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Thomas Ramey Watson 02-27-2013 05:06 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Wolfdog
Sweet!


PS your book arrived Monday..and in perfect condition. Had to smile at the tape over the doggie enthusiasm moment !
Wow, you were fast . I encourage everyone on here to order one from you!

Thanks again,
Wolfdog


Thanks so much for the plug! I try to take care of things quickly, which means faster sometimes than others.

Wolfdog 03-01-2013 03:54 PM

For Thomas
 
You are entirely welcome.
Having a howling good time reading Baltho !


All Best to you,

Wolfdog

Thomas Ramey Watson 03-06-2013 06:56 PM

Mark your calendars
 
Next Thursday night March 14, 2013 I will be interviewed on the Forever Friends Family show 8 PM Eastern/5 PM Pacific. The shows are archived so you can listen to them at will if you miss the live call in shows. Please join us.

http://foreverfamilyfoundation.org/signsofliferadio.htm


My good friend, writer, and afterlife researcher Dianne Arcangel introduced me to these fine folks.

Thomas Ramey Watson 03-07-2013 11:35 AM

The interview will center on my book, Baltho, The Dog Who Owned a Man. But we'll talk about my various paranormal experiences throughout my life which figure in Baltho.

Thomas Ramey Watson 03-09-2013 02:45 PM

Melchior seems to be taking up his mantle. Yesterday we visited my psychologists' office. Melchior went out of his way to befriend the hurting. One boy, maybe 10-11 y.o. sitting between his mom and dad, was particularly of interest. Melchior kept going over to see him. Before I knew it, he was up on his lap. Baltho, redux.

I just knew it when he told me he wanted to be called Melchior this time!

Thomas Ramey Watson 03-13-2013 10:29 PM

Melchior's latest pics (also one of Sky)
 
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/...45049698&type=1

Thomas Ramey Watson 03-14-2013 07:33 AM

Interview Tonight!
 
Signs Of Life Radio . . . .
your chance to listen
. . .to question
. . . to learn
Tonight's Guest . . .
Thomas Ramey Watson, PhD
Do Pets Have A Psychic Sense?

Dr. Thomas Ramey Watson is a professor, writer and psychotherapist who is the author of many scholarly writings, but he also writes about journeying in various realms of the mind, the physical world and the soul. He believes that all of us can use the insights gleaned from becoming aware of the intersecting planes of existence for fuller and more deeply lived lives. His book Baltho - The Dog Who Owned a Man tells the story of his psychic relationship with an extraordinary dog that actually assisted him in his psychotherapy practice and life.

www.thomasrameywatson.com


Baltho: The Dog Who Owned a Man
by Thomas Ramey Watson by Barn Swallow Media
Paperback

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Thomas Ramey Watson 03-14-2013 08:12 AM

Link to tonight's interview
 
http://campaign.r20.constantcontact...GXZiEeEww%3D%3D

Thomas Ramey Watson 03-14-2013 08:53 PM

Looks like I've sold quite a few copies of Baltho on Amazon, both paperback and Kindle versions as a result of this interview. I was getting pretty worried since my rank was way up in the 2.5 million category and rising. My friend and endorser Dianne Arcangel, who arranged this Forever Family Foundation interview, said I'd sell lots of books as a result. She was right. Thanks everyone!

Let's keep this going. Since I don't have a publicist your help is everything.

Thomas Ramey Watson 03-14-2013 11:42 PM

Looks like my sales have shot up after tonight's interview, just as Dianne Arcangel thought would happen.

My Amazon ranking for the paper was 2.5+ million before the interview. Right now it's Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books). The Kindle rank was 1.5+ million. Now it's Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,781 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store).

Thomas Ramey Watson 03-30-2013 07:02 PM

Evidently Forever Family Foundation puts up the recordings of the entire month's programs at the beginning of the next month. So my interview from mid-March ought to be available in the next few days. I'm sure a number of you would be interested in it. http://foreverfamilyfoundation.org/signsofliferadio.htm

Thomas Ramey Watson 04-14-2013 04:08 PM

I must be selling some paperbacks and Kindles of Baltho, The Dog Who Owned a Man over the weekend because I've risen quite a bit on my bestsellers rank for both. Thanks to whomever you are.

