Friday, 6 May 2011

Bitch of the Year becomes Essex girl!

With the promotional season of the book in full swing, Dash and I were in Essex over Easter. More specifically, we were guests at the Greyhound Walks Show near Braintree. Now, for those of you who are unfamiliar with Essex (I’m thinking of Dash’s foreign fans here), the county has a reputation for brashness, with the Essex girl probably coming off worse than the Essex man. I’m glad to report, however, that fags and fake tan were in short supply – probably because the weather was so scorching! Due to my rubbish navigational skills, we arrived later than expected, but no sooner were we set up on the stand of Burgess Pet Care (which we were sharing), than dogs and owners were queuing up to meet Dash. It was again a surprise and a delight to see how positive people were about the book and what it’s doing for greyhound adoption. Writing is a lonely pastime and getting a book published such a long slog, but having someone say how much it made them howl with laughter or even helped them overcome difficulties with their own greyhounds is a  wonderful thing. What’s also quite nice is selling out of all the books I took with me! The next event we’re due to attend is a Fun Dog Show as part of National Pet Week. Dash and I will be at the Willow Brook Centre in Bradley Stoke, Bristol, from 11.00 this Sunday 8 May. We’re judging the category for ‘Best Greyhound or Lurcher’ and with the Bitch of the Year disqualified from taking part, it’s got to be an open field.

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