Thursday, November 14, 2013

DALLAS TROUBLE


 Congratulations to "Valri" and "Jo-Anne" the winners in Angi's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

Man and dog go together. Devotion, loyalty, love. A dog has an uncanny ability to feel what we feel. So it is with two dogs from two books. This time, instead of introducing hero and heroines, or plots, you get to meet two amazing canines who will give you some special insights into the humans they came to know…and love.

HERE COMES TROUBLE

THE CRADLE CONSPIRACY, Robin Perini, December Intrigue

My human named me Trouble. Poor man. He’s the one in trouble. For some reason he decided to walk across the country. Something about wide-open spaces and no walls. I have to admit, my human—Daniel Adams is his name—is a good one. He found me on the side of road. I was walking along, minding my own business, when some idiot in a pickup swerved and hit me.

Daniel didn’t ignore me like so many others. He rigged up a contraption and dragged me miles and miles, even though he limped half the way. He found me a doctor and didn’t leave me. It had been a long time since no one left.

I needed him that day, but he needs me, too. His soul hurts. I see it in his eyes. Sometimes he shouts in his sleep. Sometimes he cries, but he doesn’t tell anyone. Only me. He talks to me. Tells me about being locked up, about being afraid. And I listen. Maybe that’s why we found each other. I was hurt on the outside, Daniel on the inside. But he’ll get better. He has me. And I won’t leave him. Ever. Because he didn’t leave me.
 
DALLAS THE PUPSICLE

THE MARINE'S LAST DEFENSE, Angi Morgan, January Intrigue

Across the room, Dallas circled as if she was about to curl up and sleep. “I should probably walk you before you settle down.” The pup squatted instead. Too late again. He was finished being a step behind. Time to act like who he was. A Marine.

I admit, that passage above isn't my best moment in the book, but Angi thought it was funny. In my defense, I'd been holding it a long, long time and had been very patient with Jake, my new human. My name's Dallas, after the city where I was born. I was happy to be adopted, being blind in one eye made it real hard until Bree came along. I liked living with Brenda Ellen, but something happened to her. Then I met Jake, he took me in, and just…needed me. A lot.

Like Trouble's story, my human found me when I was desperate. I was half-frozen and didn't know what to do. And like Trouble's human, Jake Craig needed me big time. He talks about war and three tours somewhere. I don't know exactly what that means, but it can't be good 'cause he gets all tense and withdrawn. His hands even shake. But I stick my head under it for a good scratch and he settles down. He's really good rubbing behind my ears. I don't think he knows how much loving it took to break through all his defenses. But I did.
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IN ROBIN PERINI'S THE CRADLE CONSPIRACY, TWO THINGS HAVE BEEN STOLEN FROM RAVEN: HER MEMORIES…AND HER BABY

CIA agent Daniel Adams, once a prisoner of war, is a loner out of necessity. But rescuing an amnesiac woman left buried alive bonds them in ways neither can resist. All "Raven" knows is that her baby is in danger. All Daniel can focus on is finding the missing child—and protecting Raven every step of the way.

Her memories are lost and his are scarred from the damages of war. But as they depend on each other for survival in the rugged west Texas mountains, the pieces of their broken pasts start to come together. Now all they have is the risky hope of a future together as they confront the threat that can destroy them both.

“Perini’s tale is a twisted trip into the lives of two scarred souls who are digging into the mind of a psychopath to survive…[It’s]…a suspenseful adventure that will keep readers guessing until the end.” ~Romantic Times, 4-1/2 Stars
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TO THE REST OF THE WORLD, SABRINA WATKINS DOESN'T EXIST. BUT TO THIS COP, SHE IS VERY MUCH ALIVE IN ANGI MORGAN'S THE MARINE'S LAST DEFENSE.

After escaping a killer, playing dead was the only way Sabrina Watkins could get out of Amarillo alive. Now she's living in Dallas, where no one knows her true identity. Until homicide cop Jake Craig shows up. 

