Friday, June 14, 2013

WE'RE FINISHED!
With Moira at The Cheesecake Factory in Tampa
I am very happy to announce that Moira and I have finished editing the novel we've been collaborating on, Small White Dog, and earlier this week we began submitting the opening pages to top UK literary agents. 

My grandmother, Ada Brophy (pictured in my post for 8th March), told me as a puppy that if I always did my best, then no one could ask more of me. This is good advice as far as it goes. 


With Ms Tina and Ms Toni on a picnic in Hampshire
Unfortunately, Nanny Brophy wasn't a worldly dog and in real life, you can do the best you can and very often more is asked of you! Even if you are talented, work hard and follow the best advice, you still may not achieve your cherished ambition.


With Ms Daisy Dailey at an ice cream parlour
in downtown St Pete's [we're just good friends]
So I'm going to add my voice to my grandmother's maxim: When working on a project, always have another in the pipeline you can turn to next. It helps to keep you hopeful and safe from crushing disappointment.

However, I'm very, very excited that Moira and I have completed what we set out to do a year ago and I have taken a break from coaching humans and been celebrating with some of my closest friends. It's always worth giving yourself a pat on the head and acknowledging you've done well. Then it's time to reward yourself with food and friends!

With Ms Susi at her house on the West Coast of California

SONG OF THE WEEK
LILAC by Timberman

RECIPE OF THE WEEK
Knickerbockerglory










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14 comments:

  1. Very many congratulations - to both of you!! Here's to fame, fortune, and happiness.

    oldDog xxx

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    1. Thank you Dr Ross .... ranks! I hope the book is a huge success and we can celebrate at the CGH. I would like that very much indeed.

      With lasting friendship

      Tony Russell

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  2. Congrats Tony & Moira! I know some lucky literary agent will feel blessed to have found your novel. Great blog this week, fun pix, and chill bumps from timberman's music. See you in two weeks.

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    1. Thank you for your supportive message, Mr Mark. Moira hopes that a literary agent will feel as you've described. I must say that as far as I'm concerned, I'm absolutely certain we'll be successful.

      With deepest affection

      Tony Russell

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  3. WOOOO! Congrats, Tony and Moira!! I can't wait to read the completed novel! It has been a pleasure to read about the progress of your novel on this blog... and now... YOU DID IT! So cool and exciting. You definitely deserve to celebrate!

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    1. Many thanks, Ms Kara. Moira and I feel proud that we've completed this project and can relax and catch up with other things now. Like baking cookies and eating them. I'm sure you'll be able to read our novel soon!

      With affectionate friendship

      Tony Russell

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  4. Congratulations Tony and Moira! I can't wait to read it! Of course, I may have to learn how to read first as I am merely a dog. Although, if I give her enough licky-kisses, I bet I can get my favorite person (Susan) to read it to me when it comes out. A big bow wow and a couple of smilely howls to you! With a big slobbery smiley kiss, your friend, Cecily the Sweet.

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    1. Thank you very much, Ms Cecily Sweet! You certainly have a lovely face and personality from your photographs. If you don't get around to learning to read, I know that Ms Susan will be the perfect person to read aloud to you. Thanks again for your good wishes.

      With waggy tail and friendship

      Tony Russell

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  5. Checked in on Twitter and I can tell you this event is all over the social media so it's pretty clear the book will be a global best seller. Congrats to you both!

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    1. Thank you, Mr T. Yes, I'm pretty well-known on a large scale. But once upon a time I was as anonymous as Moira and I will never forget those humans who supported me when I was just an unknown talking dog.

      With lasting affection and friendship

      Tony Russell

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  6. Congrats to you both for a job well done! Can't wait to read it here in London while sipping a mochachino in a pooch friendly cafe while the rain continued to pelt down. I love the pictures of Toni, Tina and Sue having fun with the best looking doggy in town! Much love, Windy.x

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    1. Hello, Ms Windy. How very nice of you to visit my blog and leave such a supportive message! There's nothing like a rainy day in London. Luckily there are very many of them for us to enjoy. Let's meet soon - Simpson's, perhaps?

      With grateful friendship and good wishes

      Tony Russell

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  7. Hello to you both ....

    A short passage, for to say that I cross my fingers for you .... and I agree with everything that has been written here ....
    Knowing the talent of Moira, for the writing (the first pages have surprised me) .... I can not doubt a great success, in the next book publishing ....
    With my best wishes for success.

    Dan

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    1. Nous vous remercions de votre soutien continu et amitié, M. Dan! Quand le roman de ma Moira et est publiée à l'énorme succès, je devrais aimer à venir vous rendre visite et passer du temps dans votre jardin. J'espère que vous ne m'en voudrez pas si je m'invite?

      Avec plus profonde amitié

      Tony Russell

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