Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Wagging on Wednesday with Sachi

Wagging on Wednesday is brought to us today by Sachi, and her friend Nikki from YA Reads. Nikki wrote: The dog in the attached photo is Sachi Baggins McPuppy. She is a black and tan, 11 month old Miniature Dachshund. Her middle name is Baggins because she definitely has hobbit feet. She has this really tiny, petite body and these enormous shovel like paws. Sachi loves eating my vampire novels, burying her nose into the insides of teddy bears, chasing the biggest dog she can find and sleeping in my bed, under the covers, curled around my feet. I think she might have been a cat in her past life, because she seems to have the best traits of both dogs and cats. When she's at home inside, she likes to just curl up on the couch and sleep, but as soon as we're outdoors, in the park, its all cat bets off. She's the biggest little dog I've ever met. Her best friend (besides myself) is Yoshi Cullen McPuppy, a black Miniature Schnauzer that I also own. I've never met two dogs that love each other more! What are some of Sachi's quirks? Sachi is a licking machine. Licking everything, and absolutely anything she can wrap her tongue around (especially noses and ears) is her most favorite thing to do. In fact, she's licking my arm right now as I type... its a charming habit, but my jeans don't appreciate it too much. Nor do my Chuck Taylors actually. Any bold moments or super powers? In all her infinite smallness, Sachi seems to be attracted to ginormous dogs. The bigger, the better. Great Danes, Golden Retrievers, Hungarian Vizla's - you name it she chases it. She has mastered the art of the commando roll, which I believe has saved her life a number of times. When it looks as if said ginormous dog is about to attack, Sachi simply rolls and rolls and rolls until she's out of danger only to come up the rear and start the chase all over again. The poor dogs don't know what hit them. I think she was blessed with nine lives, like a cat, because during her pursuits of aforementioned ginormous pooches, she often gets sat on, stepped on, squashed and simply outrun. But she never, ever gives up - the object of her chase is always the one to retire first. So with that in mind, I suppose if she had a superpower it would be the ability to morph into cat mode in dangerous situations What inspired her awesome name? Sachi Baggins McPuppy is her full name. We actually chose her first name before we picked her up. Its Japanese and means blessed and lucky, which I think she certainly is. The Baggins component of her name is a bit of a tribute to the Lord of the Rings. If you've ever seen a miniature dachshund's paws they have these HUGE hobbit paws that look way too big for their bodies. They come in handy for smacking her brother over the head from time to time, and digging holes in the garden to bury her bones, or anything that remotely looks like a bone. Lastly, my partner decided that every single dog that lives with us should be a McPuppy, just cuz. Consequently all our dogs, prior and present, are McPuppies, till death do us part. Look at Sachi right now. What is she thinking? "I think I just ran out of saliva, my tongue got stuck to your jeans." What books is Sachi looking forward to in the coming months? Sachi is a huge book fan. They taste really good. She has a particular affection for vampire novels. She's chewed up a number of them. Lucky DUST isn't a book about vamps; it means yours will probably survive. Going off that, I reckon she's probably pretty excited about Blood Promise, the fourth Vampire Academy novel. Mental note to self - make sure to pick book up of couch when making coffee. [Amy: Still no cover for Blood Promise, so I'm posting Vampire Academy 3--Shadow Kiss.] What do you think Sachi would do if she encountered a ninja? How about a pirate? Encountering a pirate would be be like all Sachi's doggy dreams coming true at once. You see, Pirates are dirty, smelly creatures that have lots of tasty scum caked on to their skin. Scum which is, for a dog, good for the licking. Can you hear the slurping? I can... who needs to shower when you've got a Sachi? And a ninja? She's karate chop him (or her) to the ground of course.... then proceed to lick the poor kid to death. Thanks for bringing Sachi around to chill with us, Nikki! Now for some Random Linkage: Here's an interesting review of D100D. I enjoyed this especially because the reviewer talked about how the book related to her, and made her think about things.
"I had a moment of introspective clarity (other than the conviction that I'm a pirate at heart) while reading this story. Do I have convictions so strong that I'd be willing to kill others, and FIGHT to the death?"
Random Brain Meanderings (Too Much Coffee): I wrote a book that includes genocide, violence against women & children, sexual slavery, neglect and a guy who beats his dog. So far, readers seem to care most about the dog. I think this says a lot. First off, I want you to know that if you are someone who's mentioned your concern for Rusty, or about the small part in the book about dog fighting, then I think YOU ROCK. I care about these things, too. I'm a dog lover, and a non-violent person, so of COURSE I care about dogs. And I know people are capable of caring about both violence against women & children and violence against dogs at the same time, so I'm not saying this to be judgmental. I'm saying it because I find it really interesting, in a scientific way, (spot the Vulcan) that readers get vocal about the dog violence more often. (Read to the end. I do it too.) I have an old friend who explored this topic with me while she was reading D100D. She explained that she felt for Rusty, and brought it up specifically, because dogs can't fight back--they are helpless without humans, whereas Emer could fight back. This helped me understand the heightened concern for a dog while human beings all around him in the book were suffering. And believe me. I understand Fred is hard to read. He's a creepy horrid man with power issues that are hard to face. Have you met one of those guys yet? I've met a few. Usually, they are hurting more than just their dogs. Here's Why I'm Bringing This Up. I'm a big proponent of talking about violence against women, especially sexual violence. I believe we're hiding a culture--an EPIDEMIC of violence against women. (Think of it this way--1 in 4 women in the US has been sexually assaulted. If 1 out of 4 people had the measles or bird flu, we'd call that a measles or bird flu EPIDEMIC, right? And if that happened, we'd NEVER HEAR THE END OF IT--on TV, radio, and at school. People would freak out because the next victim could be someone they know and love.) I'm presently involved in my local production of The Vagina Monologues. I know it's a funny name, but don't laugh. The Vagina Monologues is a play that benefits women and girls globally, who are dealing with nightmares you don't even want to think about, through an awesome organization called VDay. VDay is an organized response to violence against women. It's global, yes, but it also benefits the 200,000+ women and girls PER YEAR here in the US who are sexually assaulted, by raising awareness and locally, by raising money. In my town's case, our show is raising money for medical equipment that helps get evidence into courtrooms and convict child rapists, because you have NO IDEA how hard it is to actually convict these people. So, even with the funny name (and some VERY HILARIOUS parts) it's for a serious cause. This year, the production is highlighting the horrors of what's happening to women & girls in the Congo. If you want to start thinking about these things, here is the site for VDay and a link to information on the situation in the Congo (DRC). I know this stuff is hard to think about, but if we don't start to actively denounce and deconstruct this SOCIALLY ACCEPTABLE EPIDEMIC, our daughters will continue to become statistics that nobody thinks or talks about. Ironically, I collect for the Humane Society at every local signing I do, but I don't collect for any womens centers or child abuse organizations. People do NOT want to think about things like this when attending a signing to buy a book, you know? (Some people have avoided my table completely because there was already one donation jar on it.) So, since I put my money where my mouth is in regard to doggies, I feel I need to do something for my biggest concern. On the weekend of April 4th and 5th, I'll be selling and signing copies of The Dust of 100 Dogs in the lobby before our production of The Vagina Monologues. 100% of profits from those book sales will go to VDay. It's not huge, but it's something, and every little bit helps. If you live in the Berks County, PA area, you can find tickets HERE. Shows are Saturday, April 4th 8pm and Sunday, April 5th at 2pm. Stop the Violence & Stop the Silence! Stay tuned--Friday I will announce winners from the Awesome/Penelope Contest!


