Rudolph, The Little Red Reefer

☆ December 5, 2017


I am totally Santa. Yesterday I drove merrily through the snow, my little red reefer truck laden with gifts. My local post office can’t handle such volume (there is but a pickup truck with a topper running between our post office and the bigger post office in the neighboring town), so I loaded up several hundred boxes of books in my reefer truck and delivered them to the loading bay of the big post office. So exciting!

I am still far from done.

Here’s the book status: I got the books two weeks later than expected because when they left the book binder, they were loaded on a truck that went to California. I still don’t know the full story on that because I was out of my mind with stress and frustration. And once that truck got back to Wyoming, it had to wait out a disastrous wind storm. I finally got the books Thursday (Nov 30) and have been packing like mad and driving them to the big post office every other day.

– All international orders are en route.

– All orders of two or more books (this includes signed and unsigned books) will be en route as of tomorrow (75% are already en route).

– About 1/3 of the unsigned single book orders are en route. I’ve been going in chronological order from when orders were placed (April orders shipped first, etc). All single unsigned book orders will be en route by the end of this week.

– My goal is to get all single signed book orders en route by the end of the week, too… but the signed and personalized book orders take TIME. Even with two banquet tables set up, I can only sign a certain number of books at once (I leave them open for a bit to make sure the ink dries completely) and then I must wrap, package, and box each order one by one to ensure each personalized book goes to the right person with the right shipping label. There’s no way to “assembly line” the personalized book orders so packing is less efficient and takes longer. Know that I’m going at 5000% to get these done beautifully and packaged safely and off to you as quickly as possible.

– All books are shipped via Priority mail in the USA. The USPS cutoff date for Christmas delivery via Priority mail is Dec 20. All books will be en route well before that date.

– If you NEED your book by a certain earlier date, feel free to email me and I’ll make sure it goes out asap. Please be aware that such requests entail rearranging my computer shipping program and this takes time, adds work, and pulls me away from packaging books for everyone, so use this option only if absolutely necessary for gifting, etc.

thank you thank you ho ho ho


69 Responses to “Rudolph, The Little Red Reefer”

  1. Jacque S
    December 5th, 2017 @ 8:53 am

    Wow! Got my email that my book is on it’s way!!!! Can’t wait! Good job, all your hard work is very much appreciated!!!!

  2. patris
    December 5th, 2017 @ 8:59 am

    Can’t wait to see it! Any idea when the digital version will be available for download?

  3. shreve
    December 5th, 2017 @ 9:05 am

    P ~ Thank you for reminding me!! I’ll get that out this week.

  4. Pamela
    December 5th, 2017 @ 9:08 am

    Shreve, as much as I want my book,, I AM QUITE HAPPY TO WAIT FOR IT SO YOU CAN GET ALL THE OTHERS OUT FIRST IF YOU WANT. I was just telling my husband yesterday that I was asking you for years to do a coffee table book and here it is!!

  5. Tanja
    December 5th, 2017 @ 9:16 am

    No worries…I’m sure it’s worth the wait!

  6. Krisper
    December 5th, 2017 @ 9:30 am

    Thanks for the updates Shreeve. It’s sooooo hard waiting. I’m so excited to receive this book. It’s my Christmas present to myself and I’m busy making myself a coffee table for a very small living room for the book to sit upon and display!!

    You’re making memories for yourself— enjoy the ride!

  7. B
    December 5th, 2017 @ 9:33 am

    I got my copy last night, safe and sound in Baltimore! I think I ordered ASAP so I guess that’s why it came so quick…

  8. Erica
    December 5th, 2017 @ 9:37 am

    Thanks for all your hard work! Don’t stress, getting this book will be gift enough. I’ll be so happy whenever it gets to me. Happy holidays!

  9. connie bantz
    December 5th, 2017 @ 9:52 am

    I love that you have a small and a big post office. Adorable.

