It’s Spring and That Means SQUIRREL SEASON!

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NEWS FROM THE CHEWSPAPER

Issue 9

Hello friends, both human and fuzzy!

As usual, I have been at my guarding locations. Them bushy-tailed fiends started roaming all over my yard, flicking their tails, and climbing my trees. I can only bark my warnings and frustration. Daddy needs to make me a fence. Right now would be good. I must protect Mama from the squirrels, she doesn’t know the evil that lies within.

I was laying on the back of the couch-sofa thing today and a brave Squirrel Rodentia walked up close to the house, like two feet away! And the whole rest of the day them squirrels were in the front and back yard. I ran back and forth checking the front yard, then the back yard.

I hope everyone has had a good first part of the year. Mama is doing something called Camp NaNoWriMo. I think she WriMo’s three or four times a year. My job is to make her take a break and walk me, play with me, and pet me. These things make her happy.

In one of my earlier Chewspaper issues, I said I was mad because I couldn’t go to Doggie Day Camp. Last year I was able to return and I was a very happy terrier. I missed it so much! The picture was taken at the end of March 2022 at Doggie Day Camp. Mama says I am a handsome Cairn terrier.

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Smudge Alpin MacRuff March 2022

We have good neighbors. One neighbor has chickens, ducks, turkeys, and a goose.. The turkeys and chickens have come close enough for me to sniff a little bit. Not sure what to make of them.

Mama had a hand puppet made that looks like me! She wants to learn how to use it so she can tell stories to little kids. I like kids, too. Let me show you the puppet Debra Clewer made! See! Ms. Debra even remembered my tail!

Smudge Puppet (front)
Smudge Puppet (side view)

Please, be kind to one another and help pets in need if you can. Everybody needs to love and be loved.

Until the next issue of News From the Chewspaper, hugs and doggy kisses!

Love to all, Smudge Alpin MacRuff

NEWS FROM THE CHEWSPAPER

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Autumn Season: Hurry! Run Fast!

ISSUE 8 (Mama checked)

By Smudge Alpin MacRuff

Woof, doggy pals, here’s the pooper scoop on what’s going on in my yard,

Hurricane Nicholas and Hurry Cool Weather!

How is the weather where you are? We had a hurricane not too long ago. I have never been through a storm before. That wind was so loud it made me bark. The rain and the wind kept me awake and that means I kept Mama awake. Storms get on my doggy nerves. We got a bunch of water and it was hard to go potty. I don’t mind getting my paws wet and if it isn’t raining too hard, I don’t mind going outside.

I hope everyone who has had nasty weather is now safe.

Today is 83 degrees and tonight it will be a nice 60 degrees. But I want the cooler weather to come because it gives me more energy! If it stays dry I want Mama to take me on a picnic and walk to the little park near the house.

This is the park near our house.

Treats and Presents

Mama got me BarkBox for a few months. I get so excited when my puppy mail comes in. New toys and treats to try. BarkBox has a shop where you can get things for your pup and sometimes yourself. She wouldn’t let me see what was in the latest box. Could she be getting Chrissymus presents already? Do your humans get stuff months before or at the last minute?

Bushy-tailed Fiends and Other Critters

The bushy-tailed fiends are in my yard sometimes. I want to go out and chase them. I jump on the door but it doesn’t open. Mama says we have to share the yard with the fiends, birds, and bunnies. Once in a while one of the bunny rabbits hops close to the house. I bark. Why can’t I play chase with the bunny? I still don’t understand why we have to share the yard.

Mama calls all the bunnies in the yard by Beatrix Potter bunny names.

Daddy pointed out a couple of deer and that made Mama happy. They don”t visit all the time. Sometimes when Mama takes me out at night to go potty we can hear coyotes. We only hear them once in awhile. Mama likes to hear them howl and is waiting for me to howl with them. Maybe one day I will.

What kind of critters are in your yard?