Please remember to ask you public libraries to order a copy. Some have, I see.

And remember if you order directly from me I'll sign and inscribe it for the regular price. http://www.thomasrameywatson.com/editing/

Thomas Ramey Watson 04-15-2013 02:42 PM

Forever Family Interview is now available for free listening
 
http://foreverfamilyfoundation.org/signsofliferadio.htm

Thomas Ramey Watson 04-20-2013 10:23 AM

One of my professional friends told me how much he likes the book. "All your major life themes are there, but everything is very subtle," he said. My literary training leads me in that direction," I said. You want people to have to look below the surface and tease out meanings."

Thomas Ramey Watson 04-20-2013 08:02 PM

I should have added to the above post: "And make connections, since the foreshadowings of what will be are there, and will become more obvious in the next 2 dog books."

Thomas Ramey Watson 04-22-2013 10:38 AM

C H writes:
Dexter was a therapy dog . He died on his job last Tuesday.
When my friend CA F sent me a condolence note she mentioned the book she was reading: "Baltho". And then she stopped over and brought me the book. Consumed by my deep sadness, I was curious but afraid of more pain to read about a dog, still, something(maybe Dexter himself) told me to read it.
I am thankful for the comfort it gave me. Here was someone, telling so affectionately about their interwoven bond with the dog, about the connection with such a companion, and there even was a colleague confirming the so true intuition and skills of a therapy dog (which many practitioners dismiss as a sentiment of the therapist dog owner) .
But that was not all, something between the lines in the book curiously helped me. my experiencing of Dexter's transformation shifted.
Now I can allow myself to listen to the lessons and signs Dexter is teaching and showing me since his spirit left his mighty German Shepherd body. I am able to enter a new phase of his "presence" in my life.
(Even though it sucks so bad not to see him, step over him, feed him, stroke him, hear him bark).
So thank Baltho for making you write this book and accept my thank you for writing it. It came to me just when it had to .

With Kind Regards
CH

Thomas Ramey Watson 05-05-2013 09:30 AM

Often Melchior will find some object of interest on our walks, which he then hauls home to play with. The other night he jumped on something and held it in his mouth, dropping it a few times, before we got to the front door. I'd though it was some raglike chew toy belonging to one of the other dogs in the neighborhood till the porch light made it evident that it was a toad, partly torn apart. He and Sky proceeded to run inside with it, where they promptly devoured in on my carpet.

In the night Melchior performed his usual licking and biting of my ear, moving over onto my mouth and nose. I had a hard time not thinking about the toad he'd devoured a few hours before.

Thomas Ramey Watson 05-10-2013 10:06 AM

Melchior likes to watch TV, esp. if there are animals and children on the screen. I discovered that he was entranced by this formula when I watched My Dog Skip the other night. He couldn't take his eyes off for more than a few minutes, and not often. He liked the dog on The Artist too.

Thomas Ramey Watson 05-11-2013 09:06 AM

I see that Hooters is offering free meals to any mother whose family takes her along.

I am reminded of one of the more fun outings with my own mother back in the 90s when I had Baltho. My sister Victoria Baseggio, her kids, I, and our mother were shopping at May D & F. We learned that Fabio had just been there signing posters but had left just before we arrived. We hadn't known of his visit till then.

"Oh no, Mother you wanted to come to May D & F just for a signed poster!" I lamented.

The clerk said, "I'm so sorry but we don't have any more posters. They were gone within an hour."

I looked at my mom and said, "That really is too bad."

"Are you sure you don't have another one hidden away somewhere for my mom?" I asked. "It would certainly brighten her morning to wake up and see Fabio looking down on her with his fabulous face and body."

I looked at my mom, who was trying to ignore me.

"I know how lonely you are. I'm sure Fabio would get your juices flowing like nothing else, except Diane yelling at the cats."

"Yes, I imagine my saliva would be making me choke," she said.

"Well you'd hop right out of bed and be ready to go" I said. A win-win situation, you know."

