Open Water Swimming
Remember last week I posted about Rita's first swim, and how we didn't have our camera? Well, this past weekend I remembered to bring my iPod Nano along, so we caught some videos of her in the act. (Luckily we went both days of the weekend, as the video from the first day was mostly of the hub's finger...)
So, here she is, our own little Rita Lochte: (it just occurred to me that Ryan has the word for "lake" in his name; he must have been destined to be a swimmer.) Note - please ignore my high-pitched squeaky voice in this video. She was probably trying to swim out to hold me underwater to make the squeaking stop....
Sweet Potato Chase
I found these dehydrated sweet potato snacks online (all made in America - always read the labels!! Don't buy anything for your pup made in China!) and I thought these would be a fun chewy snack for her, much better than a rawhide. Of course, trying to get a picture of her enjoying the sweet potato chew was not so easy.
|I got a lotta pictures like this... "You can't catch me!"|
|Pretty sure she is thinking, "Fight or flight?"|
|"Seriously, Mother, do not come near me. Or I'm outta here!"|
|Rita makes the podium in Sweet Potato Chase!|
Book News & A Teaser...
In What the Dog Ate news, I've got lots of little items to share...
(1) Baba HooHoo (you remember her, right? I mean who could forget Baba HooHoo?) posted a lovely thank you on her blog with some really cute pics of her and her pups:
|How perfect is the pink goody bag with her pink sweatshirt? (Isn't she adorable?)|
|Here, Burley and Sarge enjoy the Smooches treats they won!|
|Here, Baba HooHoo reads the book to the boys!|
Baba HooHoo and I are both hoping the boys won't get any ideas from Kona and start eating random items around the house.
(2) I was excited to find out that my book made the cut for a website called "Awesome Indies." They didn't actually review it here, but the site promotes "quality books by independently published authors." It took me months to get listed on here, and they are pretty strict with their criteria for making it in, so I was honored to be included. If you are looking for good books at really reasonable prices, check out the books listed on Awesome Indies. They also list books that are available for free!
(3) Remember I mentioned that to celebrate the print version of the book, I pledged to give a portion of the proceeds to Best Friends Animal Society? Well, I'd emailed them to put my pledge in writing, but I didn't hear anything back - until this week. I didn't honestly expect to hear anything, after all (as I said in my letter to them), I know they have sponsorship deals with huge corporations, so my commitment is very small potatoes in the grand scheme of things. But the other day I had a message on my answering machine from one of the founders of Best Friends! He said he just wanted to thank me and to let me know that what I'm doing is helping make a difference for the animals. Cool, huh? Now I just hope to sell a lot of books so I can have a decent donation to send to them!
(4) Finally, here's the teaser part, if you wanted to win a signed hard copy of my book in my giveaway last month, but your name is not Baba HooHoo (meaning you did not win) - then you are going to have another chance soon! But not on my blog... On my blog you'll be able to win something else. On Friday, details will be revealed on how you can win a different book here, and how you can win my book on another blog! But you'll have to wait and check in on Friday!