We did it! On Saturday, October 20, Goldie, Don and I completed the Strut Your Mutt walk in Exposition Park in Los Angeles. It was pretty warm, so it felt more like Stroll Your Mole, but it was fun and sooo rewarding. Our team, Adopt Me Rescue, raised $14,101! I want to thank all of…Read more Raising Money for Rescue Dogs
Pupdate: Goldie’s Progress, Newsletters and more…
It's been almost 3 months since I adopted sweet, little Goldie, and I'm happy to report she's doing well. Initially she was afraid of Don, which concerned me, but I think it was because his new job was stressing him out, making him somewhat volatile and unpredictable. To be honest,…Read more Pupdate: Goldie’s Progress, Newsletters and more…
Why’s that dog on the bus? — Kathryn McClatchy
The manuscript for Why’s That Dog in Here? is drafted, and first round revisions are underway. I thought you might enjoy a sneak peek, so I asked Steve to pick a scene for me to share. The book is a series of questions people ask, examples of how Gizmo mitigates my disabilities, and positive and […]…Read more Why’s that dog on the bus? — Kathryn McClatchy
My Failed Attempt at Dodging Grief
I thought I was doing a good job of processing my grief after losing my friend and service dog. Henry, who passed away on Easter Sunday. I was wrong. By adopting Teddy, the Chihuahua/Sharpei/Cocker/Cattle Dog/Shep mix less than 3 weeks after Henry died, I only postponed the necessary grieving. Teddy came bounding into our…Read more My Failed Attempt at Dodging Grief
“What’s Your Next Book About?”
When people ask me if I'm working on another next book, I'm pleased they're interested, but feel a little guilty because lately I've been engrossed in making little felt toys. Prior to setting up my Etsy page, which was done on a whim, at the suggestion of a friend who has loved my holiday ornaments…Read more “What’s Your Next Book About?”
Distractions from Depression During the Holidays – Do They Work?
It may seem odd that I'm writing about my holiday "blues" this late in the game, but for me, Christmas day is the darkest. It brings inexplicable depression and despair, so I call it D-Day. All the hoopla in the weeks preceding Christmas doesn't bother me at all. In fact, that's when I have fun getting my holiday…Read more Distractions from Depression During the Holidays – Do They Work?
Sewing Stitches vs Surgery Stitches
This morning at 7 am, as I sat in the Radiology department of the hospital, all prepped for surgery to remove my port, I found myself rehearsing what I was going to say to the surgeon. "Look, it's not terribly red anymore, and it doesn't hurt. Can we skip the surgery?" These were not the…Read more Sewing Stitches vs Surgery Stitches
Giving Paws–Book Review and Recommendation
Giving Paws, Martha L. Thompson, Self-Help: Personal Growth/Happiness
I must confess at the outset that this book was sent to me by the author. She discovered my website a number of months before her book was released. As we both write about experiences with invisible/chronic illnesses and our service dogs, we quickly connected. Our online comments moved offline, and an email friendship was born. When Giving Paws was released in October, Martha asked if I would like a copy. I happily accepted her gift, complete with little Henry’s paw print as part of the author’s autograph. Please understand that even though this book was a gift, it was in no way in exchange for a review of any kind. Being a writer myself, I know how important reviews are. Martha won awards for her previous book, The Oxygen Mask Rule*, so I was eager to read…
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US Review of Books for Giving Paws
http://www.theUSreview.com/reviews/Giving-Paws-by-Martha-L-Thompson.html Giving Paws: Having a Service Dog for a Hidden Disability by Martha L. Thompson Koehler Books reviewed by Dylan Ward "What I did not anticipate were all the other challenges that came with having a four-footed assistant by my side." After her father’s death in a car crash, Martha sinks into a dark…Read more US Review of Books for Giving Paws
Goodreads Book Giveaway
I'm a little late announcing this since I was hospitalized, but since I'm still here(ugh!), I have time to do it. I've never done a book giveaway, but if you visit this link, they'll walk you through it. https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/260132-giving-paws-having-a-service-dog-for-a-hidden-disability Giveaway dates:Oct 22 - Oct 30, 2017 Thanks from Martha and Henry!!