Monday, September 6, 2010

The Well-Read Pug.....or how I got to meet my favorite author

Mom told me that a very special writer was coming to town.   When I head it was none other than Heather McElhatton (a.k.a Walter's Mom), I demanded that mom get me there to hear her read in the fur.

You see,  being a pug, it can be kinda hard to read books.  Turning the pages can get pretty difficult without thumbs!   So, I secretly listen to books on tape.    Listening to a pick-you-own story on tape was a little challenging, but I managed it.  Clever, very clever.    

But Jennifer Johnson?  Fabulous!   Finally, a story that tells it like it is.    I must have listened to that book 10 times!    There's hope for single girls everywhere!

So, when I heard there was going to be a reading at Barbara's Books in Chicago, I went right to Google to see how to get there.   I went on a complete cuteness strike until mom agreed to drive me down.   The Foo wanted to go, but since she really prefers cheap dime-store romance novels, I told her it would be a bit of an insult to attend.    Agent Awesome wanted to come too.  She hasn't read any of my fovorite author's books, but that's Ok, because Heather say's they are rated PG-15*

It was soooo exciting.   As we got to the bookstore,  I couldn't help but sniff everything!  Heather, Heather...where are you?!?

Oh, here!

I was so excited, I could not stop moving!
Here's a better picture....

Of course, as the only four-legged fan, I got the pug's-share of her attention!    And a signed copy of the new book just for me!   I let her write Foo's name too, just to show how nice I am.   And it seems like I might be the ONLY four-legged fan who's come to the bookstore; the nice workers there were totally charmed and treated me like a queen!

It was just the best night.Ever.

Heather was so nice. She didn't even get upset when I tried my famous sneak-lick attack trick.   Or when I left half my fur on her pretty black jacket.    We made her promise to bring Walter next time.

* Heather says her books are too grown-up for Agent Awesome.   No one under 15 should be reading these books.  But she explained to Agent Awesome (owner of the red legs) that she was hard at work on a book just for young adult readers.  And she even promised to send us a copy when it gets done. 

It was a big night for me, and I had to go home quickly to get ready for the big wedding adventure - stay tuned for the details.

PeeS: Mom says big SORRY for slacking off on the blog keeping.  Sometimes she gets superbusy (or lazy).


Tweedles -- that's me said...

Hi my friends
I must agree with you Heather McElhatton is the best author of all times. Peoples travels hundreds of miles to see her and Walter. She writes beautifully

Sequoia & Petunia said...

Ooooh we are so jellos (as Anakin would say) that you gots to meet Heather. Mom and I (Tuni) just spent part of a rainy day reading her new book...Mom is addicted. Gen you are now a famous puggy!


Dutch the Pug said...

Wow that is super kewl you got to meet Wallys momma Heather! We need to get her books stat!

Winston, Kizzy and Tika of Two Cats and a Pug said...

OMD how exciting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I wished I was there too! Heather must have been soooo happy to see you! Yup I agree with Tuni..... I am also jellos.


Heather and Walter said...

You know that feeling you get when you are lost in a crowd and trying not to panic...and then all of a sudden you see your family? that rush of relief and nearly-painful gratefulness as you rush towards them>> THAT'S how I felt when I saw Peta and Foo. Chicago is a BIG city and I felt more than a little lost until I saw ma peeps. Then it was all - you know...easy-peasy. Of course Walter was all "Ha-rumph!I TOLD you my people would come mom! I TOLD you to bring me too!" Well, lesson learned. Wally must somehow join the book tour. I am forever grateful to Gen and the Foo for coming to see me. I will never forget it.

Wilma said...

Gen, you are sooooo lucky to have met Walters Mom, I'm sure it made her night.

Southern Fried Pugs said...

How awesome to meet Heather! Thanks for the welcome on our blog, too.