Hounded by the Puparazzi!

Dear Readers,

It seems you just can’t get away from them.  I have been constantly hounded lately by the media.

First, Momma’s hometown paper, the Gonvick Leader Record, published a nice puff piece about my new book in its supplement, the Tri County Canary.  It appeared on the front page — and above the fold!  (Once you are a media darling, it doesn’t take long to learn the lingo.)   I don’t have a link to the story, but here’s a photo of it in the paper.  I’m sure if you want a copy, I can dig one up.  (Smiley emoji.)


Then, in late November, the Burnsville Sun-This Week (our current home-town paper) once again ran a front page article on us.  Mr. John Gessner, the editor, did a great job, except that he let Momma ramble on a bit about politics, and she even managed to mention Rush Limbaugh and Fox News.  She should be put on a leash.

And what can I woof about Mr. Gessner’s writing – he “gets” us!  Who else would describe Sit Stay Pray, as 47 bite-size chapters about life?  He did such an outstanding job of reviewing the book, that if I hadn’t written it, I’d buy it!  Here’s a link in case you want to “read all about it!”


Then just before Christmas, the Bemidji Pioneer published an article on Sit Stay Pray, too.  I think the author, Matthew Liedke – who did a fantastic job — grasped my role in the whole thing (“Pup puts pen to paper — tells story in blog and books”).  I just wonder if there might be room for a little doggie statue next to Paul and Babe down by the lake.  Here’s a link to that story.


So, you can see, dear readers, this has been a very good year for Momma and me, and we couldn’t be more grateful.  We want to thank you for supporting the Animal Humane Society and Helping Paws Minnesota with the purchase of our books.

May you have a tail-waggingly good 2020.

Lina, Lucky Dog




My New Boots

Dear Readers,

Greetings from Minnesnota.  Yes, even though we have a perfectly good place in Florida (aka The Sunshine State), for some odd reason we are still in the frozen tundra and the term has never been more apt.

Winter arrived early and furociously this year.  We have had freezing rain, tons of snow, temperatures that hovered around zero with wind chill that would make the North Pole seem balmy.

It wouldn’t be so bad, but keep in mind I have to go outside to go potty.  You try that when the ground is icy and snow packed and you have Momma (who shuffles along at a “glacial” pace like Tim Conway) in tow.   And to make matters worse, we only have about six hours of daylight now, so we’re often going out when it’s pitch dark.  In fact, it’s so dicey that Momma has taken to bringing her cell phone along so if she falls and gets knocked out, she can call somebody.  I know, right?

Anyway, this brings me to my point.  My paws get cold.  Like frozen cold.  Momma was hoping I could make it through the season without buying me little booties (you may recall that she is on a budget where I am concerned), but when I started going potty while alternately lifting my legs, she realized she had to do something.

First, she scoured the cupboard where my stuff is kept to make sure there were no previously purchased but forgotten boots.  There she found some five-year old Musher cream designed to provide a barrier from the snow and ice, but it did not help even one little bit.  Then inspawration hit!  She would use the little socks that she got from the vet to keep my feet dry after the time I was bitten at doggie daycare.4A5CFC3C-608A-423F-9F55-E46B858D4E9B

The socks had been impossible to keep on then, even with tape, and unfortunately this time was no different.  Especially when she caught some of my fur in the tape and effectively attached my neck to my leg.  Not making this up.  After the furcut allowing me to stand on all fours again, Momma took me outside where the socks promptly fell off.  Here I am already knowing that this was going to be a disaster.

FC99C6F5-A735-4614-A6CF-26CBC7AC5071Realizing that she had no choice but to actually buy something for me (plus, she could call it my Christmas gift), Momma next swung into Pet Smart, where they had some cute — yet price sensitive — socks, but only in size large.  In case you haven’t noticed, my paws are the size of a rabbit’s.  The socks are quite the fashion statement, but fell off even faster that the vet socks.  Even when she taped them up.  I wonder if Uber goes to Florida from here.

Next, she found some cute little “Dog” boots online that look just like her very own Uggs (price no object there!).  Luckily Amazon delivered them just as we were clawing our way outside (me bare-pawed again) in the dark looking for a good place to go.

Excited, Momma dragged me back inside where she ripped open the package and quickly began pulling the little booties on me.  She tried to ignore the fact that they seemed tight, hoping that she hadn’t measured wrong.  Well, if nothing else, she thought, she could have my nails trimmed to make them fit better.  Not making this up either.  We already have an appointment with the groomer.

Anyway, by the time I stumbled outside with the new boots, I had already lost one, and most of my potty time was spent looking for the other three.  Momma was ready to cry –they weren’t cheap and she had paid for express delivery!

The next morning it hit her (and I’d like to).  She had forgotten that the boots came packed with cotton so they would keep their shape.  Is it any wonder she couldn’t stuff my little paws into them?   Guess what — when she finally removed the packing, they fit perfectly!  Here I am during the Uggs nightmare.

Now that our stay in Minnesota is almost over, I finally have appropriate pawwear.  And sometimes Momma even remembers to put a jacket on me.  Just in time, too — it’s 3 above as I sign off.


Lina, Not Digging these Minnesota Winters!



Boutique Blast!

Dear Readers,

Well guess what – third time’s the charm!  This was Momma’s and my third time selling Lina Unleashed (and this time also Sit Stay Pray and assorted note cards) at the Olympic Hills Holiday Boutique and it was the best event yet.

