#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Winners and Puppy News

This week’s winners are Joanne Balinski and Sharon Sovereign.  Both will receive an autographed book.  As usual, the new contest begins immediately.  For those of you who are new, you simply need to comment, and you’re entered.  Two winners will be chosen at random, notified, and announced on next Monday’s blog.

I’ve had one of those good/difficult days–got plenty of writing done, but my new dog, Tule, is ill.  It’s some sort of doggy flu, I’m told.  Tule was a stray, flown up from California, where there is evidently an outbreak of the canine bug.  He’s at the vet’s, getting fluids and antibiotics.  He has to spend the night and tomorrow away from home, and that hurts my heart, but the most important thing, of course, is his health.  Everybody’s optimistic, so I’m keeping my chin up, but I’m definitely worried.

Glad to report that my mother is doing better, now that she has a regular caregiver and is receiving her breathing treatments night and morning.

Sister Sally was a tremendous help while she was here.  All three of my sibs are helping out, and I am so grateful.

More tomorrow, my friends.

64 comments to “Winners and Puppy News”

  1. tammy carter
      · February 22nd, 2016 at 6:24 pm · Link

    Poor little Tule. Your new little dog pack is so adorable. I hope he feels better soon.

  2. Lynn Hill
      · February 22nd, 2016 at 6:25 pm · Link

    Family is very important. I hope the puppy gets to feeling better!

  3. Pat Ramsey
      · February 22nd, 2016 at 6:26 pm · Link

    Found an old book in a book store that I had not read, “The Vow”. Could not put it down, it was sooooo good!

  4. Terri S.
      · February 22nd, 2016 at 6:27 pm · Link

    Sorry to hear about your furbaby being ill. Hope she gets well soon. Glad your mom is adjusting to her new home.

  5. midge watkins
      · February 22nd, 2016 at 6:27 pm · Link

    Mater sends his get well wishes for Tule. I’m sure the flight didn’t help, but he’s in good hands now. Glad your Mom is
    comfortable. The older we get, comfort seems to be more and
    more important! Take care.

  6. Lucy Brewer
      · February 22nd, 2016 at 6:28 pm · Link

    I too have a dog,and love her dearly.I also have siblings I thank God form

  7. Ruby Norwood
      · February 22nd, 2016 at 6:28 pm · Link

    Well it sounds like everything is going pretty good Linda, all except little Tule which sounds like he is getting good care, and that is what he needs now, hopefully he will be able to come home in a day or two. A big Congrats to Joanne and Sharon!!

  8. Colleen
      · February 22nd, 2016 at 6:30 pm · Link

    Good thoughts going your way for all family members.

  9. Mary Jones
      · February 22nd, 2016 at 6:30 pm · Link

    Glad that your mom is okay, sorry to hear about your new puppy. It is really great that you were able to spend time with family. Can’t wait to read your newest book. :)

  10. Mary Williams
      · February 22nd, 2016 at 6:36 pm · Link

    Pick me

  11. Prairie
      · February 22nd, 2016 at 6:38 pm · Link

    Prayers for Tule. There are some nasty illnesses for dogs right now.

  12. Elaine Key
      · February 22nd, 2016 at 6:42 pm · Link

    So sorry to hear about your fur-baby being sick. I hope he gets better real soon. I am currently trying to adopt a rescue dog. I hope to get this one.
    Glad to hear your Mother is doing better.
    Also glad to hear you are getting in a lot of writing. Can hardly wait for a new book.
    Keep us informed about your fur-baby.

  13. Linda Solcich
      · February 22nd, 2016 at 6:46 pm · Link

    My thoughts are with Tule. Hope to hear good news from you soon.

  14. Laverne Ray
      · February 22nd, 2016 at 6:52 pm · Link

    Glad you mom is doing good Hope your dog gets
    better.Love your books and all animals.My baby sister gave me some of your books to read and I love them.Her name was Shirley ( passed in 2000 ) .People always thought we were kidding when we told them we were LaVerne & Shirley.Keep on writing and taking care of animals.

  15. Pat Mitchell
      · February 22nd, 2016 at 7:08 pm · Link

    Best of health to Tule!

  16. jan
      · February 22nd, 2016 at 7:11 pm · Link

    Glad your mom is doing better. Amazing what a full time care giver can do for our parents!

  17. theresa
      · February 22nd, 2016 at 7:17 pm · Link

    Glad to hear your mom is doing better! Hope Tule gets well soon!

  18. Melaine
      · February 22nd, 2016 at 7:19 pm · Link

    Happy to hear your mom is doing well. What a great support system she has. My best to Tule with a quick recovery.

  19. Clairette Zaleski
      · February 22nd, 2016 at 7:25 pm · Link

    Glad your mother is feeling better

  20. Pamela Devereux
      · February 22nd, 2016 at 7:37 pm · Link

    Glad your Mom is getting the breathing treatments she needs at the prescribed intervals. I know how important that is. Sorry to hear Tule is not feeling well. I hope he gets better soon.