A half-frozen pup he finds at a crime scene brings Jake to Sabrina's doorstep. Suddenly, the former Marine is playing hero to a desperate woman on the run. Sworn to clear her name, Jake's already falling for the stunning brunette with the amethyst eyes. Can he keep her safe and turn a rescue mission into a last chance at love?

"Former Marine Jake Craig is now a homicide detective who keeps people at a distance, but there's something about the pretty woman at the local coffee
shop that captures his attention. Sabrina Watkins has built a successful business walking dogs, but she's also on the run from men who want her to take the fall for their illegal activities-after she's dead. How can she get involved with a taciturn cop who could slap the cuffs any minute? Before he knows it, Jake is busy trying to keep Sabrina alive as he worries that he's falling hard for a felon. Morgan launches the volley from the first pages so readers aren't left wondering whodunit, but they'll have to pay attention to the escalating action to keep up with the characters, who are in trouble from the get-go." ~Romantic Times Magazine, 4 STARS
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ANGI MORGAN writes “Intrigues where honor and danger collide with love.” She combines actual Texas settings with characters who are in realistic and dangerous situations. Angi's work has been a finalist in the Bookseller’s Best Award, Romantic Times Best First Series, Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence and the Daphne du Maurier.
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ROBIN PERINI is a RITA Finalist, award-winning and national bestselling author, devoted to giving her readers fast-paced, high-stakes adventure with a love story sure to melt their hearts. Her mission's motto: "When danger and romance collide, no heart is safe." After seven prestigious Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart® finals, Robin has since sold fourteen novels. 
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ENTER ANGI & ROBIN'S 'THANKS FANS contest': register at Rafflecopter through November 30th for a copy of THE CRADLE CONSPIRACY & THE MARINE'S LAST DEFENSE. Speaking of giveaways…WE EACH HAVE A BOOK TODAY for a Blog Commenter. LEAVE A BLOG COMMENT to be entered.

DO YOU HAVE ANY CRAZY PET STORIES YOU'LL SHARE?

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST November 15th. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, please email maureen@justromanticsuspense.com with a subject title of JRS GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway.

63 comments:

  1. I love, love, love stories with dogs as part of the story lines!! Thanks for letting us hear directly from Trouble and Dallas.

    Years ago, I had the most wonderful Bichon/Schnauzer mix (he looked exactly like the Bichon with the height of the Schnauzer). He was very smart but disobedient at times. He wasn't allowed on the furniture and never would try when I was home. One day I came home at lunchtime, unexpectedly, and found him laid out in my bed, his head snuggled in the pillows and all...dead to the world. When he sensed me standing there looking at him, he opened one eye and just stared...didn't move or blink as it was obvious he was trying to figure his way out of trouble. After about 15 seconds, he slowly rose with tail tucked between his legs, jumped down and slinked off to his punishment corner. I never said a word.

    Oh, how I miss my pooch, Casey.

    Jonettaallen77 at yahoo dot com

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    1. Mine snuggle in the pillows all the time, but they know they're not in trouble. I hopeslessly spoil them. Casey sounds like a wonderful dog.
      ~Angi

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    2. Oh, thanks for sharing, Jonetta. My pup was named Romeo, and he was just the best foot-warmer in the world while I was writing. I lost him several years ago, but that unconditional love from dogs warms the heart, doesn't it?

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    3. Funny you should mention that! Casey always had to be touching me in some way. I loved it! He also would come to me when he was ready to get sick. I'd brace him over the toilet and he would not let me move him until he was done. Casey was such a special dog.

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  2. Hi guys I love dogs to and right now I am raising a Boston Terrier Pug mix named Jackson and we probally should have named him Trouble cause he is always into stuff he shouldnt be and just like Dallas you can take him outside and he plays instead of pottying which he does inside lol

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    1. LOL on Trouble! Yep...the name seemed to fit. Plus, he and Daniel (his human) are heading to Trouble, Texas. Thanks SO much Misty, for commenting!!!

