Dog saga alert!
(You can skip down to Would You Read It if you don’t want to hear the dog story. My feelings will only be a little bit hurt… and you may possibly get less Something Chocolate… but please, skip if you want :))
So yesterday on my way out to meet a writer friend for coffee (okay, actually lemon bars (her) and oatmeal raisin cookies (me)… thank you for the cafe, Barnes & Noble :)) I saw a stray dog.
He was a chocolate lab, young-looking, wearing two collars (a choke chain and a regular collar), but wandering about with that definitely lost look.
He wasn’t far from the main road where cars drive VERY fast, and there were heavy thunderstorms in the forecast – both bad things for most dogs. Plus, he was wearing that choke chain and I don’t like to see dogs on the loose wearing things that could get caught on a branch or something and potentially choke them.
So I stopped my car, got out, and spoke to him nicely.
He took right off into the woods.
Ah, well, I thought. Maybe the people at Crazy Acres across the road got a new dog. (They have a lot of dogs over there and they’re always getting loose.) I was going to be late, I had no hope of running fast enough to catch a dog that didn’t want to be caught, and I certainly didn’t want to accidentally chase him toward the main road, so off I went to meet my friend.
But when I came back 3 1/2 hours later (yes, 3 1/2! Don’t get all judgy! It was a half hour drive there and another half hour drive home, and we had a lot to catch up on and a lot of dessert items to eat :)) ANYway, as I was SAYing, 3 1/2 hours later I saw him again in almost the exact same place.
Once again I stopped the car and got out and spoke to him sweetly. This time he lay down and looked at me, but then decided either me or the car or both were too scary and off he ran again.
I went home to get some chicken to lure him with, and discovered that my daughter had seen him as well on her way in from work an hour earlier, although at that point he had been all the way in near our house. We set out on foot with the chicken, hoping to tempt him close enough to catch and see if he had tags.
We couldn’t find him.
So we walked home.
But we were both worried about him out there, wandering lost, with darkness falling and thunderstorms coming and that road not far enough away.
I was about to suggest running down to Stop & Shop to see if anyone had posted a lost dog poster on the board there when my daughter, who is much smarter than I am, googled lost dogs in our town and discovered a listing on a FB page that was definitely the dog we had seen! There was a photograph of him and a phone number to call.
Chocolate lab missing on Pleasant Ridge Rd. I know he was naughty for running away, but we love and miss him. We are very worried about him. 😦
Please call with any info
It had just gone up! If we’d googled before we walked out with the chicken we wouldn’t have seen it! So I called right away and told the woman we had seen her dog multiple times over the past few hours. Turns out, she lives up on the corner less than half a mile away! She was very grateful for the information on where we had seen him and set out at once in her car, hoping that if he was nearby and heard her voice he would come to her. I was worried, though, because by the time I spoke to her I hadn’t actually seen the dog for nearly an hour. He could have wandered off anywhere. And she said he wasn’t very good about listening or coming when called.
“I hope she finds him” and “I hope he gets home safe” we all kept saying to each other. But we didn’t expect to find out. I hadn’t given the woman my name or phone number in our hurry, just the info on where the dog was so she could get right out and look for him.
Well, we comforted each other as we started making dinner, at least we saw him and called, and she’s out looking for him. We did what we could do.
And then, to my surprise, the phone rang about 20 minutes after I’d spoken to her. She was very kindly calling back (thanks, redial :)) to report that she had found him and he was home safe and sound (although extremely smelly and requiring an immediate bath :)) “I can’t tell you how grateful I am,” she said. “He’s my husband’s best friend, and he didn’t even want to come home if his dog was still missing.”
Truthfully I didn’t feel like we had done all that much, but it was a happy ending to the adventure all around, and an instance of when social media really works well and is great to have! 🙂
I know after that emotionally wrenching story you must all be ready for Something Chocolate! How about some Mississippi Mud Pie (because we are having torrential downpours here which is making a lot of mud, so mud pie seems very apropos :))
Ah! That’s better! I feel refreshed enough to tell you about the June Pitch Pick, which I know you have all been wondering about so desperately that you got up early just so you could rush over here and find out! 🙂
So it is my pleasure to announce that the winner of the June Pitch Pick is . . .
with her pitch for Sprinkles Goes To School!!!
Congratulations, Kimberly! Your pitch has already been sent to editor Erin Molta and I’m sure you’ll hear from her soon!
Congratulations to all our pitchers from June as well! You all did a terrific job, and your stories sound wonderful and engaging and I would read them all! Give yourselves a pat on the back for writing the story, writing the pitch, being brave enough to submit the pitch for feedback, and then being professional enough to revise your pitches based on that feedback to really improve them. Excellent job everyone!
Today’s pitch comes to us from Lavanya who says, “I’m a software engineer by day, and an avid reader of fiction, science fiction, fantasy, and literature by night. I’m also mother to a young girl who has just discovered the magical ability to make meaning out of the printed word. I started putting my own words down on paper last November, and when I went to my regional SCBWI conference in April, I confirmed a suspicion that I had long harbored – writers are the nicest people in the world, and I want to be one of them. :-)”
You can follow her on Twitter (https://twitter.com/vanyala) and ask her about following her blog which is protected.
Here is her pitch:
Working Title: Sophie Vs. The Monster
Age/Genre: Picture Book (ages 5-8)
The Pitch: The very first night that Sophie lays her head down in her brand new big girl bed, she meets a monster… who likes to rhyme. When the monster challenges Sophie to a riddle game, she must use her wits to guess the right answers. Will Sophie survive this ordeal, or end up in a monster meal?
So what do you think? Would You Read It? YES, MAYBE or NO?
If your answer is YES, please feel free to tell us what you particularly liked and why the pitch piqued your interest. If your answer is MAYBE or NO, please feel free to tell us what you think could be better in the spirit of helping Lavanya improve her pitch. Helpful examples of possible alternate wordings are welcome. (However, I must ask that comments be constructive and respectful. I reserve the right not to publish comments that are mean because that is not what this is about.)
Please send YOUR pitches for the coming weeks! For rules and where to submit, click on this link Would You Read It
or on the Would You Read It tab in the bar above. There are openings in September so you’ve got a little time to polish up your pitches and send yours for your chance to be read by editor Erin Molta!
Lavanya is looking forward to your thoughts on her pitch! I am looking forward to getting started on building the ark that we are clearly going to be needing! It’s July, Mother Nature! Enough with the flash flood warnings! 🙂
Have a wonderful Wednesday, everyone!!! 🙂