We’ve been away…but we are back with some cool news

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


NYC BookExpo and BookCon are in Full Effect. Come by and visit this once in a lifetime event. We are at booth 1465!


Me, My Dog and a Sheep is a featured exhibitor at:

MAY 30 – JUNE 3, 2018



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.


15% off in-store and online coupons @ Barnes & Nobel through 4/16/18

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.

In Store Purchases — Available in Danbury, CT Store






Luke signing the copies

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of “Me, My Dog and a Sheep” by Melissa Mullamphy.]

Book Cover

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 

Upcoming Local Event

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 author@memydogandasheep.com.

One year after his remarkable recovery from Wobblers Disease, Grizz and his family sit down with Kate Corey for a follow-up interview.

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.

Mother Teresa

A Year in Review

Contest Entries — Please Read Very Very Cool!!

Yesterday marked two years post op for Grizzy.  It is an amazing path this journey has taken us.  Mr. Grizzy is now sleeping on the couch and very active as he was before his surgery and his fight to learn to walk again for almost a year of work and hard rehabilitation.  In February, we introduced a contest in the last blog and have not had any entries.  It is a cool one, so I’m going to extend the deadline to June 1st.  Here are the details:

There are 2 age groups:  kids ages 7 and under and 8-14.

The requirements are, purchase a copy of “Me, My Dog and a Sheep,” (in any format) write a review on Amazon (if you need to get your parents help) and send us a picture of your favorite fuzzy friend that you have either drawn, or the actual photo and a brief note of why you love your buddy so much  to author@memydogandasheep.com.  Here is the link to Amazon:

So far we are blessed and the book reviews are great.  We really think you will enjoy, and who knows, perhaps Grizzy is going to come out with another book.  “Where is Sheepie?” Stay tuned.

We will pick 1 in each age category, and the winners will receive a 16″ plush stuffed animal to match your picture or drawing.

Submissions are due by June 1st.  We will keep running it if successful as these plush animals are forever gifts for your children or a tribute to your favorite fuzzy friend.

We also have, of course, ordered our furry grizzy.


Thank you to https://www.budsies.com for this incredible product.

Have fun and share your love with us.

“If you believe in yourself and have dedication and pride – and never quit, you’ll be a winner. The price of victory is high but so are the rewards.”

Paul Bryant


My son, My dog, and a tough family decision

As you can see Grizzy was Luke’s pal since he was a puppy


In April of 2016, our young family dog was diagnosed with Wobblers Disease.  This is like spinal stenosis for humans where the vertebras impinge on the spinal cord, and the animal suddenly gets lame.  Originally we thought it was Lyme disease.  No such luck.  After about two weeks of helping him ambulate, we brought him to our local vet, and he gave him the diagnosis of Wobblers and said he needed spinal surgery immediately to stop more lesions from further injuring his spinal cord.  This dog, “Grizzy” is a 160-pound English mastiff so helping him ambulate was no easy chore.  Within three days he had surgery of three levels of his cervical spine.  The neurosurgeon at the specialty vet told us he would probably walk out of there, if not very soon since the spinal cord was no longer being pushed in by the bones.  This began our journey of home care that we NEVER EVER expected, nor were we given an idea of what is involved with it by the vet.  The directions were to “get him up.” How?  It was 160 pounds of dead weight, and he was in tremendous pain.  This was no different than caring for a human quadriplegic from turning to avoid pressure sores, toileting with hospital mats, to holding his head up to feed him with applesauce.  You would not believe our attempts to set up an inpatient care center in the middle of our living room.  My son, Luke was Grizzy’s best friend.  He was devastated by Grizzy’s illness and inability to move.  For this reason and our deep love for our furry family, we took a leap of faith for surgery.  I started a @Grizzyjourney Facebook page and documented from surgery to rehabilitation attempts at home and at a specialized vet in Albany and the support and cheers for Grizzy were amazing.