Monday, December 26, 2011

Believe It or Not

I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season.  We had a lot of people (and puppies) visiting this year.  On Christmas Eve we had 3 puppies in our house, 4 to the left and 2 on the right!  A festive puppy party would be an under-statement!

The weather has been CRAZY, but I'm not complaining.  Today it was 52 degrees.  That may not sound high, but I live in Minnesota and the normal temperature is 26.

We are putting the finishing touches on our next book, "Rudy O'Tooty" and then it is off to the printers.  It should be ready by March!

Mommy and Daddy are going to San Francisco in a few weeks.  Boomer! and I will probably visit the puppy hotel.  Maybe I will get my haircut, too.  I need it, although the extra length does keep me warm when we're outside:  I haven't used my jacket yet.

I seem to be a bit behind on my blogs, so just in case, "Happy New Year!"  May your 2012 be even better than 2011.

Cozy Rudy the Puppy Party Poodle

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Rudy's Little World is International!

We had our first international order this week!  It was only two books, but it is a start.  We also learned a lot about international shipping.  Daddy said it probably would have been faster just to drive it there, but you can't put a price on the educational opportunity, right?

The books went to a place called Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada.  That is close to Minnesota.  One friend said we will have to have a Canadian version of the Rudy books, he suggested, "I'm Rudy the cute poodle, eh." :)

Mommy had a bad tummy ache Saturday all day, so Boomer! and I were very careful.  She is better now and can eat again.

Christmas is coming up very fast and there is so much to do.

Progress on the new book is steady.  We hope to make our end of the year deadline.  Daddy is doing a great job on the lay out.  He is very creative!

All of the snow in our backyard melted.  I like the warmer temperatures.  This will be Boomer's first brown Christmas, but I don't think he has noticed!

I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah or Happy Holidays no matter what you celebrate!

Jolly Rudy, eh! (I guess that does sound different!)

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Wee Ones

Our neighbor Hobie hasn't been outside lately.  We found out he had surgery and needs to take it easy.  We are glad he will feel better soon and we will play in the snow.

Mommy and Daddy had a story time at the Hastings Library last week.  It was an audience they didn't have before and weren't sure if they would be able to keep their attention.  The group - 18 months to 4 years old!  Twelve wee ones came to the program.  It was adorable!  Did Mommy and Daddy keep their attention?  Definitely!  It was great.  Rudy's Incredible Kidney Machine was a hit!  Perhaps the children didn't understand all the words and message, but the parents/care givers did!

During Daddy's reading of the story, Owen (a toddler just learning to walk) wobbled over to Mommy's chair.  He put his hand on Mommy's lap, went around her chair and then under it.  It was so cute!  When handing out the gift bags to the other kids, Owen "helped."

At the end of the program, a 3 or 4 year old boy emphatically shouted, "I like it!"  Mommy responded, "I'm glad you like it, that makes me happy!"  Lots of laughs and giggles, conversation and a song about cutting down a Christmas tree performed by a small day care group.  What more could you ask for?  Does the word precious come to mind?  I think so!

Wee Rudy the Precious Poodle

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Too Cute!

On Tuesday, Mommy and Daddy attended a Daisy Troop meeting.  Daisies are 6 or 7 year old Girl Scouts.  They want to use some of their cookie money to buy books for children in hospitals.  We think that is very generous and thoughtful.

Mommy shared a little about the books and why she/we write them.  The girls took time to read the books and ask questions.  Mommy and Daddy were impressed with their reading skills and interesting questions.

It was adorable hearing the girls read to each other.  We have heard individual children read one of our books before, but never a room full!  It was great!  They were intrigued by the stories and asked each other questions.  Here is a slide show of the adorable girls.  I hope you enjoy it.

Rudy the proud poodle.
(Maybe I can be an honorary Daisy?)