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Monday, June 27, 2011

WOOF: WOOFers Who Make Spectacles of Themselves!

Question: How many sets of eyeglasses does a WOOFer need on vacation?

If you’re using this picture from my recent beach trip to determine your answer, you probably said “four.” Nice effort, but I’m sorry to say, you’re wrong.

You’re forgetting the pair I wore to take the picture!

Seems a bit obsessive, I know. But hey, it’s either that or you have traveling companions read aloud menus, sunscreen directions and tour times. And believe me, you have to totally trust someone to give you the real scoop, or you could end up burnt to a crisp, standing alone on an island while everyone else ferries back to the mainland.
So, refrain, my friends, from scoffing at my spectacular collection of spectacles.

Not everyone is as kind as this WOOFer. Some intentionally use a font size so small…only young people can read that the chocolate is hidden in the pantry!

-- d. d. dawg

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Friday, June 24, 2011

WOOF: Furry Friends Friday - Dog Tails

Is your dog the leader of the pack?

Or laid-back?

Either way, if you have a special dog, then you must have a Dog Tail to tell. Here's how.

Submission guidelines for:
"Dog Tails:
Stories About Women & Their Best Tail-Wagging Friends”

How to tell your story:
Whether your special canine buddy is still with you or not, we’re looking for nonfiction stories told in first person with action, dialogue and an emotional pivotal ending. Make readers laugh, cry, get chills!

How not to tell your story:
Stories should not be political in nature or preachy. We want original, unpublished stories that are 400 words or less.

How to submit your story:
A Word document e-mailed to

(Remember to save a copy for yourself!)

How to submit your picture:
Jpeg or Gif submitted to

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

WOOF: Media - Pulpwood Queens Book Club

WOOF: Women Only Over Fifty, is having a great year! First, co-authors, Diana Black and Mary Cunningham, were asked by founder, Kathy Patrick, to represent WOOF in January at Beauty & the Book's Girlfriends Weekend, an international gathering of  book clubs. Then, much to our delight, WOOF was chosen as a bonus selection for June!

Then,  to top it off, we were asked by Queen, Anita Buice to speak to the Pulpwood Queens Book Club Carrollton Chapter, and did we ever have a howlingly great time! Diana read a poem on the "joys" of menopaws and hot flashes called Covers, and Mary read a short memoir titled, My Grandmother's Hands.

The concensus was, that while our grandmothers appeared much older at age 50 than we do, they were still blessed with strength and resolve, and were a major influence in our lives.

Thanks, Queen Anita, hostess, Mary Jane, and all the fabulous PPQ Book Blub members for your hospitality! And, you might want to check out Beauty & the Book and start your own Pulpwood Queens Book Club!

And, don't forget to pick up your copy of WOOF: Women Only Over Fifty!

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Friday, June 17, 2011

WOOF: Furry Friday Fun!

WOOFers! Enjoy these answers from dogs at TravelingDogs.com when they were asked "How many dogs does it take to put in a light bulb?"

Golden Retriever: The sun is shining, the day is young, we've got our whole lives ahead of us, and you're inside worrying about a stupid burned-out light bulb?

Border Collie: Just one. And I'll replace any wiring that's not up to code.

Dachshund: I can't reach the stupid lamp!

Toy Poodle: I'll just blow in the Border collie's ear and he'll do it. By the time he finishes rewiring the house, my nails will be dry.

Rottweiler: Go Ahead! Make me!

Shi-tzu: Puh-leeze, dah-ling. Let the servants. . . .

Lab: Oh, me, me!!! Pleeeeeeze let me change the light bulb! Can I? Can I? Huh? Huh? Can I?

Malamute: Let the Border collie do it. You can feed me while he's busy.

Cocker Spaniel: Why change it? I can still pee on the carpet in the dark.

Doberman Pinscher: While it's dark, I'm going to sleep on the couch.

Chihuahua: Yo quiero Taco Bulb.

Mastiff: Mastiffs are NOT afraid of the dark.


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Monday, June 13, 2011

WOOF Media Monday: "From Fat To Fit" Author, Carole Carson

WOOF follows a review of Carole Carson's award-winning book, From Fat To Fit, with a funny, inspiring interview with the author. BTW, her maiden name is Baskerville, so she's taken the WOOFer name, Hound Dog!

WOOF: Thanks for joining us on WOOF, Carole. An on-going theme in From Fat To Fit is support during your "process." How important is it to have the support of friends and family?

