Monday, July 30, 2012

After Event Blog

WoW - Thank you all for coming over to the Taste of Lake Country book signing event over at End of the Leash on Saturday. We had a beautiful day with breezes coming off of Pewaukee Lake. The sights, smells  and sounds from the party just down the block were incredible.

I got my first email regarding back to school this morning from one of the kids principals at school. Man, just not ready for the chaos of getting everybody back to school. UGH.

However, I know I cant speak for everybody but I've had enough of the hot and humid. I know I'll whine about how cold it is but for now I'm done.

In August we'll work on putting some polish on the event kit. Maybe some better photos of the fosters in the album I have. Maybe some fancy stuff for the event table. 

I've got three dates for event lined up for September - 8th, 22nd & 29 - We'll be in Fond du Lac, Oconomowoc & The East Side of Milwaukee, respectively.

I'm also going to  be researching some other book stores in Wisconsin and Illinois. Maybe head over towards Oshkosh & Madison. Maybe head down towards Gurnee & Wheaton. 

I'm up for taking suggestions as well. 

What I'd really like to do is travel to Missouri and Alabama to meet the volunteers who start the ball rolling and sending the dogs northward.We're friends on Facebook but I would really like to get a flavor of how it really is down south.

That's all I've got for today. 

Thank You for Reading! Thank You for Thinking Rescue!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

More Stores - A Foster's Tail is on Vacation!

I love road trips! I love summer road trips with my kids. 

Yesterday we had an adventure to Minoqua, Eagle River and Hazelhurst.

We started out with some rather dicey weather here in southeastern Wisconsin that turned into the most beautiful day up north!

On Highway 51, we watched (and laughed hysterically) when a crop duster plane, who was practicing his maneuvers, buzzed the oncoming traffic. I'm glad I was in the outgoing lane. Eek.  Funny for us. Not so much those other guys.

In Minoqua, we left some books at the Book World and knocked around a bit. It's very pretty up there. Have been all over Wisconsin but never there. Very nice. We'll have to go back and stay longer. If you want to check out the store locations - click Book World

After that, we headed over to Eagle River and to a local radio station. A friend of mine is the Program Director for several stations and offered to put us all on the air and talk about the book. How cool was that? The DJ's name is Mike Wolf and the station is WRJO-Oldies. If you google it, you can listen online anywhere. The link is here - WRJO

The kids got a kick out of it and I guess I probably did too. The station is located inside an old bank building. Kiera was expecting it to look like the set from Frazier. Yeah, maybe in the big city. 

After the interview we drove to bustling downtown Eagle River and dropped off some books the Book World  - Check it out if if you're up there - Book World

The final destination of our trip was an old friend's house. Our foster dog, Chancey, if you remember him from the book, lives up there and we couldn't go all that way and not stop in to see him and his family. It was great to see them. At the outset, he didnt remember us. Who could blame him? Both kids have grown and changed significantly in three years - he growled a little at Connor. After some bribes of dog treats, Connor and Chancey were buddies again. 

It was sad to leave all of our friends in the north, but we had to head home. 

So here's to road trips, seeing old friends and bad Karaoke in the car. YIKES!

Thanks for reading and Hope to see you this weekend at Taste of Lake Country in Pewaukee on Saturday!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

News from the Event Department

The Promotions Department here at The Lodge asked me to remind everyone of all of A Foster's Tail's events coming up in future days. I said, "Yeah yeah, I'm on it."

I've been working on all kinds of stuff for everyone to see at the next couple of events. First of all, I'd like to thank my friends Pandy and Doris, who wrote Dancers at Heart, for the great example they set for me at the event we were at together. They came rolling up to Martha Merrell's and unfolded a whole lotta great stuff for their book. We had a little time while we people watched and I took a look at some of the fabulous things they brought along.

At the time, all I had was my great little Labrador bag that my friend Judy had sewn for me. I made the best of it but knew I should probably make a little more of an effort for the next event.

The next event is next weekend at Taste of Lake Country in Pewaukee. Saturday afternoon at 2:00pm at End of the Leash Store right on Wisconsin Avenue across from the beach. Hope you can come over for a bit!

I pulled some ideas together and came up with my own little event in a rolling backpack. I sewed a table cover for my table. Its kind of a wild print so it catches the eye. I've got a stand alone picture describing A Foster's Tail and a little bit about me, one for Facebook, and one for Pinterest.

I've also put together a Photo Album with pictures of the first twenty fosters. I went back and looked at my photo CDs and the previous blog posts and ... I have to admit, I got a little teared up. We've had some amazing dogs through our doors. The toughest dogs were, of course, the Labradors ...

The Labrador Phase started with Jasper, next was General Enzo, Sir, Denali, Axel, Cesar, Chocolate Will, and finally Carter. Such great dogs. And it wasnt just the Labs; they've all touched my heart in different ways.

I hope that you can come to one of the upcoming events. I'd love to meet you all in person and hear your stories. Every time I mention that we foster dogs, everyone has a story to tell. I should be writing them all down. They would make a great next book. No, there is not a next book on the desk just yet. I'm trying really hard to focus my energies on getting this one rolling, scheduling events and the like.

Here's the calendar as it stands on July 21. I may be adding more dates and times so stay tuned, watch the Facebook wall for info and pictures!

