Tales from a Dog Catcher

Tales from a Dog Catcher

"In the tradition of James Herriot's All Creatures Great and Small and John Grogan's Marley & Me, Tales from a Dog Catcher is a humorous and heartwarming collection about love, laughter, loss, acceptance, and fate, in the world of an animal control officer."
- Publishers Marketplace"

...Writing in a style reminiscent of James Herriot’s All Creatures Great and Small, she recalls her experiences in 22 vignettes that dispel and replace stereotypes with an image of a compassionate individual concerned with animals and people alike. Like Herriot, she is a gifted storyteller and an astute observer.... At times amusing and heart-wrenching, this memorable book deserves wide readership. Highly recommended for public libraries. "
- Library Journal (starred review)

... In Tales from a Dog Catcher, she brings together these experiences in a magical book that is funny, touching, and heartrending by turns." - Amazon.com

"This is a wonderful book. I had a hard time putting it down. I was laughing and tearing up, sometimes at the same time! I didn't want it to end..."-Nina Killham, Bestselling Author of Believe Me, How to Cook a Tart, and Mounting Desire

"Having good writing skills isn't a prerequisite for getting a job as a dog catcher, but the two certainly make a good combination for the author of Tales from a Dog Catcher...Some stories are funny - some may move you to tears. I may be barking up the wrong tree, but I think they will appeal to animal lover's and even those who don't care for pets will enjoy reading about the eccentric people involved in these tales from a dog catcher." ...Phyliss Davidson - INFO Metropolitan Library System Magazine. Oklahoma

"Summer reading! Enjoy tales about hero hounds, crazy cats. Great dog books just made for Summer Reading! ... Here's a list of some of our favorite books ... Tales from a Dog Catcher by Lisa Duffy-Korpics is a collection of real stories about people and the animals they encounter...this book is in the tradition of "All Creatures Great and Small" by James Herriot. The stories are funny, sad, uplifting and even silly." ...Laurie Denger - Dayton Daily News. Ohio

"...In Tales from a Dog Catcher," author Lisa Duffy-Korpics recounts her years as an animal control officer in a series of fascinating and engaging stories...the stories can be funny and heartbreaking, often simultaneously...However, there is no shortage of entertaining encounters. Animal lovers will appreciate the candid tales, and enjoy a new perspective on an often unexamined profession."...Dog Channel.com

"Lisa's numerous on-the-job adventures are compiled in this collection of sad, charming, delightful and humorous short stories. ...Animal lovers of all ages will appreciate Lisa’s recollections of her memorable encounters with domestic animals and injured wildlife in the beautiful Hudson Valley." ...Rachelle Nones - Tri County WOMAN magazine. New York

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Questions about Blog Tours, Book Chats, and a scheduled Third Printing, (woo-hoo!)

I feel like I am always putting out information on the blog about my book...so much so that I'm starting to get sick of myself. Really...I look in the mirror and go "ug", and then of course I check my Amazon numbers like the writer-geek that I've become. I am an enigma...or just predictable, possibly neurotic. Probably all of those things.

I did enjoy writing the post on Sasha the now official pet therapy dog, and of course about Tanya Turgeon, an up and coming actress/model/ circus trainer for children to help with social skills, and also an actress. Check out her blog - hire her for some film work, the lady is a beauty on top of all the brains!

Now I have a question for you expert bloggers out there. I would like to do a blog tour. I hear that this is a pretty popular way for authors to go "on tour" but still get to stay at home where they can still be seconds away from picking up little girls from their friend's houses and buying more bacon and eggs for big teenage boys sleepovers...exciting stuff. A line from one of my favorite books On Writing by Stephen King says: "Art is not a substitute for life". It is his words I hear in my head when I start to become frustrated at starting and stopping and trying to put together new chapters for a possible sequel and being constantly interrupted by requests.

Of course I don't hear it like an ominous sort of voice like in the Shining...that would be creepy. I hear it like Steve is my friend who is reminding me that after attaining all of the attention, fame and even wealth that comes with being a bestselling writer - it took a serious accident that put his life at risk, along with a supportive family, to return him to his priorities. If you haven't read it, I highly recommend it. It's not just for writers, although of course it's slanted for that market...what is more fascinating about it is his honesty and background and pearls of wisdom from a gentle, sensitive and talented man who possesses the ability to write books that scare the hell out of people. I love that about him!

Anyway, if there is anyone out there who knows about author blog tours and how to go about it, (I've checked sites that describe how fun or successful it can be and how it's interaction with people without having to stand up in front of them...something I have yet to grow comfortable with) - but not a blueprint of instructions on how it all works and what I should do first. I need some nuts and bolts on it. It's summer vacation...I could even do this at 1 am - that really intrigues me!

Before I forget...a multitude of thanks go out to Ginny Neidermeyer from the Josephine Louise Public Library in Walden, NY who hosted a book talk for me last week. It was wonderful, she brought cookies and lemonade and some wonderful people came to listen and ask questions, including some veteran retired teachers who I have so much respect and reverence for - I was almost speechless! I was nervous up until the point I got there and she made me feel so comfortable and at home. Just when I thought I had no more intelligent things to say...in come five seniors who graduated in June to ask questions and give me support. As soon as they were there, I was in my comfort zone. I was honored that they took time out of their summer to come and support me and the book. Thanks you guys...you totally rock!

Now for one more shameless plug...Tales from a Dog Catcher was released on April 1, 2009 and is scheduled for a third printing in late July. Thank you everyone who helped make that possible. I never thought I'd sell out a first printing, (although I wished), but to have a third coming up is beyond anything I ever dreamed of. Besides the dreams about Oprah, and maybe Ellen DeGeneres...and seeing my name on a bestseller list...ah...it is good to have dreams! But now...I must load the dishwasher. Priorities!
photo courtesy of ooby.ning.com


  1. BIG congratulations on the scheduled third printing! You deserve it, girl. But I can't believe I missed your appearance at the Walden Library! I'll make sure to keep up with your news from now on.


  2. Hi Lana! Thanks for following! As time goes by I'm going to try and be funnier. At first in the old posts I sort of rambled on about stupid things I did, but when the book came out I started using it more like I was supposed to...but maybe I'll start a website and then I can add the blog to it and I can ramble on and be ridiculous again :) How's the neighborhood treating you!


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The Lyons Press is an imprint of The Globe Pequot Press
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US $16.95 / CAN $19.95
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Dewey: 636.7
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