It’s here!  It’s here!  It’s here!

What’s here?  First of all…BO!  As I’m sure you’re all aware by now, since it’s essentially the most important news item in the history of time, the Obamas got a dog!  Yay at last finally HOORAY!  His name is Bo and he’s a six-month-old Portuguese Water Dog, which means he’s fluffy and soft and playful and undoubtedly hilarious.  Check out his official photos on the White House Blog!  Yay for our First Dog!  Awww, every president needs a dog.  No matter how many things are falling apart in the world, your dog will still love you when you come home at night.

And what better way to celebrate the fabulous First Dog than by announcing the launch of my SHINY NEW PET TROUBLE WEBSITE!  And it’s all pretty now!  Check it out!  (It’s prettier in Firefox than Explorer…we’re still poking some of the kinks, I’m afraid.)  There’s oodles of things to click on and play with and read, not to mention approximately three trazillion photos of Sunshine.  :-)  (She says: "As there should be!")  PLUS…Sunshine has her own blog now!  Hooray!  Although it’s really more of an advice column.  She has much wisdom to impart, after all.  🙂

In celebration of the new website and the first two books (officially in bookstores today!), we’ll be announcing a thrilling and exciting free book giveaway VERY SOON!  So come back and watch this space!  As soon as we figure out how I can legally send you free books, I totally will!  Oh boy!

In the meanwhile, there’s one very exciting way for one lucky winner to get a free copy of book one.  Because something else has arrived, just this weekend…my parents’ new PUPPY!:
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You cannot even conceive of how tiny this little guy is!  He is MINIscule!  Let’s see if this photo with hands included can do him justice:


Or this one:


I know!  Is he not insane-o-riffically bananas cute?  Awwww… 
But!  He doesn’t have a name yet!  And we can’t decide on one…SO we’re having a Name This Puppy contest!  Hooray!

Here’s what you need to know:

* He’s a boy.
* He’s a miniature poodle mix who’ll probably be about Sunshine’s size eventually.
* He’s pretty hilarious.
* He doesn’t bark much, but he does sneeze a lot (like so: "SNFT!  SNFT!").  Too funny!
* My parents like unusual names (as one might have guessed from the whole "Tui" thing).  Our last two dogs were named Cashew and Caledonia.  But we have also had a Sam, a Sasha, and a Katy, so they might be open to suggestions.  If you have a good idea, give it a shot!
* Whoever suggests the name my parents agree on will win a free autographed copy of book one: Runaway Retriever!

SO, first go admire the Name This Puppy page while you’re exploring the new site, and then use the contact form to send us your suggestions!  Don’t include your mailing address yet…just enter your email address in the appropriate space, and we’ll figure out how to get you the book later if and when you win.  🙂

Anyway, I hope you all like the website!  I am v. excited about it, and about these shiny new books.  Hopefully there will be lots more!

Oh, and also, HELLOOOOO to all the sixth-graders at Cavallini who heard my presentations today, and the special Avatars-reading 8th-graders at GW whom I met yesterday!  Thank you for asking such awesome questions and being so generally splendiferous.  :-)  I wish I’d gotten all your names, but shout-outs at least to Brent, Jimmy, Marina, Marcus, Lesley, and Graham!  Hope I got those right…it was great to talk to you guys!

OK, I’d better go to bed since I have to get up and hang out with lots of dogs tomorrow (hooray!).  Enjoy the new website!  Here’s hoping that Bo is having a wonderful time in the White House.  🙂

Quote of the Day:  "Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole." — Roger Caras