Friday, March 27, 2009

Praise Your Pet ARC giveaway

(Originally titled "Pimp Your Pet" but I thought that could be misconstrued.)

I'm saving the biggest, baddest BTTB ARC giveaway for next week (there will be several around the blogosphere to celebrate the mass market release of its predecessor, Wicked Game).

But for a quick 'n' dirty, fun Friday contest, once again in honor of Dexter the Vampire Dog, tell us about your pets. Post links to their pictures if you like, tell us how you found them, their favorite foods, whatever. It can be a current pet, one you've lost, or even one you hope to adopt. If you don't currently share your life with an animal, let's hear about a childhood pet. Or just make one up. I promise I won't check!

I'm still working on my opera-long post about Meadow's battle with disc disease, but here's a picture of her in the therapy pool.

All together now...Awwwww.

At 11:59pm Eastern this Sunday, I'll draw a name at random from commenters on my blog, MySpace, and LiveJournal. The winner will get a signed ARC of Bad to the Bone. International entries welcome!

And there's still one more day to enter to win an ARC over at Jaci Burton's blog. Let's see if we can make 100 comments! You, yes, you could win that awesome Harley Davidson bag.

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I have two black cats, Chaos and Mayhem. Here's the story of how I got Chaos. Mayhem's a rescue kitty - my neighborhood pet store had an adoption event and I was helpless before her cuteness.

Posted by: Blogger Chris at 3/27/2009 8:19 AM

Chris, that blog post is wonderful! I love the story you tell with the photos. Chaos sounds like a handful. Black cats have the most badass-itudes. :-)

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 3/27/2009 9:55 AM

We had two mud turtles named Bogey and Bacall. They are . . . 7 years old? I can't remember. The thing is, my husband was a biology major in college and he took care of ALL the lab animals, so when the turtles there laid eggs, he hatched them, kept them, and we've had them ever since! I think they were around three years old when we got married, hence why I'm sure of the ages. Bogey seems snappish and mean, but the sound of their aquarium is soothing. Sometimes my best friend brings over her tortoise Dover and we put his terrarium next to our aquarium for a "play date". :)

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 3/27/2009 10:05 AM

HAVE! we still HAVE two mud turtles! hahaha

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 3/27/2009 10:06 AM

I treat my two cats, Snarf and Toot, like children. I might go a little overboard with the costumes (so I'm everyone,) but they're my kids, and kids love Halloween, right? Tooty got moved around a lot in her first year and a half of life, and was so scared (i.e. lived in our bed frame for 2 weeks) when we first got her. But with a lot of patience and love, she is now the queen of the house. She is a chronic seat and blanket stealer, but I never have the heart to move her. Snarf tricked me. Evil things shouldn't come in such cute packaging.
-I wish I could post photos here, but I'm not sure how

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 3/27/2009 10:44 AM

Seriously, my 2 cats are my best friends. I wouldn't have survived the time in France without them. Even though they were 12 at the time, Pumpkin & Kody popped immediately out of their travel cage and were ready to roll. Now they're 17 and moving back will be a little harder--they'll have to be in quarantine for a month but it'll be all good when they get their garden back. They're fun and playful and cunning and make me laugh and teach me things every day. Here's us on a lazy day:

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 3/27/2009 10:53 AM

Well, if you have looked through my FB photos, you have seen my big baby, Caspur. He was a rescue from Street Cats of Tulsa and he is so good with my kids. One thing that amazing me about him is he takes care of me when I'm sick. He meows at the kids when they bother me when I'm sleeping and just tries to keep anyone else at bay until I am well. He's my buddy.

My other was my snake, Angel, who passed away after twelve years in December. He was very gentle and just dear to my heart.

BTW, Meadow is just gorgeous and I am glad she is doing well.

Posted by: Blogger Chesh at 3/27/2009 11:10 AM

I have an old (13yr) german shepherd and two puppies (12 wks). They have just left the chubby puppy stage and are getting to the stage where you can see the dogs they'll become. Sisters, one is tan and will be thin and is full of energy, while the black one is much stockier and will be a lot larger (and sleeps a lot, still). Both delight in trying to get the Shepherd to play; unfortunately he doesn't know how (or want to), so just bowls them over and then mauls them until they are soaking wet. When done, he walks away, they bounce up and go back for more.