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    2. I hope Jackson catches on to pottying outside fast. We foster, and have been lucky that most learn the dog door really fast. And for some reason, we're always surprised when the fosters pee and poo on their leash. You see, TEXAS will wait two days until he's sure we're not coming home immediately before he'll poo on a leash. Poor thing. I don't know if he's shy or just wants familiar ground. LOL

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    3. Funny thing with Jackson is he knows what the bathroom is for cause that is where 60%of his accidents occur right by the toilet

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    4. you guys can reach me at 1 of 2 email adresses bestmom4life65802@gmail.com or best_mom_4life65802@yahoo.com i check both daily

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  3. Crazy pet stories abound here since I'm surrounded by dogs most of the time. And they try so hard to be polite but sometimes it's just too danged hard. When Jason thinks I've been writing too long he does everything he can to get my attention, bonking my arm, pawing my leg. If I'm too into the flow, he waits until I look up, then lets me see him steal a snood (used to keep dog ears out of food), and dashes out the back door. Gets me up and moving and generally laughing.
    tsent (at) ix.netcom (dot) com

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    1. That's too funny Mona-Karel !!
      I have never heard of using a snood for dog ears...I need to know more.
      ~Angi

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    2. Thanks SO much for posting! Love your dog stories! That put a smile on my face.

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  4. OMG! The dogs have me wanting to pick up both books ASAP! Great stories.

    Lots of dog stories at my house--we're definitely dog people. And I try to work dogs into as many stories as I can. Most of my canine characters to date are based on real pets and rescues my family or friends have had.

    Let's see... there's the time our miniature poodle Frosty took on a Rottweiler to protect my little brother from a stray dog attack once when we were playing outside. Frosty was almost standard-size, but definitely half or even a third of the size of the big dog. I vividly remember him going nuts, barking ferociously and rearing up on his hind legs to go for the Rottie's face. Frosty kept the much bigger dog away until my mom came out with the hose and forced the big dog away. My brother escaped with just a bite on his hand.

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    1. It's amazing what our pets will do to protect us. Julie that's an awesome memory to have!

      I had a hard time writing about Dallas. She had just died from a seizure and could have quickly stolen the book from Jake and Bree. I can't wait to add another dog into a story ! (Thanks for stopping by)
      ~Angi

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    2. Hi Julie--Thanks SO much for stopping by. Glad you liked our doggie guests! :-) I'm so a dog person. Seems to me there are cat people and dog people...

      Pets really can be protective. My Romeo didn't like anyone coming around me...particularly men. He liked one or two...I should have listened to him more LOL...

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  5. I am a crazy cat lady, but I love dogs too. I like the idea of featuring pets in books. Kitties do the wackiest stuff. I have one with a severe paper chewing problem. She doesn't eat it, just chews it. She needs a twelve step program. Meanwhile nothing paper is safe.

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    1. I can just picture kids going to school and saying, "My cat ate my homework." I'm glad she doesn't swallow. >>grin<< My next door neighbor also has cats. When she or her fiance need a dog fix, they lean over the fence and throw sticks and balls with my two.
      ~Angi

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    2. My trainer has cats. She just loves them. I love hearing the stories about her kitties. Quite the personalities.

      LOL on the paper. Thanks SO much for stopping by!

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  6. I love books with animals in them! Ive always had dogs around so I guess it makes the stories more believable for me!
    A few years back we had this wonderful dog named Lady. She was a german shepard mix that we adopted. She was the sweetest thing ever!
    After we had a couple years, we moved. I was so excited to bring her to the new house because it was fenced and she had plenty of room to run and play. After we lived here about two months a man knocks on our door and asks "Did you know your dog is on your roof?" Yes, the roof!! The way our house is situated, the back of the house is butted up against a hillside and she had jumped from the hill to the roof of our house. lol We would be coming home and look and there was our Lady standing on the eaves of the house like a bird. It was the funniest thing and I couldn't count how many people would stop and ask if we knew our dog was up there. lol The kids were embarrassed but we thought it was funny.

