My name is Pucci (Poochie). I’m a one-owner neutered 4-year-old 10-pound Chihuahua-dachshund mix in need of a home, as my elderly owner is no longer able to care for me. (But I like to tell people I’m a rare, brindle Italian terrier.)
In September (2013) I had my teeth cleaned, had all my shots, blood work (I’m very healthy), and my microchip is paid for life. Dr. Jered Johnston at South Bosque clinic in Waco can vouch for me.
I’m friendly with everyone I meet, get along well with other dogs, and love to play with my toys. If you’re looking for a lapdog, I’m your boy. I can also “sit,” “come,” and “stay” on command. I go to the door when I need out. I come with 6 months of Heartgard meds, Frontline (for fleas and ticks), toys, crate, food, leashes, treats.
I’m a good boy in need of a person or family who’ll give me love and attention.
Please help me find my forever home. Write firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Though the headline is a tad confounding, if you keep reading, all will become clear. Yes, this is an old trick to entice you to keep reading. I’m a former English teacher. Enough said.It was like old home week today at Waco’s Animal Birth Control Clinic monthly shot clinic, where I signed copies of my romantic comedy Dog Nanny, released in June.First of all, a former student I hadn’t seen or heard from in 31 years showed up. Then my friend Patty, former colleague from Abilene High, appeared with her friend Sunny from nearby China Spring. (Photo above: Sunny, Patty, me)
In between, several local dog lovers dropped by:
Cyndi McDonald, my favorite dental hygienist (is that an oxymoron?), whose name I finally learned to spell–though I had to look up “hygienist” just now and probably will again
Shirley Whitaker, my mother-in-law, who wanted me to know she “supports me” (gotta love a MIL like that)
Bruce Kabat, my former editor at Waco Today magazine
Betty Hall from the local Romance Writers of America group (thanks, Betty)
Sandy Sanchez (an author herself), wife of Waco Tribune-Herald editor Carlos–of the same last name–and mother to Alec, Armand, Avi, and a couple of rescue dogs.
And my husband Bill, who, among other things
–ran over to Target and bought chocolate Hugs and Kisses (which promptly melted in the 100-degree-plus temps)
–didn’t flinch when I referred to him as my “manservant”
Meanwhile, several wonderful volunteers for the ABC efficiently herded a hundred or more dogs and their humans through the parking lot, under the awnings, and into rooms of the much-too-small clinic. It’s a precision performance you have to see to believe.
In case you haven’t been keeping up, the ABC really needs money so they can give the go-ahead to start work on their new building. And they really need a building of their own so they can move from their present cramped quarters.
So BEST OF ALL (see why below**), I sold 25 copies of Dog Nanny, which is a phenomenal amount considering I’m not Janet Evanovich (though as I mentioned in my previous blog, I wouldn’t mind being her, but only after I’ve first lived as Cher through one Las Vegas concert).
**Proceeds from sales of Dog Nanny are going to the ABC for its MUCH-NEEDED BUILDING FUND.
A final note of trivia from my four hours as a Janet Evanovich wannabe:
A woman I mentioned earlier (whose name I promise never to reveal) made this comment. “I can’t believe they can spay and neuter all those dogs so quickly!”
When I explained that today’s clinic was only for injections, tags, and microchipping, she clasped hands to her bosom and drew a deep sigh of relief.
So did the (intact male) Great Dane who’d been eavesdropping.
I’d originally been told to allow three weeks, but it had been barely one.
It was Wednesday in Waco, and my copies of Dog Nanny were out for delivery. Had I been tracking them? You bet.
On Friday they’d left Nashville. From there they’d gone to Memphis and on to Dallas. Now they were in Waco. On the truck.
So we waited. At 6:27 it was my husband, not the dogs, who heard something at the front door.
As we opened one of the boxes, my own two poodles crowded around, excited about the paper and our mood. Food maybe? Nope, just a book with a picture of two foo-foo poodles on the cover.
Can an Abilene vet tech train two wayward poodles, while harnessing her desire for a handsome Waco pilot?
Get your copy of Dog Nanny now and find out. A romantic comedy set in Waco by local author Ann Whitaker.
Print copies now available at the Waco’s Animal Birth Control Clinic, 1531 Wooded Acres Drive, Waco, TX 76710, 254-776-7303; and online at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com. Electronic download available June 12 at The Wild Rose Press.
A portion of proceeds from sales goes to Animal Birth Control Clinic.
Testimonial from Mardi Gras and Jolie Blon: “We both got neutraled many moons ago, and we highly recommend it!”
Spay ‘Em All Y’all 2009
Since one of the underlying themes of Dog Nanny (June 12 The Wild Rose Press) is the importance of spaying and neutering one’s pets, I thought I should mention that the last Tuesday in February (February 24th this year–okay, so I’m a little late) is the 15th annual Spay Day USA.
In fact, I just learned the entire month of February is set aside each year for events and activities geared toward a proactive solution to preventing hundreds of unwanted litters.
One of my favorite non-profits, Waco’s Animal Birth Control Clinic, set a goal of performing 450 surgeries by the end of the month.* They even threw in a free Rabies vaccine ($10 value) and Pet Gift Bag ($25+ value) with any dog spay or dog neuter surgery (age 4-7 months). Cost–only $30-$65.
(Results now in: spayed/neutered 481 in February!)
But you don’t have to do it in February, and you don’t have to come to Texas. Just call your local humane society to find out about services offered in your area, or make an appointment with your favorite vet. Then load up Fluffy and Fido and have this simple, safe procedure performed while they’re still young.
Spay/neutering provides health benefits, such as reducing reproductive cancers. And it helps with unwanted behaviors, like territorial urine marking. Yep, that’s one reason we writers call certain characters “alpha males.”
Fluffy and Fido will thank you for it. Well, maybe not Fido, but he’ll get over it. And if he doesn’t, there are always Neuticles if he really needs an ego boost.
For those of you close enough, here’s the local poop:
Animal Birth Control Clinic
1531 Wooded Acres Drive
Waco, TX 76710