Other than waiting to go to doggy daycare so I can play, barking at squirrels (and the occasional train), being just a little naughty as I’m impatiently waiting for the cooler weather to get to Texas. I want the brisk air blowing through my fur. I hope everyone is safe, happy, and healthy. Mama found a blog with 8 Fall-themed dog treats you can make. https://doggiedailies.com/blogs/news/8-fall-themed-homemade-dog-treat-recipes

Hugs and puppy kisses,

Smudge Alpin MacRuff, Texas Terrier

News From the Chewspaper: Stay Cool!

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11 June 2021 Issue 10? Maybe? Smudge isn’t sure.

Sunday it’s going to be 95 degrees. I think that means it’s going to be really hot. I thik we need a trip to the beach. Mama is mad cos she just wants those vampire mosquitoes to go away, so maybe we won’t go until later.

I think Mama is going to try to get me into the kiddie/doggy pool and get me to go in it. I don’t mind the rain, but I don’t like the yard sprinkler. Splashing in puddles is tremendous fun. This pool thing… I’m not sure about it. *Growls*

This is one of my favourite cool places: the air conditioning vent. After my walks with Daddy, I walk for this spot in the kitchen and plop down.

Make sure you drink lots of cool, clean water. It’s dangerous for pups and humans to get overheated. We must all be safe. The middle of the afternoon is the hottest time of day. Plan activities accordingly. I finally got to go back to Doggie Day Camp. I missed it so, so, so much! It’s inside where it’s cool. My other bloggy post lists all the fun things we do.

It gets really hot and humiditty here. Stay inside and visit wif your best friend. This is Jake the Snake. I hope Petsmart has more because Mama needs to buy enough so I can have a Jake the Snake all the time.

Pupsicles! Humans aren’t the only ones who like frozen treats during the summer. Now is a great time to pick up popsicle molds. You can use ice cube trays, a silicon mold, or paper muffin cups in a muffin tin. Here’s some great pupsicle recipes:. https://www.dogtipper.com/recipes/2019/07/8-pupsicle-recipes-how-to-make-a-popsicle-for-dogs.html

Have fun be careful in the summer heat, pup!

Hugs and puppy kisses, Smudge MacRuff

Doggy Day Camp and a Smudge Puppet

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Hi friends!

Doggy Daycare has returned and I’m so happy. I had the best time! Mama took this picture as the lady brought me out. I was a good boy and had a great time.

There’s me at Doggy Day Camp. Mama got a butt picture of me. Oh, well. Anyway, doggy daycare has a schedule: meet and greet, fun and games, lunch and treats, bubbles, story time, rest and relax, and lastly, yappy hour. New doggy friends and happy times.

See! This is Mama’s new Smudge puppet made by Debra Williams of Debra’s Puppeteria and Booknook in Smithton, Tasmania. Mama and I think she did a fabulous job. What do you think? Mama wants to use the puppet for a Smudge MacRuff Storytime about my adventures. Mama loves Jim Henson’s Muppets and she says Jim Henson was a brilliant artist/writer person. But, she also loves Nick Parks who created Wallace and Gromit. Smudge likes Gromit.

I think Mama needs to hurry up and write, while learning how to use the video on the camera, phone whatever. A nudge of my cold nose and a well placed silent but deadly fart should be proper motivation.

You can find Debra on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/debra.clewer and her webby address is: http://www.clewerpuppets.com or http://www.clewerbooknook.com

Let me know what you think about Doggy Day Camp and Mama’s Smudge puppet.

Hugs and puppy kisses, Smudge

News From the Chewspaper: Texas Events and Places to Go

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25 April 2021 by Smudge Alpin MacRuff

NEWS FROM THE CHEWSPAPER, AGAIN!

All of the links and information in this post are courtesy of BringFido.com It’s finally time to do fun things outside! Run! Roll in the grass! Bark! Chase anything that moves!