Momma’s friend (and breeder of famous keeshond show dogs), Susan, helped her care for me and it went swimmingly.  Momma even remembered to bring along a little bed and water dish this time which made all the difference.  We sold lots of books, I visited with old friends and made some new ones, too.  Here I am with Rudy and Brett – both from Olympic Hills, with Susan and Momma and with Sharon (momma of Charlie who I have a big crush on).  It was a blast!

Lina, Schmoozer!




Dear Holiday Shoppers & Dog & Book Lovers,

You won’t want to miss this year’s Olympic Hills Holiday Boutique.  Along with tons of other vendors selling “not-to-be-missed” treats for others (and yourself!), Momma and I will be there selling pawdographed copies of Sit Stay Pray and Lina Unleashed, along with my all-new inspawrational notecards.  Oh, and I’ll be giving out free face licks.  And best of all, remember that all book proceeds go to Helping Paws Minnesota and the Animal Humane Society. 

Olympic Hills Holiday Boutique

10625 Mount Curve Road, Eden Prairie

Thursday, December 5th, from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.


See you there!

Lina, Boutique Bow Wow



Giving Thanks Today!

Thanksgiving Greetings Dear Readers,

I want to woof out a big thanks to all of the humans and dogs in my life.  I am indeed a blessed bow wow!

First, thank you to my entire village of caregivers.  Where would I be without you?

To my beloved Nanny for always having my back, my trusty and capable dogsitters, Dr. Becca in Minnesota, Janice of Nanny Paws in Florida, and Lori who helps out in both states.  Also, big time thanks to my massage therapist, Jenny Gott, and my pro bone attorney, Uncle Chuck, for keeping me out of trouble.

Thanks, also, to my doggie day care, Camp Bow Wow, and its outstanding staff for giving me a great home away from home.  And to my trainer, Sara, of Adventure is Barking.  (I’m still dreaming of being on the podium at Westminster, Sara.)

Also, thanks to the vast array of technicians, vets, specialists, emergency personnel, animal clinics and hospitals in Minnesota and Florida who give excellent care to me and unheeded advice to Momma.  And to the police and fireman and other officials who respond to our frequent emergencies and help create a “safe space” for me.

And a big woof-out to all my furry friends including Winnie, CoCoa, Willie, Roma and Gracie to name a few.

Finally, thanks for my care to Momma, my human.  I know her like a book (ahem!), and although she has her shortcomings, I think she’s trainable.

We are all indeed fortunate to have all the luxuries we do:  food, shelter, toys, treats, friends, family, love, God and our great country (yes, Momma had a hand in this message).

And last, but not least, thank you to the animal charities that take care of those in need like the Animal Human Society and Helping Paws MN.

Lina, One Lucky Pooch




As the Rolling Pin Turns

Holiday Greetings Dear Readers,

Last Saturday we officially kicked off the holiday season with our Annual Crystal Lake Loons (and Lina) Lefse Fest!  I have to admit the fest was a hoot (if a little out of control), and I do like those Irish step-relatives of mine!

This year the event started at 10:00a.  Well, actually, it started on “Kelleher time” which is always at least fifteen minutes early.  This was unfortunate for Momma, because she was still busy “doing” her hair upstairs when Tammy, Talla and Hannah arrived.

Momma was also a little late getting ready because she had been on her computer putting final touches on the group’s musical offering for the year — Oh, Our Lefse.  Tammy had composed it only the day before(!), and I think it might be our best yet.  I just hope that next year there will be a “speaking” part for me.  Just woofin’!

By the time Momma finally made her way downstairs, champagne had been poured, the group did a toast to this year’s festivities (Skol!), and the pins started rolling.

Lefse was baked, then flatbrod, then krumkake, all interspersed with generous helpings of champagne.  The baking was also interspersed with several practice sessions of Oh, Our Lefse, complete with props and gestures and costumes.  It turns out Talla had bought the girls Christmas pajamas for the performance which added a nice touch.  Somehow, though, she forgot me, the poor little step-sister, so I was forced to wear an old Santa suit.  (Momma:  “Always the victim, Lina.”)  Nevertheless, I pitched right in, and didn’t even mind the little joke in the song comparing my dogfood to lefse!

Here’s the video that Momma, the techie, posted on YouTube and hopes will go viral.  She might have a better chance if the opening shot did not appear upside down, but then what do I know?

And here are some of my favorite photos of the day.  Lucky I was there to chaperone and give out face licks.

Right after this year’s fest, Talla texted that she had enrolled us in Burnsville’s International Festival next summer.  The event, established in 2006, celebrates the city’s diversity, and features music, dance, cultural exhibits and food.  Now that’s a cause I can get behind!

Lina, Still Rolling with the Punches



Best Pawrty Ever!

Dear Readers,

Okay, if I do woof so myself, we had a great book launch pawrty celebrating Sit Stay Pray at Barnes and Noble yesterday.  There were tons of people, fun, food and face licks by me!  And we sold lots of books  – both Sit Stay Pray and Lina Unleashed – to benefit the Animal Humane Society and Helping Paws MN.

Here are some of Momma’s and my favorite pics.  Most of them were taken by Rachel Anderson of RMA Publicity (rmapublicity.com).  She was a great help with the event!

Note that, as usual, I’m a little shell-shocked by the end.

A big time woof-out to all of our friends and fans who attended, and to the staff at B&N who were terrific!  Remember, if you couldn’t make it, you can still get my books online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  We’ll always be happy to pawdograph!

Lina, Author and Party Girl!