Henry V. Radoff. Henry Radoff is a retired attorney and court receiver having practiced fifty years in Houston, Texas. He has published three books, “Taking Chancey” and “Chancey’s Overture” about their dog, Chancey and “ Breaking Free, A Journey for Survival “ , a Holocaust survivor’s story also involving a dog which there is a script entitled “The Guide” currently listed. A fourth book , a journal of four hundred and one days of the pandemic is currently being published.
WHERE THE SQUIRRELS RUN In early March, 2020, the Covid Virus began to infiltrate all areas of the United States. No one knew just how devastating it would become.
Sitting outside in my wife Marla’s back yard reading my fourth book in thirty days I think of how pleasant it is.
I watch the squirrels run along the fence top carrying peanuts that someone has left for them unaware of the devastating virus that has changed the world. Outside there is no worry. Inside, the weight of the devastation doesn’t allow one to be at peace.
As I watch the squirrels, suddenly they reverse direction and run back. This is repeated over the hour. What has caused the change of behavior? Is it a sense of safety? I notice that they are practicing social distancing. How do they know to act this way? These are all questions I would not have asked a year ago.
I go into the house hearing the television giving the latest numbers of cases and deaths and realize it is just statistics until the virus infects someone you know.
I wonder is this nature’s way to balance the world’s over population. It used to be justification for war, balancing the world’s population. Now it is a virus.
After lunch I go outside once again and look for the squirrels. They are nowhere to be found. I pick up my latest book and begin reading once again. And once again I am at peace. As I sit in the chair I begin to reminisce on how we got into a lock down in Pensacola, Florida in the first place and jot down what I think and observe in a journal. Who would ever think that my journal would cover Four Hundred and One days, not me, not anyone?
Taking Chancey is the charming tale of one puppys journey from a lonely crate to the one place he always dreamed ofhis forever home. The tiny Lasa-Poo puppy without a name is perfectly happy living in Iowa. But as soon as he is weaned from his mother, he is shipped off to a pet store in Pensacola, Florida. As months go by and one dog after the other disappears around him, the puppy lies in his crate, listens to all of the barking and wonders when someone will finally choose him.
Five-hundred miles away in Houston, Texas, Christmas Eve arrives as a couple packs and prepares to fly to Pensacola for their annual holiday getaway. But when an unexpected trip to the emergency room derails their plans, the couple decides to drive to Florida, arriving just in time for a Christmas day party with their friends. Unaware that fate is leading the way, Marla and Henry end up in a pet store the next day, where they quickly fall in love with a puppy busily scratching his bedding in the back of the crate. A few minutes later, the Lasa-Poo puppy excitedly realized that at last, he has finally found a perfect home.
Breaking Free: It is 1938 and Adolf Hitler has just become the supreme leader of Germany. In Freiburg, a Jewish doctor learns that he, along with all other doctors of his faith, will be reassigned to practice in ghettos. Determined not to become victims of the Nazi occupation, Herschel and his wife, Sophia, hastily make plans to escape.
As their quest to survive begins, the couple journeys deep into the Black Forest to reach a guide who will help them cross the Swiss Alps to a refugee camp. But what Herschel does not know is that his wife is pregnant and that their journey will be even more challenging than he imagined. As they race against time, they are joined by an older couple and their granddaughter. Finally when the group arrives at the base of the mountains, they realize that their guide is not a man, but instead, mans best friend. As another joins their expedition, now only one question remains: how many of them will make it over the mountain range before the German soldiers find them?
In this book based on true events, a Jewish doctor, his pregnant wife, and four others attempt to escape the Nazi occupation by embarking on a journey of salvation, with help from a prodigious, furry guide.
Chancey's Overture: Five years have passed since Chancey made his appearance in Taking Chancey, and many things have happened—some good, some bad, and some ugly. This is the continuation of his story.