Book Title: Ralphie, Always Loved by Andrea Yerramilli
Illustrated by: Samantha Van Riet
Category: Children’s Fiction, 32 pages
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Publisher: About Something Good, LLC
Release date: October 28, 2017
Tour dates: April 9 to May 4, 2018
Content Rating: G
This is the story of the life, love, and adventures of a beloved family dog, and how he delighted and touched his family and everyone he met.
Ralphie was born with a heart on his belly.
He loves food, his family, his friends, his neighbors.
He loves pretty much everything and everyone.
And they love him back.
And that’s how it is all through his life.
Read the book and fall in love with him too.
Rambunctious and hyperactive, Ralphie had already been returned to the animal shelter three times, but when Andrea and her husband adopted him and gave him a loving home where he was understood, accepted, and taught, he learned fast. As Ralphie’s human family grew, so did his capacity for love and the ways he could express it. He remained a loving and beloved family member who touched the hearts of the whole neighborhood until he was ready to say goodbye at the grand-old age of sixteen. Ralphie, Always Loved will remind you of all that is good, and reaffirm your belief in love’s power to uplift and transform.
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by Andrea Yerramilli
The minute I laid eyes on Ralphie, the dog who is the main character of my children’s picture book Ralphie, Always Loved, there was something about him that I recognized. He felt familiar; it seemed just right—like he was meant to be part of our family.
We all have a type, a certain something we unconsciously look for. And then suddenly one day it dawns on us, and we begin to recognize a pattern and realize that yes, this is what we like. It could be a smile, or the shape of the face or a certain look.
I have a certain dog type. I love black-and-white dogs, and the only three dogs I have had as an adult were black and white. They looked like siblings but were in no way related, except that they were all my dogs. It’s curious, isn’t it? Without realizing it, I got Ralphie, my second dog, because he reminded me of Skipper, my first. And I got my third, Lennon, because she was a perfect blend of the first two. But why did I get my first?
Skipper reminded me of a dog I knew when I was a young girl. I don’t remember much about her other than meeting her when we went to my aunt’s home, and she was one of two dogs there. She must have been sweet and loving because she made an impression on my heart. The other dog was brown and was the black-and-white dog’s daughter. They were both mixed breeds, and I remember playing and interacting with them both, yet only one changed how I would go on to feel and act years later.
Skipper, Ralphie, and now Lennon all seem to embody that same kind spirit and loving heart, which makes me believe that our types go beyond the physical to a deeper emotional level.
Ralphie, Always Loved celebrates the life of Ralphie, who was a beautiful mixed breed—the best of both a Labrador retriever and a terrier. He was loving, curious, full of energy, and completely lovable. He was with us for sixteen years and made an impression in the hearts of everyone he met. My dogs have turned many of our friends into dog people. Who my next dog will be is yet to be seen, but somehow I know that it will be another black-and-white dog, with the same kind of heart-melting brown eyes.
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