  21. Gloria
      · February 22nd, 2016 at 7:48 pm · Link

    I’m glad your mom is better, and your siblings are helping.

    I hope your puppy gets well, soon.

    • Gloria
        · February 23rd, 2016 at 5:32 pm · Link

      I forgot to congratulate Joanne Balinski and Sharon Sovereign on their win, :oops: so…CONGRATULATIONS ladies!

      Linda, I hope your doggie is better and back at home,

      • Gloria
          · February 23rd, 2016 at 9:20 pm · Link

        One more ‘gin…Linda, I just wondered if you ever got your pictures by artist Dale Gallon’s hung on the wall?

  22. Virginia H
      · February 22nd, 2016 at 7:50 pm · Link

    So glad your mother is doing better. It is alway something with pets. I had my kitten into the vet last week for some shots and he ended up having an ear infection. He started out life with ear mites and they treat him with a monthly meds for fleas and ear mites but I guess the mites caused an infection. Now we are treating him twice a day with ear drops for his ears and have to flush them once a week. Its been fun so far.

  23. TeresaFordice
      · February 22nd, 2016 at 7:57 pm · Link

    Prayers for the pup and you and your family with health and transition.

  24. Lisa Murray
      · February 22nd, 2016 at 8:06 pm · Link

    Hope your dog is better. It’s so hard when our fur babies
    are ill.
    Congrats to the winners!

  25. Linn Carlile
      · February 22nd, 2016 at 8:19 pm · Link

    Wonderful that your mom is settling in and doing better. Sorry to hear about your little Tule, May he get well quickly.
    Good to hear your family is helping you.
    May the days ahead be blessed ones for you.

  26. therese lopez
      · February 22nd, 2016 at 8:21 pm · Link

    Congrats to the winners, happy reading!! So sorry your little fur baby was I’ll, hope he gets better soon. Glad your mom is doing better and that your family is helping you. Have a great week!!

  27. Diane Sallans
      · February 22nd, 2016 at 8:30 pm · Link

    poor puppy! so hard that they can’t tell you how they are feeling.

  28. Lois Rotella
      · February 22nd, 2016 at 8:30 pm · Link

    Glad to hear your mom is getting the care she need. Sorry to hear your new dog is not well. Hope recovers real soon. Congrats to the winners. Have a good week.

  29. Paula L Rollins
      · February 22nd, 2016 at 8:39 pm · Link

    Keeping you, your mother, sister, family and friends and especially your fur babies in our prayers….

  30. Beverly
      · February 22nd, 2016 at 8:44 pm · Link

    Glad your Mother is better and the caregiver is working out. Nice when sibs help also. Hope Tulu is better. Have a great day.

  31. Pat Parker
      · February 22nd, 2016 at 8:57 pm · Link

    Wishing all good things for your mother and the pooch.
    God bless!

  32. Lauri claes
      · February 22nd, 2016 at 9:08 pm · Link

    I hope your new puppy makes a fast recovery

  33. Leanna
      · February 22nd, 2016 at 9:32 pm · Link

    I hope Tule gets better soon. I know how hard it is my dog Libby spent 12 days at the doggie hospital at Texas A and M.

  34. Louise McCourt
      · February 22nd, 2016 at 9:56 pm · Link

    Glad your Mother is better, but so sorry to hear about Tule..hope both get well soon.

  35. Sharon Sovereign
      · February 22nd, 2016 at 9:59 pm · Link

    So excited to be a winner and I’m looking forward to receiving my autographed book. Glad your Mom is better and hope the new puppy gets well soon. Thanks.

  36. Cheryl Hoffmann
      · February 22nd, 2016 at 10:07 pm · Link

    So sorry to hear about Tile. I heard it is a pretty serious flu bug for the animals, but if caught soon enough & treated quickly, recovery is pretty good. Prayers sent that all goes well.
    So happy to hear you Mom is doing better now too.
    May the rest of your week be productive and easy going Linda.
    God’s blessings to you all.

  37. Deborah Rae Nelson
      · February 22nd, 2016 at 10:17 pm · Link

    My best to you and your patients. Sounds like you’re getting the support you need. But it’s still difficult.

    Do you find that your writing helps your should during trying times. It would see so.

    Take care. Be well.

  38. Roberta Giordano
      · February 22nd, 2016 at 10:58 pm · Link

    Glad your moms doing better. Hope Tule recovers quickly. Prayers for both

  39. Caryn Horn
      · February 23rd, 2016 at 12:25 am · Link

    Prayers that Tule will be back to bouncy quickly. I understand caring for your mom and how draining it is if you have to do it by yourself. I was part time caregiver for my mom, and we hired a terrific woman to help, but sadly she passed last month at the age of 95. We’re heartened that she had a long, wonderful life. So glad to hear your mom is doing better.

  40. Shirley
      · February 23rd, 2016 at 1:26 am · Link

    Thinking of you all, and for meeting all challenges, sending you positive thoughts.