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    1. THAT HAS TO GO INTO A BOOK !! What a wonderful memory. I hope you have pictures !!
      Thanks for sharing!
      ~Angi

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    2. I ditto Angi.

      My dog did a high dive off a second story balcony once. Poor guy. He survived, though awfully sore. How funny!

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  7. Good morning! First, thank you for the awesome dog stories -- and the giveaway, too. :) I LOVE reading books where dogs have a role.

    We have two small dogs, Trixie (yo-chon) and Duke (shih tzu) as members of our family. Duke is a rescue that was abused and neglected, poor baby. He's been with us about 5 years and we continue to deal with some issues, but they are worth every challenge because he has a heart of gold! Trixie we've had since she was 8 weeks old and I don't think she knows that she is "not" human. LOL.

    My favorite memory is coming home from work when Trixie was about 6 months old and she met me at the door . . . toilet paper hanging from her body and trailing behind her. Her little body was vibrating with excitement as if to say, "Look what I did!!" -- Obviously (to me) I must not have latched the kennel door when I was home at lunch, but could not be upset because she was so puppy-happy. The house and stairway were littered with toilet paper. Too funny.

    Thank you so much for sharing all of your wonderful books with us!! Blessings to all of you ~

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    1. I have a couple of stories like that !! We don't kennel the dogs when we're gone and Dallas was constantly unrolling and shredding the toilet paper. We'd forget that she liked playing with it so much...forget to shut the bathroom door, or forget we left the TP at her level (after guests). You just can't get too mad at them (only at yourself for forgetting). LOL We went through a lot of toilet paper.
      ~Angi

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    2. Oh, boy, I've had toilet paper all over my house. And a few chewed up books as well... Angi, you're SO right. I couldn't stay made at him! :-)

      Thanks, Kimberly, for commenting. Good Luck!

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  8. My boxer, Luci, never gets sick on the hardwood floor, tile floor or the towel you place in front of her face. Instead she gets sick on the carpets and the bedspreads. The easy to clean places are just to good for her. Just this week, she could have gotten sick anywhere but chose the carpet in my sons room. Not only did she choose carpet, but she proceeded to get sick between the legs of the giant pooh bear my mother in law crocheted.
    Thank you for the giveaway. jaclynlavigne@yahoo.com

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    1. {{Hugs}} Jaclyn !! Fortunately, the only carpet we have left in the house we are ripping up soon. I've been fortunate that they don't get sick often and a lot of times, they make it outside (woot!).
      ~Angi

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    2. Oh Jaclyn--so sorry. Dogs have such funny personalities. When I kenneled Romeo (who LOVED fetch) he would go for a week without returning the ball to me. Pouting....He'd grab the ball I through, give me that 'look' and then walk away and sit by the fireplace and gnaw on it. Guess he showed me what he thought of being in a kennel. It really did take at least a week to bring him around. He held a grudge!

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  9. I had two Shelties, Dallas and Duke. My favorite story is when we got home from dinner, the dogs had knocked over our kitchen trash can. There was trash strewn all over my house and Dallas had an empty Lays Potato Chip bog stuck on her head. She looked so funny, I took her picture before I removed the bag! She died a week before her 15th birthday and I still miss her. She got into trouble, but she was a sweet dog. Duke was never the leader in their exploits. But, he would follow Dallas anywhere.

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    1. To be fair, my Duke story is funny too. He loved to chew chapsticks. One day when he was still a pup, he got into my purse and chewed up my chapstick but he also chewed up my checkbook including the register. I was so mad, there were tears in my eyes. I knew he was just a puppy, so I put him outside until I calmed down. He was a sweet boy.

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    2. ha ha We're still finding things Dallas chewed. We're reminded of her every time we sit in our wooden swing...which she chewed.

      I love the Lays Potato Chip bag on her head!
      ~Angi

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    3. Ah...love the Lays Potato Chip story....

      It's hard to lose them, isn't it. Amazing how each dog has their own personality, too. Just answering these blogs make me miss my guy!

