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04:54 pm: I finally did it!
I called the owner of the lost dog that inspired HOW TO STEAL A DOG.

I've waited a long time (two years? yikes) for two reasons. First, I wanted to be able to give her a copy of the book. But secondly, and the more cowardly reason, is that I was dreading stirring up sad-dog-stuff for her. I am SUCH a dog lover. I just can't bear to think about sad-dog-stuff. Also, I knew when I called her that she would have one of those heart-stopping moments when she would think that I was calling because I found him.

This is the sign that inspired the book:



So I called the number and a woman answered:
Woman: Hello?
Me: Are you the person who lost a dog named Willie? [I know, I know - but I HAD to say that to make sure I was talking to the right person, didn't I?]
Woman: [LONG PAUSE; HEART-STOPPING MOMENT]  Yes
Me [really really really quickly]: I haven't found him, but I wanted to tell you blah blah blah

So I told her about seeing her sign and the inspiration for the book and all. She seemed to be thrilled that I had called and excited about the book. Sadly, she never found her little dog.  She told me losing Willie was the saddest thing that had ever happened to her. She said she had consulted two psychics and they both told her he was still alive. [waaah - this sad-dog-stuff is awful]  Since then, she has adopted two shelter dogs. (I might add, also, that I first saw that sign in 2005. Willie had been missing since 2003!!)

So I sent her the book and she loved it and appreciated that I had contacted her. (Phew!) She sent me a thank you note with a dog on the front that said "Pooches Gracias."

Okay, I'm off to watch My Dog, Skip.

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From:tracyworld
Date:April 10th, 2007 09:35 pm (UTC)
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Aw. I don't know whether to smile or cry.

Maybe a little of both.
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From:tamarak
Date:April 10th, 2007 09:46 pm (UTC)
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I'm with you!

Pooches Gracias....can you get any cuter than that?
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From:marybethkelsey
Date:April 10th, 2007 09:59 pm (UTC)
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OMG! That picture--that adorable little dog.
Like you, I can't take the sad-dog-stuff! But I'm for sure going to read your book. :-) (it's not sad is it?)

marybeth
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Date:April 10th, 2007 10:01 pm (UTC)
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No way! :)
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From:barboconnor
Date:April 10th, 2007 10:02 pm (UTC)
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That was from me. Sorry. (I'm still new at this)
From:crissachappell
Date:April 10th, 2007 10:51 pm (UTC)
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What a cool story. Willie's spirit lives forever in your book!
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From:lsparkreader
Date:April 11th, 2007 12:29 am (UTC)

Belated welcome to Blogland!

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Great to have you here! Love the story about Willie, and can't wait to read the book--such a perfect title! xo, LS.
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From:boreal_owl
Date:April 11th, 2007 12:36 am (UTC)
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At least she had a sense of humour.
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From:beverlyjean
Date:April 11th, 2007 01:19 am (UTC)
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What a sweet and sad story. Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to reading your book.
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From:jmprince
Date:April 11th, 2007 05:23 am (UTC)
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awww.
Yeah, sad that you reminded her of Willie again, but just think of what a tribute the book is. She'll be able to hold it up and show friends and family and say, "see what Willie did?"
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From:cynthialord
Date:April 11th, 2007 10:56 am (UTC)
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Wow! Congratulations for being so brave! So nice to see you here, Barbara. :-)
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From:andriarose
Date:April 11th, 2007 11:56 am (UTC)
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That was so brave of you to contact her. At least two other dogs were saved because of Willie.
My Dog, Skip! Hope you had a carton of Kleenex.
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From:candycana
Date:April 11th, 2007 01:47 pm (UTC)
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We own a black and silver mini schnauzer. They are so cute. I think it's neat that you contacted her. I've put your book on my must read list.
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From:kimberleylittle
Date:April 11th, 2007 02:46 pm (UTC)
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This is a story that made my eyes tear up! Wow, Barb, aren't you so glad you called?
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From:barboconnor
Date:April 11th, 2007 05:11 pm (UTC)
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Yes, I am!
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