  41. DONNA
      · February 23rd, 2016 at 8:20 am · Link

    Glad Mom is doing well. Care givers are a blessing. Hope tour pooch is doing better

  42. Rose Marie Moran
      · February 23rd, 2016 at 9:15 am · Link

    things will get better.

  43. Niki Davis
      · February 23rd, 2016 at 9:35 am · Link

    Glad to hear you mother is doing better. Enjoy every minute you can with her. Fifteen years ago tomorrow I lost my mother. I was the tender age of 38. There was so much more I was supposed to have shared with her. I still miss her every day.

    Sorry to hear about Tule. I sure hope that he gets better soon. I lost my baby on Dec. 14th and I still miss him every day. I had him for almost 17 years – he would have been 17 on March 24th. Don’t see myself replacing him. My husband and I both agreed that this would be the last inside dog. I have had one for the entire 28 years we have been married and now it is time for us to be able to go & do without having to worry about a little one being left with my daughter or in a kennel. She would take care of him but only the bare minimum as she is hardly ever home.

    Enough depressing thoughts, glad you were able to get some writing done. Waiting for more books to download.

    Your devoted fan,

    Niki Davis

  44. Karen Dieffenbaugher
      · February 23rd, 2016 at 10:27 am · Link

    Glad to hear your Mother is doing better…I love your writing and all of your stories…Would love to win one of your books…Thanks.

  45. Rhonda Terstegge
      · February 23rd, 2016 at 10:41 am · Link

    Glad your mom is doing better and that the sibs are helping out. Hoping Tule gets better fast.

  46. Rhonda Dickinson
      · February 23rd, 2016 at 10:55 am · Link

    Hope your little dog gets better soon! He’s lucky to have you to take care of him.
    Glad your mom is settling in and getting her breathing treatments as prescribed. We are going thru a similar situation with my dad. He is in a care facility now due to confusion and disorientation. Since he has been there, he is eating a lot better, getting his breathing treatments as he should and getting physical therapy. He is so much stronger and healthier now. My siblings are all close, so we can all visit dad regularly and do things with him. It is all such a blessing!
    Take care of yourself, too!

  47. judy
      · February 23rd, 2016 at 11:04 am · Link

    Hope your new dog is doing better. Glad to hear your mom is doing better.

  48. diane wade
      · February 23rd, 2016 at 11:15 am · Link

    glad to hear mom is doing better. thoughts and prayers for you fur baby

  49. Linda Wilson
      · February 23rd, 2016 at 11:53 am · Link

    Hope the doggy gets well soon. Can your other ones get it from him?
    So glad your Mom is doing good

  50. Dotty Weis
      · February 23rd, 2016 at 1:15 pm · Link

    Hope Tule is better soon

  51. Evelyn Baldwin
      · February 23rd, 2016 at 1:17 pm · Link

    Prayers for your puppy! Glad your mom is adjusting well! Congratulations to the winners! What a nice gift you have won. God Bless as always! Evelyn

  52. Valdi M
      · February 23rd, 2016 at 1:38 pm · Link

    Reading keeps me sane! Caring for my 89 yeard old mother who has altzheimers drives me crazy.

  53. Patricia Pelkey
      · February 23rd, 2016 at 4:09 pm · Link

    I hope your Mother and Tule are feeling better. Family is very important, and I’m happy your siblings are there for you!

  54. Diana E.
      · February 23rd, 2016 at 5:48 pm · Link

    Congrats to this weeks winners. Oh poor Tule is better real soon. Blessings.

  55. Dona Kutska
      · February 23rd, 2016 at 9:40 pm · Link

    Hope things are better for your little dog! My mom is 86 and it’s not easy. Her and I both love to read your books!! Thanks for writing them.

  56. Cheryl
      · February 24th, 2016 at 7:18 am · Link

    glad your mom is doing better and Pray your dog get better and comes back home soon. It’s like having a sick child you wory about them all the time.

  57. Linda Beaudoin
      · February 24th, 2016 at 1:11 pm · Link

    Glad you mother and Tule are feeling better.

  58. Teresa W
      · February 24th, 2016 at 4:16 pm · Link

    Prayers said for all!

  59. Eugenia Riddick
      · February 24th, 2016 at 4:20 pm · Link

    Glad you have help with your mom, a lot of times the caregiving lands upon one child’s shoulders. My daughter is my caregiver. My children don’t get along with each other. It’s heartbreaking for me. When they were younger, they got along well. Love your books.

  60. Eriko
      · February 25th, 2016 at 9:21 am · Link

    Wow! That’s too much for one day, hope Tule gets better and glad to hear your Mom is stable and calm.

  61. April Mc Vey
      · February 25th, 2016 at 11:52 am · Link

    Prayers on your moms health. So glad your new furrbaby is getting better!

  62. Debbie Bleege
      · February 25th, 2016 at 9:27 pm · Link

    I will keep your mom and Tule in my prayers

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