Saturday, March 17, 2007

Here It Is!

My 15 Minutes of Fame post from 8/28/06 stated that: "Today, I found out that I'm a minor character in a children's book, written by an award winning author."

In December, I bought the first 4 books in the Dog Watch series. I recently discovered myself on page 19 of the 2nd book in the series: Dog-Napped.

Just then, tshsmom stormed out of xxx restaurant with a broom in both hands. She knew everyone's name in the village--dogs included. "Lucky! Gunnar! Schmitty! Tundra! Kito! Chester! That's enough of your racket. Break it up. We don't need dogfights in Pembrook. Move on--you'll scare away customers." Then she turned on her heel and headed back inside. The smells of French toast, sausage, bacon, and cinnamon rolls wafted out.

For some odd reason, Mary changed the name of almost all of the dogs in town, but she used my real name. Alrighty then...
I also need to clarify a few things. I have been known to break up dog fights, but I've NEVER used a broom! I always reach in, bare-handed, to pull the dogs apart. So far I haven't been bitten. I DO appear outside, with my broom, to sweep off the handicapped ramp that encircles the restaurant. "Pembrook's" dogs frequently keep me company while I sweep.

ALL of the Dog Watch books are prefaced with the page above. Our village has actually made national headlines with our no-leash-law/dog-mugshot policy. (Mary has renamed our village Pembrook, so that's how I'll refer to it. ) Many of us have chosen not to take advantage of Pembrook's no-leash-law policy. We keep our pets tied or fenced in our own yards, where they're safe and aren't creating a nuisance for the neighborhood.
Free roaming dogs do make a cute premise for children's books though. The books are cute, but I wouldn't recommend them for anyone over the age of 8. Mary has written much better books for the 12-14 age group. The Dog Watch series is far from her best efforts.
I found the books interesting due to the real-life dogs and people. Several of the book's characters are long deceased, but I enjoy re-living their quirky personalities. Mary portrays herself and her husband as Mr. and Mrs. Hollinghorst, who live in Mary's real-life house. My greatest disappointment in Dog-Napped was that the evil Dr. Elizabeth(a renamed, real-life character) wasn't the culprit. The culprit turned out to be Howie, a cross between our former dishwasher and an eccentric bait seller.
The following dogs are real.
Gunnar: Mary's former basset hound. Gunnar died after being hit by the school bus while playing with the kids at the bus stop.
Kito and Chester: The heroes of the Dog Watch series, and Mary's current pets. After what happened to Gunnar, this chow-chow and beagle are ALWAYS on a leash or tied in their yard.
Tundra: The "alpha dog" of the Dog Watch series. Tundra is actually a male dog named Bucky. Bucky is no longer allowed to run free after he ate too many Slim-Jims at the tavern and developed peritonitis.
Willow: Willow is the sweetest golden retriever cross you'll ever meet. Unfortunately, someone has mistreated her. This is another hazard of allowing your dog to run loose. The last time I saw Willow, she cowered on her belly and crawled to me in total submission. It broke my heart to see this fun-loving dog's spirit broken down like this!
So far, I've only read the first 2 books in the series. I'll let you know if I make another appearance in the series.

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At 3/17/2007 12:10 PM, Blogger Notta Wallflower said...

That's so cool that you're in a book! Not sure how I feel about dogs roaming free, though.

 
At 3/17/2007 2:55 PM, Blogger Bridget Jones said...

Holy cow, you're famous, Tshsmom! That IS SO COOL, as notta says!!

 
At 3/17/2007 3:43 PM, Blogger Jeannie said...

cool! guess you get your 15 minutes of fame

 
At 3/17/2007 5:13 PM, Blogger SME said...

Groovy! You'll have to tell me about this "Dr. Elizabeth".

 
At 3/17/2007 5:56 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Notta, I don't agree with it AT ALL! Hairry isn't part of the free-roaming clique.

Bridg, I'm only famous with 8 yr olds who read.

Jeannie, I still think I got more exposure in my 15 second stint on The Today Show. ;)

SME, I'll call you. My luck, the bitch would find my blog and sue me. ;)

 
At 3/17/2007 8:04 PM, Blogger Courtney said...

You mean I have to go buy a series of books to figure out what your real name is? Don't think I won't! ;)

 
At 3/17/2007 9:24 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Courtney, all you need is book #2. ;)

 
At 3/17/2007 10:28 PM, Blogger Vancouver Voyeur said...

Oh this is great! What a great premise, love dogs and glad there are so many great characters. How cool for you to be included. That's a brush with fame you'll be able to hand down for generations to come. I can't think about people abusing dogs, it hurts too much.

