Christmas from a Dog’s Point of View

Do you ever wonder if a dog knows what Christmas is?

I can see the changes around the house, so I know something is happening. The furniture gets moved and something resembling a tree suddenly grows in the corner of the living room.

Today, I’m sharing some really embarrassing pictures of myself in front of the tree, wearing weird Christmas outfits that Christy thinks are cute.

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My Friend, Kermit

I have lots of working dog friends in the National Institute of Canine Service and Training (NICST), formerly known as Dogs for Diabetics. One of my good friends was Kermit, a diabetic alert dog for Dr. Steve Wolf.

Read my article and learn how thousands of people — and dogs like me — were touched by Kermit’s life.

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Emptying the Nest

I said hello to Andrew Edward Hoss May 7, 1995. He was 10 pounds, 4 ounces at birth and slept through the night. I had to wake him up for his feedings and the doctor told me to just let him sleep.

Twenty-six years later, on October 29, 2021, Andrew and his fiancée, Meghan, moved to a new life in Casper, Wyoming.

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Aiden’s Classroom Adventures

Just because Christy (aka, Mom) is an author doesn’t mean she makes loads of money. She has to work to pay for the things she needs until one day she is successful enough to make a living as an author.

This month, I’ve been going with Mom as she’s been substitute teaching. Check out my blog post for pictures of my adventures at school!

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My Visiting Author Trip to Kenwood School

I felt like a little girl on Christmas morning opening the biggest present, and finding exactly what she wanted!

When Sharon Watson, Kenwood School’s librarian, invited me to come do an author visit assembly, I was over-the-top thrilled. I taught at Kenwood for ten years and filled various creative roles. To me, it was the happiest place on earth to teach but I gave it up to pursue my writing dreams.

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The Author Reads – Book Review of ‘Stormy,’ The Weather Girls Series, Book Two, by Jennifer Lynn Cary

This week on The Author Reads, I’m reviewing Stormy, Book Two in The Weather Girls Series, by Jennifer Lynn Cary.

Stormy picks up where the first book in The Weather Girls series left off. However, if you were to read them out of sequence, you won’t miss a thing. Continue reading my review and enter the giveaway.

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Traveling with a Diabetic Handler

Does a service dog ever get a vacation?

Thanks for asking.

Traveling with Christy is always an adventure. She has to pack not only for herself but also for my needs. That makes for extra-heavy luggage because I need my food, special treats, vitamins, toys, bed, parkas for cold weather, rain slicker for wet weather and booties for hot and cold weather. I get exhausted just thinking about it.

Click to continue reading my service dog thoughts about our trip to Minnesota.

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Meeting My Second Grade Teacher

If you’ve visited the “About Christy” page of my website or read my blog post, “The Birth of a Book,” you know I give my second-grade teacher, Mrs. Olson, credit for inspiring me to become a writer.

During my recent trip to my hometown, Thief River Falls, Minnesota, I reconnected with Mrs. Olson.

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The Author Reads – Book Review of ‘Sunny,’ The Weather Girls Series, Book One, by Jennifer Lynn Cary

This week on The Author Reads, I’m reviewing Sunny, Book One in The Weather Girls Series, by Jennifer Lynn Cary. I chose this book as if I was in a bookstore, only I did it virtually.

First, I picked it for its whimsical cover that drew me in. Second, I chose it because of the back cover copy. Third, I read the first chapter and I was hooked. Click to read my full review.

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Love from Minnesota storefront

Aiden’s Thoughts About Our Book Tour to Minnesota

I’m so glad to be home! I don’t mind travelling, but it seems we were just getting settled and the scents were becoming familiar when we packed up and moved to the next city.

I fly like a carry-on and fit nicely under the seat in front of Christy. I was trained to do it that way. It’s always nice when we have a seat or two with no one next to us for extra stretch-out space.

Check out the photos of my adventures in Minnesota with Christy!

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