365 Challenge: Day 318 – Petlandia

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Petlandia: a world where Ryder lives and you can find more pets, too


Last night, W and I returned from a short weekend getaway in the Hudson Valley in upstate New York where we stayed with friends. It was a wonderful trip, but it was even better a few minutes after we walked through our apartment door. We were both quiet and concerned, as we would normally be greeted by tons of kisses and barks. There were none, but we carried with us a small package that was delivered via mail while we were away. After we unpacked and settled in about twenty minutes later, we opened the brown cardboard box addressed to ‘Winston and Jay’ uncertain what it was or who sent it. When pulled the object from its holder, a picture book titled ‘Ryder’s Adventures in Petlandia’ stared back at us. We initially only knew who sent it because we found an email address on the shipping papers. We later found out when reading the story!

It’s a customized story where the purchaser selects the type of pet, names, locations and events. The company creates your unique picture book with images and words that connect you to your pet. In our book, Ryder leaves us a note and disappears one evening from Mew York in search of becoming a famous Hollywoof actor — adorable names for dog towns. Ryder is not picked for the latest movie; meanwhile W and Jay are very sad to miss Ryder. Ryder finds a saxophone and becomes an overnight YouChew sensation, but he misses home. He has an unusual flight, but arrives safely and into Jay and W’s waiting arms. Even the cartoon graphic image looks just like Ryder.

Today would have been a Ryder Rant. In lieu of, and as a final goodbye to this segment on Mondays on the 365 Daily Challenge, this amazing, thoughtful and touching present will stand in place. I am grateful to this special family member who took the time with her kids to search out, assemble, design and draft such a beautiful memento. In case she prefers not to be named, I’ll keep it secret in this post. But it was one of those moments where I really feel blessed to know such a person who has been incredibly kind and generous over the years. Thank you to her. Thank you to the writer (Steve Cleverley) and illustrator (Katja Hammond) of these books. Thank you to the publisher and creator of such a concept. Brilliant.


We always cuddled on the sofa!


About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon @ http://mybook.to/WGS. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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32 thoughts on “365 Challenge: Day 318 – Petlandia

    The Cozy Pages said:
    January 29, 2018 at 8:12 AM


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    Cammie Adams said:
    January 29, 2018 at 8:14 AM

    You have awesome friends. Love the book.

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    Kristin @ Kristin Kraves Books said:
    January 29, 2018 at 8:35 AM

    What a sweet gift. So thoughtful and I am sure something you will cherish forever!

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    Paula Bardell-Hedley said:
    January 29, 2018 at 8:44 AM

    What a lovely idea.

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    LA said:
    January 29, 2018 at 8:45 AM


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    foodzesty said:
    January 29, 2018 at 9:26 AM

    I love it!!! 🙂

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    theloyalbritwit said:
    January 29, 2018 at 10:44 AM

    What a special gift! ❤️

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    scr4pl80 said:
    January 29, 2018 at 12:22 PM

    Such a great idea! We’ve gotten books like that for our kids but had no idea they did them for pets too. A true treasure, both the book and the person who sent it to you!

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    tylerus said:
    January 29, 2018 at 2:34 PM

    Awwwwwwwww. Love it! What an amazing idea. 🙂

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    By Hook Or By Book ~ Book Reviews, News, & Other Stuff said:
    January 29, 2018 at 2:35 PM

    What an incredibly sweet gift! You have a wonderful family Jay!😊

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    N. N. Light said:
    January 29, 2018 at 2:54 PM

    ❤ ❤ ❤ This totally made me cry! What a thoughtful gift and something you can keep with you forever.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      January 29, 2018 at 4:41 PM

      I hope everyone uses it to create a book now. So special. 🙂

      Can I help you with anything on the upcoming giveaway?


    roseelaineblog said:
    January 29, 2018 at 3:24 PM

    That is such a lovely book, so thoughtful. 🌹

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    Roda said:
    January 29, 2018 at 5:06 PM

    Crying…beautiful and sad and beautiful…

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    theorangutanlibrarian said:
    January 29, 2018 at 8:29 PM

    What a beautiful present! xoxo

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    mistysbookspace said:
    January 29, 2018 at 8:52 PM

    This was such a thoughtful gift and one I know you and W will cherish forever!! The person who sent this too you is truly a remarkable human being!! 💕

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    Stephanie said:
    January 30, 2018 at 2:28 PM

    What a beautiful, thoughtful gift! Such a wonderful keepsake from a truly remarkable friend! I know how much you will treasure that book ❤

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    carhicks said:
    February 1, 2018 at 1:47 PM

    What a great gift from a thoughtful friend.

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    Darque Dreamer Reads said:
    February 4, 2018 at 4:03 PM

    This is so beautiful, and such a great way to remember an important member of your family!

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      February 4, 2018 at 5:22 PM

      I am so happy with it. I read it every morning just to get thru the day. 🙂

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        Darque Dreamer Reads said:
        February 4, 2018 at 5:31 PM

        I’m glad you have some comfort! My heart is broken for you. He touched many lives and I know he will always be with you!

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