Life with Sampson and Delilah….The 411

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Good Girl Delilah!

Our next door neighbor’s dog is chained up outside.  Not in the way you typically think of a dog chained up.  Since their yard is not fenced in, when Gunner has to go out he goes out on a chain, he is not left out there all day and night long.

My experience with dogs that are chained is if the opportunity ever presents itself, they will take off and go exploring.  Gunner is no exception.  As far as I can tell he is not a mean dog, he never barks at my dogs even though the two fools are barking their heads off at him.

I really don’t know what kind of dog Gunner is, I know he is black with longish fur and probably a bit smaller than my dogs.  If truth be told, he sort of looks like a Grim from Harry Potter.  Siriusly.

Last night he got loose.  I could hear my neighbor out their calling him, but he didn’t care, he was too busy enjoying his freedom. 🙂

Hubby and I were planning on walking the dogs around the block when he got home.  I was kind of nervous about Gunner being on the loose and running into him on our walk.  Since Delilah can get so snarky on her leash, I try to avoid other dogs.

Luckily for us we didn’t run into Gunner, BUT the dogs in the house with the invisible fence were out, at least the one that likes to run back and forth barking, you know the one who gets Delilah’s dander up.

Thankfully when the dogs are out their porch light is on which usually gives me the heads up.  Although sometimes we can’t see the dogs until we are almost upon them, because the part of the yard that runs along the road is in shadow.

Delilah you may recall is on the 30 foot leash, so I pulled it in and gave her maybe about 12 feet.

Normally even when the dogs aren’t out she lifts her head up and looks over there, looking for some action.  I try not to yank her instead I will try to guide her toward me with the leash and say, “This way” or “leave it.”

I just have to tell you how damn proud I am of her, the dog was barking and running back and forth and she looked over and I said, “Leave it.”  She turned back to the grass and even though the hair at the base of her tail raised up a bit, she walked calmly away.

No barking, no yanking, no growling.  She just walked away.

Yup, I Tebowed right in the road. 🙂

Book update:  Still at 12,303 words.


Join Me in My Pity Party…Day One Hundred and Thirty Three

Generally I try to be a very positive person, but trying to get this writing career of mine off the ground is really discouraging me.  Please don’t get me wrong, I have some very awesome friends and family who continue to read every day, to like my posts and to comment on my blog and I appreciate you more than I will ever be able to express.  Some day if I ever get my career off the ground, I intend to have a really big party and invite you all! 

I like to think I am a realistic person, I know I am not J.K. Rowling and I certainly don’t have a Harry Potter novel in me; I think I’m capable of being a writer and making a modest living at it.  I am not one of the people who think they are perfect, in fact I am very aware of my flaws and limitations and have no problem sharing those.  I am also not a mother who thinks her children can do no wrong and that extends to my dogs; as you obviously know if you have ever read anything I have written about Delilah.

So when I tell you that Sampson is special and that I want to share him with the world, it is not just my thoughts or ideas.  Anyone that meets Sampson falls in love with him; even if you are not a dog person you will love Sampson.  Besides being adorable, his personality is amazing and it terrifies me that he is getting older and I still have not shared him with enough people. 

My Sweet Boy.

I’m not writing this so you all say, “Oh Jodi, don’t give up, you are a good writer” and all kinds of other stuff.  Why I’m writing this is to get your ideas.  So far, I’ve established facebook pages for both of the dogs, I have this blog and I have Sampson’s website, the problem is I don’t know what to do next or how to generate interest.   When I went to the Pet Writing Conference in February there was a woman there who was trying to find someone interested in her book, she was showing someone,  her dog has over 5,000 friends on facebook.  I sit here and go WTF?  Everyday I update those facebook pages!  I put funny sayings and thoughtful sayings and Sampson has lost 4 fans in the last month!  I guess I feel like I’m at an impasse and I wonder, am I too focused?  Am I overlooking something I should/could be doing? 

You all have been so supportive of me and always help me when I ask, so I ask you now, do you have any thoughts as to what I can do to help move this along?  If you aren’t comfortable leaving a message, send me an e-mail

Thanks for reading and sticking through this pity party blog.

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