Archives for August 2011

Adoptable Dogs!

Happy National Dog Day! I hear about adoptable dogs all the time.  I think it’s becoming a bit of an occupational hazard.  I wish I could take all of them home with me, but, I’m pretty sure the cat would hire a hit-man if I brought another dog home.  So here are a few adoptable cuties from across the country, in case you or someone you know is looking for a four-legged friend.  

California – Alameda County/Contra Costa County  


Bodie is an adorable 9 week old girl.  She’s a min pin mix, and is described by her caretakers as being “confident, smart, almost potty trained, and great with other dogs.”

Paw Fund is a wonderful organization, whose primary purpose is to help people keep pets healthy and in their homes during financial hardships.  For more information, please check out Bodie’s listing here or contact Paw Fund.  You can follow Paw Fund on Facebook here.

Illinois – Chicago

Meyna is an extremely affectionate Shepherd mix in search of her forever home!  Visitors often notice her gorgeous coat and warm personality.  This gregarious girl loves people, and has been through lots of training with K9 University.  She knows her basic commands, would excel in agility classes, and is working on staying calm when out on walks.  Meyna is looking for an adopter who will continue her training, as this smart cookie really thrives on mental stimulation!  She will flourish in an adults-only home with a family who has some experience with dogs, ideally shepherds.  Meyna loves to run and play outside, but she is very mild-mannered in the home and likes to relax near her favorite people.”

You can check out Meyna’s listing here.

Colorado – Denver

From Front Range German Shepherd Rescue:  

“Dahlia is a smart girl. She loves people!!!! She has been in training and her trainer will continue several lessons with her new family for no cost. Dahlia has been in our care for quite a while and urgently needs a home of her own. Afterall, a boarding kennel is safe and secure, but it doesnt have the warmth and companionship of people to adore her! Dahlia prefers not to share her space with other dogs. Nor does she like to go to dog parks. Dahlia says” I just want someone to love me. I am a very friendly girl who loves to give kisses to people. I am affectionate and playful. They think I’m about 2 yrs old and right now I would prefer a home without other pets so I can have all the attention for myself” Although our dogs are “safe” , we have an urgent need to find homes for dogs that have been in our care for quite a while. Not having a home of their own increases their frustration….”

You can learn more about Dahlia here.

Texas – Austin

“We really can’t put into words how much of a sweetheart Kain is. He loves all people big and small! He will just lay at your feet and enjoy all the petting you can dish out. He’s a snuggler too, if he’s invited to lay where you are. He has a bit of a prey drive, though, so houses with cats would not be a good fit for him.”

You can learn more about Kain here.

New York – Rochester

Wooftown Rescue says:

“SKY is a beautiful 1 1/2 years old Australian Cattledog with one blue eye! She’s shy at first, but once she sees you won’t hurt her she is a sweetie pie. She loves back scratches and playing with other dogs, especially little ones!”

Sky is spayed, house trained, up to date with shots, good with kids, good with dogs, but needs a no-cat home.  You can see her full listing here.

River Road Books & Mostly Shepherds!

Okay, so I guess I shouldn’t promise to post something “tomorrow” ever again, because my version of tomorrow takes half a week, apparently.  But oh, my goodness, I loved doing the STAY event at River Road Books in Fair Haven, NJ.  I’m still smiling about it!  Such a great group of people and wonderful dogs!

River Road Books is a beautiful book store run by a great group of book loving ladies!  They’re such a vital and vibrant part of the community, offering a summer reading program for kids, writing workshops, and other events.  It’s nice to see an indie bookstore that is thriving!

I read from STAY, answered questions, and signed books.  Libby Cook from Mostly Shepherds talked about her amazing rescue organization, and showed off a few of the adoptable animals at Mostly Shepherds.

Me & Gidget
I love dogs in general, although I tend to be more of a big dog person, but I fell hard for Gidget.  She’s a Jack Russell/Pug mix (or “Jug”) who acts like a big dog in a twelve pound package.  She’s so sweet and funny and I had the hardest time resisting the urge to smuggle her home in my handbag.  Her listing is here, complete with an adorable video of her playing with a tennis ball that’s almost as big as her head.
Libby had Magnum, a super smart German Shepherd with a long stock coat (like Argo’s), do a few tricks for the crowd.  He’d only had two obedience classes before the event and he was already performing like a pro.  You can see a video of Magnum working on his obedience training on his listing here.  He was so calm, considering the crowd of people!
Magnum & Libby
One of the people at the event was a lovely woman who had adopted a German Shepherd from Libby about ten years ago.  She got up and talked about how her dog changed her life.  It was so moving!  She also said that German Shepherds are one of the more frequently abused breeds.  New dog owners mistakenly think that because German Shepherds are big, powerful dogs, they need to be handled roughly, but the most important thing an owner needs to train a German Shepherd is love.