I found five pup-friendly events listed for Houston, Texas. Check back to BringFido in case more events and dog parks are added to their list. Don’t forget! There will be Puptopia Festivals in Houston, Austin, and Dallas in October. Be sure to check the dates and times. https://www.bringfido.com/event/city/houston_tx_us/

Mama hasn’t taken me to Galveston, yet. If you’re thinking of taking your four-legged friend for good romp on the beach. Here are some dog-friendly places in Galveston, Texas https://www.bringfido.com/blog/city/galveston_tx_us/

If you’re considering vacationing at a National Park, there are cabins that welcome canines. I wonder if they have a squirrel chasing place… https://www.bringfido.com/blog/national-parks-with-dog-friendly-cabins/

Dog Parks

Sunny’s Backyard, Austin, Texas: Pub food and local brew with pets allowed on the patio.

Sneed Dog Park at Westchase District, Houston

Dog House Drinkery and Dog Park, Leander, Texas.

I hope you find some pawsome things to do. Remember,pets are only here for a short time. Let’s make memories!

Love and puppy kisses, Smudge Alpin

News From the Chewspaper: Other Doggie Blogs and an eBook

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20 April 2021 by Smudge Alpin MacRuff (with help from Mama)

Smudge Alpin MacRuff summer fur cut April 2021

Hello Pups and People,

NEWS FROM THE CHEWSPAPER

I wanted to share two doggie blogs we follow and news about a new ebook for doggies and their people.

I love the Big Dog Travel Blog! Scarlett has wonderful adventures around her hometown and hiking. She’s a sweet pup with lots of great stories to share. You can find Scarlett at bigdogtravelblog.com

The other blog we discovered is From Owner to Another. If you in the UK, this English blog can help you find some great places to take your doggie friend. https://oneownertoanother.com

Ebook News

Janni Ke has a new ebook out on dog enrichment games. It comes in PDF and it’s on Amazon. https://iggysays.com/shop

Smudge News

I got a fur cut and I feel so much better. Those sticker would get all tangled in my fur and it made me grumpy. Mama and Daddy say I look two sizes smaller. I’m just happy to get rid of those ouchy stickers. All the girls at the pet salon at PetSmart said I looked really cute. In case you don’t know, PetSmart has Pet Charities https://petsmartcharities.org/ Pups and kitties need loving homes.It makes Mama cry when she hears about homeless animals. I not like to see Mama to cry.

In the yard there have been lots of those bushy-tailed fiends.running around. There have been a few bunnies, too. A few weeks ago me and Mama heard some coyotes. Mama likes to listen to them.I didn’t answer them back because I think they have their own secret language. I couldn’t translate it into terrier.

We had some possums and Mama said she’d rather the possums and raccoons pass by rather than skunks. From what my hoomuns say I don’t want to meet a skunk.

Love and puppy kisses from Smudge

Dem Evil Squirrels in my Yard

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February 6, 2021

February is the month of dat big, big rodent, Pupsatawny Phil, a groundhog. He not look anything like a hog to me, more like a beaver because he has big teeth and claws. I never have seen one in my yard but Daddy says there is a place near by dat has them little prairie dogs. Mama says not look like canines but they make a barking sound. Dis puppy thinks that sounds confusing, I want to see them. Can I go and see these prairie dogs. NO. Not fair at all.

Groundhog

Just look at the next picture. The bane of a terrier’s existence. Squirrels. Squirrels are evil. See, it has beady little eyes! Dat smart-alecky, flippity bushy tail! Look hard at that face. Can you see it? Squirrels. Are. EEEEEvvvvvilll. I am right. They need a good chasing around my property.

Mama take this picture of a squirrel at the Grand Canyon.

They flick their floofy tails and tease me. That is not very nice. I can only holler at them from the sofa. They sashay to and fro, and say, “You can’t get us, Smudge. Ha! Ha! Ha!” It is a challenge and I accept! For all terrier kind, I will git you.

Mama and Daddy keep me on a leash so I can’t teach dem evil critters a lesson. At the very least they could play chase wif me. What do you pups and kitties think? What evil critters are in your life and what do you do? Smudgie wants to know.