Thomas Ramey Watson 05-14-2013 09:56 AM

Melchior watched the imaginative and very funny first episode of Wilfred with me last night on Netflix. It's about a man and an imaginary dog (played by a man in a dog costume). Dog and animal lovers will love it.

Sky, btw, slept through the whole thing. It probably would have scared him. :eek:

Thomas Ramey Watson 05-16-2013 08:20 PM

I watched episode 2 of Wilford last night and didn't care much for it. It was too over the top for me. I hope episode 3 is toned down a bit.

Thomas Ramey Watson 05-19-2013 07:03 PM

I've watched the first 13 episodes of Wilford available on Netflix streaming now. There are lots of funny bits, though it's often pretty raunchy. More important, I don't think it goes anywhere. I kept wondering about this throughout.

Mary Steenburgen was in one of the later segments. I wish they'd done more with her. I like her a lot. She was wonderful in the always intriguing Joan of Arcadia--in fact the entire cast was great.

Thomas Ramey Watson 05-29-2013 10:44 AM

Melchior growing into his therapy dog role
 
Yesterday I went to have my blood drawn. Melchior came along as he does to all my medical appointments. When we finished, we walked out into the waiting room filled with a dozen adults there for various tests.

Immediately Melchior started going round to to greet people and give them individualized attention. One elderly woman with oxygen tubes running from the oxygen tank on the back of her wheelchair into her nose sat quietly in a wheelchair beside her husband. She seemed checked out, as if trying to endure the next ordeal on her journey.

Melchior went right up to her and nuzzled her hands clasped in her lap.

As if coming back to the present, she began petting him.

"He's just what I needed this morning," she said, and thanked me for allowing him to visit with her.

Then Melchior moved to another woman who'd just sat down. Middle aged, she appeared much sturdier than the first. He put his front paws on her lap and began nuzzling her neck. "That's just what my Johnny used to do," she said, laughing.

Melchior then approached an older man who was standing a bit off from the others, appearing not too interested in the proceedings. Melchior jumped up on him and cried a little. I scolded him for jumping up. The man bent down to pet and praise him. "I don't mind a bit," he said.

As with his predecessor therapy dog Baltho, Melchior seems to know just what people need. If I relax and let him, since he can be as rambunctious as most puppies. But he never is in such situations.

Thomas Ramey Watson 05-29-2013 11:07 PM

A neighbor came to pick up his signed copy of Baltho tonight and took some really good pics of Noir and Melchior. Have a look: https://www.facebook.com/thomas.watson.790?ref=tn_tnmn
Most things on my FB sites are public, including pics, so you don't have to friend me to look at them.

Thomas Ramey Watson 06-02-2013 11:04 AM

Looks like some people in the past few days have bought Kindle versions of Baltho for their summer reading. It should be a good read for vacations, especially on Kindle for $8.89. http://www.amazon.com/Baltho-The-Do...67644962&sr=8-1

Don't forget if you order it directly from me you can get a signed and inscribed copy for the regular retail price. http://www.thomasrameywatson.com/editing/

Thomas Ramey Watson 06-26-2013 04:32 PM

love apple
 
I picked a nice big Super Fantastic tomato, unblemished, ripe, for dinner. I sat it on the glass patio table, while Melchior snooped around the plants on the deck and I watered them all. During the heat I have to water two or three times a day.

I turned to go inside, reaching for the tomato. It wasn't there. Nor was Melchior. It had to have happened fast. I'd just seen him beside me.

I rushed into the living room to see him take off toward the bedroom.

Sure enough, he had the tomato in his mouth. He dropped it.

It had only a couple of teeth marks.

Buy my book Baltho, The Dog Who Owned a Man at thomasrameywatson.com/editing for regular price and get it signed and inscribed for free. Also available in Kindle and as paperback on Amazon.com.

Baltho was the first incarnation of the Afghan hound that has returned again as Melchior, the third time with me in this life anyway.