  10. Moni
    December 5th, 2017 @ 10:00 am

    This is gonna be a great December.

  11. Patricia Mullen
    December 5th, 2017 @ 11:02 am

    Glad to hear things are rolling! I was starting to get concerned. Stay strong girl!
    Thanks for all of your hard work.

  12. Debbie Wahlbeck
    December 5th, 2017 @ 11:04 am

    I have mine Shreve, it is wonderful, thank you for making this wonderful Charlie memory xx

  13. Patricia M
    December 5th, 2017 @ 11:07 am

    P.S. Please don’t stress over the book. Too much love went into for that to happen now. I can’t imagine any one getting impatient or being disappoint in you for anything, much less what is out of your control. Happy packaging! Looking forward to my book whenever it arrives.

  14. Sally
    December 5th, 2017 @ 11:07 am

    I’m so excited to see your new book! Wish I could help out, but I know you’ve got it well in hand. We love you for all your hard work.

  15. Patricia M
    December 5th, 2017 @ 11:07 am

    *disappointed oops!

  16. Theresa Szpila
    December 5th, 2017 @ 11:24 am

    Knowing mine is on the way has got me all excited with anticipation. I’m on pins and needles. Shreve, I hope you had help loading and unloading the Little Red Reefer! Until I saw the photo of the packed truck, I really had no concept of just how BIG a project this was. Bless you, Shreve, for doing all this work for us!

  17. Melanie
    December 5th, 2017 @ 11:42 am

    I got my book yesterday. It was beautifully wrapped with care I could tell! The book is lovely Shreve! Thank you so much for sharing Charlie, Eli and the gang.

  18. Carol
    December 5th, 2017 @ 12:43 pm

    Shreve, I’ve asked this before but I would like to know when the online book will be available.

  19. Shreve
    December 5th, 2017 @ 3:32 pm

    C, this week!

  20. penny in co
    December 5th, 2017 @ 3:57 pm

    Thanks so much for all of your hard work Shreve! I am so excited!!!!! xo

  21. Karen
    December 5th, 2017 @ 5:00 pm

    What a huge job!! Thank you for all your efforts! I received my book and it’s beautiful. I was so worried USPS would leave my treasure in my building’s lobby (and someone would snatch it as anything goes ’round here), but a happy mail carrier knocked on my apartment door this morning (thanks to your handwritten instructions, in your lovely printing on the package). The cover (not the pic I chose, BUT a perfect pic) and back cover are brilliant together. Don’t want to spoil anything for those who haven’t gotten it yet! aloha~~~

  22. leah in indiana
    December 5th, 2017 @ 5:36 pm

    The most excellent news and an impressive undertaking!

  23. Lisa McKay
    December 5th, 2017 @ 5:49 pm

    Holy Moly! That is a wondrous sight to behold! Such a labor of love. Thank you so much Shreve!

    L&L~Lisa McKay

  24. scotty
    December 5th, 2017 @ 5:56 pm

    ha ha you are quite the santa stockton w your lil reefer truck full of goodies. you will need a lil red nose for your truck.

  25. Colleen G
    December 5th, 2017 @ 6:33 pm

    I received mine yesterday and I screamed when I opened it! Everything about it is so beautiful and I stayed up late trying to read through some of your fabulous stories. It is my favorite Christmas present to me. Fabulous work!

  26. Laurel Livezey
    December 5th, 2017 @ 11:31 pm

    So happy to see this, just now because I was thinking of you and wondering when I would be receiving my book. Wow, thanks so much for doing all the work that you are to get them out to us. I can’t wait to get mine and see what it looks like. I was one of the last ones to order, because I am so broke so I felt selfish spending the money on this, but felt so driven to get this. Kind of my Christmas present to myself to get a signed version. Thanks for all the time you are taking to get these out to us. Wow!! I hope they turned out the way that you imagined them to be. Merry Christmas to you!!