CC: Support is not important. Rather, support is essential. It took me 40 years of trying (and failing) to lose weight before I realized that I couldn’t lose weight alone. (Talk about a slow learner!)

WOOF: You're not alone, Carole. Many of us suffer from SLS (slow learner syndrome).
You also go to great lengths to refer to this process NOT as a diet, but a life-style change. What knowledge did you gain from years of dieting?

CC: I learned that dieting doesn’t work. When I did manage to lose weight with a diet, when I went off it, I regained what I had lost and added a few pounds. Nonetheless, in desperation, I would try the next fad diet.

WOOF: Been there - done that! What would you consider your biggest challenge?

CC: My biggest challenge was (and is) managing the “exceptional child” who lives inside me. She is always coming up with reasons to make exceptions, and she is quite brilliant at it. For instance, she’ll say, “You walked 10,000 steps today, so you can make an exception tonight and have a big piece of chocolate cake and ice cream.” Or “You don’t have to exercise today because you are tired.” She is always coming up with reasons why I should make exceptions to my basic rules: 1,500 calories a day and at least 1 hour of exercise.

WOOF: I'm sure many of us rate ourselves as "exceptional" when it comes to managing our weight and our health! Maybe you could give a favorite WOOFer tip to our readers who need motivation to begin a healthier way of life?

CC: I’ll give 3 tips that are my mantra:

Fun. Keep everything fun. I have ways to exercise that make me feel like a kid again. I find food to eat that I thoroughly enjoy eating that won’t pack on pounds.

I: Individualized: Carve out a way to eat, exercise, work and rest that works for you. Forget the advice of experts. Trust your own instincts and your own body.

T: Together. Team up with others. It is too hard to lose weight and get fit on your own. We are social animals; we need each other.

WOOF: Finally, after achieving your weight-loss and fitness goals, what is your biggest reward?

CC: I love waking up in the morning full of energy and optimism, feeling good about myself and my body. Before I lost weight, I was in the 90th percentile of individuals at risk for heart disease, diabetes and stroke. I didn’t know it until later, but I saved my life when I lost weight and got fit. So you see--waking up in the morning is important to me!

Thanks for visiting the WOOFer's Club Blog, Carole, er...Hound Dog! You're a true inspiration!

For more From Fat To Fit tips and great resources, visit Carol Carson's Website

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Friday, June 10, 2011

WOOF: Furry Friends Friday - Will Love For Food

 I Rescued A Human Today 

Her eyes met mine as she walked down the corridor peering apprehensively into the kennels. I felt her need instantly and knew I had to help her.

I wagged my tail, not too exuberantly, so she wouldn't be afraid.

As she stopped at my kennel I blocked her view from a little accident I had in the back of my cage.
I didn't want her to know that I hadn't been walked today.

Sometimes the shelter keepers get too busy and I didn't want her to think poorly of them.

As she read my kennel card I hoped that she wouldn't feel sad about my past. I only have the future to look forward to and want to make a difference in someone's life.

She got down on her knees and made little kissy sounds at me. I shoved my shoulder and side of my head up against the bars to comfort her.

Gentle fingertips caressed my neck; she was desperate for companionship. A tear fell down her cheek and I raised my paw to assure her that all would be well.

Soon my kennel door opened and her smile was so bright that I instantly jumped into her arms.

I would promise to keep her safe.
I would promise to always be by her side.
I would promise to do everything I could to see that radiant smile and sparkle in her eyes.

I was so fortunate that she came down my corridor. So many more are out there who haven't walked the corridors. So many more to be saved. At least I could save one.

I rescued a human today.

(Special thanks to WOOFer, Bubbles (Bev) for sharing)

For another Pawsitive story about dog rescues, read about Molly in WOOF: Women Only Over Fifty



Monday, June 6, 2011

WOOF: A Breed Apart!

WOOFers, we are most definitely a breed in and of ourselves!

So, any of the following describe you?

• Bashful Beagle
• Puppy Chow Pooch
• Flash Terrier
• Snobby Schnauzer
• Half-A-Dog High
• Moody Mutt
• Springy Spaniel
• Ravishing Retriever
• Bona Fide Fido
• Sleep Dog

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Friday, June 3, 2011

WOOF: Furry Friends Friday - Friendship

So, WOOF is shaking up Furry Friends Friday by showcasing Felines!


"Friendship isn't about who you have known the longest
It's about those who came and never left your side."

'Nough said...

Get another dose of friendship in WOOF: Women Only Over Fifty