Hugs and puppy kisses to all ( except the rodentia),

Smudge

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Happy Howlidays!

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December 17, 2020 by Smudge Alpin MacRuff

I hope everyone had a nice Thanks-to-be-giving day. Mama cook all afternoon and the house soon smell like that Big Bird she put in the oven.

It been rainy wif some cold weather down here in Texas. I likes it! More energy
! Mama say it’s hot chocolate and mulled wine weather (whatever that is).

I wanted to tell everyone about this place in case you not know about them. If you are looking for doggie friendly hotels and travel directory we use BringFido https://www.bringfido.com/ Mama and I hope it will help you.

Dis is my Christmas Card to everyone. I loves you all and wants you to be safe. Happy Howlidays!

Love to everyone from Smudge Alpin MacRuff

Helloo Autumn, Where are you?

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October 6, 2020

Autumn? Fall? Hey! Are you listening? Dis is Smudge MacRuff. Where are you? Mama’s phone say it is 80 degrees outside. DAT NOT RIGHT!

Autumn, I am staring hard at you. Hurry up!!!!!

I wants the cool weather because it make me friskier. I am a Cairn terrier and we come from the Isle of Skye. It not 80 degrees there. Mama wants me to wear a doggy coat this winter. I not like clothes. Dis terrier likes to be nekkid and free in my fur. I got lots of growlies saved up if she do that to me.

Autumn, if you come soon I will share my Milk-Bones wif you. My part of Texas needs cold air so Mama can have hot chocolate and wear her writer’s sweatpants. She might even feel good enuf to make Guinness Beef Stew.or that Julia Child’s recipe of Bouef Bourgeon-thingy she was talking about the other day. Mama finally have that Julia lady’s two cookbooks. All I care about is if I get anything from it.

Here is a Traditional Irish Beef and Guinness Stew recipe. I share so maybe Autumn will come faster. Click the link so you can see the picture. https://www.daringgourmet.com/wprm_print/41079

HUGS AND PUPPY DOG KISSES, FROM SMUDGE

Traditional Irish Beef and Guinness Stew

Kimberly Killebrew

Experience the deliciously robust flavor of this world famous stew! You can make it on the stovetop or in your slow cooker.PREP TIME20 mins COOK TIME 2 hrs 30 mins TOTAL TIME2 hrs 50 mins SERVINGS6 servings

INGREDIENTS  

  • 6 ounces bacon ,diced
  • 2 pounds beef chuck
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 medium-large yellow onions ,chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic ,minced
  • 4 medium firm ,waxy potatoes (e.g., Yukon Gold), cut in 1-inch pieces
  • 2 large carrots ,chopped in 1/2 inch pieces
  • 2 ribs celery ,chopped in 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 large parsnip ,chopped into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 bottle (1 pint 16 oz) Guinness Extra Stout
  • 1 cup strong beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoons dried and ground porcini mushrooms (optional and not remotely traditional, but oh so amazing)
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Salt and pepper to taste

INSTRUCTIONS 

  • Cut the beef across the grain into into 1-inch pieces. Sprinkle with some salt, pepper and the flour and toss to coat the pieces. Set aside.
  • Fry the bacon in a Dutch oven or heavy pot until done then remove it with a slotted spoon, leaving the bacon drippings in the pan.
  • Working in batches and being careful not to overcrowd the pieces, generously brown the beef on all sides.
  • Transfer the beef to a plate and repeat until all the beef is browned.
  • Add the onions and fry them, adding more oil if necessary, until lightly browned, about 10 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for another minute. Add the vegetables and cook for another 5 minutes. 
  • Add the Guinness and bring it to a rapid boil, deglazing the bottom of the pot (scraping up the browned bits on the bottom). Boil for 2 minutes.  
  • Return the beef and bacon to the pot along with the remaining ingredients and stir to combine. (**At this point you can transfer everything to a slow cooker if you prefer. Follow the remaining steps and then cook on LOW for 6-8 hours or on HIGH for 3-4 hours.)
  • Bring it to a boil.  Reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer for 2 hours. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve with some crusty country bread or Irish soda bread. This soup is even better the next day.

