Monday, January 6, 2014

Real Dogs Don’t Whisper and a Giveaway

9781467998857_p0_v1_s260x420Note: The winner of this giveaway is Gale M. Congratulations to Gale and thanks to all those who entered.
I’m delighted to be participating in author Kelly Preston’s Pump Up Your Book Virtual Blog Tour for her award-winning book, REAL DOGS DON’T WHISPER.

As part of her tour, Kelly is giving away an autographed copy of REAL DOGS DON’T WHISPER and an extra surprise to one lucky Thoughts in Progress visitor. Please see the end of the post for the giveaway details.

REAL DOGS DON’T WHISPER highlights Kelly’s life journey caring for four special needs dogs and the life lessons they taught her along the way. The overall message within REAL DOGS DON’T WHISPER is about giving those with special needs a second chance. The book touches on integrity, unconditional love, leadership, trust, stopping abuse and opening your heart to receive and give both unconditional love and friendship. 

To lighten the message, Kelly developed a co-author, Mr. MaGoo. Mr. MaGoo is her Lhasa Apso and he is larger than life. He adds humor within the book; sharing with the reader how life is so tough for him being the only male in the house and living with a crazy lady (Kelly). Smile

Mr. MaGoo is a nine-year-old Lhasa Apso and the book’s co-creator and co-writer. He is, in his own words, “the alpha and omega of all dogs – in the cutest and sparkiest, most fun-loving package ever.” 

Ignoring Kelly’s persistent eye-rolling, Mr. MaGoo has forged ahead with this project in an attempt to, as he puts it, “present the facts from a dog’s perspective. In other words, the correct, most accurate, most interesting, only-one-that-matters perspective,” to which he adds, simply, “Woof!”


Kelly is, first and foremost, an animal lover. Raised on a ten-acre property in a small town in Pennsylvania, she grew up with horses, rabbits, and – of course – dogs. 

When she left home after college, she acquired Gizmo, an irresistible Lhasa Apso that started her on a journey full of joys and sorrows, hopes and tribulations, frustrations, endless lessons in patience, and above all else, love. All of this has come at the hands (more precisely the paws) of Gizmo, Betty Boop, Buffy, Carla Mae, and the inimitable Mr. MaGoo.

For more on Kelly and her writing, visit her website.

Here’s a brief excerpt from REAL DOGS DON’T WHISPER:

       It was at that very moment I realized Carla Mae was not just an angry, aggressive little cuss I taught to play, dance, and cut loose. I saw Carla Mae for the first time, as she really was— a scared puppy who learned to mistrust those around her and who learned self-preservation the only way she knew how — by biting first and asking questions later. She was a frightened little dog who eventually found a greater lesson in letting go and learning to laugh and play and yes, of course—dance. Carla Mae, found unconditional love in our family and along the way, she learned to trust. Anyway, as for Dim-Bulb King, cooler heads prevailed that day and, lucky for him, his human finally dragged him away from us. But I sure learned something about my new sister that day.

        Carla Mae turned out to be a competitive little tomboy and fair adversary. We love to play Kibble Attack—a game that involves her patiently planning preemptive Kibble invasions, only to be taken off guard by a MaGoo surprise maneuver, overrun and forever a close second only to me. She’s quite the copycat as well, often mimicking our moves. I’m not sure if she’s mocking us all, doing the “when in Rome thing”, or a little of both. What I do know is that I have learned to love Carla Mae and Carla Mae has learned to accept love and even try to nudge in on my petting time with the human and even with random human strangers in the house. She is loved and cared for and Carla Mae is no longer afraid... well, maybe a little afraid of King Crazy Dog, but who wouldn’t be? Other than me, of course.

REAL DOGS DON’T WHISPER is available at the following sites: Amazon, Kindle, Barnes & Noble, Nook, Bookshop Santa Cruz, and Kobo.


Pump Up Your Book and Kelly are teaming up to give visitors a chance to win an autographed copy of REAL DOGS DON’T WHISPER and a canvas shopping tote! 

Terms and conditions:
· By entering the giveaway, you are confirming that you are at least 18 years old.
· One winner will be chosen to win an autographed copy of Real Dogs and a canvas shopping tote.
· This giveaway begins January 6 and ends January 17, 2014.
· Winners will be contacted via email on or before Tuesday, January 21, 2014.
· Winner has 48 hours to reply.
· Giveaway is open to U.S. only.
· Send me an e-mail ( with the subject line, “Win Real Dogs.” Your message should include your name and mailing address.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Do dogs have an impact on your daily life? Be sure to enter the giveaway for a copy of REAL DOGS and the canvas shopping tote. Good Luck Everyone!


  1. Mason - As a dedicated dog lover, I can see how one's life can be changed by being owned by a dog. And they do have so much to teach us. Thanks for sharing this book.

  2. What a wonderful subject for a book. Due to circumstances beyond my control, I am at present living without my pup. It's devastating - despite daily phone check ups, videos, and lots of photos. We weathered much in our eleven years together, including his multiple surgeries, diabetes, and blindness. He is my heart and I miss him every day. It helps to know he's loved and cared for, but I'd rather have him with me.

    VR Barkowski

  3. Thanks Thoughts in Progress for sharing news of Real Dogs Don't Whisper, it is an inspirational read.

  4. Hi,

    Mr MaGoo and I stopping by to say thank you for hosting this giveaway. We truly hope that we are able to raise awareness for pets that have special needs, how they are often overlooked and they have so much to offer.

    Kelly and Mr MaGoo

  5. Hi, I just received the news that Gale is the winner of our book and canvas shopping tote; congratulations Gale, Mr MaGoo just pawgraphed your copy. I am offering free shipping ($8.00 savings!) for those that would like to still read our book Kelly and Mr MaGoo


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