Monday, December 17, 2012

Secret Santa Blog Hop!



My Dog Loves Winter!

My dog is a winter dog. Lou is a Pug/Terrier cross, and like other Pugs (or part Pugs), she tends to overheat. In the summer, we have to make sure to take her out for her walks early in the morning before it gets too hot, or late at night after it cools down. If she gets too hot, she'll pant, stop numerous times in the shade, roll around in the cool grass. Eventually, she'll just stop walking, too hot to move another inch. I've found myself carrying her home before I figured out that she didn't do well in the heat. Trust me, twenty-five pounds of overheated dog is really heavy when you have carry her home several blocks!

So Lou loves cold weather, probably much more than I do. Luckily for her we live in Winnipeg, Canada and have many days of cold weather and plenty of snow. It's funny to watch her jump through the snow with her short little legs. She's so short, and sometimes the snow in our back yard is so deep, that we have to break trail for her so she can do her business, either by walking through the snow ourselves, or by blowing a path with the snowblower.

It's ironic that in summer she meanders along, stopping to sniff everything, and taking her sweet time getting anywhere, while in the winter she pulls me down the icy streets at breakneck speed. I'm barely able to keep upright. But Lou is always up for a walk, so I've learned to put cleats on my winter boots and keep on going.



If it gets too cold, like minus 15 Celius or colder, Lou has trouble walking. Hey, if you had to walk around barefoot in the snow at that temperature you'd have trouble too! So we put on her boots and her coat. She's not crazy about getting dressed up, but once she gets outside, she happily frolics in the snow wearing her ensemble!



This winter promises to be a cold one, but Lou and I will dress up warm and brave the weather together. And together this Christmas we'll greet our guests and enjoy a wonderful Christmas dinner. Lou especially likes the turkey innerds (gizzards, hearts, livers), which I am more than happy to part with!


I haven't decided what to put in Lou's Christmas stocking this year. Maybe it will be a chew toy or maybe she'll get dog treats. She doesn't really care as long as her people are around her giving her lots of love. Which is exactly the way it should be.

All the best this Christmas from Jana and Lou. Stay warm and enjoy the snow!

Here's my question about my post:  What's Lou's favorite Christmas treat?
To be eligible to win my prize, a PDF copy of my latest release, "Home Fires", please comment  on this post. Winner of prize will be chosen at random from all comments received.

And don't forget about at the grand prize being awarded at the Secret Santa Blog Hop - a Kindle Fire HD to be given away December 20! Remember, you've got three ways to get entries to win the Kindle Fire; answer my question, follow my blog, or comment on my post. You don't have to do all of these things, but each one gets you an entry. Make sure you let Carey know what you've done in order to win. Contact Carey at careydoucet@yahoo.com
Here's a blurb from my prize, "Home Fires":

Anne Wakefield travels halfway around the world for love. But when she arrives in Canada from England at the end of World War Two, she discovers the handsome Canadian pilot she’d fallen in love with has married someone else. Heartbroken, she prepares to return to London, though she has nothing left there to return to. Her former fiancĂ©’s mother makes a suggestion: marriage to her other son.
Badly wounded and scarred during the war, Erik Gustafson thinks he’s a poor substitute for his brother. Although he loves Anne almost from the first time he sees her, he cannot believe she would ever be able to love him as he is – especially as he might be after another operation on his bad leg.  Anne sees the beauty of his heart. The cold prairie winter may test her courage, but can she prove to Erik that her love for him is real?
To read an excerpt from "Home Fires", please go to my website. "Home Fires" can be purchased from my publisher, The Wild Rose Press.

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63 comments:

  1. Nice post! Your dog's favorite treat is turkey innerds. Hope you both have a wonderful holiday!

    c.descoteauxwrites [at] gmail.com

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    1. You got it! You're entered in my contest. Best of luck!
      Jana

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  2. Turkey innerds!
    I'm an email follower :)
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
    cassandrahicks1989@yahoo.com

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    1. Thanks for following Cassandra! Your name is going in the contest.

      Jana

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  3. Lou loves turkey innerds.

