GREETINGS FROM SOUTH AFRICA!
Hello there to all my friends across the world!
There are only 3 weeks to go before the launch of MAXDOG.
If all goes well, the books will be in print by the 21st November 2011. If you still haven't reserved your copy yet, please drop me an email at
and I will do so with the greatest of pleasure.
Excitement and anticipation is bubbling in our household. Things are hectic. There are urgent tweaks which need to be made to the final layout, a million phone calls to conduct, long hours of concentration, publicity, administration and then, of course, my usual role as 'super-mom'. Not only this, but our home has been invaded by painters and tree fellers for the past week. (There's nothing like a new coat of paint to make one feel revived again.) However, the tree fellers are another story...
Spare a thought for my sweet pooches.
(TOBY: "Whats happening, Maxmom?")
An invasion of their territory has required some urgent contingency measures. Unfortunately their running space has suddenly shrunk. Most of the time, I've kept them indoors with me, at my feet. Not exactly the most comfortable arrangement for dogs who generally enjoy the outdoors. Thank goodness it's only been temporary.
Nevertheless, all the commotion in our home has made our animals restless.
TOBY wasn't sure what to think when he discovered that his favourite "PEE-tree" was being cut down - the same tree under which Aunt Tam has spent many lazy afternoons.
Generally I hate removing trees, but this one had pushed it's roots firmly under our patio and lifted the concrete. We had no choice but to get rid of it before it caused too much damage. TOBY, however, was unimpressed.
How nice it was, amidst all this chaos, to suddenly receive a pile of food vouchers from HILLS PET NUTRITION in the post. As many of you know, HILLS PET NUTRITION were the first company to place a bulk order of my MAXDOG books.
So today I went to collect some of the food from the Vet. This is top-class prescription dog food and I am thrilled. The company has also graciously thought of all my dogs, so I was able to choose specific food for their particular needs.
TOBY received his 'Advanced Fitness' food which should spur him on to greater energy, and eleven-year-old AUNT TAM' received special food for her arthritic joints - 'Hills Prescription Diet j/d' - with high levels of Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulphate. (I firmly believe in the advantages of these two ingredients for older dogs!). Fourteen-year-old KING TOFFEE received his special 'kidney' prescription diet too.
I have always been reluctant to promote companies on my blog, but in this case I have no hesitation in giving HILLS PET NUTRITION a 'shout-out'. Self-publishing a book, like MAXDOG, comes with massive expenses and HILLS PET NUTRITION, have so graciously helped me a little - by purchasing a bulk order of my books and giving me a supply of dog-food, in exchange for me placing their company logo on my blog. This particular blogpost is not part of the deal, but I really am grateful and I really wanted to say
TOBY, TAMMY and KING TOFFEE agree...