FC: Written and Illustrated by Joanna Gamber JoGam Publishing 2010 | Raleigh
1: Raleigh Written and Illustrated By Joanna Gamber JoGam Publishing 2010
2: Raleigh felt sad. He was a Burmese mountain dog- a guard dog. But guarding he wasn't so good at. OK, so it stunk worse than his breath, but it still didn't make him a bad dog. It just made it hard for him to please Mrs. Brown, his owner.
3: Mrs. Brown was a retired teacher whose pride and joy was her garden. She was also the kind of person who took action, so when The rabbits who lived in the woods behind her house became so numerous that they were destroying her garden, she did something. Very few people would have guessed that Mrs. Brown was kind under all her gruffness, But she was. Or at least She didn't want
4: to actually harm the rabbits, just discourage them from doing any more damage to her garden. However, when none of her humane methods worked she started to despair, wondering if she would have to call pest control. That was when a friend had told her about the usefulness of guard dogs.
5: Two weeks later, Mrs. Brown had bought a one year old Bernese mountain dog. She named him Raleigh, after her long gone husband. Raleigh, however, proved to be worthless. Not only had the attacks on her garden continued, but a fox had begun eating her chickens. Once Mrs. Brown had glanced out the window and had seen Raleigh playing gently with the rabbits. Mrs. Brown wasn't sure whether to be disgusted or impressed. He was probably the worst guard dog in history, but he'd managed to befriend the world's most timid creature- the rabbit.
6: Part of Mrs.Brown wanted to keep Raleigh, but she knew she couldn't afford to, not if she wanted to garden.Next week a woman from town was stopping by to pick Raleigh up and take him home with her. Mrs. Brown knew it was for the best, Raleigh would never make a good guard dog. And Raleigh knew it too. He was so depressed that when dusk finally came and the rabbits crept out of their hiding places, he didn't even have the heart to play with his best friends, three siblings named Pip, Hop and Ginger Pip and Hop quickly gave up trying to cheer Raleigh when they realized he wasn't going to play with them, but Ginger wouldn't leave Raleigh alone until he told her the whole story.
7: Ginger was sorry when she heard that Raleigh was leaving, and tried her best to comfort him. But Raleigh didn't want to be comforted, so Ginger soon left. Surprisingly, Raleigh didn't have a hard time getting to sleep that night, and probably would have slept well into the | morning if he hadn't been awakened by Pip and Hop. | Pip and Hop
8: rabbits paused. "Go on." They said, "We'll wait here." Now it was Raleigh's turn to hesitate. He took one glance at the fallen-down house, gathered his courage, and | They quickly explained what was wrong. Ginger had gone into an abandoned house and was trapped somewhere inside. "Will you help her?!" Both rabbits cried in unison. Raleigh didn't even take the time to answer such an obvious question. He followed the two rabbits until they neared the abandoned house, and then the | the abandoned house | the abandoned house
9: charged in. Like a true rescue dog he located Ginger, then carried her back to where Pip and Hop were anxiously waiting. "She doesn't look so great." Hop muttered. "Maybe she's just thirsty!" said Pip hopefully. Being careful not to hurt her, Raleigh carried Ginger, in his mouth, back to the doghouse. Pip and Hop followed timidly. Unknown to the foursome, Mrs.Brown watched the strange procession. For the next Five days Mrs. Brown
10: watched Raleigh look out for Ginger until she became healthy again. | Soon Raleigh began to notice a change in Mrs. Brown's yard.
11: Why exactly Mrs. Brown changed, Raleigh never knew, but maybe Mrs. Brown was lonely and seeing Raleigh make | friends so easily had made her want to make some friends to.Whatever the case, Bird-feeders began appearing in Mrs. Brown's yard, the rabbits and the deer
12: were allowed to eat down her garden, and she began feeding the fox so that the stopped eating her chickens. Best of all, when the lady from town came to pick Raleigh up, Mrs. Brown said she wasn't getting rid of him.
13: It was a happy ending for everyone. Raleigh got to stay with his friends, the rabbits got plenty of food, and the grouchy Mrs. Brown learned how to make friends. And they all lived happily ever after. | The End
14: Joanna Gamber attends Cambridge Springs High School and is in 7th grade. She has three brothers and three dogs. Her favorite activities include; Horseback riding and playing with her border collie, Beau. Her favorite subjects in school are math and art. Her goal is to be an author, an illustrator, or an art teacher when she graduates. The dog in this story was fictional, but similar to the author's dog in personality.
15: Thank you for reading this book!