  27. Hilary
    December 5th, 2017 @ 11:44 pm

    I’m in no particular hurry (and didn’t go with a signed copy) so if it makes things easier, stick my address on the bottom of your list. January is just fine :) I’ll enjoy it whenever.

  28. Gina
    December 6th, 2017 @ 4:54 am

    Thank you Shreve,
    This will be the best gift under our tree! Merry Christmas!

  29. Leslie
    December 6th, 2017 @ 6:19 am

    Got my books last night, Shreve! So gorgeous and so moving! I have tears in my eyes. Thank you for this marvelous piece of art and memories! Xoxo to Charlie the whole Farmily!

  30. C in Florida
    December 6th, 2017 @ 6:47 am

    Gee this is fun!
    It’s like getting to watch Just Everybody in the World open up their Christmas gifts! Cindy Lou-Who grew up and is driving the sleigh now. :)

  31. LJ
    December 6th, 2017 @ 10:05 am

    Please no worries – I am just thrilled that you made this glorious book! Things happen, breathe, and enjoy the process and major accomplishment! Cheers :-)

  32. Emily L
    December 6th, 2017 @ 12:24 pm

    So excited! I had honestly forgotten for awhile so it will be like a double Christmas present. Thank you for all your hard work putting the book together and packaging everything!

  33. Jane
    December 6th, 2017 @ 5:29 pm

    Sooo my best friend visited me and somehow your website and the book daily coyote came up. She was totally into it. I have been following your web for many years but never mentioned to her. I ordered two copies of the book planning to give one as a gift. Well I am so happy she wants one. ❤️

  34. Susan
    December 6th, 2017 @ 6:10 pm

    Shreve, I just received my book today (thanks!) and it is simply MAGNIFICENT! You have truly outdone yourself. I began reading passages and alternately smiled, laughed, and cried. Your way with words and your raw honesty were on full display and are why we all love you so much. Thank you for this amazing and loving tribute to Charlie and the rest of the farmily gang. Merry Christmas!

  35. LN_cello
    December 6th, 2017 @ 7:31 pm

    Thanks so much for your total dedication Shreve, to the Farmily, to photography, to this book. You’re having me up all night (3:30 am now) studying those beautiful photo’s and reading what you wrote (and that strikes home).

  36. T
    December 6th, 2017 @ 8:29 pm

    Hi Shreve, I just downloaded the digital version. The pictures are so lively, it’s like I can touch and feel Eli & Charlie’s fur by just looking at it! Beautiful job.

    Just wondering… are the credit for the ppl actually worked on the book or the ppl who ordered the book? My name is very rare, I’ve never met single person with the same name, yet I spotted it in the “Trickster Credit”. Either way, I thought it was cool and wanted to mention it.

    Thank you again and Happy Holidays to the whole Family :)

  37. shreve
    December 6th, 2017 @ 8:54 pm

    T – everyone who ordered before Sept 1… because the book wouldn’t have happened without you!


    Thank you all for the book reports!!! It is SO fun to hear your reactions, it’s filling my heart.

  38. T
    December 7th, 2017 @ 8:06 am

    Awww… that’s so sweet of you. It made the book even more special!
    (sorry if it was mentioned somewhere in the blog, I missed it)

  39. DebraJohnson
    December 7th, 2017 @ 8:30 am

    I love the book!!!

  40. Janet M
    December 7th, 2017 @ 10:26 am

    I got my book Monday, and it is fabulous!!!!

  41. Marva
    December 7th, 2017 @ 10:45 am

    Please don’t worry about my book order. I know it will come when it does. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  42. Bev
    December 7th, 2017 @ 1:10 pm

    I received the beautiful book yesterday and haven’t looked at everything yet, but it is wonderful! The photos are gorgeous and the writing is touching. I laughed, smiled and cried reading it. Just an amazing work of art and I will enjoy it for many years to come. Merry Christmas to you and Mike and all of the Farmily and thank you so much for this great book.