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  10. I have a story that's not so much funny as it is embarrassing. When my cat, Destiny, was a kitten, she liked to chase toys all over the house. Glitter pom-poms, tiny grey mice … one day, I looked down and she was batting a wrapped tampon around the room. At least she didn't do it when there were guys in the house, just my roommate.

    Okay, maybe it's funny ...

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    1. Well, if we're admitting embarassing... Dogs have gotten into my daughter's bathroom too. OH JOY. It's worse when you find them in the yard.
      ~Angi

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    2. ROFL...yep. Been there, done that! Thanks SO much for stopping by Arlene! Good luck!

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  11. Along the lines of Arlene's story... My daughter's dog, Moose, has a cast-iron stomach and she loves to eat. She was probably a year old when we were decorating a Gingerbread house. A HUGE ONE. Lots of icing, candy, etc. We were very careful to keep her away from it. Since there were so many of us, we used ziplocks, cutting a hole in the end to use for the icing. My daughter held a 1/2 full bag up above her head to keep it away from Moose. Moose jumped and the bag was gone when she hit the ground. Seriously, she'd swallowed it whole.

    We watched poop for a couple of days and never saw it. She never had any problems. The next spring, I was mowing and there was the bag. Completely whole. Weird and true.
    ~Angi

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    1. Oh my gosh, Angi. That's unreal. You had me in stitches with that story! I don't have one quite as funny, but I will admit to a dog jumping up in the middle of the dinner table and chowing down on a platter of bbq chicken. We went out that night!

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  12. I love animals in stories!!! I found out about Robin Perini's books this year and loved what I have read so far! As for pet stories... have had many things happen through the years... one that stands out for this season happened years ago... my family was getting Thanksgiving dinner ready... all of us busy and did not notice that the cat had jumped up on the stove and was helping herself to the turkey. It was funny...

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    1. That's funny.
      Speaking of turkey -- Moose has eaten most of one.
      Iron stomach. Really.
      Thanks for stopping by Colleen !
      ~Angi

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    2. Thanks SO much for stopping by Colleen, and for the kind words about my books. I think you'd love Angi's books, too. They are fast paced and she does the coolest stuff in her stories!

      Oh my goodness on the Turkey. Thanks SO much for sharing that story. I have such an image.

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  13. LOL! I love pets in stories especially dogs :) I adore them! My pup is my avatar when he was 4 months old. He's 4 years now and still acts like a puppy. The last cute thing he did was a few days ago. I had an empty peanut butter jar that I had cut in half so he could lick out the last. He "chased" it around the kitchen for about a minute until he huffed, picked it up and brought it to me. He sat patiently until I took it from him and held it so he could lick it. He's sometimes too smart for me! Congrats to all the authors on the new releases. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Hi Erin--

      Aww. I can see his sweet face! I have such a great picture in my head. I'm chuckling!!

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    2. THAT IS HILARIOUS ERIN !!!
      I can see that happening with any of my Labs, but especially my pitbull, Pepper. She was an amazingly smart animal who is missed.
      ~Angi

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  14. We have a funny pet story that happened recently! Our kitty is old and sometimes she likes to go into the garage and sniff around. The pest control guy had just been to the house and put down a VERY sticky pest strip in the garage! Our kitty stepped on it and her back paw was firmly stuck to it. She loudly meowed while clomping up the stairs and we could not figure out what was happening! My hubby & I had to do "surgery" to get it off and it was SO hard! Kitty hated it and was hissing at us the whole time!
    I've been waiting for this particular book of Robin's book to come out!!!!
    Valri. westernaz@msn.com

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    1. Hi Valri--what kind words. I hope you like Daniel's story. He's a special hero. And Trouble is just what he needed. Though he can be a stubborn companion!