News From the Chewspaper Author Interview: Colleen Thompson

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Mama was excited to have Colleen on the Bloggy. She say Colleen is one of her favourite Romantic Suspense authors and wanted to introduce yew to her books.

Smudgie was very interested to hear about Frio He is adventurous, brave chi-chi. As a terrier, I understand these kowallaties. Frio must be a chi-chi wonder dog. I think we would be frens if we ever met.

September 25, 2020 Issue 4

Author Interview

Colleen Thompson

  1. Nearly all of my thirty-some publications—most of them romantic suspense novels—feature a pet (95% dogs, you’ll be glad to hear, Smudge! Mainly because this author is allergic to the kitties.) In my recent release, Deadly Texas Summer (Harlequin Romantic Suspense, March 2020), the heroine, a wildlife biologist trying to solve the suspected murder of her assistant takes her golden retriever mix sidekick River with her everywhere. Beneath the towering wind turbines dotting a vast South Texas ranch, they face some harrowing scrapes together…on the way to love, of course! My books can be purchased at Amazon, eHarlequin.com, or pretty much wherever books are sold.

2. When I write, my little dog, Frio, a delightful chihuahua mix we rescued off the streets, is always close by supervising my production. He makes certain I don’t ever feel alone by sneaking up beside me now and then for a quick cuddle and helps remind me to periodically focus my eyes on something other than the screen—important to a writer’s vision—and get up out of my chair every so often—important to a writer’s back health– by enticing me to throw his Lambchop toy, chase him around the dining room table, and let him outside to go yap at the villainous backyard squirrels.

3. I’ve tried my hand at several genres other than romantic suspense already, including fantasy and historical romance. If there were one other I were to delve into, it might be science fiction, which I adore. But that’s an entirely different skill set and learning curve, and I’m pretty heavily invested in the mystery/suspense side of things, so that’s unlikely to ever be more than a daydream.

4. Outside of writing (and reading, of course!) the hobby I’m most obsessed with, as most of my friends know, is kayaking. Whether it’s my husband and I, or I’m out solo, I always bring my trusty sidekick, who with the addition of his life vest, transforms into Captain Frio! (He’s actually named for the Frio River, my favorite Texas Hill Country waterway.) We’d spent many happy hours paddling in those clear, cool waters—where I’ve had to fish him out more than a few times after he’s jumped in trying to chase a fish or turtle!

Colleen Thompson and Frio

Thank yew, Colleen for being a guest on the Doggy Bloggy, Colleen. Thank yew Frio for letting your Mama come and visit.

Mama have your books on her bookshelf. She have two of your books on order from that Ammyzon place. Hoomuns should go there and buy your book too. Good books = happy place!

Smudgie, think maybe you can write short science fiction story wif Frio as the hero. He sound like he brave like us terriers. Him needs a story. He really, really do.

Mama loves Colleen’s romantic suspense and her historical romance and she say, “Why choose? Get both!”. She want to write for them HarleyQwinn book peoples like Colleen. Go buy, Colleen’s books! Mama say they are keepers.

Yew can find Colleen and Frio on Facebook.

Love and puppy kisses, Smudge Alpin MacRuff xoxo

Guest Post: The Duchess of No

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Dis is the first guest post and I am thrilled to kibbles and bits to have The Duchess of No on my bloggy.

Duchess have da most exciting adventures! I think she also is the Duchess of Gnawty. I am in awe of her. She is a bootiful wire fox terrier.

Smudge Alpin MacRuff is proud to present The Duchess of No.

The Duchess of No

My name is the Duchess of No, me is 4 years old and me is a Wire Hair Fox Terrier. My mentor was a great gal named Daisy Dammit and she taught me the ropes about being naughty and how to give mommy a bad time. People ask all the time if dammit and no are used and truly, mommy uses them on a daily basis and that is how she got her name Grumpy Lady. If you had someone yelling no and dammit all the time, you would think she was grumpy too!!

