They're here.....

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

No, that's not Carol Anne alerting us of poltergeists. It's copies of my book!
It's been such a long road but I just got my first shipment today!
I'm really pleased with the way they look and the quality of the book! We had a little shipping headache. I was supposed to have them last week, which would have been perfect since I didn't have to work all weekend and could start shipping them out but the important thing is that they're here now!
I have a Facebook page and just set up a Twitter account so I've been running a presale and have sold a handful. I've reached out to some shelters and rescues prior to donating the book to them but only a few have been responsive at all, which is a little disappointing, but that's ok! There's always the next shelter. Sadly, there are hundreds around the country.
A few friends with children have suggested contacting schools and since I talk about the book everywhere I go, the nurse at my doctor's office even suggested the pediatric department of hospitals. I never would have thought of that so I'm contacting some old colleagues from my former life to see if that's an option.
I may be biased, but I truly believe that this is a special message that needs to be shared. However, as with the whole publishing process, it's trial and error as I muddle my way along.
If any of you are interested in purchasing a copy, the link below will give you the special 10% off pricing that I have set up for the next 30 days for shelters and rescues. The price is already reflected.
AND...if you're so inclined, you can follow me on Twitter or Facebook.
Let's save some senior dogs!

Monday Morning Vinny

Monday, May 19, 2014

"Wake me up when it stops raining. I have chipmunks to kill."

Rain, rain go away

Thursday, May 15, 2014

It's been an absolutely CRAZY weather week here. It seems like every morning when I turn on Good Morning America, there's a story about the weather in Ohio and quite often, it's been Cleveland specifically. We've had lots of thunderstorms and even had a few tornadoes touch down.
I've always been completely fascinated by the weather and I would love to be a storm chaser if I wasn't such a chicken. I could watch shows about hurricanes, tornadoes and other weather phenomenon for hours but I have to admit some of this weather coverage feels like overkill even in severe weather. If I heard them say, "You better grab your family, head to the basement and hunker down" one more time, I was going to scream.The same thing happened in the winter when there were threats of winter storms and only a  few times did the actual weather live up to the hype. Yes, it snows. It's Cleveland, for God's sake! In this day of mobile weather alerts and the internet, stopping all programming to listen to a local weatherman track a storm cell feels like talking to the little boy who cried wolf.
There's not much that I hate more than driving in the rain. Even more than driving in the snow so I was pretty upset that I had a doctor's appointment on the other side of town in the late afternoon during the midst of all these warnings and watches. I checked in with the non-stop coverage and decided to give myself some extra time to drive what should have been a 35 minute trip. Lucky me was just entering the freeway on-ramp when the skies opened up with hail and rain and suddenly, traffic was at a standstill. About an hour and forty five minutes in (about 20 miles), the roads were dry and clear. I had already missed my appointment time by now but I figured I would go anyway and just make a new appointment. It must have been my lucky day because they said they would see me. Yay! My ride home? 30 minutes.
There were numerous reports of flooding and many residents lost belongings from water coming into their homes. I'm very fortunate that I had no storm damage to my home and the worst I have to deal with are pets with cabin fever.  
Here are some photos from the week posted on a local news site.

Monday Morning Dino

Monday, May 12, 2014

Wearing this silly tie IS your Mother's Day gift!

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