  43. Po
    December 7th, 2017 @ 1:37 pm

    Got mine today – love it! I plan to savor it slowly.

  44. Jacque S
    December 8th, 2017 @ 7:07 am

    Ok, my copy arrived yesterday and I had told myself I was not opening it until Christmas! But after reading all the comments about how great it is I am not sure I can wait!!! I think I had better wrap it and put it under the tree, way in the back, so I can really enjoy it Christmas morning!!!! I think I am going to be happy that I got myself a present this year!!! HA!!!

  45. marva
    December 8th, 2017 @ 12:28 pm

    Oh my gosh! My book arrived the day I said don’t worry about mine. It is gorgeous, moving and I can’t wait for a quiet time to sink in to it.
    Thank you, thank you very much.

  46. Judy
    December 8th, 2017 @ 12:40 pm

    I received my book last night in Colorado. It is beautiful! Thank you for sharing 10 years with us in book format!

  47. Theresa Szpila
    December 8th, 2017 @ 1:05 pm

    Received mine this afternoon. Ooooohhh, it is soooo lovely! I admit, I can’t wait for Christmas. It’s supposed to snow here tomorrow and I plan spend the day poring over my book!

    Shreve, thank you so, so much for sharing the ten years of your life with Charlie with us and for putting it all in a book for us to have for all time.

    Hugs and blessings to all the Farmily!

  48. Rachel
    December 8th, 2017 @ 3:42 pm

    I can’t wait! <3

  49. Jan Freeman
    December 8th, 2017 @ 3:46 pm

    Ahh just got my book,so thrilled, it beautiful will treasure it for years to come. The care taken in wrapping it so beautifully says volumes about you. I can tell this is a labor of love to share with us all. Thank you so much.Many blessing to you and your farmly

  50. Jeanne
    December 9th, 2017 @ 8:38 am

    Received my book yesterday. It is indeed a beautiful work of art. Love everything about it, including the type of paper used. Wow!

  51. Heather
    December 11th, 2017 @ 7:14 pm

    I got mine on Thursday, I opened it on Friday and I instantly fell in love! Its beautiful! its artwork in itself! Love this labor of love that you have shared with us all!

  52. mj
    December 11th, 2017 @ 7:23 pm

    My gorgeous book arrived on Friday! It is wonderful and so worth the wait. I wrapped it and it is under the tree. I will enjoy the leisurely stroll through it on Christmas, rather than rushing through it now during this time of crazy. I had to peek at it just a bit, though, when it arrived. Thank you for the loving care that went into taking the pictures and for selecting the right ones for the book.

  53. joycebell
    December 11th, 2017 @ 8:10 pm

    I received my digital file but am having problems downloading to my iPad. Does anyone have any suggestions? First I tried downloading to iBooks and then to hightail. Neither worked. Any help is much appreciated.

  54. Shreve
    December 11th, 2017 @ 11:02 pm

    J, please email me directly!

  55. mlaiuppa
    December 13th, 2017 @ 12:24 am

    You know how much a full wheel of aged Parmigiano-Reggiano costs, right?

    BTW when I went to Italy last year I toured a place outside of Bologna where they make it. I saw the process from cooking the milk to the finished wheels stacked in the warehouse. I got to buy some at discount straight from the factory. I still have some.

    If you really want a treat, get yourself some 25 year aged DOP balsamic vinegar and drizzle it on some vanilla ice cream.

    I’ve got an address where you can get both but it will run three figures easy.

  56. David
    December 13th, 2017 @ 7:08 pm

    Got mine today. Broke a sweat getting it out of the box and unwrapped. ;-) It’s beautiful! I’m trying to imagine how much work it has been from start to eventual finish…and I can’t. Thank you so much.