Life is an adventure and me loves to make an adventure wherever we go, if you don’t take advantage, it is going to pass you by and life is too short for that. Me loves a good chase, whether it is chasing some pesky squirrel or having Grumpy Lady running after me. Me had great fun recently when me dashed out the door and had that Lady in hot pursuit. A second favorite of mine is eating, me loves to eat everything, dog food, people food, tin foil, wood bark, you name it, me eats it.

Me likes most of all meeting other dogs and making new friends but please remember, me no gives out free sniffies, BOL!!

Her Grace, Duchess of No

**BOL, it mean bust out laughing. – Smudge

The Duchess of No

I asked Duchess if she would tell you one of her adventures. She say okay. Dis story is ex-clue-sive! When you read dis, you will see why I am in love wif Duchess.

Duchess of No here….. it is not a holiday weekend until me has scared the you know what out of that Grumpy Lady! We were out for a walk in the morning and there were lots of people and dogs. Me got so excited that me pulled real hard and that Lady was not holding on to the leash tight enough and….. me ran off! Grumpy Lady is running after me screaming like a crazy woman, Grandma is running behind and yelling at Grumpy Lady. Some lady saw what was happening and decided to put an end to my fun and stepped on my leash. That Grumpy Lady was going on with blah, blah, blah and Grandma was upset with Grumpy Lady for not holding on tight enough to her precious grand dog but me had so much fun, it was worth the drama!

Here is a story from da legendary Daisy Dammit. She is over da Rainbow Bridge now but I think she know how much she is missed and feel all the love when we thinks about her.

Daisy Dammit

Daisy Dammit here….. Grumpy Lady had made baked ziti and left it on the kitchen counter thinking it was safe, BOL! Those two Darn Cats got on the counter and decided to eat the cheese off the counter and me thought that was not fair so in order to keep me quiet, those Darn Cats threw me down the wooden spoon with some cheese on it and boy was that spoon tasty. You should have seen the look on Grumpy Lady’s face when she came down in the morning and saw a half-eaten wooden spoon on the floor and all the cheese eaten off the pasta!!! Of course, those stupid cats took the heat for that one!

Daisy Dammit

Duchess, thank yew for being my first guest and please thank your hoomun, Audrey Richards for all her help wif da hoomun stuff.

Sending everypawdy puppy hugs and kisses,

Smudge Alpin MacRuff

Sardines, That’s What Will be in my Kibble Bowl

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Hello Doggy Bloggy friends,

Mama came back from da store today and bought me some sardines. I never had dis before, but she say I will like it since I try to make her give me all of her tuna. She melt like a butter stick on da sidewalk in summer when I give her da sad, pityfull puppy dog eyes.

She told Daddy he might have to put it in my kibble cause she not sure if she can do it. Mama wrinkle her nose and say yuck, den she say it good fur me. Dis terrier is cornfused. Butt, if you wants your hoomun to feed you sardines here is an article that tells you why it good for doggies and how much to give us.

Pityfull puppy dog eyes look to get treats.

By Hannah Dylan Pasternak | August 22, 2017 https://www.thefarmersdog.com/digest/sardines-for-dogs/

I usually associate sardines with Garfield cartoons, but I have major news: That can of sardines that’s been hiding in your cupboard for months is actually amazing for your dog.

sardines for dogs

Sardines are loaded with nutrients like omega-3s, vitamins D and B12, amino acids (the stuff that makes up protein), and coenzyme Q10. You already know that dogs can benefit from many healthy, human grade foods we put in our diets, and sardines are no different. Simply adding a few sardines to your dog’s regular meals once a week can help develop muscles and other connective tissue, boost his immune system, increase dental health, and protect against kidney disease. They’ll also keep him looking dapper, as omega-3s help fur stay nice and soft. Small fish, big benefits.

