I’m A Bear: A Charming Shaggy-Dog Story Seen Through the Eyes of a Fun-Loving Golden Doodle

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Bear is a dog, a Golden Doodle, a wonderful, loving, bundle of energy that came into this world with a Golden Retriever for a Mom and a Standard French Poodle for a Dad. But he’s convinced he’s really a bear because that’s what everyone calls him. He was born in November 2012 near the tiny community of Alma, just north of Kitchener-Waterloo, in southern Ontario. For recreation, Bear loves nothing more than a splash in the swimming hole, a game of catch or a wrestle with his human Dad, Don Ranney, plus the old standbys of breakfast, lunch, dinner and dining on any kind of stick he can find.

Bear has loads of fun. When he was a puppy, he liked to chew on table legs, and also pee on the kitchen floor rather than do his business outside in the snow. But Bear is a fast learner – when he does go outside to pee in the snow, he not only gets a pat on the head for his efforts, but he also gets a lovely, edible treat from Don or Don’s lovely mate, Danielle Langlois.

You can read all about the adventures of Bear the Golden Doodle in a recently released, illustrated book entitled I’m A Bear. It’s a delightful autobiography, telling the fantastic story of Bear’s early life through the eyes of Bear and the words of Don Ranney. Adventures? Bear has had a few! Close calls? Yes, those, too. Joy and happiness? Bear has had that in spades, thanks to the love and care bestowed on him by Don and Danielle. I’m a Bear is simply the story of a very happy and lively dog, who just wants to make everybody happy and teach them to love all creatures.

This is a book for animal lovers of all ages. Kids – especially those lucky enough to have a pet of their own – will be enchanted. Adults – especially those who have grown up with a treasured household companion – will see, in Bear, the unmistakeable traits of their own pets. And they will see in Don and Danielle those particular, loving and humane qualities that most pet-lovers possess. It makes great bedtime reading.

I’m A Bear is, at once, very readable and very uplifting. It will strike a chord in your heart – and it will remind you once again of that incredible, emotional bond that so often exists between the human and animal worlds. A young Golden Doodle with the charming name of Bear will touch your heart and lift your spirit.

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Author Don Ranney, in addition to being Bear’s best buddy, is a true renaissance man. He graduated in medicine from the University of Toronto in 1958 and then became a medical officer with the British Special Air Services. He and his family spent time in India where he performed re-constructive surgery on leprosy victims. He later established the School of Anatomy at the University of Waterloo where he taught for 24 years. He established a jazz band in Kingston, Ontario and created the East Toronto Lacrosse League for youngsters. He obtained a diploma in TV production at the Banff Centre and served as team physician for a host of community and national sports teams, including the Canadian men’s softball team that won a Pan-American Games gold medal in 1983.

He has written more than 100 scientific medical papers and is a member of 15 professional organizations, including the Writers’ Union of Canada. When he’s not too busy, he’ll find time for roller-blading. As for skydiving, he gave that up a few years back!

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I’m A Bear: Autobiography of a Golden Doodle
as told to Don Ranney
ISBN: 9780992051419

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