Dill is angry. His backyard is too busy, too noisy, and too crowded. Something must change for Dill to ever be happy again…but what?
The Crowded Backyard is a lighthearted tale with an important lesson for all ages – happiness depends on how you view things.
P.T. Custard is the award-winning author of JULES THE LIGHTHOUSE DOG, KID CANINE-SUPERHERO! and JUST PERFECT: MORE ADVENTURES OF JULES THE LIGHTHOUSE DOG. Her books have won awards from The Mom’s Choice Awards, The Next Generation Indie Spirit Awards, The National Indie Excellence Awards, The Young Voices Foundation Awards, and the USA Book News National Book Awards.
The author has graciously donated 2 books for raffle here at Sheltie Nation, so enter today!
To enter to win: Just sign up for the Sheltie Nation daily email. Yep, that’s it! Winners will be chosen at random from the active subscriber list. (Contest is only open to those with a USA mailing address & ends Monday, February 13th, 2012 at noon EST.)
Even though we only have two to give away, don’t be sad, because the author has offered Sheltie Nation readers something extra! A special “blog only” special where if you purchase The Crowded Backyard, you get the companion book Kid Canine-Superhero! FREE. What a deal!
Daddy says, “Most folks got a north star in their life—something that gives their life extra meaning. Mine is music.”
Without even thinking, I say, “Mine is Tam.”
Abby knows that Tam, her Shetland Sheepdog, is her north star, and she’s pretty certain she’s his, too. But when an accident separates Abby and Tam, it feels as though all the stars have fallen out of the sky and nothing will ever be right again. As the days between them turn to weeks, then months, dangers and changes fill up Abby’s and Tam’s lives. Will they ever find their way home to each other?
Set in the Blue Ridge Mountains, A Dog’s Way Home is an unforgettable tale of the many miles, months, and mountains that divide two loyal friends—but that can’t possibly keep them apart.
The books author Bobbie Pyron, has generously donated 2 signed copies to be raffled off here on Sheltie Nation!
Bobbie calls A Dog’s Way Home “my own personal love letter to all the great, classic dog books I’ve read and loved—and to all the dogs I’ve loved too.” As a part-time librarian, Bobbie enjoys sharing dog stories and books of all kinds with readers. Bobbie is also the author of The Ring, a teen novel about the world of competitive boxing.
When she’s not writing, working as a librarian, or volunteering with animal rescue organizations, Bobbie and her dogs Boo, Teddy, and Sherlock can often be found walking in the woods of Park City, Utah, with her husband, Todd.
To enter to win! Just email email@example.com and put “way home” as the topic. (Contest is only open to those with a USA mailing address & ends Saturday, March 12th, 2011 at noon EST.)
Congrats to Sue C. & Jan H. for winning a copy of the book!
If you haven’t ordered already, this is a reminder that tomorrow is the cutoff to order a rescue ornament for arrival in time for the holidays.
We normally don’t peddle much merchandise here on Sheltie Nation, but in this case I’d like to ask you to consider purchasing one or two! (They are quite beautiful and I personally have the Sardonyx for my tree in honor of my heart dog Trevor.)
If you are giving it as a gift, it comes in a lovely pouch & gift boxed; all ready for wrapping!
Incolay has been generously donating their time & artistic skill to this project. 100% of the profits directly benefit Shelties currently in need.
To order your “Sheltie Angel” ornament, click here. If you already have one please leave you comments & let others know how much you love yours!
It is that time of year again! As we hurry preparing for the upcoming holidays, lets not forget the Shelties that need our help.
“Sheltie Angel” is a collectible Christmas Ornament, designed exclusively for The American Shetland Sheepdog Association and it’s endorsed Rescue Groups.
The ornament is available in 6 colors, all of which are handcrafted in the USA by the artisans at Incolay.
The ornaments sell for $24.95 each, with 100% of profits directly benefiting Shelties currently in need. It is a great way to give back to the breed that gives us all so much joy!
To order your “Sheltie Angel” ornament, click here.
Be sure to place your order no later than December 10th to insure delivery by Christmas!
Additional information about Incolay:
Incolay is a handcrafted product that is made right here in the USA. It is not mass produced by machinery in China.
All products are made by hand, from beginning to end by skilled artisans. This means that the Incolay 2-part stone formula is mixed by hand, poured by hand, de-molded by hand, finished by hand and antiqued by hand.
There is a lot of time and work that goes into each product, which accounts for the cost and collectibility factor.
To learn more, here are a few pictures from some of the artisians at the Incolay factory.
Shelties are smart and it can be a challenge to keep them entertained. As a result, I’m always on the lookout for fun & unusual products for my little Sheltie geniuses. ;)
Designer Doggy is a trendy new webstore that focuses on designer dog beds, carriers and clothes. They carry products by some of the major pet designers like Oscar Newman, Cece Kent & Foufou Dog. But I’ve found the real hidden treasure for Sheltie lovers is in the toy section!
Designer Doggy has great selection of 10 different puzzle toys as well as some super fun plush toys! How can you not love the “I-Bone“, “Hard-Bark guitar” or the “Chewy Vuitton” squeaky toy?
Although, if you really want to challenge & stimulate your Sheltie, (short of getting a herd of Sheep) try a puzzle toy! Shelties love to show off their skills and intelligence – they are good problem solvers, so working together on a puzzle toy is an additional fun way for you to interact with your pup.
These type of toys require the dog to push, shove, roll and bat the toy around to get the toy to drop or dispense the treats. (The toys are not designed to be chewed on, although some are resistent to being chewed on.) A Shelite that is heavily mouth oriented may not enjoy this kind, but other dogs can go crazy for them. Watch your Shelite at play. If they tend to use their paws to hold, stop, catch or bat a toy then it will likely enjoy a puzzle toy. Designer Doggy sells several different degree of difficulty puzzles so it is easy to find one right for your Sheltie.
(These Nina Ottosson Interactive Dog Toy Puzzles were also winners of the PupLife.com 2008 Top Ten Dog Products of the Year.)
Tempting enough for you to try? Well, Designer Doggy also offers a very competitive $5.00 flat rate shipping on all orders, but if you order $150.00 or more, shipping is free! So if you are looking for something different, check out Designer Doggy!