Thomas Ramey Watson 07-12-2013 01:11 AM

Geoff Ward is doing some publicity for me. As soon as he finished the article he's going to place in various outlets, I'll post it here. It's quite good, I think. He writes about the mystical and mysterious and manages the well-known, Colin Wilson's website for him:
HTML Code:
http://www.mysteriousplanet.net/

Thomas Ramey Watson 07-15-2013 12:53 PM

Last night at 11.30 I heard Melchior and Noir playing hide and seek in the great room, dining room, and kitchen. All of a sudden I heard a big thumb and Melchior screaming bloody murder. He ran into the bedroom where I was watching TV, jumped on the bed, still screaming. He was so loud and shrill that he actually hurt my ear drums, setting off some sort of counter vibrations in them. He would not shut up.

He seemed to have hurt his back leg.

Finally he stopped and went to lie on the floor.

About 15 mins. later he was fine again.

The joys of Afghan over-reactions. Aren't they fun....... :eek:

Thomas Ramey Watson 07-15-2013 04:33 PM

Must be animal issue time.

I was out picking raspberries, when all of a sudden I felt cat claws on my back. Noir had jumped up and was holding on for dear life. I had to reach round and hold him to me so he'd stop digging in. He purred and purred, so happy to have me hold him.

After I got him safely removed, I went inside, and sure nuff I have blood on the back of my shirt.

Thomas Ramey Watson 07-17-2013 05:19 PM

I was just sitting down to a lemon ice, made with Italian lemon juice (bottled, no preservatives) sweetened with Stevia. Melchior wouldn't leave it alone. He licked the glass and barked.

I finally realized he wanted ice too.

So I filled the stainless steel water bowl with crushed ice. Sure enough he's over eating the ice and slurping the water.

Thomas Ramey Watson 07-18-2013 08:34 AM

Looks like some people have decided to add Baltho, The Dog Who Owned a Man to their summer reading. Yesterday my Best Sellers Rank was almost 800,000. This morning it's 118,000.

Whoever you are, thanks! Word of mouth endorsements really boosts sales.

Now, Please help me with paperback sales. I've dropped considerably: Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,247,610 in Books

Go to www.thomasrameywatson.com/editing if you want to order a signed copy for the regular retail price.

AND--don't forget to ask your local libraries to order a copy of the book for their patrons.

Thomas Ramey Watson 07-19-2013 08:11 AM

Walked out the side door with Melchior this morning to find a spider web all over my face with the spider dangling in front of my nose. Not a pleasant way to start the morning, for me or the spider. Got most of the web removed by now. I'd just showered (of course).

We've had so much rain lately that we have to fight off all the vegetation that's growing over the walk paths. The spiders are having great fun spinning their webs everywhere. Can't tell you how many webs I've walked into.

Thomas Ramey Watson 07-19-2013 04:18 PM

I was getting pretty worried about the paperback sales rank of Baltho which had dropped to almost 2.4 million. I just looked. People seemed to have heard the call and bought it. Here's my rank as of now: Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,192 in Books! Whoever you are--if you're reading this--thanks!!!!!!

Thomas Ramey Watson 07-20-2013 09:38 AM

I'm thinking about starting a group here in Denver for those who want to deal with the loss of a beloved companion animal, dog, cat, etc., which will include making the way for her or him to return to us. My facilitation will include my own experiences with Baltho, who returned as Hattie, and again as Melchior. Please let me know if you'd like to participate. Costs will be affordable.

I am also considering a Skype group for those of you elsewhere. Again let me know if you'd like to participate. Again, costs will be affordable.

We can make cost arrangements through Pay Pal. I will ask that you make some sort of commitment, maybe 10 weeks to start, with the idea that we will continue if the desire is present.

trw@thomasrameywatson.com
tomwat@aol.com
thomasrameywatson.com
https://www.facebook.com/thomas.watson.790

Thomas Ramey Watson 07-22-2013 12:14 PM

Noir and Melchior
 
Noir and Melchior looking at each other, Fri. 19 July 2013. If I hadn't been holding onto Melchior's leash, he and Noir would have taken off for a good game of hide and seek and rumble. As always, Noir heard us and came to find us.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?...&type=1&theater

Thomas Ramey Watson 07-28-2013 08:31 PM

I've started offering this special on my FB pages.

