Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Patrick Update - April 20, 2011

I thought I'd post another update on Patrick. He is up to 33 pounds and underwent an endoscopy yesterday to remove an obstruction in his stomach, which turned out to be a hardened mass of hair. He also had some dental work and was neutered. He pulled through like a champ!

This Photo Gallery really shows how far he's come.

And here is a video which shows the same:

It's amazing how much press this little guy has garnered. My hope is that the increased awareness will lead to tougher animal cruelty laws, not just in New Jersey, but across the country. No animal deserves what Patrick went through.

Save a life, adopt a shelter pet!

Monday, April 18, 2011

The Bear in a Muddy Tutu by Cole Alpaugh

The Bear in a Muddy Tutu is a quirky tale, chock full of strange and strangely endearing characters, from a dancing bear to a little girl named Morgan who believes that when people die they become birds. At times, I wished certain characters had received more page time than others, and in the beginning, when characters were introduced, I was mystified how they'd all fit together. But like a puzzle, their pieces fit into place with the others in bizarre and sometimes freakishly coincidental ways. At the center of the puzzle is an old, broken down traveling circus, yet once you get to know the characters, you realize the circus is the perfect place for them to call home.

The characters are definite misfits, lost souls filled with emotional hurt, but they don't run around crying, "Woe is me.". They reminded me of an old stuffed animal with its fur worn off and a patchwork of fabric holding its stuffing inside. Broken? Yes. Worthless? No.

If you enjoy fast-paced, quirky reads filled with offbeat, colorful characters and a touch of sorrow draped in the colorful striping of a circus tent, I think you'll enjoy The Bear in a Muddy Tutu.

My friend and fellow writer, Regan Leigh, is having a contest to celebrate both the completion of edits to her own book and the release of The Bear in a Muddy Tutu. Click here for information on how to enter 'The Bear in a Basket Easter Giveaway'!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

More Patrick Puppy Love

Can you believe this is the same dog? His progress is nothing short of extraordinary! Thanks to the care of GSVS Pet Hospital, he continues to make huge strides and now weighs 30 pounds. What a miracle dog!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Patrick on NPR

There is an article about Patrick on NPR today. You can read it here. This little pup is becoming quite well-known. My hope is that his plight will encourage awareness and stronger animal cruelty laws.

I can't imbed these videos, but they show Patrick behaving in proper dog fashion with happy barks as he prances about. Although he still has far to go, he's come such a long, long way.

Video 1
Video 2

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

New Patrick Video

I love this video. It shows Patrick taking a short walk outside. You can see that he's gaining both weight and strength.

If you want to see more Patrick updates, GSVS Pet Hospital has a Facebook page. It is amazing to see the outpouring of love people have for this little guy. If you want to help out, consider making a donation to your local shelter in honor of Patrick, or better yet, give a shelter pet a warm, loving home.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Why Writers Are Like Shelter Dogs

We sit in our cages, whether it’s a large office with a panoramic view or the end of the kitchen table. When we send our short stories or query agents, we’re like the dog wagging his tail, desperate to be noticed. Pick me, pick me, we silently wish as we click send.

And when we get a no, it’s no less hurtful than the person who stops in front of the shelter dog's cage, gazes for a quick moment or two, then walks on by. We hunch our shoulders and put our heads down. Why not me? What’s wrong with me? Of course, we’re really asking why not our story, but let’s be honest. That first sting feels personal. Why not me?

A dog doesn’t think well maybe this needs work or that does, they just know they’re not wanted. Maybe they're too old or too ugly or too pit-bullish. If they are one of the lucky ones and live in no-kill shelter, their chance might come tomorrow or next month or next year, like the patient writer who refuses to give up, knowing that a home will come. Someday.

But many other writers never get that yes. They are the ones who quietly wither away, perhaps folding up the laptop and sighing, thinking it was a nice dream while it lasted. And that dog, the one that nobody wanted, probably thinks the same thing at the end of the short walk into the last room he or she will ever see.

This video is way too cute not to share. Patrick gets his first dog bone!

Save a life, adopt a shelter pet.