tugboat will emerge a hero after the dog helped him rescued a family hanging on for dear life after their small boat is being thrown around by waves and slowly being capsized by a violent storm.

The story of Captain Ollie and his adopted dog Tugboat brings valuable lessons to readers on taking good care of domesticated animals like dogs. It reminds them the need to open their hearts and rescue an abandoned animal at all cost for they will never know how and when that animal will be of big help to them in times of trouble.

Furthermore, the story also proves to all that dogs are indeed man’s best friend and loyal partner. All they ever wanted is someone to love them just like everyone else. They have the ability to feel deep affection and project unfailing good will. Their constancy is a comforting presence as man maneuver through the obstacle course of modern life. No mere animals, dogs are trustworthy companions that deserve much praise and pampering too.

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About the Author
As an author, V.J. Rotella loves writing and reading children’s books. He especially likes reading books with dogs as one of the main characters. He always goes to the library and into the children’s book section. He loves animals, especially dogs. He had dogs all his life. He goes to the library where there’s a wealth of information just waiting to be absorbed by animal lovers of all ages, especially young minds and future young authors.
He and his wife have a little Yorkshire terrier who they rescued from a bad situation. She was 10 months old and weighed 5 ½ lbs. The idea of a dog excited him, but not a small dog; He always liked bigger dogs. The thought of walking a little dog didn’t excite him at all. To make a long story short, when and his wife entered the home of the owner, hiding under the table was the last and smallest of the litter. When he saw the dog, something inside him all of a sudden changed. He looked at the dog and it stared up at him. It was love at first sight. His heart said he is taking the dog home, no matter what the cost.

The Adventures of Tugboat and Captain Ollie * by V.J.R
The Big Rescue
Publication Date: December 7, 2011
Picture Book; $15.99; 24 pages; 978-1-4653-8073-9
Picture Book Hardcover; $25.99; 24 pages; 978-1-4653-8074-6

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