If any of you want to order 2 or more signed and inscribed copies of Baltho directly from me, I'll make you a better deal than on my site if you send me a check so I avoid the Pay Pal and other middleman charges. Just message or email me. trw@thomasrameywatson.com

Thomas Ramey Watson 08-03-2013 08:44 AM

Trust the mystery: Baltho, the dog with three lives
 
Here is the beginning of the article about my ongoing adventures with my co-therapist Afghan Hound Baltho and his subsequent incarnations. It was written by freelance writer Geoff Ward, an Englishman living in southwestern Ireland. As soon as the article is placed I will provide a link to the entire thing. I don't want to scoop it here.
************


Trust the mystery: Baltho, the dog with three lives

The extraordinary world of Denver psychotherapist and coach Thomas Ramey Watson and his therapy dogs

Tom got a message to say the Afghan pup he was waiting for had been born, and that it was an unusual color. But it wasn’t the breeder who told him. It was Hattie, Tom’s Afghan who had died the previous year. Out walking, Tom heard Hattie’s “voice” distinctly. “I’m born,” she said.

And so it was – into the world came Melchior, the third incarnation, Tom is convinced, of his beloved Afghan Baltho, his first “therapy dog”. Hattie said the pup must be called Melchior after another of the Biblical Three Wise Men – Baltho was short for the Arabian Balthazar. These dogs certainly came bearing special gifts for Tom and others who came into contact with them.

The story begins in the 1990s, as recounted in Tom’s new fictionalized memoir, Baltho: The Dog Who Owned a Man, and will continue in two more books about the remarkable dogs, and at least one cat, that have helped Tom with his counseling and his life. Before the trilogy continues, however, comes a novel from Tom, Reading the Signs, a “paranormal love story,” due out in the fall, plus a couple of books of poetry to be published in the interim.

Tom, who lives in northwest Denver, said: “With Melchior, born last November, I’m now on my third incarnation of Baltho. Melchior is taking up Baltho’s psychological co-therapist role already. I figured that was the plan when Baltho’s subsequent incarnation, Hattie, told me where and when to find Melchior and that he wanted to be named for another of the Three Wise Men, this one from Persia.”

No stranger to paranormal experiences, Tom, born and raised in Sterling CO, says he has had more of them since childhood than he can remember, never questioning their validity because they were so much part of his life. In 1992, he was planning to adopt a labrador or golden retriever, but “an Afghan was telepathically calling me, begging me, to locate and rescue him”. Thus Tom arrived at the Denver Afghan Rescue where, at the gate, he had a premonition of a red brindle Afghan jumping up and hugging him.

Continued.............

Thomas Ramey Watson 08-09-2013 08:26 AM

Denver's Channel 9 News Storytellers is interested in doing a segment on my ongoing saga that started with Baltho and Figgy and continues through Hattie, then Melchior and Figgy. Deb Ridley and Mary Currie, be prepared to verify what I told you Hattie said about her birth--when (including the pregnancy that didn't take and the one that did the following fall), where, what she'd look like, and so on. They may well want to check in with you on the facts. It felt risky telling you what she'd said to me, but the facts are indisputable.

We're making headway with the publicity campaign.

Thomas Ramey Watson 08-14-2013 11:01 AM

Just like a teenager
 
Lately the left side of my bed is taken with Noir up near the pillows, Melchior just below him, and Sky on the bottom. Often now, Melchior allows Noir to sleep peacefully till a little after dawn. Then he decides his living chew toy is right there and needing to provide comfort and fun. After Noir leaves Melchior decides to snorkel my ears and neck, driving me crazy with the chewing, licking and worst of all--noise. Then he'll begin on my fingers.

This morning I told him the usual, "Don't be a moron, be a lesson" (puns intended--moron and more-on, less-on and lesson). I heard him reply, "But I want to be a moron!" And he threw himself down across my stomach, his bones hitting all my sensitive areas.

StevenOz 08-15-2013 10:21 AM

Thanks for keeping us up-to-date on your adventures since you were interviewed on Shirley's program! It's very interesting to hear the latest news, and good luck with your books. :)


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