Baylaurel Press Baylaurel Press is an independent publishing firm in Mill Valley, California devoted to written material and photography about military history, dogs, and outdoor adventure on land and sea.

Bill Buchanan, author and principal of the firm, has written three books: Living with Brittanys: a Survival Guide; Full Circle: A Marine Rifle Company in Vietnam; and Fur Kids: A Life with Dogs. The author�s experiences as a climber, backcountry skier, forest fire fighter, U.S. Marine, and Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation are reflected not only in the books, but in published articles and essays, some of which are available for review at Our Adventure Blog

I’m just now starting to read my new book, “Fur Kids: A Life with Dogs” and am thoroughly enjoying it. I didn’t realized when I opened the package that you had written a note to me and signed my copy. My wife saw that first thing when she browsed through it and had to bring it to my attention.

Thank you so very much. I wanted to ask if you could sign my book so that it will go along with your first one that you signed at the American Brittany Rescue picnic, but there wasn’t any place on the order form for comments.
Thanks again for signing my book.
Bill Fenton
Fresno, California

Mr. Buchanan made me laugh uncontrollably and cry as deeply. I read this book in one sitting and was so moved I proceeded to purchase several copies for friends. Anyone who has ever loved a pet of any kind will never forget this book. The author writes with acute sensitivity and extraordinary humor. One will never look at tomato juice in the same way after “Living with Brittanys.” Bravo…and 20 stars!!!
Sandy Baker
San Francisco, California March 4, 2003

This book confirmed what I remember about Brittanys from childhood; they are mischievous, physically challenging, and personable. I especially enjoyed reading about the effect that the distinct personalities of three Brittanys had on the owners. The special attention that these two people gave to their dogs and the pain that they experienced when the first two died is particularly poignant. Humorous and in some case hilarious incidents punctuate this fine memoir. I also found the description of beautiful wilderness areas compelling. This is an uplifting and inspirational book for troubled times.
Claire Cop
 Sausalito, California March 2, 2007

This book was entertaining. If you love Brittanys, you will find this book to be a fun read. It was real life with Brittanys. It gave me a new appreciation and understanding for the Brittany I have lived with for the past year.
Jo June 1 2007:

Since I had the honor of meeting these dogs, the descriptions of their lives with the two owners meant more to me than the average person; however, I will attempt to be unbiased. This account will certainly give one the ideas of what different personalities dogs have within the breed which can affect your choice of a dog that must suit your lifestyle and surrounding. Through semantic skill and vivid descriptions of the terrain, the reader will sense Bill’s affection for the environment, the need to respect it, and our responsibility to take care of it. Most importantly, the reader will learn the pitfalls, the pleasures, and the humor of owning a Brittany.
Marsha Messick, Cochise, Arizona

Fur Kids:
A Life with Dogs

A Life With Dogs

If you’ve been in search of touching dog stories, and want to experience a delightful memoir of what its like to share your heart and home with dogs;  If you’re hearing the calling to find your own fur kids, and researching the characteristics’ and qualities of Brittanys, or have owned Brittanys in the past, then this book is for you.

Fur Kids will provide fresh insights into the breed’s characteristics and qualities, while whisking you along a man and woman’s travel adventures, as they share their sometimes humorous journey of joys, challenges, and sorrow of living with five furry souls.

Even if you’ve never owned a dog, or have lived and worked with Brittanys for years, you’ll find an excellently written story, with an uncommon freshness, that draws you into the experience of sharing adventures with dogs.

“Share your years with these furred companions whose lives are shorter than your own and you accept the certainty of losses. But the remembered joys outlast the grieving. It’s an endlessly repeated story, known by anyone who has given his heart to a dog. But William Buchanan tells it with uncommon freshness and feeling, from his rich experience with five Brittany’s.” – Charles Gusswell

Fur Kids isn’t your typical memoir; It’s a journey into the heart, mind, and experience of sharing nature and life’s adventures with the animals we love; its descriptive accounts of nature and being in the wilds are sure to touch anyone who loves the outdoors, especially those who have given their hearts to sharing their lives with dogs.

Follow columnist William Buchanan as he recounts his life’s emotional journey of sharing experiences, and adventures with his wife and their five uniquely different fur kids.

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