      I love this story. Romeo ended up with masking tape on his feet once. He kept running around and around, then plopping down and trying to tear the tape from his paws. He'd whimper then run so more. Took me forever to track the little guy down! LOL

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    2. Hi Valri,
      Sorry about the "surgery" ... but it sounds like a funny thing to see. The first time we took Dallas camping, we were very careful to keep her and Texas away from the cactus. Unfortunately, we didn't notice the dead cactus on the side of the trail. ACK! & OUCH! I think it was the first time Time didn't have his multitool on his belt. Her poor paw and our poor fingers.
      ~Angi

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  15. My sister once shut the cat in between the main door & the screen door. I don't know how. I think the cat was making a mad dash & got itself trapped between the two doors. Quickly released.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. I have a picture of that happening ... very funny.
      Thanks for stopping by!
      ~Angi

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    2. Poor kitty, but what a picture. So glad you visited, Mary. You made me smile! Good luck!

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  16. After dinner everyone left the table for a minute with everything still on it. I came back and cleared the table but couldn't find the leftover roast. Turned out our Australian Shepard ate it so quickly and completely that nobody noticed.

    joanneATyahooDOTco

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    1. Oops - wrong email address. Should be joanneboykoATyahooDOTca

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    2. Jo-Annre, we put everything on the counter, no chairs around the table, and my 6 month old Dallas jumped onto the dining table. We saw her through the window, ran inside and caught her before she leaped to the counter. The pup thought she was a cat.

      I love your story!
      ~Angi

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    3. Oh my goodness. Had to have had a tummy ache afterwards. Thanks for sharing and stopping by!

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  17. Yesterday and today, I've shared some additional pictures of Dallas on my blog: A Picture a Day...she was a very cute puppy.

    ~Angi
    http://angimorganauthor.wordpress.com/

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    1. Cuteness...what a sweetie pie! {{{HUGS}}}

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  18. I have three black lab mixes that we rescued. They have made our lives so much richer. And our first born is Dallas, then Miney (short for Herminey) and Lucky.

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    1. Awesome names Donna. And thanks for rescuing. Some pups can be a challenge, but the reward is so huge !!
      Would love to hear more about those 3 blacks...about they're a handful.
      ~Angi

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    2. Donna...how wonderful that you're doing the rescuing. That's just fantastic! What a gift! And love those names! :-) Thanks for stopping by. I can't tell you how much we appreciate it!

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  19. My hubby and I saved a German Shepard that two adult men were going to shoot for sport. We stumbled across them while horseback riding in a state forest. Since we never rode without our own guns due to wild animals we persuaded them to just walk away. The shepard, Duke, was acting quite ferocious, all snapping teeth and growls, while chained to a tree. I approached him very slowly while hubby backed off with the horses. When I got within about a foot of him he surprised the heck out of me. He sat and offered his paw. I was able to walk him back to where we were parked with a horse lead rope. Duke became the best dog I have ever had... and I've had a lot of them. If we had guests Duke would always sit between them and me. If hubby raised his voice to me, even to ask me to bring him sonething from another room, Duke would growl. He liked my hubby and wanted his attention but, he was all about protecting me. He was a thinking dog too. He chased my hubby's Brittney Spaniel around our house twice... realized he wouldn't catch it, so sat... waited for the spaniel to run by and swiped the legs out from under it with one big paw. That Spaniel rolled about 20 feet. Duke must have thought he proved some point because he turned his back and went to his doghouse leaving the Spaniel to wonder what happened. Duke passed away abour 10 years ago... but, I stiil miss him tremendously. Now I have a terrorist diva Shih Tzu that owns me. :)
    Thank you for letting me share Duke and the giveaway

    Julie O
    jo1963jo at gmail dot com

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    1. What a wonderful story, Julie. Thanks so much for sharing and for saving Duke so he could have a fantastic life !!
      ~Angi

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    2. What an amazing story, Julie. You're a real hero to Duke! I'm so glad you found each other.

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  20. CONGRATULATIONS
    VALRI & JOANNE

    Sending you an email !

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  21. Thanks for making us the MOST VIEWED POST IN NOVEMBER.
    What a fun post and fun stories from the readers !
    ~Angi

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