    Happy Holidays,

    Lasha
    mslasha at gmail dot com

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    1. Hi Lasha,
      Yes, Lou does love her turkey innerds! Thanks for stopping by.
      Jana

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  4. Great post thanks for being a part of the blog hop :)

    Turkey Innerds is was your dogs favorite treat is. Have a happy holiday.

    Leela Lou
    LeelaLou@Comcast.net

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    1. Hi Leela,
      I'm very glad to be part of the hop and I'm glad you stopped by! Best of luck in the contest.

      Jana

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  5. Turkey innerds. I guess someone has to eat them. lol

    Cute doggie!

    Merry Christmas and thanks! Yep,I'm following.
    Karen
    kmnbooks at yahoo dot com

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  6. Hi Karen,
    If it wasn't for Lou, I don't think anyone would eat them, so she's very welcome to them!

    Thanks for following!

    Cheers,
    Jana

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  7. Nice post! Your dog's favorite treat is turkey innerds. Hope you both have a wonderful holiday!


    parisfan_ca@yahoo.com

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  8. Turkey Innerds,,,yuck! Lol

    angelheart618@gmail.com

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    1. There's no accounting for taste! Lou loves that stuff.

      Thanks for stopping by,
      Jana

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  9. Im with your dog..heat is not good..lol.I take walks the same way he does, and some days in the summer I wish someone would carry me especially when we hit those triple digits.
    I will follow you to see whats new with you.
    Lou's favorite treat is turkey innerds.
    peach_hugs@yahoo.com

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    1. I melt a little in the summer heat too. But then I've got 5 months of winter to cool down!

      You're entered in the contest. All the best,
      Jana

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  10. Turkey innerds...wow... :D

    My dog HATES winter...she doesn't know what to make of the snow...she has this prissy walk she does when she walks through snow like she's trying to get as little on her as possible. :D

    I followed your blog.

    morris.crissy@gmail.com

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    1. That's funny Chrissy! I hope your dog lives somewhere that doesn't get much snow.

      And the turkey innerds - Lou's never met a meal she didn't like. She eats almost anything. One of her favorites is banana.

      Thanks for following,
      Jana

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  11. Lou's fav Christmas treat is turkey innerds, yech!
    Thanks for the Awesome Hop!
    grapeapril75(AT)gmail.com

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    1. I hear ya on the yech! Thanks for entering my contest. Best of luck.

      Jana

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  12. Lou's favorite christmas treat is turkey innards, yummy. Thank you for participating in the hop.

    juliebites at gmail dot com

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  13. my grandmother would put those dog booties on her chihuahua and he would do a funny get these off me walk the whole time
    turkey innerds yuck
    fallow by email
    kaholgate at ymail dot com

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    1. Oh yes! I know that walk well! Thanks for entering my contest Kimberly.

      Jana

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  14. Thanks for the great hop. His favorite isTurkey Innerds. I follow by email.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

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    1. Thanks for following and for dropping by. Very much appreciated! Good luck with the contest!

      Jana

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  15. Yay for turkey innerds! :-) Your dog is adorable in her little protective boots! My dog is a winter dog too, but only because he's got too much coat to enjoy our hot, humid summers here!

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    1. Poor puppy! It must be tough with all that fur. Lou really doesn't have that excuse. She just can't handle the heat.

      Thanks for entering my contest!
      Jana

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  16. cky15: love your picture of your dog with little shoes cute. His favorite thing is the turkey innerds. Hello - love your book that I got a while back. Thanks.
    Have a nice holiday....
    cwall88yahoodotcom

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    1. I'm glad you liked my book! I hope you'll try another one.

      Good luck in the contest.
      Jana

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  17. turkey innards - he can have mine too...lol. Thank you for the giveaway and for being part of the hop. Happy Holidays!

    cmucha319@yahoo.com

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    1. Lou definitely gets my share of the turkey innerds 'cos I sure don't want them!

      Happy holidays to you too!
      Jana

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  18. Hello, thanks for the giveaway! Your dog likes the turkey innerds.

    skizzles_22_hju@yahoo.com

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    1. She sure does! Thanks Holly. Merry Christmas!

      Jana

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  19. Turkey innerds! Yuck!

    Thanks for being part of the hop.