Rebachin said...

You say a lot in this post, and I have a lot of comments... would'nt it be funny if I chose to make a separate comment for each one (?) naw.

1. I absolutely.... [insert strongest warm, smiley, cuddley emotion -love/adore are too banal but I can't think of anything] these wagging wednesday posts!!!! Every single dog you've "hosted" has been engrossingly cuddley... maybe I am going through a withdrawal (my beloved minnie dachs passed away a few months ago and she was SO cuddley!)
Anywho KEEP 'em coming!

2. I didn't know much (anything) about VDay, although I'd heard of the Vagina Monologues in some random convo a while back - and whereas thoughts have exploded in my head as I read this post they are not very cohesive, although I would like to say that there are two books that I've read recently which have really affected me in this vein:
Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larrson
Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
These two books highlight a response to sexual violence that are the complete and total opposite from the other. My gut sides with Lisbeth Salander's complete lawless vindication in Larrson's book as opposed to Annabel's silent internalization.
(cue lightbulb) You know, this is perhaps a topic that answers the question that occurred to me while reading D100D - convictions I would "kill" over... hmm... I have so much more to say on this topic but I should stop.

3. almost done... I found this so imbarassingly High-larious: I read this line "I wrote a book that includes genocide, violence against women & children, sexual slavery, neglect and a guy who beats his dog" and my immediate thought was - "Cool! She has another book out, what the heck is it and why didn't she include the title, I wanna read it! What a tease!"
Then I thought about for a minute.
D100D sounds so seriously non-fiction when viewed from that point of view...

4. and last... When ya coming to Houston?

A.S. King said...

You have no idea how much I've always wanted to come to Houston, Rebecca. One day!

Thanks for coming around!

Sadako said...

Awww. I love that her last name is McPuppy.

A.S. King said...

I know, right? McPuppy is AWESOME. I wish it was my last name. A.S. McPuppy.

Joanne Levy said...

I need to keep my comments on the different portions of your post separate, so they do not detract from each other.

1. Sachi is SERIOUSLY cute. I love those freaking feet! They are like slouch socks!

2. Amy, you are amazing to me - you stand up for what you know to be right and you educate others, without beating them over the head. Making people think is the best way to create change and you are an awesome crusader.

3. I, too find it interesting that it seems to be human nature to become more outraged at cruelty to animals than cruelty to fellow humans. The number 1 rule when writing a book is "don't kill the dog" but yet whole genres are built around human bodies, treating them like props. Weird.

4. Thank you for bringing this important issue to the forefront. I was particularly moved by the Glamour article: It is shocking to me that this stuff goes on, making me not only thankful for my relatively easy life, but inspired to DO something, to help out in some way.

Thank you, Amy.