Howdy, Grizzy, Luke and I are sorry to be away for a while. This thing called “life” sometimes gets busy. We are happy to let you know that the “Dodo” will be featuring “Grizzy’s Journey” very soon. They are putting the finishing touches on his video. We can’t wait and will share it hopefully this week. Also, I’m enclosing a coupon for Barnes & Nobel ending today for 10 percent off any purchase. It’s supposed to rain today, so perhaps a good book is in order. We have heard that “Me, My Dog and a Sheep” is a good one. 🙂 It is on the shelves at the Danbury, CT store. Finally, we have selected a new working title to follow “Me, My Dog and a Sheep” to be published hopefully before Christmas. It will feature Grizzy’s adjustment to coming home from the Rehab Center and his wonderful daily journey today with his brother Sozzi, sister Maggie, baby sister Eli, kitty cat, TiTi, fish friend Hulk and of course Luke his BFF. So happy Summer Saturday in July. Make it a good one.
"Don't be pushed by your problems; be led by your dreams."- Unknown
Me, My Dog and a Sheep is a featured exhibitor at:
MAY 30 – JUNE 3, 2018
655 W 34TH ST, NEW YORK, NY
So far it is a lot of fun and an educational experience. From Diary of a Wimpy Kid to Bill Clinton and James Patterson, the BookExpo/BookCon features a very eclectic and diverse atmosphere for all book lovers. There is even now a section of other products that you can purchase at the show. Me, My Dog and a Sheep will be selling autographed books to the public this Saturday and Sunday. We also have Grizzy bookmarks, a running contest, and some surprise giveaways. Word is Mr. Griz may be making an appearance on Saturday. More to follow on that. Hope to see you there.
Enjoy this 20% off coupon Love, Grizzy
We are starting to share videos on YouTube. Many got buried on Grizzy’s facebook page so we are pulling them out for you to enjoy his journey on the screen. The folks at Shaker took great videos of his fight. You will see how hard they worked, skills and grit in helping our Griz.https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCo2WM4VR-EP6ay5aY5GxOuA?view_as=subscriber
In looking at some older pictures last night, I came across many of Grizzy’s post-op pictures. Emotion crashed down on me, both good and bad. By bad, I guess I mean “hard.” As I have said, when we had Grizzy have surgery to correct Wobblers, we never had a clue how home care would work. We were told our dog would walk out of the hospital, but instead, we picked up a total quad. He walked in, with difficulty and came out on a gurney, all 160 pounds of him completely limp 🙁 The first I will share today is my husband Anthony’s attempt at making a winch system to help us get Grizzy up. It didn’t work because Grizzy was so uncomfortable. We also put him in our bedroom, thinking to keep him away from our other dogs but he was too lonely and cried, both in pain and because he was alone. You can see in his face how much pain he was in. This was day one of a very long journey. While I am so grateful we made it through; I would urge anyone that has a large breed that has any spinal surgery to ensure they get the facts or experience on surgical outcome realities. We would not have changed our decision to get Grizzy fixed, but we would have been better prepared for post-op needs. Also, you need to ensure the surgical center has the rehabilitation resources. Ours did not. We found out the hard way that the staff only worked two days per week and you were lucky to get on her calendar. If I knew what I know today, Grizzy would have gone directly to Shaker Vet in Latham, NY for inpatient rehabilitation. But you live and learn, and I only want to share these insights for those who may be in the position one day.
I’m so excited that Me, My Dog and Sheep has been getting great reviews. As a first-time Indie author, I have learned a lot on this project. What started as a Facebook page to let my friends and family know about how our Grizzy was doing, turned into a pretty cool Children’s Book. Grizzy is doing his first private kids party this month, that begins with a reading, and Mr. Grizz gets lots of love from the children.
If you would like to get your copy of the book, here are 2 15% off coupons from Barnes & Nobel. Happy Sunday.
[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of “Me, My Dog and a Sheep” by Melissa Mullamphy.]
4 out of 4 stars
Me, My Dog and a Sheep by Melissa Mullamphy is a story of hope, faith, and perseverance. In this book, the author shares her family’s real-life experiences with their dog, Grizzy. It is 52 pages long and belongs to the Children’s book genre.
The book begins with a four-month-old dog, Grizzy, being ignored by all customers at a pet store due to his age. One day, Luke’s father selected Grizzy and gave a two-year-old Luke his new best friend. A few years later, one day, when Grizzy could not stand, the family took him to a doctor and discovered that Grizzy needed surgery, after which, Grizzy was left paralyzed. The rest of the book describes the struggles of both Grizzy and the family, as they cope with the situation and do everything that they possibly can for Grizzy’s recovery, despite knowing that there are bleak chances of success. Will Grizzy be able to walk again? Will Grizzy and the Family’s tireless attempts prove to be successful? Will Luke be able to play with his best friend again? More importantly, how is a sheep relevant to the story? Read the book to find out!
The story is told from Luke’s perspective. Luke’s thoughts and feelings are expressed in a manner that would enable anyone, but specifically, children, to connect with him and hope for the best for him. Further, the author has included numerous pictures of the real dog and family (who the plot is based on) which made me extremely involved in their story. As a result, to be honest, I doubt any reader would be able to read through the book without hoping and praying for the best.
As I read through the book, I found it to be an emotional roller coaster. The first page included a real image of the dog, and I felt like I could see pain in his eyes. As an animal lover, that picture had a large impact on me. Towards the beginning of the book, the author described how “sad and abandoned” the dog felt when every customer walked by him and did not select him. At that point, I could almost feel the dog’s pain. As the plot moved ahead, it was inspiring to read how, despite every failed attempt, Grizzy and the family never gave up. They did everything they could, at every step. Without giving away any spoilers, I can mention that the end was also emotional.
In terms of language, I thought that the book was well written. The vocabulary and sentence structures were simple, and I found no word that, in my belief, a child would not understand. The book seems professionally edited and has been formatted well. There were large, full-page illustrations on every alternate page. The illustrations were simple but appropriate with regard to the text they represented. Overall, I thought that the book was very easy to understand and follow.
I have no major issues with the book. One thing that I did not expect was that all the pages had a blue background. It took me a little time to adjust to the background and its contrast with the black text. However, eventually, I got used to it and it did not bother me much. However, this is not a major issue, and many readers might like the blue background.
I rate the book 4 out of 4 stars. I thought that it was well written and had an important message for children – not to give up. After finishing the book, I felt good about having read it. To me, that is a definite sign of a great book. While I would definitely recommend the book for children, I would also recommend it for animal lovers of any age group. If you love animals, this is a book that you will not regret picking up!
Me, My Dog and a Sheep
Come out and support the Buchanan Beautification Non-Profit and attend the 2nd Annual Spring Fair. The details are attached, and we will be there selling your own personal signed copy of “Me, My Dog and a Sheep.” This is our first stop for many of #Grizzytour2018. Enjoy some good food, shop many local vendors, and even take a chance at a 50/50. It is a child-friendly event. Luke will be there as well to share his “Hollywood” signature.
We hope to see you there!!! Hopefully, by then we may even look at some flowers. If you have any questions, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have been busy on the Grizzy “Tour.” We had the privilege of doing a Year in Review with Kate Corey on Channel 13, Albany. What a wonderful show and outstanding host. You will see during the interview, Mr. Grizz wanted to get up. Grizzy has to get the TV thing down better. 🙂
Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.