Happy Holidays!

I’m adding a thing to the already long list of stuff I do, and I’ll tell you all about it on Wednesday, January 2nd. In the meantime, here’s a sweet review of WRITING IRRESISTIBLE KIDLIT from superstar MG author Danette Haworth, whose book VIOLET RAINES ALMOST GOT STRUCK BY LIGHTNING is excerpted (though she swears her praise isn’t biased!).

In other news, I don’t know if you’ve unfriended me on Facebook yet, but you should. Why? Because my feed is about to turn into one big infomercial about Gertrude, our 10-week-old pug puppy. Loyal blog readers know of my love for animals, and probably remember my two furry loves Smokey and Sushi, who passed in 2009 and 2011. It is so wonderful to have a pet again. I’ve never had a dog before, either, so this pup is a dream come true. I feel so blessed and grateful. (And I should really buy stock in pet deodorizer spray…)

Now for the vital stats: She’s a rare silver gray color and–maybe I’m biased but–I don’t personally think that she could get any freaking cuter. Her favorite activity is chewing on everything. Her favorite food is treats. Her favorite way to sleep is upside down. Her favorite place to go to the bathroom is everywhere but her puppy pad. (Hence, her nickname is “Dirty Gertie.”) Her murder weapon is lots and lots of kisses until her victims succumb. It’s disgusting how smitten we are with her. Here’s a glamor shot:

silver gray silver black pug puppy

Happy Holidays to you and yours, and an energizing New Year that sees you many steps closer to your dreams!

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  1. Elizabeth D.’s avatar

    I can SO relate. Congratulations! :)

  2. Valeria’s avatar

    Dirty Gertie! Cute ^^ Have you taught her any tricks yet?

  3. Melanie’s avatar

    She is just too adorable! Love the picture. Congrats. :)

  4. Erin Scherfling’s avatar

    She really is the cutest thing ever. I love the color! Enjoy.

  5. Paula Stokes’s avatar

    Congrats on your new baby :) Yay for death-by-kisses!

  6. Linda B.’s avatar

    SOOOO cute!

  7. Linda B.’s avatar

    Just friend requested you so I can see more pix … she is truly adorable and I am expecting LOTS of them! :)

  8. Sue’s avatar

    A pet allowing you in their life is precious rag and until your camera breaks!

    I love dogs but have kitties, which are great too, and more in line with the current lease. I have a friend that runs a dog rescue and takes in a lot of pugs, and bullies. These little guys get a break from what was to be certain death.

    Keep that pug safe, love him until it hurts and then love some more. You are very lucky to have such an awesome creature in your life.

  9. Sue’s avatar

    OOPS! A pet allowing you in their life is precious. Brag and photograph until your camera breaks.!

  10. Lillian’s avatar

    Was just able to get to the site and see the photo and she is adorable! I love that pug nose and eyes!

  11. Notti Thistledore’s avatar

    Oh, Gertrude is gorgeous! I’ve never seen a pug in that colour before. I hope we get to see many more photo updates!

  12. Amy W’s avatar

    PUG OWNERSHIP IS THE BESTEST!!

    Sorry, had to shout that one ;) Our Gizmo (Ha! Gertie and Gizmo, they go nicely together) could not be cuter, and it is so true about the killer kisses. And just wait, if she isn’t already crawling under the covers to cuddle, well–maybe you should encourage it, I highly recommend it on cold winter nights. Uhm, I do encourage weekly baths, for Gertie, otherwise… not quite as nice.

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