8 more days until I see the Doctor. It has been quite a journey! Everything is a challenge on one leg. I dream almost every night that I am walking! Never break an ankle if at all possible. It's hell. I did get out to the store for the first time in six weeks. It was fun scooting around Sam's Club with my knee roller, everyone looking at me like I was cool. LOL Fingers crossed please, that I can at least bear some weight on the ankle after my next visit to the Doc.
I suggest that you never break your ankle. :) This has been both a physical and mental challenge for me. Learning to do everything without one foot touching the ground. Everything from brushing my teeth to making coffee is exhausting. You would think that I would take this time to write another book. I can't even think about it. All I can think about is getting back on two feet and what my first step will feel like when I finally get out of this boot!
I thought Barbara J Morgan’s One Night at the Shelter was a very cute, funny book. After the workers at the animal shelter go home for the evening, it is time for the animals to play. They come out of their cages and have a party. They eat, play games, and even take a few selfies.
The first thing I noticed about One Night at the Shelter was how polite the animals were to each other. The cats got along with the dogs and they all helped each other out. I have often thought that animals behave differently when there are no humans around. Morgan just confirmed my suspicion of this. With this story, Morgan also gave me a reason why my dog is always tired. It must be because she has a party every time I leave.
The book is pretty easy to read and will be great for younger children. I read this book with my daughter and she really enjoyed seeing the animals doing all the silly things in the pictures. Her favorite picture was of Taco the Tiger Cat sweeping the floor. My favorite part of the story was when the animals were taking selfies. I love that this book features many different animals at the shelter, even a chicken. It is a good reminder to people that there are animals at your local shelter who need a forever home. I think that this would be a great book to have in a vet’s office.
Last Wednesday I was installing a security camera outside in the rain. I wouldn't have been doing this if not for the fact that some idiot stole my garmin out of my car. I fell on wet grass and snapped my ankle. Of course my phone was in the shed so I had to do a walking dead imitation and crawl to the shed. Snap, crackle and pop went the ankle. I called for an ambulance and found out at the hospital that I had fractured it in two places. Fast forward to today. Yesterday was my surgery and it was a success. Two screws and a plate. Now the nerve block is beginning to wear off but not to worry, I have pain medication on board! Wish me luck! Barbarajmorgan.com
My next book signing event will be a scream! It's at the Lehigh County Humane Society 640 Dixon St. Allentown, Pa. Wednesday, October 28th. They are having a halloween bash! This should be a lot of fun :)
My first book is a heartwarming tale of two shelter pets waiting for their forever homes. It's for young readers and would make a wonderful holiday gift. It is available on amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com
Join me on Thursday, September 24, when twenty-five authors, including me, will be at Barnes & Noble Bethlehem signing books, chatting with fans and meeting new readers. Stop by from 7-9 pm for a festive celebration of the amazing talent we have in the area.
Some one came into the shelter today to have their dog put down. One look at her and I fell in love. They wanted to put her down because she can't do steps anymore. I'm thinking the whole time that my dog can't do steps now but he was put on arthritis medication. How can you not do all you can do before euthanization? My manager said she will not put her down. She can live her golden years being pampered by me and the secretaries behind the desk. She will be very spoiled!
Have you read my interview by smallanimalchannel.com ? Here it is!
The Story Behind The Story ‘Gummy And The Ferret’ One woman’s lifelong love for animals leads her to publish a book about two pets abandoned at an animal shelter who form an unlikely friendship.
Although it seems that the trend to adopt pets has been growing, it doesn’t seem to be growing fast enough — despite pleas from celebrities, animal activists and shelters themselves. Too many unwanted pets sit behind bars or, worse, are euthanized. New author Barbara Morgan of Allentown, Pennsylvania, is trying a different approach to help solve the problem by reaching out to small children through her wonderful new book, "Gummy And The Ferret.”
Meet The Author Morgan is a retired corrections officer. After being a caretaker of people for 20 years, she saw the opportunity to go back to her first love in life — being a caretaker of animals. And so for the last two years she has been working for her local animal shelter as an on-call emergency driver. While others comfortably slumber in bed, she answers calls to pick up stray animals after shelter hours. During the day, she helps the shelter with other tasks, such as transporting animals back and forth to the veterinarian. She is also on-call to assist the police when dealing with stray animals. They often call upon her expertise when faced with more aggressive pets.
