• Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Pinterest
  • Instagram

©2019 Blueberry Bear Tales. Proudly created by Wyatt Simpson and Eileen Pieczonka

Eileen Pieczonka, author of Blueberry Bear Series; children's literacy and animal welfare advocate. 

About Blueberry Bear (Jamie)

Swimmer, digger, foodie lover, enjoyed walks, car rides, local car shows, trips to Sedona, library visits, and book signings; register therapy dog.

. . .

Jamie was a gentle loving soul who touched hundreds of lives, especially children’s.


Her deep amber eyes, beauty, and sweet disposition were magnetic. Jamie lived a true rags to riches life. From a young abused stray with four pups, to a reading therapy dog, to being my inspiration for Blueberry Bear.

 

Jamie was one of many examples of how rescues fulfill lives in wondrous ways.

Jamie was a gentle loving soul who touched hundreds of lives, especially children’s.


Her deep amber eyes, beauty, and sweet disposition were magnetic. Jamie lived a true rags to riches life. From a young abused stray with four pups, to a reading therapy dog, to being my inspiration for Blueberry Bear.

 

Jamie was one of many examples of how rescues fulfill lives in wondrous ways.

June 10, 2004  ~ January 17, 2018

For the last seven years of Jamie's life, she lived happily in her forever home with me. Jamie was 14 years old when she crossed rainbow bridge. If it wasn't for adopting Jamie, Blueberry Bear would still be a twinkle in the stars, and I wouldn't have known about the magnificent breed of Flat-Coated Retrievers.

I left Jamie's story below in first voice, as if she told it.

Hi! My shelter name is Jamie, and I am a Flat-Coated Retriever (FCR) wannabe. Flat-coated Retrievers are also called flatties. Flatties are from the retriever family. They look almost like Golden Retrievers, but their fur color is either black or liver.


I was a 1 1/2 year old stray. A rescue call came into Friends for Life Animal Rescue (F4L) in Gilbert, AZ to save my four pups and I. We were living in a construction site drainage tube. After F4L rescued us, I was very skittish, scared and distrusting. For six years I lived with a loving F4L volunteer. Unforeseen circumstances brought me back to the shelter. I was then placed with another family for a very short time. I turned creatively destructive, and was returned to Friends for Life.

Four months back in the shelter seemed gloomy (who wants a seven year old dog). In 2011, one week after Thanksgiving I was adopted. RUFF!

 

I now live in my forever home with my guardian parents (Eileen and Dennis), my best friend Doddger (a crazy cat), Tiger and Cleo (two tolerable older cats) and Blues and Jazz (two squawky parakeets).

 

With patience and love, I overcame most of my phobias. With advanced training, I became a registered therapy dog in September 2013. I didn't care being in the hospital. PEW! I didn't like the smell, it reminded me of the vet's office. So for a while mom and I were visiting senior homes. They were so loving. Mom found an organization, Paws2Read. That's how I found my niche volunteering at the library as a reading therapy dog. Kids would read to me; how cool is that! Being a reading therapy dog gave me self-confidence interacting with other therapy animals, kids and parents. I got to meet new 2-legged and 4-legged friends, and received a lot of hugs, kisses, and treats. Did you know I was actually afraid of kids and other dogs? That's where all that training came in, to overcome my phobias.

As a therapy dog, I also got to go to all types of events. I even went to ASU's Finals Week and Special Olympics to help de-stress the Freshman's and the Olympic contenders. I also attended a lot of literacy events, and of course, mom's book signings and school author visits. I even went to Phoenix Children's Hospital Dine with Your Dog event and donated my Blueberry Bear book for their silent auction. Mom donates a lot of books for children's literacy and animal shelter silent auction events.

 

So you're wondering how did I become my mom's inspiration. Well, mom nick-named me Bear because I look like a little black bear when I'm all curled up on my big comfortable bed. After realizing how much I love blueberries, my nick-name changed to Blueberry Bear. She thought my new nick-name would be a perfect picture book title. And so, mom wrote Blueberry Bear, and how she imagined I would be as a rambunctious puppy, and we lived happily ever after.

Blueberry Bear's Kibble Bits

What breed are you? I'm a Flat-Coated Retriever (FCR) wannabe.

 

Favorite treat? Whatever is offered.

 

Favorite trick?  Making cat food disappear.

 

Favorite skill?  I'm a foodie manipulator. 

 

Favorite activity?  Eating, walks, and swimming at the lake. Yes, the desert has lakes. I also enjoy going to
the library and being read to while kids develop their reading skills (and getting lots of treats -do you see a pattern?).

 

Least favorite activity?  Going to the vet.

 

Worst experience?  Before being rescued, I was shot in the leg.

 

Fondest experience?  Finding my forever home with Eileen and being smothered with love.

 

What have you learned?  There are compassionate humans.

 

What have you taught?  Reading is fun and you're never too old to learn something new.

 

Accomplishments?  I have my guardians wrapped around my paw. On the serious side, I'm a registered therapy dog and a Paws 2 Read Ambassador.

 

What have you taught?  Reading is fun, and you're never too old to learn.

 

What's your favorite book?  Blueberry Bear! I also enjoy SkippyJon Jones, he reminds me of my crazy BFF Doddger the cat. Any book that a child is interested in is a good book.  

 

What's special about Flat-Coated Retrievers?  We are great family pets, sensitive, puppies at heart, and the obvious - our elegance.

 

Would you like to say anything to your audience?  Yes– Read, Grow, Flourish.
Reading is fun, learning helps you grow, and challenges make you flourish.

Quotes from a Flat-Coated Retriever

 

1. Neglect me and you will regret it.

2. Smile when you give me a command.

3. Don't discipline with the hands, it won't get you anywhere.

4. Keep me active or I'll make my own fun.

5. I'll help with the gardening.

6. I'm your sentinel.

7. I'm a lover not a fighter.

8. I'm overly sensitive.

9. My wagging tail is my hallmark.

10. I am PUPPY personafide.