Saturday July 28 ... 2p - 6p - Taste of Lake Country at End of the Leash, 115 W. Wisconsin Ave.,            Pewaukee

Saturday Sept 8... 9a - 1p - Fondue Fest at Book World, 85 S. Main St., Fond du Lac

Saturday Sept 22 - 1p - 3p - Oconomowoc Public Library, 200 W. South St., Oconomowoc, WI

Additionally, I'm working on getting some more books placed at some stores up in the Manitowoc Area and also, rumor has it I will be on the radio with Mike Wolf of WRJO doing a live interview. They broadcast online as well and I'll let you know what day & time. 

Mike will be doing a couple of book giveaways too! So stay tuned!

Thank you for Reading!!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

An Event An Event Mark Your Calendar for a Foster's Tail Event!!

Today I was in Mukwonago visiting with Susie who owns End of the Leash in both Mukwonago and Pewaukee to see if I could leave some books at her store. She invited A Foster's Tail, complete with a foster dog of my choice to come to their new store for an huge event on Saturday, July 28. 

The event is for Taste of Lake Country and it officially kicks off on Friday night June 27 but A Foster's Tail wont be there until Saturday afternoon at 2:00pm. If you want to visit their link, Taste of Lake Country, to check it all out before handTaste of Lake Country 2012 - It looks like its going to be a really fun time!

If you live near either End of the Leash store in either Pewaukee or Mukwonago, check out their both their store and their blog (updated on Wednesdays) at End of the Leash Blog - The blog has all sorts of good stuff in it. The latest post has some helpful info about housetraining. Who couldn't use help with that??

Watch for more info about the event in upcoming days! 

Are you on Facebook? Our page is A Foster's Tail! Like it! 

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

This just IN

After kind of a slow start to our Tuesday, the kids and I managed to get out (an hour late) and on the road to Fond du Lac. I've not been there before and have discovered it's quite nice!

I stopped in at a book store downtown but the owner wasnt in but I'll make some phone calls in the morning!

Another store I stopped at, the owner had some personal business to and I will have to check back there tomorrow as well.

However, if you are a Fond du Lac-ian or another city nearby, please stop in at Animal Outfitters at 661 Military Road. Be sure to check out their facebook page as well as their web page:

Cathy has a great selection of dog food, chewies, toys  & clothes ie leashes, collars and t-shirts! Also some great stuff for the felines in your life as well. But wait! She has clothes for humans too! Awesome!

Stop in and say HI!

Thank You for Reading!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Where to Purchase "A Foster's Tail"

We just got back from a fun weekend in the woods in a State Park West of Madison, WI. It's on the other side of a little town called Mt Horeb.

When you drive through, coming from the east, you'll need to go through not one, or two or even three, but four, yes, four roundabouts. I'm still spinning from all of the round-about-ing.

But once you get into Mt. Horeb, you'll discover all sorts of fun little shops, a restaurant or two and even a bookstore!! There was a fun little pub called "The Grumpy Troll" which, had we not had the dogs along, I would have loved to have gone into.

If you're looking for a day of fun in Wisconsin, I would recommend this area. First hit The Cave of the Mounds. Go ahead and google it but please, come back here. After you visit there, you'll need some lunch and you can head into downtown Mt. Horeb at The Grumpy Troll - just report back to me and let me know how it is.

If you're into hitting local bookstores, I would definitely recommend The Prairie Bookstore. They've got all the top sellers, a bargain back room and a loads and loads of books. Plus they have a few copies of "A Foster's Tail".

Just in case you're into travel, I'm putting the list on here of all the stores/businesses that are carrying "A Foster's Tail."  If you dont see it where you live, please contact me, privately, and I'll see what I can do!

It's always going to be posted on the side bar to the right, go ahead and look, there it is!

Thank you for Reading!

"A Foster's Tail" is available at:

Books & Company, Ocon. WI

The Doggy Bag, Ocon. WI

Friends of Nature, Ocon. WI

Friends of Nature, Genessee Depot, WI

Martha Merrills Books, Waukesha, WI

Pewaukee Dog Grooming, Pewaukee, WI
Prairie Bookshop, Mt. Horeb, WI

Summit Eye Clinic, Ocon. WI

Tail Waggin Doggy Daycare, Hartland, WI

Tribeca Gallerycafe' & Books, Watertown, WI for kindle readers - Password: Isabella - for paperbacks

Sunday, July 1, 2012

What? Where Did June Go?

Holy Smokes! Today is July 1. What happened to June??

Around here the kids got out of school, helped lead at Vacation Bible School at Church, one went to DC, one got covered in about 90 bites which turned out to be spider bites (AcK) and at present we are putting our garage back together. My husband cleaned, filled the pits created by the salt from the Wisconsin Winters, etched and painted the almost forty year old garage floor. Oh, and my son added sparkles too.

It's been busy around here.


On Friday Night, we attended Friday Night Live in Downtown Waukesha. (This is the start of the apology). I am so sorry I got so caught up I forgot to post it here on the blog. I did put up a couple of little ditties on the Facebook wall if you're on there and caught that. Wait, you havent seen the Facebook wall yet? Go to and type A Foster's Tail into the search box.

I've got pictures from all of the events and pictures of the previous fosters, who are in the book, as well. If you have a moment, please check it out and like it. I'm hoping to have 150 likes by Labor Day in September.

If you havent been here to the blog for a while, you'll notice that I've added some features like where to purchase "A Foster's Tail" and a quick little biography about me. If money is a little tight right now, and you're lucky if it isnt, there is a copy available at The Oconomowoc Public Library. I just checked and the copy is available.

If you have an unsigned copy of "A Foster's Tail"  or dont have a copy, please come to the Stone Bank Fourth of July Parade on Wednesday, and we can fix either of those situations for you!

Thank You for Reading! Thank You for Thinking Rescue.