    I follow via email
    brbalways(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

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  20. Hi Jana

    What a little cutie Lou is! My rescued Jack Russell, Bouncer, doesn't mind snow but if there's a spot of rain he has to have his coat on or he won't go outside the door! He has a set of boots too, but isn't very keen and walks like a high stepping Tennessee Walking Horse! I think he'll have both treats and a toy in his Christmas stocking (he's not spoilt, not at all! :) )

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    1. A high stepping Tennessee Walking Horse perfectly describes the way behaves in her boots when I first put them on. But when it's minus 20, I think she appreciates them!

      Thanks for stopping by,
      Jana

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  21. Lou in booties is absolutely adorable! Turkey innards are the favorite treat.

    dancingcelt at gmail dot com

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    1. You got it Mer! And Lou is adorable in her booties. Unfortunately, it takes longer to get her in the booties than to go for our walk!

      Jana

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  22. Turkey innards (hey, the neck meat is good in gravy).

    vitajex(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. I knew there was some kind of use for that stuff!

      Thanks for dropping by,
      Jana

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  23. Hi Jana,
    I'm glad you put cleats on your boots to keep the pace with Lou. Your dog loves the turkey innards when it is Christmas dinner time but she also loves love.

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    1. Hi Annette,
      The streets are pretty slippery these days so I need those cleats. Lou loves her food, but I think she loves her people best. Or at least I like to think so!

      Jana

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  24. Lou likes turkey innerds (and lots of love)!
    smoofrog at gmail dot com

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    1. She sure does, Tonda! Thanks for dropping by.

      Jana

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  25. Lou likes the turkey innerds (gizzards, hearts, and livers) which I too would not be sad to part with.
    sbereza22@gmail.com

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    1. Yes, Lou eats just about anything, the little garbage can! You're entered in my contest, Shannon.

      Jana

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  26. What an awesome hop!! And a fantastic giveaway! Thank you!! His favorite is turkey innerds. Happy holidays to you all! Best wishes and many blessings!
    shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Hi Shadow,
      Glad you're enjoying the hop! Best of luck and Merry Christmas.

      Jana

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  27. Turkey innards!

    Thanks for a really fun hop! Hope your holiday is grand!
    New google subscriber!
    zenfoxflowerATyahooDOTcom

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    1. Hi Elie,
      Best of luck with the contest. Merry Christmas!

      Jana

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  28. I'm afraid Lou and I would fight over the innards as I use then in my gravy, but I might let the heart go .
    New follower and enjoy Christmas in Canada.
    z
    seawitchreviews at yahoo .com

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    1. A couple of other people use the gibblets for the gravy. My mom used to do that, but I've never been fond of it, so Lou has the innerds all to herself!

      We've got plenty of snow here, so it's definitely going to be a white Christmas! Happy holidays.
      Jana

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  29. Your dog is a cutie :)

    To answer your question:

    Lou especially likes the turkey innerds (gizzards, hearts, livers).

    BeckeyWhiteATgmailDOTcom

    FB like and Newsletter following.

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    1. Thanks Beckey! I think Lou is a cutie, too!

      Have a wonderful Christmas,
      Jana

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  30. Yuck on the turkey innards, Jana. I think his true favorite treat is walking with you.

    Followed!

    maccrowne @ Gmail.com

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    1. I think those things are pretty yucky too, but Lou loves 'em. We both enjoy our walks.

      Thanks for following!
      Jana

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  31. I'm part of the hop, but wanted to stop in and say, hi! Great blogs, I'm having a blast learning about everyone :) the answer is turkey guts. Gross!

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    1. Hi J.A.!
      Thanks for stopping by! It's been a very fun hop. I hope we get a chance to do it again.

      Jana

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  32. Lou especially likes the turkey innerds (gizzards, hearts, livers). Ewww! Dogs will really eat anything.

    drainbamaged.gyzmo at gmail.com

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    1. My dog certainly eats anything! Thanks for commenting Kathryn!

      Jana

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  33. The winner of my random draw is C. Barton. Congratulations! She wins a PDF copy of my World War Two novella "Home Fires". Thanks to everyone who commented. It was lovely to meet you all.

    Jana

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