How Dogs Saved Christmas, by guest blogger, Robert McCarty

Welcome readers! Today’s post is by guest blogger Robert McCarty, whom I met through the dog-eared book club on about 8 years ago. Who would have thought that discussing dog books would begin such a long and cooperative friendship? Bob and I come from different backgrounds, but it is our love of good books and our love of dogs that sealed our friendship. I’ve been delighted to publish my books under Bob’s Barking Planet Productions imprint. Bob has authored a trilogy of children’s books about how dogs from the Planet of the Dogs have helped humans overcome war and strife. They are chapter books with beautifully haunting illustrations by his talented wife, Stella Mustanoja McCarty and they have an excellent message for children of all ages; even we ‘older’ children.


Daisy and Nor

Daisy and Nor

How Dogs Saved Christmas

Why can’t people be more like dogs? I think most visitors to this site have had that thought and discussed it with a friend or family member. Life on this planet would be very different.

I had a conversation about this very subject with a friend several years ago. The conversation was prompted by our rescued dog, Miss Merrie, a toy poodle, who had emerged from a difficult life with courage, loyalty, love, and forgiveness all intact.

Miss Merrie motivated me to write books for children wherein dogs come down from their own planet – where they lived in peace and happiness — to help and teach people on earth. At that time, long, long ago, there were no dogs on planet earth.

Many people are unaware that there was a time when Santa had to cancel Christmas because Dasher and Dancer were missing. No one knew that they had been kidnapped by the King of the North.

Snow Valley Heroes, A Christmas Tale, tells the story of how the dogs came from the Planet of the Dogs, and found the missing reindeer in the Ice Castle. With the help of two kids, Daisy and Bean, they not only freed the reindeer, they also – ultimately — converted the King of the North into a decent human being. All this was done by their being dogs.

And that’s how the dogs saved Christmas.

Robert McCarty

If you want to know more, please visit Planet Of The Dogs for sample chapters; or, if you are a teacher, librarian, or therapy dog owner, and want to read the book now, just write for your complimentary copy to

Planet of the Dogs seriesThe Planet of the Dogs books are available in print and ebook from Amazon and other online retailers.

Robert McCarty is a producer/writer/director of films and videos on subjects ranging from teenage lifestyles to race relations. His short film, Rooftops Of New York, was nominated for an Academy Award.

Stella and Bob

Stella and Bob

He is a former adjunct instructor at Teacher’s College, Columbia University and at the School Of Visual Arts, New York City. Planet Of The Dogs was inspired by the many stories made up for his four children and seven grandchildren.

Stella Mustanoja McCarty, who illustrated the books, taught painting and drawing for over 30 years at the Vantaa, Finland, Art School. She graduated as a painting major from the Art Academy of Finland and also holds degrees from the University of Helsinki in Education and Sociology and Social Policy.

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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