Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Wagging on Wednesday

Today's Wagging on Wednesday is brought to us by Tracy Belsher and her two awesome Labradors, Higgins and Willow. (Higgins is the Chocolate, and Willow is the Yellow.) Tracy writes paranormal YA under the pen name Judith Graves. Under My Skin, a werewolf tale, will be available soon from The Wild Rose Press. (You thought high school was bad? Try it with fangs and fur.) She also writes edgy YA fiction under her own name. Losing It, an edgy YA manuscript, placed first in the 2008 Toronto Romance Writer’s Original Golden Opportunity contest. (Her description of the novel, "Sex, drugs and adult diapers – the perfect family drama blend." made me spit out my coffee when I read it the first time.) But enough about Tracy. We're all here for the dogs, right? Where did the names Higgins & Willow come from and what are some of their quirks? Our first fur-born, Higgins, was so named via a “name the puppy” contest my husband held with his students (he teaches high school social studies). Out of sixty or so entries, we picked “Higgins”. The winning student (who chose the name from the butler/millionaire character in the TV show Magnum PI – go figure) got a free lunch and bragging rights. Quirk: likes to “groom” you and will do so with such intensity he will gnaw through jeans if you let him. I named Willow on my own – told my husband I named her after the beautiful willow trees in our backyard…only took him a few days to realize the truth – once again my Buffy addiction had made itself known. Quirk: likes to sleep on top of you when you lay on the couch – doesn’t appear to realize she’s 70lbs. Any particularly amusing bold moments? Higgins (aka Hurricane Higgins) makes Marley (from Marley and me) look like a model canine citizen. Higgins has done some serious crate time and lived to bark about it. He had shoulder surgery at six months (two months in a crate recovering, sedated so he didn’t injure himself trying to get out). He ate an entire – repeat an entire 14 inch long BBQ brush (plastic handle chewed into chunks, metal bristles and all) and survived, although the vet thought his insides would be perforated more than a cheese grater. Willow is the opposite of Higgins. (Thank you, Jesus.) She’s a rug and we love her. Look at both dogs right now. Tell me what they're thinking. Higgins: Why is she looking at me like that? Does she want to play? Does she? Do I? Yes! Yes, I do! I do! Or I could eat this scarf I just found. Willow: I love you, too. Now, let’s go nap. What book/s are they most looking forward to in 2009? Higgins: How to Make Friends with a Stranger’s Crotch in Two Easy Steps, and When Your Human Won’t Perform: A Lab’s Guide to Getting the Most Out of Your Lameass, Couch Potato Owner Willow: Channelling Your Inner Bitch, and The Good Girl’s Guide to Human Manipulation No, seriously. The Dust of 100 Dogs - of course. Girl pirates! [Me: Oh stop it, and thanks!] Dead is So Last Year by Marlene Perez - love this series. Zombie Queen of Newbury High by Amanda Ashby - Zombies! Can't wait. Evermore by Alyson Noel - secrets and powers and romance. Whoot! The Hollow by Jessica Verday - Graves, tombstones, ghosts and love. Nice. Thanks a million for coming around! Thanks for letting me go on about my pups. ;) Anyone else out there looking forward to some books? Tell us about them! And thanks so much for all of your WOW entries - you'll be hearing from me as Wednesdays come and go. If you came here looking to see if you won a signed copy of The Dust of 100 Dogs in yesterday's contest, then you need to come back tomorrow (Thursday) because that's when I'm announcing the winner. But if you're bored and want to read something cool? How about you go and buy this AWESOME book by my fellow hardy pirate lass, Adrienne Kress? It launched only yesterday and if it's anything like her debut, it's a seriously awesome book!


Joanne Levy said...

Oh Higgins & Willow are just beautiful! What faces! Thanks for introducing us to them.

(Kia is shaking a paw hello and would like to know if Higgins and Willow would like to play in the snow with her)

A.S. King said...

Aren't they gorgeous? Tracy was very kind to share them with us. I have a weakness for Labs.

Tracy Belsher said...

Hey guys! They are cute, eh? ;) And so into YA fiction...I had no idea.

The pups would love to hang with Kia - once it gets out of the -30C deepfreeze we're in.