This ‘N That Thursday: Good News & Not Quite Book Reviews

Today we are joining 2 Brown Dawgs, as well as a new co-host Ruckus the Eskie, for the
This ‘N That Thursday Blog Hop.

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Earlier in the week, I shared some pretty sad news about our friend Matilda the Greyhound.  Her mom is getting through the best she can, but we all know how difficult every moment is in the days, weeks, and sometimes months following the loss of a beloved four-legged family member.  My thoughts are still with Terry as she learns to navigate this world without her special gal.

But I also have some happy news to share this week.

First, I was lucky enough to receive two books by author Jackie Bouchard recently… AND… she signed them both!!  Don’t tell her, but I had a little squee over that.  I like how she just signed them “Bouchard”… you know, just one name… like Cher or Madonna.  I was a little bummed that her dog Rita didn’t leave her mark somewhere… some drool spots, a bite mark or two, a Frito-scented paw print (if you don’t get that, then you’ve never smelled your dog’s feet).
I’ve been following Jackie’s blog, Pooch Smooches, for a number of months…  so I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I hadn’t at least already read her first book What the Dog Ate.  Her second novel, Rescue Me, Maybe, was just released recently, so I didn’t have to be embarrassed about not reading that one yet.  But guess what?  I still haven’t had time to read them.  I know, I know.  The shame.  A signed copy of each and I haven’t even broken into the first chapter of either one.  Give me some time!  No.  Literally.  Give me some of your time, so I can have time to read.  So yeah, I’d love to review them, but can’t just yet.  You’ll have to settle for “I strongly anticipate that they will be fantastic.”
BIG, HUGE tail-wagging thank you to Jackie and I promise to tear into the books as soon as I can.

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Now for the next good news…

Remember Gracie?  The dog that showed up on our doorstep and we were doing everything we could to help find her a new home?  Well, in my last post about her, she had been adopted, but her adopters decided to return her and I was bummed.  Her foster family is fantastic and of course they took her back, but it was still disappointing that her adoption didn’t work out.
Well, I had mentioned a number of times in my Gracie posts that I secretly wished the foster family would be “foster failures” and just adopt her themselves.  On Tuesday afternoon, I got the following email from the foster mom, granting my wish:

After much discussion about doing the right thing for Gracie — we can’t imagine a better home than staying with us.  We are just absolutely in love with her.
What would the process be for us to keep her forever?   Just let me know!

In another email she said that their other young dog, Remmy, might love Gracie even more than they did… if that was possible.  She attached a pic of the two of them crashed out together.

Gracie & Remmy

If you followed the story, you know there were quite a few bumps in the road.  That picture makes it all worth it.

And those signed copies of Jackie’s books?  They were actually a very, very kind gift from Jackie for doing everything we could to save Gracie.  Sweetest author I’ve ever known.  Okay, she’s the only author I’ve ever known even remotely personally.  No wait, that’s not entirely true.  I also know the sweet and sassy Emma the GBGV, author of Tales of a French Scent Hound (which I was lucky enough to get a pawtographed copy of).  But yeah, it was pretty awesome to get Jackie’s books just for doing the right thing.

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13 Responses to This ‘N That Thursday: Good News & Not Quite Book Reviews

  1. emma says:

    That is so awesome for Gracie! Wonderful news. We are also sad about Matilda, what a great dog and her mom is such a nice person. Mom met her at BlogPaws. Very sad, but she is now pain free.
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  2. Aww! Am glad Gracie’s new mum and dad have made the decision to keep her permanently!
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  3. First of all – HOORAY for Gracie!! I’m so happy for her. And she looks SO happy (and comfy and cozy) in that photo!

    Second, thanks so much for the shout-out for the books! Sorry Rita didn’t put her Frito-feet pawtograph in there! I should have had her stand on a stamp-pad and sign away. (I didn’t mean for it to look like I was trying to be Cher – it’s supposed to be “J Bouchard”! Guess maybe I should start writing out my first name! Don’t want folks to think I have a Cher- or Madonna-complex!) 🙂
    Jackie Bouchard recently posted…Feeling Blue on Mirth Watch ThursdayMy Profile

    • Pam says:

      Doh! I see the J now and how it’s connected to the B! Oops!! I thought it was just an extra fancy looking B! Sometimes I’m a slowbert… forgive me.

  4. BoingyDog says:

    I am THRILLED to hear about Gracie but I’m also jealous! ;0)
    So happy she has a new home with a warm and loving family! Congratulations on receiving the signed books – that’s really amazing!
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    • BoingyDog says:

      I can’t figure out how to reply directly to your response so I just responded to my own! ;0)

      You are so sweet and I really would’ve loved to welcome Gracie. I can’t wait until I’m ready for another dog. If I were ready now I would’ve gone to great lengths to get Gracie here. Maybe the next time a sweet dog shows up on your doorstep I’ll be ready for her! ;0)
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  5. Welcome to TNT Thursday! Awesome photo of the two pups crashing together. Woof.
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  6. houndstooth says:

    We’ve met a few pretty cool authors along the way, too! 🙂 I love that picture of Gracie and Remmy! I think that made the whole saga worth it!
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  7. Suspect you’re going to love Jackie’s books! I’m a bit jealous – no autographs on mine. That’s what I get for buying the Kindle editions 🙂 What fabulous news about Gracie! Love that photo and love thinking about her in her forever home.
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  8. Thanks so much for participating in TNT. We are back from vacation so I am just now catching up. I’ll be hopping around as I do.

    Such wonderful news about Gracie. I am glad it worked out as it did. I did not think the first placement was very good. She is in the right place. 🙂

    I won one of Jackie’s books from Flea’s giveaway. I took it on vacation with me and the weather was so beautiful, I never even picked up a book so I understand where you are coming from…lol.
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  9. Flea says:

    Awww. So good to hear about Gracie staying furever with her family! And you’re going to love Jackie’s books! They’re quite different from each other. But both very good.
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  10. Jodi says:

    Oh that is the BEST news about Gracie!! I’m so, so happy for everyone.

    You will love Jackie’s books, they are totally awesome!!
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