 
At 3/17/2007 11:46 PM, Blogger Gardenia said...

You are famous! Did the author reference your blog? That should have been a condition! Pembrook must have wonderfully behaved doggies - so far the pit bill next door has torn the screen off my front window, dug out my day lillies, pooped in my grass, and chased my cats out of their own yard. Perhaps I should capture him and send him to Pembrook for etiquite (spttt) lessons!

 
At 3/18/2007 2:46 AM, Blogger Cherie said...

The things I learn from your blog! Amazing. I've never known a real live celebrity - may I have your autograph? ;-)

No leash laws - hmmmm, didn't know they still existed.

Very fun post!

 
At 3/18/2007 7:00 AM, Blogger tshsmom said...

VV, my Boss was a bit miffed that she wasn't mentioned in the books, but she doesn't interact with the dogs.
I think the coolest part is having a paragraph of immortality, even though Z thinks the whole thing is dumb.

Gardenia, I don't want the locals to know about my blog. I wouldn't be free to rant about things if they knew.
As you can see from my descriptions of the dogs, a lot of tragedy befalls free-roaming dogs. We've also had instances of pack behavior where people and dogs were injured. :( I believe that leash laws are a GOOD thing!

Cherie, my "fame?" hasn't gone to my head...yet. ;)

 
At 3/18/2007 12:27 PM, Blogger Angelique said...

tshsmom, how cool that you get mentioned in a book! I think it's great that you have an author that writes about your local community. I don't think I could let my dogs run free. I would be afraid something might happen to them like Willow. The books sound interesting I am going to have to check them out!

 
At 3/18/2007 1:20 PM, Blogger Squirl said...

Wow! How neat! I'm not sure how I'd feel about having my real name in there, though, with all the other fake ones.

It doesn't surprise me that you use leashes. You're too smart not to.

 
At 3/18/2007 7:22 PM, Blogger Great White Bear, said...

Lol.... being famous with 8 yr olds is is better than being famous with grown ups.

I have yet to see an 8 yr old paparazzi.

 
At 3/18/2007 10:02 PM, Blogger tweetey29 said...

I think cool also. Congrats.LOL...Well anyway just putting the girls down for bed. Yes I know its ten and it looks like a school night but its not. K has this whole week off so we are dealing with it. She has been fine over the weekend. Oh by the way do you or anyone here have a good ear infection remedy where I dont have to take K in to the dr for the time being. I still owe the clinic some money from her flu in Dec and dont want to get that bill any higher. Any suggestions would be great. Tweets.

 
At 3/19/2007 1:43 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Angelique & Squirl, we love Hairry too much to risk letting him run free. Besides, he could be a nuisance to the neighbors too.

GWB, I don't know. You should have seen Z with a camera when he was 8. ;)

Tweets, I'm prone to ear infections, and the ONLY thing that clears them up is antibiotics. :(

 
At 3/19/2007 3:02 PM, Blogger Courtney said...

Tweetey, antibiotics are the way to go, but to alleviate pain lying on a warm (not hot) heating pad helps. I am forever taking claritin (with pseudoephedrine) to get my ears to drain. And no matter how tempting it is for her to blow her nose as hard as she can -- don't let her do it. I broke my eardrums that way.

 
At 3/19/2007 4:03 PM, Blogger tweetey29 said...

Thanks. I have to say that she hasnt complained yet today about it hurting. It may have been just the pressure of the ride. I know that happens to me sometimes. The pressure was really high saturday and it was sunny out and a little windy. I will see if she complains again tomorrow or later tonight. I really dont want to make that dr bill any higher. He has insurance through work but our detuctible is 1100 dollars and the dr bill is only 98 dollars so its not worth having them under the insurance right now. We are just hoping neither one of them fall gets hurt really bad right now. We are looking into other insurance plans. Something cheaper hopefully. Well thanks again.

 
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At 3/20/2007 2:21 PM, Blogger Jason said...

What on earth is this Vest business?

 
At 3/20/2007 4:26 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

It looks like the new moon brought out the nutcase!

 
At 3/20/2007 4:31 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Jason, my Oct 29th post pretty well explains my trials with this nutcase troll!

 
At 3/20/2007 4:31 PM, Blogger Bridget Jones said...

Oh Tshsmom, I'm so sorry. When I saw that there were 79 comments, my heart sank.

Feeling very bad for you.

 
At 3/20/2007 4:45 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Bridg, like I said...the nutcases are out with the new moon! ;)
Yesterday, he accused SME of leaving a rude comment on his blog. She set him straight on that.
Today, he's accusing me of posting shit on his blog. I haven't commented on his blog for at least 6 months! My guess is it's Saby messing with him. I guess computer detective work isn't Vest's forte. ;)

 
At 3/20/2007 7:41 PM, Blogger Squirl said...

