Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Wagging on Wednesday with Lily & Oliver
Wagging on Wednesday is brought to us today by Lily and Oliver, and their friend, author Josh Berk. Josh's debut, The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin is coming from Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers on February 9, 2010 and it looks AWESOME. (And that cover rocks, doesn't it?) Josh wrote: I have two 5 year-old Boston Terriers. The black-and-white picture is Lily. We bought her from a pet store on a whim & she has proven to be completely psychotic. The other picture (with the baby) is Oliver. He was a stray we took in on a whim and has proven to be the world's greatest dog! (In my humble opinion.) He's very smart and good with the baby and everyone loves him. What are some of Lily's & Oliver's quirks? Oliver came from a shelter. He was "pre-programmed" with a huge vocabulary that we are still uncovering the depths of. He knows "out," "sit," "walk," "ball," and every possible synonym and variation of the word "treat." He also, for some reason, knows and deeply understands the word "salad." His fashion sense is also fantastic. Lily has one eye and is insane. She actually lost her eye recently, and has long been insane, so there is really no correlation. She is "quirky" in that she does whatever she wants whenever she wants and thinks it's cute that we are technically her "master." Any bold moments or super powers? Lily's whole life can be defined as a succession of bold moments. She is, however, less a super hero and more an evil genius. As a puppy she figured out how to open the closet and the container where her food was kept. She ate approximately six pounds of dog food at a time she herself weighed just over twelve pounds. We had to call the vet who recommended hydrogen peroxide to induce vomiting. I have never seen so much vomit in my life. It was like watching a clown car -- there couldn't possibly be more coming out! Wait: yep. More vomit. One of her other boldest moments came when she tried to wrestle a (much larger) dog on the way through the vet's waiting room after undergoing major surgery. Oliver is generally less bold. But one time he figured out how to take his own leash off because he wanted to go grab a ball he saw some girls throwing. He broke free and stole the ball in one slick move while I stood by holding my infant son. It was a probably the high point of Oliver's day, but the girls, coaches, and umpires of the championship softball game were less amused. What inspired their names? Oliver's paperwork from the shelter for some reason came with two names: "Oliver" and "Pat." Pat is my mother-in-law's name. We went with Oliver. We bought Lily on a whim and named her on a whim. In retrospect, it's perfect that she has a cute and harmless flower of a name. Perfect, that is, if you like irony. Look at them right now. What are they thinking? LILY: Food, food, food. I want foooooooood! OLIVER: Salad? What books are Lily and Oliver looking forward to in the coming months? This is perfect for Wagging on Wednesday! The dogs (and all the Berks) are big fans of the books of author/illustrator Wednesday Kirwan. Her "Minerva" picture books feature a family of Boston Terriers. I don't know if one is coming out soon, but I hope so! We also are looking forward to Cyn Balog's FAIRY TALE (Delacorte) on June 23, 2009. I don't think it has Boston Terriers in it, but Cyn is a family friend and we're so excited for her book and proud of her success! What do you think they would do if they encountered a ninja? How about a pirate? Lily is in fact a pirate (see?) so she would probably just nod her head and greet the pirate as one of her own. Possibly a secret handshake would be exchanged. Looting and all manner of piracy would commence. There would probably be some digging for gold. She's a good one for digging. Oliver, on the other hand, would probably be horrified because the pirate would remind him of Lily. He would flee, and possibly pee, in terror. The ninja's mask would probably make them think of Halloween (their favorite holiday). They'd probably sit at his feet and wait for treats. Thanks a million for bringing Lily & Oliver around to see us, Josh! Love the two-headed Boston terrier picture. I have no random linkage today, but want to remind you that winners of the Janet & the Mysterious Creature Contest will be announced on FRIDAY, May 8th. Thank so much for all those entries. It was a great welcome back to the blogosphere for me after a month away!