  57. Rachel
    December 15th, 2017 @ 7:18 am

    I received my book yesterday. I cried reading about Charlie’s “Fancy Sit.” My Scottie dog Pip had a fancy sit, too — something he came up with all on his own, an advanced begging pose that always made me laugh. I miss him.

  58. Lynn
    December 15th, 2017 @ 9:10 am

    I received my book on Wednesday (in FL), what a special present from me to me! It was so amazingly wrapped, with love and beauty, from the sparkly tape on the tissue paper to the paw print sticker on the protective cardboard, prettier than I could have imagined and that was before I even got to see the book! I’ve been following your love story for Charlie (and farmily) since almost the beginning and so appreciate all of your work, photos and writing. I couldn’t start reading it right away because I know I won’t be able to put it down once I start. Thank you Shreve, for sharing your story!

  59. Nhumey
    December 15th, 2017 @ 6:54 pm

    I totally second the above comment by Lynn. The book is stunning, and such care taken to detail of packing and presentation. You are an incredible artist. I too have followed from the beginning of your story with Charlie. Thank you for letting us into your world and spreading such love.

  60. CLangley
    December 16th, 2017 @ 9:24 am

    I second the comments of all of the happy commenters above. What a gift. Thank you so much!

  61. TJ
    December 17th, 2017 @ 11:38 am

    Gorgeous! Book, writing, love of life and farmily. Thank you. :)

  62. Carolyne
    December 18th, 2017 @ 9:50 am

    Currently headed out for some ISLAND time (18 days!!!) Excited that this will be waiting for me when I return! Ho-Ho-Ho #blessed

  63. TomT
    December 18th, 2017 @ 4:25 pm

    Su-weet! I can’t hardly wait.

  64. mlaiuppa
    December 18th, 2017 @ 5:11 pm

    Mine arrived today and it is awesome. Coffee table is right as I want to display this for all to enjoy. No hiding it away on a bookshelf. I especially like that every once in a while, you include a page or two of the life Charlie leads and your interactions with him.

    I know you’re recovering and all that, but I just want to put in a plug for the rest of the Farmily. I know you’ve taken photos of lots of things besides Charlie. Perhaps in a few years time you might want to put out a Farmily book. Charlie can be included of course, but it can have Chloe, Sage, Mushy, Rue, Ivan, Daisy, Fiona and the rest of the gang. Chickens too of course. And some of those beautiful sunsets and snowscenes. Just a little something to get your mind thinking and the juices flowing. Keep it in the back of your mind.

  65. Annie
    December 18th, 2017 @ 5:26 pm

    My book came today and it is so beautiful, amazing! I can’t wait to savor it page by page and read the stories it tells. Thank you!!!

  66. Patr
    December 19th, 2017 @ 7:35 am

    My book arrived on Saturday and I had tears looking at it. It is so beautiful – and Charlie and then Eli….. What a beautiful tribute to the mystery of this coyote. (And you….. you have a beautiful gift in your talent)

  67. Deborah
    December 25th, 2017 @ 3:11 pm

    My book arrived Thursday and today my husband unwrapped it and gazed upon it with love and admiration. We haven’t had a chance to read it yet but there’s plenty of time for that. The cover alone is gorgeous. Thank you, Shreve, for this beautiful work of art and love. Merry Christmas!

  68. TomT
    December 26th, 2017 @ 6:30 pm

    My wife got the book but didn’t tell me and wrapped it up for a Christmas present. Well, I love it! Amazing pics and I could never pic a favorite. The whole thing is really well done. Bravo Shreve and it’s something I will treasure. The words…. wow, I didn’t expect the depth to them. I felt like I took a journey with you and learned a lot in the process. I won’t spoil it if others haven’t read all the way through but, damn, this is really great stuff here. Not your run of the mill picture book that’s for sure!

  69. Sarah
    January 9th, 2018 @ 8:51 am

    Shreve,I LOVE the book – everything about it. The feel of the cover, the coming and going of the covers and everything in between the covers. Best present ever. Thanks!!

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