What she said has stuck with me, because it’s so true!  Positive reinforcement goes a long way with German Shepherds.  What they want most is to be a part of a pack.  When you love them and bond with them and make sure they know they belong with you, they will do everything they can to make you happy.  Giving them the opportunity to succeed goes a lot further than any kind of harsh correction ever could.  I think it’s also important to note that herding dogs are wired a little differently from other breeds, and even if you’re an experience dog owner, if you’ve never had a herding dog, doing research and talking to people with herding breed experience will be incredibly helpful.
It was so nice to spend time chatting with people who love books and German Shepherds as much as I do!  If you’re in the New Jersey area and are thinking about adopting a dog, get in touch with Libby and Mostly Shepherds.  She’s very mindful of matching the right owners to the right dog, and is a genuinely beautiful and inspiring person.  It was an honor to meet her.
There was also a kitty in attendance, but I believe she’s been adopted.  However, Mostly Shepherds has a few more adoptable cats listed.
Roberta Van Anda from the Rumson-Fair Haven Patch was there and posted about the event, so you can read more about it, and see more pictures here

Before the event, I had a great little walk down memory lane Broad Street.  I lived in Red Bank, NJ (right next door to Fair Haven) one summer in the late nineties, and it was also just plain cool to have the opportunity to bum around downtown again.  I expected everything to be different. It’s been over a decade since my last visit, but Red Bank is still hopping.  So many of the local stores and restaurants I loved when I lived there are going strong, like The Bistro (where I once accidentally wore my brand new summer dress to dinner inside out), The Downtown (where one of my roommates and I played along with the band leader at a swing show and pretended to be Swedish Swing Dance Champions . . . long story*), and, this place:

Now I’m back home, doing some writing, gearing up for my event in Batavia at Present Tense Books next week, and cuddling with my German Shepherds.  
I was only gone for a night, but they get pretty clingy when I’ve been away.  
Oh, and if you haven’t already entered, I’m giving away five copies of STAY plus gourmet dog cookies!

*No, actually, it’s not a long story. That’s pretty much the whole story right there.  A good time was had by all.

Things that have happened – The Epic List Post

Wow, I’ve had blog back up syndrome.  There are too many things I’ve been meaning to blog about, but I haven’t gotten around to blogging, because I feel like I need to address the things I should have posted about before I get to current stuff.  So here is an epic list post to catch you up.  With pictures.  Because pictures are good.
A few weeks ago, there was an airshow that seemed to happen directly over our house ALL weekend.
Stella was terrified.  Argo was curious.  Not about the planes.  He didn’t notice them, even when the windows rattled and the ground shook.  Argo was curious as to why I was lying on my back with the camera in the back yard.
I made a video.
I went to an awesome book club that Steph the Bookworm organized! And had such a wonderful time chatting about STAY and other books we love!
I wrote a lot (no pictures).
STAY came out in paperback, and to celebrate, I did a reading at the Greece Barnes & Noble, and spent a lovely afternoon at the Syracuse University Bookstore Book Fair for the second time, signing books with David Klein and Joan Ford.

And got to visit with my favorite Bigfoot novelist.  After the fair, I had dinner with The Other 1/4, and no cars were lost.

I had a blast hanging out with dog lovers at a STAY signing and Bark-B-Q at A Barker’s Dozen, and got to meet Lucky, who is a super sweet adoptable Giant Schnauzer mix.  Lucky will be listed with Going to the Dogs Rescue after he gets a little extra training from Tails of Success.

Last week, I went to Edison, New Jersey to shoot a segment for The Pet Stop on New Jersey 12!  The segment aired last weekend locally, and I’ll be sure to post it here when it’s up on YouTube later this month.

And I just got back from my second trip to New Jersey for an event at River Road Books.  More on that tomorrow!