Sunday, October 3, 2010

National Adopt a Dog Month

October is the National Adopt a Dog Month and you are more than likely wondering what that has to do with books. Well, to start off, I am a huge dog lover. I can't remember a time in my life when I haven't had a dog and I can't remember a time in my life when I wasn't in the midst of reading a book. Hachette Publishers has combined two loves of mine this month to celebrate the national adopt a dog month and I am so excited to get to participate in it.

I have a set of five books that Hachette has so graciously put together and let me give away to one of my blog readers. Here is what you are signing up to win:

Katie Up and Down the Hall By Glenn Plaskin
Oogy By Larry Levin
GoD and DoG By Wendy Francisco
Dog Tags By David Rosenfelt
How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend By The Monks of New Skete

Please leave a comment below telling me a short story about your dog or one you have had during your life. Don't forget to leave your email address so that I can contact you if you are the winner. The contest is open to US and Canadian residents but no PO Box addresses please. The winner will be selected on October 31.


  1. Well unfortunately we have five dogs so my parents would kill me if i adopted another.

    Having all of these dogs of course gives you a bunch of different personalities. Some more devious than others. My sister's dog Coda is very revengeful and whenever i'm on his bed or do something to irritate him he comes into my room and pees on the corner.

    Then my three year old golden retriever Izzy is always in a constant battle when Daisy, the one year old beagle, for close proximity to me whenever i'm laying down or reading something. Izzy could be laying right next to me and Daisy will jump up and sit on me. Or if Izzy is up on the bed Daisy will keep annoying her till she jumps down. Daisy then falls right to sleep. Beagles tend to be narcoleptic so they can fall asleep really fast. ^^


  2. My rescue Golden Retriever MJ was found wandering along and onto a major highway. I was a police officer at the time and when the highway workers tried to take her where they thought she belonged no one was home. I was assigned the task of dropping her off on my way home from work. Well the people were home but said it wasn't their dog and they didn't know where the dog came from. It was decided that since it was near the woods that MJ was probably just dumped there. She was an extremely shy dog in fact I had to coax her into my car by sitting on the ground at the end of a leash and she would literally come crawling towards me. My heart broke for her and I knew she needed someone who could be patient and loving with her. I decided that someone was me LOL. That was in 2002 and she is still here with me in 2010 and still very much a shy girl who adores getting petted and giving me her paw. When we go for walks she literally is at my side just jumping and smiling as if I am the bestest person in the whole world. To this day she does not like to go for rides in the car even though I will take her for her beloved walkies on trails. She will reluctantly get in the truck to go but when it is time to go home she hops right in.
    Love & Hugs,

  3. When I was growing up we had a dog named Boner (he was already named when we got him). He was truly the most gentle, loving dog in the world. Everyone in the neighborhood knew him and kids used to come "calling" for him, wanting to play with him in the yard. He's been gone for a long time now and I still miss him.


  4. Thanks for the giveaway. What a great set of books. My dog Rocco is a labradoodle and he is so good with the kids. My son loves to hug him and hard because he loves him so much. And Rocco just sits for it a wags his tail.

    lizzi0915 at aol dot com

  5. I've rescued dogs from the animal shelter without much success. The first died in just one week from preexisting failing health (liver damage from ticks). The second had been clearly abused by humans. The shelter said she'd been spayed, but my vet found she was pregnant. She took off in the dead cold of a snowy winter, never to be found :(

    Now we have two small dogs that we love and cherish equally :) Pepper is a salt and pepper, 15 pounds, three-year-old female miniature schnauzer. Mitzi is a black and tan, 7 pounds, two-and-a-half-year-old female dorkie (dachshund/yorkie designer hybrid).

    I spoil them with lots of love, hugs, and kisses and get as much in return :) They're here for me all day, every day. I can't resist looking for treats or toys for them whenever I'm out shopping! *Thanks* for the giveaway!

  6. Wonderful giveaway. We had a dog Ginger, a small mix who lived for 18 years. She was our family's one and only dog and very loved. We were given this dog from a farm whose mother had a litter. Spoiled but special. rojosho(at)hotmail(dot)com

  7. I have two dogs. Both are totally different in everyway, type and personality. One I obtained from Lap Dog Rescue and he is an adorable 16 lb. mix who is active, smart and loveable. The other dog is a Maltese who tolerates the rescue dog and is more independent. But I love them both dearly. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  8. We adopted our special Suzie in October of 1994 when she was a year old. We’ll be celebrating her 17th birthday mid month. She is such a precious member of our family. Sweet, patient, and loving, Suzie has grown up with our two kids and is now growing up with their kids. Suzie is a mixed-breed black dog. We waited a year after losing two long-term family dogs to get another pet. When it was time, we knew we wanted to adopt a dog and we looked several times before we found our Suzie. All four of us picked her out. Or maybe she picked us! She is a great dog and friend and we love her. I encourage anyone looking for a pet to visit area pet-adoption groups.
    (Email in profile.)

  9. When I was in college I adopted the sweetes/baddest puppy ever!! I paid the adoption fee at the Humane Society with my own money. She was MY first dog. All of our other dogs we had growing up were family dogs. She was MINE!! I named her Kayley Rae. How I loved her!! She was SOOOO sweet, but SOOOOOO bad!!! She chewed anything and everything, including tables and chairs, landscape timbers, etc. She ran away every chance she got! Did I mention that she was bad??!! As she grew up she thankfully grew out of her "badness" and into the sweetest dog ever! Oh, how I loved Kayley! When she died, my heart was broken. I still think about her all the time, and I still miss her!

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

  10. I guess my dad's dog, Casper, was the dog love of my life. He was a rescued dog, coming to the family when my parents were old. He was a Siberian Husky; gentle; lovable; smelled so good; and adored my dad. He died a few years ago at the age of 13.

  11. I'm sort of "big sister" to my Mom's dog Katy. I often dog sit her when Mom is going to get home late at night, so Katy doesn't have to stay home alone too long. Katy was rescued by my mother. Mom learned from her employee of Katy. The employee told her that her neighbors had a dog locked in a cage in the garage, and it had been there for most of its two years of life. Mom demanded that she get the dog, or she would report the people for animal cruelty, and they agreed. Katy now has a wonderful life, and she is a really great dog! We all adore her! (I'm currently looking into adopting my own dog.)

  12. A dog I had when I was growing up on the farm was a little terrior named Tippy. He was white with a little short cut off tail. He wiggled all the time! He was an outside dog and never came in the house although I wanted him to! He would run out on the road and chase after cars. He got hit by cars 3 times but always pulled through! He finally died when he was about 16 years old. He was definitely my best friend when I was young.

  13. I would love to win this. I grew up with two dogs that we adopted from a shelter. They were the best dogs. I really think there's something special in the relationship when the dogs know you saved them. They passed away a couple years ago. I've moved into an apartment and had a baby so no dogs for a couple of years, but I really miss the campanionship!

  14. The dog I have right now is my girl Lusi. I adopted her after she was rescued from a puppy mill where she was fed roadkill and was chosen as a "breeder". Luckily she wasn't pregnant, but she was very nervous. Eventually she warmed up to everyone and is now living the life.

  15. My dog actually saved our lives. One day she just sat in front of the stove and barked. She wouldn't move from there and wouldn't let me near the stove to cook. Finally, I called in the handyman. It turned out the stove had a gas leak and if ignited would have exploded. What a great dog, my Bambina.