She is a self-described "fixer” of things and enjoys working on her house as well as tweaking an occasional phone or TV for neighbors and friends. It seems that the drive to fix things has extended through to her passion for animals. However, she knows that no matter how handy she is with a hammer, there is no easy fix for the serious problem with animal abuse and neglect in our society. Yet she still works to help as many needy animals as she can get her hands on, in any way she can. With her new book, she is able to reach the masses and bring the problem to light. Best of all, her message reaches the most impressionable of minds — children.
Morgan lives with her partner, Jocelynn Cordes, and three beloved dogs: Jack, a Jack Russell Terrier; Libby, a mutt; and Tesla, a Labrabor/Pit Bull mix. She states that her favorite small pet is the mischievous ferret. When not tinkering with gadgets, carrying a hammer or caring for human and non-human souls, she is an avid reader.
Bitten By The Writing Bug Morgan’s journey into writing began one day when she was called upon to transport a couple of pets from the shelter to the veterinarian. When she arrived and asked who was going with her, she was told Gummy and the ferret. That’s when it struck her. What a great concept for a children’s book, she thought.
"So I used those two as an example of what life in the shelter would be like,” Morgan said.
Cordes, an author herself, encouraged Morgan to pursue the project and realize her dream of becoming a writer. She explains the brilliance behind the concept of the book.
"By presenting animals with personalities and quirks of their own, maybe it will help people to be more conscious of their dogs as ‘furry people,’” Cordes said, "and in turn, that will help dogs be treated with more care.”
Targeting children will make more of an impact in that it may help them to develop a different attitude about animal shelters by the time they grow into adulthood.
Morgan always dotes over the animals she helps rescue and makes sure they know they are appreciated as an individual. She rarely has an empty seat beside her in her special truck.
"I let animals sit up front with me all the time! They love it!” she said. "I am always so happy to pick the animals up from the vet, as they seem to really know who I am and that I am there for them… they are not abandoned.”
The day she drove the dog Gummy and the ferret to the vet, Gummy rode shotgun and the little ferret was close by. All the while the brainstorm swirled in Morgan’s mind and her creative juices brewed more and more on the way to the vet.
About 'Gummy And The Ferret' Although the book’s message is a heart-tugging one, the story is inspirational and educational. It is told by Gummy and her ferret friend in an uplifting and entertaining way. Gummy is a small, white and gray Pit Bull with sweet, friendly eyes. Her shelter mate is a ferret filled with curiosity who has a cute, little face. Fate brought the two together, and they made quick friends in the unlikeliest of places, the animal shelter. Just as all animals in a shelter, one pet’s detailed history is known, and the others remain a mystery. They shared their daily routines, feelings and dreams together and quickly became BFFs — Best Friends Forever! The book takes you through their emotional journey during their time at the animal shelter from start to finish.
Morgan not only wrote the book, but did all of the cute illustrations in it and self-published it using Amazon’s CreateSpace.
"It was tricky, but I managed to do it all myself,” Morgan said. "I have it for sale on Amazon as a paperback and Kindle version. The CreateSpace team also has it for sale on numerous other sites like Barnes and Noble. I am also able to sell it through my Facebook page and my new website has links to purchase it.”
You may also find the book at the animal shelter she helps and any book signings she attends.
"My wish is for the children to understand the importance of pet adoption,” Morgan said. "There are so many animals looking for their forever homes.”
Morgan is planning to write other children’s books. At least one will be based on another true story about animals in a shelter. She is also looking to expand her writing to unrelated animal stories for children and even a possible autobiography.
Tesla is a Lab Pit mix. She was found tied to a pole at an elementary school with a electrical cord (hence the name Tesla). She had previously chewed out of a harness that had grown into her skin leaving her marked everywhere that the harness was. You could even tell where the buckle was. It was so sad. She was only 4 months old. She was unapproachable at first when I was called to take her to the vet. With a lot of love and care that day she soon warmed up to me. I adopted her immediately! She is now my best friend ever. She loves hugs, car rides, long walks, having her teeth brushed, her new brother & sister and camping! I couldn't ask for a better companion. :-)
I was called to the local Walmart store by the Police Department because there was a dog locked in a van for over an hour. When I got there the people had since came out of the store and were giving the dog water. I read them the riot act and asked them to sit in their car for ten minutes like they left the dog and see if they could handle it. She said that she takes her dog everywhere with her. Not a good idea when it's 90 degrees outside. She also stated that she wants to breed her. Fabulous, we will get the puppies at the shelter no doubt. I said she was lucky that the police didn't bust her windows in her car. Idiot. The police cited her.