ABOUT THE BLOG
Hi everyone, welcome to my blog! First let me take this opportunity to tell you a little bit about myself incase you are unfamiliar with my website. My name is Yvonne Harper and I am the author/photographer of the Blind Faith Book series. The reason I write my books is to raise awareness for special need rescue animals, to celebrate their lives and the lives of the people who adopt them. My books were inspired by my own special need animals. My two blind dogs, Twinkle and Kizmit, and my diabetic cat Sydney. With my second book recently published I thought it would be fun to start a blog on the website. My goal is simple, to encourage people to share their stories and wisdom with each other. Some blogs will be informative, some inspirational, others just for fun. Although the blog will for the most part revolve around animals we may hear from someone every now again who does not fit the mold but whom I believe has an inspiring or important story to tell. I do feel there is something I should share before going on with this first installment. Anyone who has read my books knows I have spent my life with blind dogs, first Twinkle and then Kizmit. Twinkle passed 11 years ago and one year after his death we adopted Kizmit. As well as being blind, Kizmit had many other health issues, which included heart disease and chronic bronchitis. During the last month of production of the second book, Blind Faith Expanded, Kizmit lost his battle with his heart. I’m afraid at this point I do not feel emotionally ready to share much more about his passing, it’s still too painful. However I can tell you he died at home with both Jason and me by his side. That is all I am prepared to say on the subject for now. Since Kizmit was literally the center of our lives my days now feel empty and uneventful. There was always something going on when the wee man was around, seriously there was never a dull moment! With Kiz gone and the second book complete I feel like my world is a tad mundane. The most exciting thing that happened to me today, besides writing this, was I had a cinnamon raison bagel for breakfast and I highly doubt anyone is coming back for a second installment of that blog! So my solution is to invite lots of guest bloggers to share things that are going on in their world. I will still share things about Kizmit, Twinkle and Sydney. I plan to continue celebrating their lives with stories, photos and the occasional video. Something else I hope to accomplish with this blog is to share lots of things about my boys and to hopefully help people see that just because a dog is blind doesn’t mean it cant live a full, active, fun life. I have a feeling between me and the guest bloggers this project will take on a life of its own! I will also keep you updated on anything that is happening with the books. I do already have several guest bloggers working away on their articles and I hope you will check back and read them. If you think you have something you would like to share with us all please contact me via the contact button on this website. We can discuss your idea and see if it would be a good fit for the blog. I hope you will all join me on this new adventure! Thanks for your support!
NEWS ABOUT THE BOOKS
I actually have an announcement about the books! To help launch the holiday season I will be having a book signing. It will take place on Sunday November 24th from 12-4pm at the pet store Bow Wow and Woofs, which is located at 8115 Birch Bay Square Street, Suite 111, Blaine, WA. I am so excited for this event! Both my books will be available for purchase and I will be donating 10% of my book sales from the signing to Furbaby rescue. If you are unfamiliar with Furbaby rescue here is their link. www.furbabyrescue.com They do great work for so many dogs in need. Oh and if you already have a book and would like it signed bring it by, I would be happy to do that for you. Heather, the owner of Bow Wow and Woofs, has arranged this fun, festive day. Thanks Heather!! Not only will I be there signing books but Santa will be there too. It wouldn’t be a kick off to Christmas without Santa! If you would like to get your dog’s photo taken with Santa the photos are by appointment only so please call/contact www.bowwowandwoofs.com 360-332-3647 and set up an appointment. Heather has done this a few times in the past and finds it works best this way. She will also be donating 10% of photos sales with Santa to a rescue of Matthew Adairs choice, he is the photographer for the event. If you would like to check out his work here is his link http://matthew-adair.artistwebsites.com/ There will also be Whatcom Humane Society calendars for sale too. So many ways to help so many rescues. What a great way to get into the holiday spirit! I can’t wait to see all the puppies with Santa! I miss my dog so much. Meeting new dogs does my heart good. So that is my book news, I hope to see some of you there. If you know anyone who may be interested in either the books or getting a photo with Santa pass this on to them. Keep your fingers crossed that I sell some books and Heather gets lots of photos with Santa set up, the more money we raise the more we can donate! Since this was holiday related announcement I had to include a photo of Kiz under the tree. People who have not lived with a blind dog have a difficult time understanding that they are really just like normal dogs. Kiz loved Christmas so much. As soon as the tree went up he was under it! I have some great Christmas video that I will share with you in December. Thanks for your support!!
Talk to you soon!
Kiz waiting on Santa Paws
AND OUR FIRST GUEST BLOGGER IS…
I am so excited to announce I already have a guest blogger set up for Tuesday November 26th! My good friend Lena is going to talk about her experience as a foster parent. It’s a great article so be sure to check back and read it! Anyone who knows anything about rescue knows the important roll a foster parent plays. Thanks Lena!!