Thursday Give Away!

For our second Thursday give away, we have Alison Pace’s new book of essays, You Tell Your Dog First.

Here’s the official blurb:

You Tell Your Dog First…

About the date you just had…about the questionable results of a medical test…about the good and the bad…about everything.

For years, award-winning author Alison Pace was a dog person without a dog. And then, she got Carlie—a feisty and fluffy West Highland white terrier. She could weed out bad boyfriends with a sniff of her button-black nose and win the hearts of lifelong friends with an adoring gaze. Suddenly, Alison had a constant companion and confidante, who went with her on long morning rambles in Central Park, on trips to the country and the beach, and on her search for inner peace, love, and happiness. Through Carlie, Alison found herself connected to the world as never before.

With her trademark warmth, wit and humor, Alison shares her stories…the tales of a dog person who found her dog.

Alison made her name with her witty, New York set, dog-centric novels, Pug Hill, City Dog, and A Pug’s Tale. This is her first foray into non-fiction, and it’s nearly as much fun as gossiping over coffee with her. Nearly. (This is why we tend to do a lot of talking and very little writing during our so-called “writing dates”.)

So, for a copy of You Tell Your Dog First, here’s your question….

If you could have any pet, no matter how bizarre, what kind of pet would you pick and what would you name it?

One person who comments will be chosen at random to receive an early copy of You Tell Your Dog First. The winner will be announced on Saturday.

Coming up next week… Andrea Penrose’s The Cocoa Conspiracy!


  1. Jessica C on November 8, 2012 at 9:16 am

    If the category ‘bizarre pets’ includes mythical animals, then I’d want a dragon (talk about the ultimate guard animal! Plus flying on its back would be fun). I’d want a girl dragon, and I’d call it Laurelin, after the golden tree of Valinor from the Silmarillion.

    More realistically, I’d love Bengal cat. They are a particularly beautiful and clever breed of cat, and I’ve always wanted one. Aubrey for a boy (name of the hero of the Laws of Magic series) and Sophonax for a girl (cat-daemon of Farder Coram of the His Dark Materials series).

  2. JuneA** on November 8, 2012 at 9:32 am

    My options to add a pet into this household are limited…I have 3, yes 3 count ’em, dogs. 76lbs, 33lbs and last, but not least my 12lb-er. LOL Their names are Winston, Wendy & (Dr.)Watson. 🙂
    I could realistically add another dog (as soon as hub’s back is turned or a beautiful fish…or chickens..there are some gorgeous breeds out there LOL!) There is no end to the possibilities!

    But, if I could have anything out of a book-then I would have to go with one of Mercedes Lackey’s Companions *sigh* and I couldn’t name it since he/she is already named. But Mercedes is a good name, isn’t it? Sorry to be so long winded–thanks for the chance to win!!

  3. Kiley on November 8, 2012 at 10:13 am

    Hmmm. I would have to say alpaca. I would need to get two, because they won’t sleep if they are by themselves (they don’t feel safe not having another animal around). This way I can sheer, spin, and dye their wool. Alpaca fiber is super soft. Their names would be Quinten and Alfanso.

  4. Nicole on November 8, 2012 at 10:30 am

    If I could have anything I would have a micro mini tea cup pig and call him Gizmo.:)

  5. Sara Ganung on November 8, 2012 at 10:36 am

    A dragon! The name if a boy would be: Robert
    Girl name: Olivia!

  6. Claire on November 8, 2012 at 10:40 am

    I’m very happy with my sweet Goldendoodle girl, who in a house with a husband and 3 sons, is a welcome female companion. But, if I could choose any animal just to have one, it would be a cow. I am sort of obsessed with an old Australian TV show called McLeod’s Daughters on which women run a cattle station, and on which one of the sisters has a pet cow named Madonna. I’d name mine something dignified and Southern and literary like Flannery or Eudora.

  7. Gina on November 8, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    This book sounds wonderful! As a college student, I am tragically kept from having any pets, so I might be boring and say a few cats because I miss having them so much. Possible names: Graymalkin, Henry, Lucinda.

    I’ve also wanted a hedgehog since I was very small, so that might be neat, too.

  8. Michelle Springer on November 8, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    I have a cat, his name is Simon. That being said, I would love to have a pet unicorn (my sister was obsessed with them as a child… I guess it rubbed off onto me), and I would call it Larry. If it was a girl unicorn, Lucinda.

  9. Kayleigh Hines on November 8, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    I’ve always been fascinated with wolves and horses. That being said, horses tend to be a wee bit stinky. Wolves are very poetic, beautiful, and fierce. I would name the wolf after either of my favorite literary heroes: Darcy or Percy. I suppose with a stretch, the names could apply to either a male or female, but I would prefer a male wolf.

  10. Jenness Drake on November 8, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    If I could have ANY pet….a bit bizarre but…
    I’d have my Late Ragdoll Munchkin Cat
    name: Fortinbras (from Hamlet) Montgomery

  11. Ashley on November 8, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    I have 1 very large poodle named Clouseau already – and he needs a playmate. I would like to have a red panda (I think they are the sweetest things I have ever seen) and name her Maevis.

  12. Rachel Koehne on November 8, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    a teacup pig named colonel brandon! 🙂

  13. Jeannie LUNTZ on November 8, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    I would like a winged horse– black with large white spots– and I would call her Patches after the fallen angel in Hush Hush series 🙂

  14. Laurel on November 8, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Right now, I want a panda. The baby panda at the San Diego Zoo is so darling, I am ready to take him home. I am terrible at naming pets, so I would probably end up calling him something ridiculous like “snookums” while I thought of a clever name.

  15. Emily on November 8, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    11 year old me would say a (Diana Wynne Jones-style) griffin, but now me would say a giant housecat. My friend has a huge orange tabby who looks like the perfect cat (and he’s sooooo soft!) but he hate people, so he’s not quite the ideal pet. I would name it Daffodil. Naming pets people names can get confusing.

  16. Samantha R. on November 8, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    If I had to pick a non-traditional pet I guess it would be a Siberian Tiger. I love big cats and if I could have one that is completely tame that I could cuddle up to I would totally do it. As for a name it would have to fit into our current theme of Spiderman characters I’d have to go with Gwen (we already have MJ).

    Otherwise I want a Scottish Fold kitty named Uncle Ben.

  17. Julie on November 8, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    First off, my little sis has a Westie, so if I win this, it’ll really be for her because she’ll steal it from me just based on the cover.

    When I was little I had a thing for Alexander Pope’s poetry. I always said I wanted a little dog just to name it Shock like the dog in the Rape of the Lock.

    In reality, though, I have a cat named Lucy who much prefers life as an only child.

  18. Jessica Mac on November 9, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    A little fox and a little hound! Ahhh!! But in my real life my two sweet boys, my cats, Bubba and Ralphie are I really need!

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