Tuesday, August 12, 2008


Dear Friends,
We need your help! As many of you know, Ari’s book will be published by Skyhorse Publishing and distributed by W.W. Norton in early Spring 2009. The manuscript includes some of our earliest blog posts (you can read a few of them by clicking HERE and then scrolling to the bottom of the page). These and other entries tell the story of the caninatuarlist's first year with us: her doggy antics, observations on the natural world, and more.

The book is almost done. We’ve finished the chapters; we’ve tentatively settled on cover art. All that’s missing now is the title.

Originally, we had intended to call the book Out With Ari: 12 Months as a Canine Naturalist, but the editorial staff at Skyhorse didn’t think it was descriptive enough in terms of the book’s content. Other possible names include:
Dog in the Woods
The Year of Living Off Leash
Lessons from the Field

We think they’re okay, but we’re not super crazy about any of them. That’s why we need you! What do you think we should call this book? It needs to be the kind of title that both makes people pick up the book in a bookstore and also says to the world, “hey, everybody, this is a book about a dog growing up in the natural world.”

We really want to hear all of your suggestions. We’ll even have a special prize for the title we like the best. And if the publisher selects your title, we’ll include you in the acknowledgements page and send you an autographed copy.

We can't wait to hear your ideas.

Thanks so much for your help.
Untitledly yours,


YourFireAnt said...

Ari: The Lowdown

D'Azul Siberian said...

My Life, From A Canine Perspective? We aren't good at this. Thanks for visiting our blog, you already know one of us, a certain pirate with his own blog. We'll add your link.

D'Azul, Where Siberians Rule

Maverick the Pirate said...

Harrrrrr Ari
How about The Life of Ari Unscripted and Outside. Or Ari's Life Outside of the Box.
Cap'n Maverick the Pirate

Booker the Treeing Walker said...

We really like "OUT WITH ARI" it has a great snappy ring. We would just change the subtitle. Maybe

"Nature Walks with a Dog"
"Observations of a Canine Naturalist"
"A Dog on Nature"
"A Dog's Thoughts on Nature"

we could go on and on. H-Mom will think about it.

How EXCITING! We are looking forward to seeing the book!

Blue said...

What about:-
"Ari, Canine Naturalist on the loose!"

Eve said...

"Ari's Off Lead Adventures"

"The World According to Ari"

Ha Ha...I like that one!

Good luck guys I hope you find the perfect title!

I'll send more if I think of some!

Kodak the Eskie said...

"Nature Dog Goes Wild"
"Ari's Adventures in the Great Outdoors"
"Ari's Adventures: A Dog Going Wild"
"Exploring with Ari"

We could go on and on, but not have anything really good. Can't wait to hear what you decide on!


Steve, Kat, & Wilbur said...

I don't know off paw, but I'll keep thinking.


Anonymous said...

Mainely (manely?) Ari!

Dmitri said...

I'm still for Dog in the Woods. That's great.

Anonymous said...

How about Out With Ari: Lessons From the Woods?

Or Out With Ari: Dog in the Woods?

Or my favorite, Out With Ari?

I've got nothing...


nl1990 said...

i'm with diane's first one, Out with Ari: Lessons from the Woods

then subtitled "My Life as a Canine Naturalist"

or something....

good luck!
-long time lurker, who's also diane's sister ;)

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

"Ari the Timberland dog"

Mom says she couldn't think of anything better..

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Khyra The Siberian Husky said...

Must I teach you humans ALL my trikhs?

A Modern Day ARIstotle?

So Many Adventures, so little thyme!

I khan't wait to read it regardless of the title - I'd say woo khould use, 'woo bought it, woo name it' but it's already been done!!

PeeEssWoo: if woo needed it translated into a Khyrasese version, I'm available! Please have your agent khontakht my agent!

Lorenza said...

I like D'Azul's title. My Life, from a canine perspective!
Kisses and hugs

Kess And Her Mama said...

Hmm...Will have to think about it some more. Meanwhile, swing by and collect an award from me :-)

YourFireAnt said...

More suggestions:

Dog Maine

Paws in the Woods: A Husky View

What I Think About You: Dog Notes

Mutie said...

How about:
'Bounding Joy: Life with Ari in the Woods'

'From Fireflies to Foxes: Tales of a Dog in the Woods'

YourFireAnt said...

Blueberries, Twins and Pawprints: Ari's Maine Days

snoutbeagle said...

I KNEW it! I just met you and have only had a chance to read a few of your posts but I thought to myself ... she's a writer. This is an eloquent blog and the story-telling is superb.

Congratulations on your upcoming book! How exciting.

Just thoughts:

Mainely Ari: A Year as a Canine Naturalist


Mainely Ari: A Year in the Field


Mainely Ari: Observations of a Canine Naturalist

I don't really feel qualified to attempt titling your book until I ready your entire blog though :) I love love love the idea of "Canine Naturalist" being in the title, however. It's unique and it's YOU. It would be a shame not to have it in the book's title or subtitle.

Best of luck!

(oops! I just realized someone else had already mentioned Mainely Ari :)

Marigold said...

Well, for what they are worth, here are some some goatly suggestions (or some variation thereof :) :

Through Ari’s Eyes: Reflections On Life and Nature

No Stone Left Unturned: Experiences In Canine Naturalism

Arudition: Lessons From A Canine Naturalist (the AR would have to be italicized or set apart in some other way)

sugarcreekstuff said...

Your devoted Ari fans like your title the best. That way you can update the title for book 2. Tell the editiorial staff thats the best one, the one we love and the one that they should keep.

Kathiesbirds said...

Well, I will put on my thinking cap, but tell your publishers I like the original title. I think it is quite desciptive and catchy. Who's ever heard of a Canine Naturalist? It will appeal to nature lovers and dog lovers. Your writing style is so good that one only has to start reading to become captivted. I can't wait to see it in print!

powder-puff said...

Hey Ari!

I cant think of anything right now but i do really like you're oringinal title...i know i'd read that book!


umekotyan said...

Good evening Ari.
When the title of the book is considered, I think about the thing spelt the friendship of the world.
How is it about "Ari and wind where it walked" of the title if asking what is good here?
It thought about nature from assumption with emptiness, the wind, and water as the basis.
A wonderful book hopes for what a lot of people can see.

The bridge runs about the world.
Friendship is brought up by writing blog about many.
It comes to write an interesting thing also for the person who reads.
Therefore, I like blog of Ari. :)

from loved ume tyan

Blue said...

Hi again!

Hope you don't mind but I've tagged you both for Six Quirks - three each...


Christy said...

How cool! A book. No title suggestions, I just think it is so cool.