How Five Misfit Dogs Saved Me from Bewilderness

I generally use my blog space here Up on the Woof exclusively to advocate for dogs and share important dog welfare and dog rescue information, but today I’m making a little detour, because I have a personal  announcement.

My second book, Circling the Waggins, is scheduled to be released this month. I’m excited that it is being published under the Barking Planet imprint. Barking Planet Productions are the folks who brought you the Planet of the Dog series of children’s books. The McCarty’s at Barking Planet Productions are wonderful advocates for reading therapy dogs.

Circling the Waggins: How Five Misfit Dogs Saved Me from Bewilderness is an intensely personal story. It is unflinching in its honest portrayal of the heartache and joy involved when sharing your life with beloved pets.

“More than twenty years of performing pet rescues could wear anyone down. Especially when the pets that end up being permanent residents in your home are the most irascible, insane and ridiculously un-adoptable pets known to man.  Circling the Waggins follows two middle aged women as they maneuver through one unexpected pet debacle after another in a rugged and isolated cabin in the National Park.  Coping with Waldo, a way-too-brainy boxer mix, plus a mentally challenged hyperactive Shih-tzu/Chihuahua named Rocket Boy, is difficult enough. Add three more canine misfits, a mysteriously humming cat, and an impromptu mouse rescue gone wrong, and you’ve got what might be a recipe for total disaster.  With patience and compassion, the women come to discover that even the tiniest of lives is precious; heartache and joy go hand-in-hand, and love is an eternal circle of wagging tails.”

Please stop by my author page on Facebook to stay up to date on all the latest news, contests, giveaways and information.

Circling the Waggins will be available on by the end of this month. If you are a book reviewer and would like a review copy, please send your request to me or Barking Planet.

  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Barking Planet Productions (July 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0-9786928-6-1
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-9786928-6-5
  • Suitable for YA through adult.

About yelodoggie

Ariel C. Wulff is an author, artist and animal advocate. They have been involved in pet rescue for over twenty-five years. They have written two books about their true-life adventures living with an ever-changing house full of pets: Born Without a Tail, and Circling the Waggins, and a guide to animal advocacy using the Internet as a tool: How to Change the World in 30 Seconds". Wulff also wrote a pet column and book review column for the Examiner, and was a contributing editor for They attribute their love of animals to having been raised by Wulffs.
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5 Responses to How Five Misfit Dogs Saved Me from Bewilderness

  1. gold account says:

    Therapy reading dog owners, librarians and teachers with therapy reading dog programs…write us at and we will send you free reader copies of books from the Planet of the Dogs Series.


  2. Looking forward to reading your new book, Ariel!


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  4. vida says:

    I loved your first book and am so happy you have another coming out! It’s definitely on my wish list, please put it out on kindle as well? I can’t wait!


    • yelodoggie says:

      Thanks, Vida! Circling the Waggins was released on July 16 and is available from and other retailers. It is also available in Kindle…and if you have Kindle prime, you can borrow it free!


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