Saturday, January 8, 2011


 impersonating Rapunzel
MDH:  Welcome back, doxie lovers.  This dear doxie informed us last time about his life, his activities, and his secrets *laughs*.  Today, he will answer more readers' questions (and keep those questions coming, folks).  However, since many of the questions pertain to his latest book, I AM DACHSHUND, we'll have him answer some of those.  Take it away!

SARGE:  I'm not quite sure where I'm supposed to take "it," but I'll do my best *chuckles*.   Ahem . . . after that droll remark, I'll try to stay on topic better. 

MDH:  Quite all right, my boy, quite all right.  A bit of humor now and then never hurts, so we appreciate your willingness to liven things up around here.  Well, then, let's not try our audience's patience, so here's our first question regarding I AM DACHSHUND:  "Since you haven't lived all THAT long, so why a second book about your short young life?"  This question comes from a gentleman in New York, Mr. Clifton.

SARGE:  Oh, but I have so much to say about my family and friends!  If I only told about one year with them, I could probably fill up a book with all our comings and goings, humorous things that happen to us, and especially my other animal friends in this book.  And, keep in mind that dog years move a lot more quickly than human years, so it seems.  Duke the other doxie in our family makes his appearance, and Piper the cat joins the family (much to my chagrin).  There's even a new baby to contend with in this book, so I stay pretty busy just keeping tabs on everyone.

MDH:  Sounds like a three-ring circus, but I'm sure you are up for it, obviously.  Joanne in Virginia asks, "What is your favorite chapter in I AM DACHSHUND?"

SARGE:  Ahhh . . . all of them!  *winks*  Seriously, I'm kinda leaning toward the chapters involving my two new cat friends, Tate and Joey, a.k.a. the Fuzz Brothers, as I have affectionately dubbed them.  In the book I spend a week with Kurt and Bethany, my "aunt" and "uncle," and those two cats are theirs.  We have quite an adventure, I might add.  Cats are simply not like dogs.  I've heard that all my life, but now I know firsthand how cunning and sneaky they can be.

MDH:  Sorry, cat lovers out there!  This doxie does speak his mind, and  we understand his viewpoint as a dog, of course.  Next, a self-proclaimed "old Army veteran," Dick Boggs from Kentucky wants to know if I AM DACHSHUND contains any of Papa Duke's stories--he thoroughly enjoyed them in the first book.  His favorite was the fishing story.
Dressed as a "bride"
SARGE:  Of course!  Papa Duke does share a war story or two, one of which involves a haystack, a couple of other crazy things that happened to him, and of course his creative ways to slip food to me under the table without Holly knowing about it *smiling*.  I tell you, I wish I had known Papa personally.  Just writing about him is so enjoyable, I feel as if he's my special friend.

MDH:  He had that effect on dogs.  And all dogs just gravitated toward his wide grin, big hands and heart, as well as his robust laugh.  One last question from a reader in Alabama.  Bill wants to know if there will be any books following I AM DACHSHUND.

SARGE:  I plan on writing at least one more book in the series . . . I'm even thinking of letting Duke collaborate with me.  We've interacted a lot lately, and I think the dawg could carry his weight.  He looks upon cats like I do, he knows my family and friends, of course, so we could probably create a fitting chronicle.

MDH:  It was a pleasure having you with us once again.  Oh, I almost forgot to ask:  you told us last time that you had been invited to star in a dog food commercial in the U.K.  Has that come to fruition yet?

SARGE:  My people have been negotiating terms with their people, so it is still in the works.  Maybe it will have taken place the next time I'm here.  At this point in time, I cannot reveal much about the project, except to say that it will be quite a departure from regular dog food commercials.  You know what I mean--an unseen human places a bowl of X Dog Food on the floor, and said dog (who has probably been starved for three days!) comes galloping into the kitchen and begins gobbling up that yummy food.  Nope, I won't lower myself in such a fashion.  I'll be more like a movie star in this commercial!  Wow--I'd better stop while I'm ahead, or I'll reveal too much.

MDH:  Thanks again, and we look forward to having you back in the near future--you'll be able to discuss your next book in the works more fully since a lot of people will have heard more about it.

SARGE:  My pleasure.

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