You couldn't pay me to go to Vest's site, much less leave a comment like he's talking about. I prefer to stay away from blogs that I don't like. Easier (and saner) than stalking them.

 
At 3/20/2007 8:13 PM, Blogger tweetey29 said...

Yes I agree with squirl. He is just a Pain in the ***. But again if said enough bad stuff he wont play nicely so I wont badger him to much. I will have to look for these books for K and B. Are they at the library in the kids section do you know by chance? Let me know when you get a minute.

 
At 3/20/2007 9:16 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Squirl, totally agree!! I don't have time to read all the blogs I like, so why would I waste my time reading blogs I don't like?
If he had any brains, he'd be able to check who was on his blog when he got spammed.

Tweets, the books are in our library, but I don't know about yours.

 
At 3/22/2007 1:02 PM, Blogger zydeco fish said...

That's so cool. I'm jealous...of the book, not the troll.

 
At 3/22/2007 2:54 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

ZF, you can have him, if you want him! ;)

 
At 3/23/2007 11:23 AM, Blogger DirtCrashr said...

That's an amazingly liberal (in the Classical sense) dog-policy! :-)

 
At 3/23/2007 11:25 AM, Blogger DirtCrashr said...

Ya know if you used Haloscan you could just delete the troll-comments.

 
At 3/23/2007 4:23 PM, Blogger tweetey29 said...

Thanks for stopping in earlier with the reminder of who took our school pix. I couldnt remember his name.I have been gone to long. LOL.. Time to come home for a day or two but not sure when. We are still looking at July but not sure yet. Just when Sme and R get there dates set we can set ours. Then plan for a day or two up there and come home.

 
At 3/23/2007 4:38 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

DC, liberal and whacky! ;)
I can delete them through blogger too. Sometimes I just have to leave the comments up, so everyone can see what a nutcase he is. :(

Tweets, I wish they'd set their dates too!

 
At 3/24/2007 9:41 AM, Blogger tweetey29 said...

Vest I wish we could get you for interenet harrassment because I bet everyone one of us here would have a case against you for something and for what you have said. Esp having so many different names and being so mean you bored old geezer with nothing better to do than insult us that you dont eve know. Let it be you weirdo. You dont know dirtcrashr. Maybe he just likes guns. You have no right to insult people like you do. I dont insult you unless you go over board with who and what you insult. You want to fling mud fine. I think your on the losing end though. I meanlook at the women here and Men for that matter.There are more to fling mud at you than you have to fling at us. I doubt you have many true friends. No one wants to read your crap.

 
At 3/24/2007 12:34 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Thanks Tweets!
Remind me to stay on your good side. I wouldn't want you mad at ME! ;)

 
At 3/24/2007 6:55 PM, Blogger tweetey29 said...

Sorry Tshsmom I just couldnt keep my mouth shut with him degrading my new friends and you like he was. I try to ignore it but it bothers me. I am easily annoyed.

 
At 3/25/2007 11:04 AM, Blogger tshsmom said...

You have NOTHING to apologize for, Tweets! You're a faithful friend and I appreciate you! ;)

 
At 3/25/2007 11:33 AM, Blogger tweetey29 said...

Thanks tshsmom. He was badering dirtcrashr on his sight also. I think dirtcrashr deleted my comment and this troll here. He is one pain the A** troll.

 
At 3/26/2007 9:58 PM, Blogger Vest said...

tshsmom: Ok can we call a truce? the last lot of filth I received from here was disgusting, if you still intend to verbally abuse me on a regular basis, kindly use non obscenities, thank you, have a lovely day.

 
At 3/27/2007 8:42 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Vest, I called a truce with you back in October, when I proved you were making all the snarky anonymous comments on my blog. I told you to be nice or begone.

I know you don't believe this, but I haven't commented on your blog since that time. I have NEVER commented anonymously ANYWHERE!!

The only emails I have sent you, since before October, were the 2 I sent you last week, in reply to your emails to me. If you are receiving nasty emails with my name on them, then Saby has once again hijacked my email. He did this to both me and Nancy Drew last fall also.

I lead a very hectic life and don't have the time to visit the bloggers I like, much less waste my time playing childish games, like you've been doing.

Look elsewhere for your pariah; IT'S NOT ME!

 
At 3/28/2007 9:38 PM, Blogger Vest said...

I wish I could believe you, even partially, even so whatever the outcome the smell will remain.

 
At 3/29/2007 8:54 PM, Blogger Vest said...

hope you are feeling better. you should not bang your head on the wall when frustrated. have a lovely day.

 

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