What sets sardines apart from other fish? These babies are small, which means they have less mercury content than other fish, diminishing the risk of poisoning. Sardines are also soft-boned, so you can usually feed them to your pup whole, which makes for added convenience. Just pop the can (as long as it’s salt-free and packed with water or a natural oil like coconut, olive, etc.) and add a couple to your dog’s bowl. A few sardines a week (one for smaller dogs and two a day for bigger breeds) is plenty. If you happen to have fresh sardines lying around, good for you! Just watch those bones, as your dog will have a hard time chewing and digesting them.

Have you ever given your dog sardines?

Pets and peoples be safe! Wear your mask pawperly! I knot want to see your nostrils. Woof. Grrrrrrrr!

Hugs and puppy kisses, Smudge Alpin MacRuff.

NEWS FROM THE CHEWSPAPER: Author Interview: Katherine Urbahn

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August 30, 2020 Issue 3

Author Interview Questions

Do you have any books that have animals in them? If so, what are the titles and where can they be purchased?

I have written two complete novels, and have several dust bunny manuscripts, as well. The only one I have actually published thus far is Blue Stranger. Blue Stranger is the story of a rock star whose twin sister is kidnapped — stolen from him at the age of two. Because he is her twin, he can feel her heartbeat. Very few people believe him when he begs anyone who will listen that she is alive, and they need to find her. He is determined to make something of himself to earn the money to find her. He realises early on that it’s going to take a lot of spending power to find his sister and bring her back home. The hero’s name is Keith Lionel Sheffield. His sidekick is a little blonde Cairn terrier mix named Sparky Lionel Sheffield, and he’s a Daddy’s Boy. Keith does dig his way out of poverty in time, and becomes a hugely successful rock star. Sparky the rich rock star doggie lives in a mansion, and travels around in his private plane. He basically owns the tour bus and everyone in it, and lets no one forget it. He’s absolutely the man in charge.

Blue Stranger is up for sale at Amazon

Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/Blue-Stranger-Katherine-Urbahn/dp/1495405052/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Kindle (available for free on Kindle Unlimited): https://www.amazon.com/Blue-Stranger-Katherine-Urbahn-ebook/dp/B00IR7C6IC/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Book Cover for Blue Stranger

My second completed novel is an early draft, so it is still being moulded and shaped, and nowhere near ready for prime time. I am not a fast word sculptor by any stretch of the imagination. I am still learning the craft, and things that are second nature to most authors are not quite at that stage for me, yet. I’m still a manual transmission. The other books are still dancing around in my head and disturbing my dreams, knitting themselves together in my subconscious at their own snail’s pace. I really am enjoying my current manuscript; the research is incredible!

One of my dust bunnies houses a villain so terrifying, he gave me chronic nightmares, and had to be set aside until I can handle it. That is why it is still incomplete. This current story is a whole lot nicer to me in my dreams.

When you write does your pet/pets help you? A doggie that warms your lap or a cat that rebutts your laptop.

Mercedes fancies herself the Great American Novelist. When she was a kitten, she tromped across my keyboard and in the great mess of gibberish, the word “read” was actually spelled out in the middle! Brilliant kitty. The three of them fight over who Mama’s true mewz really is. They are all mewzes, each with his or her own special style. If I write from the recliner, Mercedes lays on the arm to my left. Kiki attempts to lay on the keyboard, but will begrudgingly accept the right arm of the chair. Poor Kaelan tries to figure out where she goes in this scenario, but it depends on what space is available. If she ever figures out that the headrest at the back of the chair is comfy, the triad will be complete. She’s always welcome, but she still thinks she’s a third wheel. Poor Kaelan.

My pets. Ah, my fuzzy babies rule everything around here. Mercedes, the eldest, is the Queen of Everything in Existence Past, Present, and Future. She feels like an Angora bunny rabbit. She was a rescue, so we have no idea of her lineage, but suspect that at least one of her parents or grandparents may have been an Angora cat. And then there is Kaelan, who is The Princess. She is Mercedes’ shadow, which sometimes gets on the Queen’s nerves. But she is the baby; she is so very sweet. Her brother Kiki is The Crown Prince Imperial and spoiled rotten. These are my babies taking over a brand-new recliner I got they got for Christmas; I am working on a painting from this photograph, but this about sums up who they are. They are the Masters of the Universe, and they know it.

