Blue Cloud, My Life – Annya Koli


Annya Vitalevna Koli has written a pleasant and wonderful little story of her life as a young girl. She goes to her new Mum and Father when she is very young, so young she can not run up steps, she is so small she has to walk up them. She finds that she is different than other Collies, what her new family calls her sister and her new aunts and uncles are yellow, black and white, and red. She is blue like her Dog Mum, who is the only dog she has ever seen in her young life.

She and her new dog family have a unique world, a world of ‘two legs’, ‘rooms that move’, ‘kat things’, ‘suns and dark times’ and ‘h’vostiki’. She tells the reader in her own words what she sees and how she lives in her new family and the reader can understand as she grows and her knowledge and vocabulary increase. She has a unique writing style and she is very open about how she and other dogs talk to each other all the time, but no ‘two leg’ understands ‘Dog’. Like most dogs she is bilingual, she speaks Dog and understands Russian very well. As the season changes and goes from ‘warm time’ to ‘cold time’, her new Mum trains her for a show. She and her dog family are very excited on the day she goes to her first show in her quest to be Champion, and fate takes an unusual turn for her and another dog she finds at the ‘show thing’.

This is her first book of a series, she likes to write and is working on her second book now that the ‘cold time’ is here. A quote from Annya: I will fight to protet our family and our house and our green place. I am Koli, this is what we do when we have to.

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A very good book, and amazing that it is written by a 'Koli' dog! She has a very good insight in to we 'two legs' and life in general, young as she is.
The story is excellent and my wife and I were intrigued as the plot moved on with insight in to the culture of Dogs. We had some good laughs about Annya's descriptions of 'rooms that move', 'hard stuff I can see through' and 'food room'. She is a very kind girl and the story is very good, the epic triumph of good over evil. My wife and I gave the book to our three children to read, all three are studying English in school, and even the youngest, age 8, understood very well the story and the underlying good of the dog community.
Having met the 'author' in July in Sevastopol, I know more books are coming from the hand, or I should say paw, of Annya Koli. We are assured we will receive the next book the moment she is finished with her writing it.

Helmut Graf
Translated from German by RHA
– May 12, 2018:

Canine With Magical Powers
January 23, 2018
Unique, charming and magically evocative story-telling. Dog lovers will be captivated by the Koli of Blue Cloud.
Once upon a time this narrative genre was the art of enchantment.
We journey through the special world of the Blue Koli princess in this a tale remarkably brought to life by Auslander’s style and affinity.
Devote a few hours or less to escape into the heart and vision of a rare domain of imagination.
Annya Koli is precious. Enjoy her. You’ll want to join her family.
May 12, 2018:

Babushka in Oz
Delightful story with a timeless moral
February 6, 2018
This story, written from the perspective of a dog, makes delightful reading.
The voice of Annya is very distinctive in describing her world of – ‘two legs’, ‘yellow hair’, ‘kats’, etc. And on top of that, Annya speaks with a charming Russian accent and has deep insights into human behaviour as she can ‘see hearts’.
The plot is engaging with plenty of drama to keep the reader wondering what will happen next. The theme of good triumphing over evil has ageless appeal.
The greatest challenge for the ‘real’ author, was to capture the spirit and intelligence of the four legged variety of friends. This has been achieved and deserves a medal.
I can see ‘Annya Koli’ with her own TV show, just like ‘Lassie’ from the 1960’s.
I received this wonderful little book, written by a Collie dog, from our neighbor, who is a friend of the author. I thought this short story was for children but how wrong I was, this enchanting tale is for all ages. I have read it to our two young children, who thoroughly enjoyed it, and when we had friends for dinner a few days ago, I showed the book to them and we had four adults and two young adults sitting in the living room, reading, laughing and discussing this story. 'Rooms that move', 'hard stuff I can see through', 'h'vostiki'? 'Kat things', 'two legs' who don't speak 'dog'? Such a wonderful story and I did not fail to understand the moral towards the end, actually two morals, nor did our guests, and when I read this tale to our children I made sure they understood the moral, too. Such a wonderful and enchanting experience. I understand from our neighbor that there will be more books written by 'Annya Koli' and I have made sure we are on the short list for any new works by this very clever 'blue girl'.

February 20, 2018
A dog who writes! It’s a rare treat to read a story written from a dog’s point of view. Most interesting features were a dog’s gradually increasing command of human language, her expanding vocabulary, and her unusual terms for common objects.
I look forward to reading her next literary efforts, to witness the evolution of her unique personal style.

When my first warm time was over and a cold time was at our place, Mum said she would start to train me for show. I did not know what this was, this train and show thing, but Aunt Aleesya told me. She said she had been to many show and she was champion. I asked her what these new words mean and she told me. I decided I wanted to be champion, too, so I did what Mum told me to do, how to walk, how to stand and how to run beside her. I am much more fast than Mum so I had to run slow for her. Mum and Father are like all two legs, they run funny and can not run as fast as I can and I think their ears are funny, too, no hair and on the side of their head, not like us with pretty and long ears that stand on the top of our head and we have hair on our ears to keep them warm in the cold time. Two legs don’t have a h’vostik, either, but we do and our h’vostik is long and beautiful with long hair on it. When I was learn to run I learn that if I move my h’vostik I can turn and stop much more fast than a two leg.

We call them two legs because that is all they have, just two legs. We dogs and those kat things have four legs so we are better than the two legs. We can run much more fast than they can and when I was little I saw those kat things walk up the side of our house! I was so surprised and I thought if they can do it, so can I, but I tried to walk up the house and I could not. My Uncle Artem was laughing at me, he told me to stop, that only the kat things can do that, we dogs can not. I asked him why and he told me that the kat things have different feet with sharp kogti on them. My kogti are big but I did not see kogti on the kat things. Uncle Ruslan told me the kat things hide their kogti in their feet. I tried to do that and I can not. I wondered how the kat things can hide their kogti and I can not.

Mum brushed me many times, she told me my hair was perfect and very long. Uncle Ruslan told me I am very pretty, he told me my hair is the longest he has ever seen, he said I was like a blue cloud when I walk. I was happy that he liked me so much and he was very nice to me. When we eat together, because I am young and growing I eat fast. He always tells me to have some of his food, too, so I take just a little so he is happy. My other aunts and uncles, and even my sister Katya, will make noises if I look at them when they eat. Uncle Ruslan told me I make the same noises if someone looks at me while I eat. I did not know this but we both laughed.

Mum train me many times and sometimes Uncle Ruslan and Aunt Aleesya watched me train. Uncle Ruslan told me how fast to run beside Mum and told me I should keep my front legs next to Mum’s legs and not to pull on the lace. Aunt Aleesya told me to hold my head up more sometimes and told me to let my h’vostik out a little more behind me. They both told me to lift my feet high, Uncle Ruslan told me he knew doing this was not fun but he said the two legs at this show thing liked to see us lift our feet high. He said it was almost like a horse but I did not know what this horse thing was then.

After many suns of Mum train me my uncles, my Aunt Aleesya and my Aunt Tatyana one sun told me to sit with them. I could see they were not calm and they were thinking, Aunt Tatyana told me they were nervous but I did not understand that word so I asked her to tell me what it means. She told me and I could see that all four of them were this nervous thing.

Uncle Artem told me he wanted me to be my very best at this show thing, he said he and all my uncles and aunts, even those kat things, wanted me to be champion. Uncle Ruslan told me that at this show thing there would be many two legs and many dogs. He told me that I was special and I asked him why. He said that I am blue and in all his cold times and warm times the only other blue dog he had seen was my Dog Mum and he saw her only one time before I was new. He said I am more pretty than my Dog Mum.