Posted by: Blogger Unknown at 3/27/2009 3:55 PM

I had a wonderful border collie, Samson, growing up that we got as a stray. I loved that dog so much - he used to even sleep with me at night which drove my mom up a wall. He died while I was away at college and boy do I ever miss him.

Posted by: Blogger Michelle at 3/27/2009 4:01 PM

I have two eastern box turles that my boys brought home 12 years ago, that I am now the keeper of, suprise, not!! But man are they easy critters. They live in a warm glass cage during the winter, and wander the backyard during the spring and summer.

Our latest addition was a dwarf rabbit my hubby came home with last fall named Angel. He knew her owners, who had just retired and were hitting the road, (though he knew nothing about rabbits), but we've learned fast. She gets the run of the backyard too during the day and sleeps in her outside cage at night. She is very catlike in her mannerisms, uses her paws to lick herself clean, loves to be picked up and petted and comes right to you whenever you call her name, (though that part is not like any cat I ever had,lol). And they make zero noise, my neighbors really love that.

Posted by: Blogger Cathy M at 3/27/2009 6:16 PM

Okay, first off, I am so happy to know that I wasn't the only one who called a black kitty "Chaos". She was our little terror, so true to her name, and it broke our hearts when she didn't adapt to our son and we had to give her away.

Now, my angel is sorta still with us. She is currently keeping my father company. I've had Toby since she was 6 weeks old and she'll be 14 in May. She's lived between my parents and with me over the last 10 years, but she's now with my father. She needed some company and we weren't looking for another cat, yet my father just lost a kitty and was looking for a companion for his feline friend. So it made sense to move Toby back with my father. She's happy, he's happy and I still get to see her. The arrangement works for everyone.

Posted by: Anonymous Jackie M (Literary Escapism) at 3/27/2009 7:33 PM

Hi Jeri~

We currently don't have any pets. But all through my childhood we had cats and I really do love cats. One of our favorite cats was Tigger...who was a beautiful Siamese golden color cat. I loved him...he was such a good cat and he was always willing to snuggle with you when you just needed to have a little love.

I hope you have a great weekend!!

Posted by: Blogger Lori T at 3/27/2009 10:24 PM

Right now we have 3 animals in the house. A dog named Winnie, she is a border collie / blue tick mix. She was bought at a yard sale about 11 years ago and still going strong. Then we have twin Manx cats named Eeyore and Bear. Eeyore is a longer hair tabby with about a 3 inch tail that wags like a puppy all the time.....Bear his brother is a short hair black , that is when he has hair...he tends to loose all his hair from the neck down in the summer,with about a 1" stub for a tail. They fight all the time and I got them for my birthday 5 1/2 years ago....I was supposed to pick only one but ended up with 2.

Posted by: Blogger HockeyVampiress at 3/27/2009 10:44 PM

My husband's dog is known at our house as StupidDog (one word, no hesitation). She's the only dog I know who let's the biscuit bounce off her nose...and it's not because she can't see it, she just doesn't understand that she's supposed to catch it! He loves that dog almost as much as I love our two rescue cats - Mick & Mac!

Posted by: Blogger Sharon at 3/27/2009 10:51 PM

I have 2 cats. One is a black and white that was my bf's cat but I inherited. He definitely has some Siamise in him and doesnt mind at all yelling at me for leaving. The other is a long haired mix that I got when my Maine Coon died. He's tan and brown and furry and looks a lot like the pictures of somali cats. The MC and BW cat had grown up together and he got really depressed when his buddy died so I searched for a another kitten.

Both of my current cats came from Animal Control and both were on their last days. I wasnt replacing my MC unless I was going to save a cat.

The BW cat hated the newbie and would just lay there and watch him run around like he was an idiot. And all the newbie wanted was to be friends. They are used to each other now but I still think the BW thinks the newbie is an idiot.

I have phone pictures on my facebook page but I am not sure how to post them so you can see them here.

Posted by: Blogger donnas at 3/28/2009 1:33 AM

Aww look at that SWEET angel fur baby. So cute! :)

Posted by: Blogger Bitten by Books at 3/30/2009 11:51 PM

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