They graciously let me borrow the recliner from time to time.

Is there a genre of writing you haven’t tried but would like to?

I am working on a new genre now. I had never tried an alternate history/parallel universe approach before, but that’s what I’m working on at the moment. It’s a blast!

Writers always have favourite authors that have inspired them. Who are yours?

Stephen King, Erma Bombeck, Robin Cook, Tom Clancy, Nelson DeMille

Do you have any hobbies or interests outside of writing?

I draw and paint daily. I am 100% digital now, and still sort of in intermediate amateur status. I really enjoy it. I have online portfolios at Fine Art America and at Society 6. I love to create items from Zazzle and Café Press when I can. I also love to cook, but don’t do that often, because then I’ll eat. Too much! I have a side hustle of online transcription and closed captioning editing, which is pretty fun and helps to feed my raging Amazon habit.

Anything else you’d like to add?

Yes, a shameless Blue Stranger promo trailer:

 Shameless portfolio promo:

https://fineartamerica.com/art/kath+urbahn

Thank you for including me in on this. I am most honoured. I am still at a hobby level as an author, and I have sooooooo much to learn. It’s a good thing I love to research and study. Yeah, I was that nerd in school.

I would like to add one more thing, and then I’ll get out of your hair.

My favourite author of all time has a sweet Corgi mix mutt called Molly, a.k.a. The Thing of Evil.

The Doggy Bloggy reminds me a LOT of Stephen King (the Master of the Macabre) and his favourite muse. If Smudge is ever in Maine, he might just be interested in meeting a lovely Yankee girlfriend over a nice Puppaccino, wiling away the afternoon discussing literature, cats, the best moon to howl under,  and the principles involved in the fine art of butt sniffing.

Some more about Molly and her beloved Daddy:

https://getliterary.com/stephen-king-corgi-molly-aka-the-thing-of-evil/

Smudge MacRuff wants to thank yew for being an author guest on the Doggy Bloggy. Maybe the gorgeous Molly will be a guest wif her hoomun, greatest author, Stephen King.

Love you forever and lots of puppy kisses , Auntie! Smudgie

Doggy Planner: Helping Your Hoomun Author

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August 20,2020

Dis is at the top of my doggy planner everyday. If you wants to learn author plan things, go visit Sarra Cannon’s Heart Breathings on YewTube and she is a nice lady writer. Sarra is here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCasYwEzMc7tjKuAS-vtDYPw

Here are some things on how I help my Mama when she writes.. Authors sit on their butts too much. They should run and play in the yard. If you are a muse to your hoomun you gots to take care of them. They buys the kibble and treats and we not have any thumbs. Dis is some of the things I do because I am a little bit of a gnawty terrier.

Number 1. When she get up to make a cup of hot tea I wait until she is at that thing that spits out hot water. Then, I run to her sitting place and grabs her pen or the telebision remote and RUN. It takes both hoomuns to catch me most of the time.

Dis is a fun game. I don’t unnerstand why Mama gets all grumpy. We terriers know how to live. EVERYTHING is a game. Hoomuns could learn so much from us.

Number 2. If the hoomun leaves flippity-flops on the floor. It fair game for the doggy. A shirt or a pair of socks, dey are mine, too.

I am helping. Mama has fy-bro-my-algae, or something like that and chronicky fateague. She needs to move her arse and if she have to chase me she is moving around. Bonus is bribery because I get a Milk Bone or MarrowBone treat if I refuse to drop it.

Just like Doctor Who, I am clever. “What’s your name?”, “Rose Tyler.” “Nice to meet you, Rose. I am Smudge Alpin MacRuff. RUN!!!!!!”

How do you help your hoomun?

It’s nappy time and then I start all over again.

Smudge napping with his tongue sticking out.