HEY, James Thompson, Editorial Director for Fox News Interactive has just posted a great video and photo blog about Faith at the following LINK: http://bit.ly/4G6zah You should be able to see it there, and if you have the mind to, and I hope you do, please re-tweet it on your TWITTER and other social media accounts. Faith's message of love and thanksgiving is a very important one at this special time of year. Hoping all is well with you and your families this Thanksgiving and looking forward to hearing from you all on TWITTER, FACEBOOK and through the site. http://bit.ly/4G6zah OH, and Animal Planet is writing up a blog today too!! YES...I'll be sure and post it when I get it.
Reuben and Reuben will be together soon, as my son comes home to stay January 1, 2010. He and his Grandpa Reuben are very close and it will be the best present the whole family can enjoy. This saves me so much money on gift giving this year - thank you Reuben, I appreciate your sacrafice! LOL. Reuben has been in the snow and ice of Ft. Wainwright, Alaska since he left Iraq in early September. He claims the Army doesn't work him very hard knowing he'll be leaving, but he has been doing daily PT and formations and going to seminars and debriefing. He told me the name for it, but you know - - I just say "OK son!" and go on. He talks faster than I do, and if you've ever heard me speak you'd think that was impossible. Reuben will be coming home and attending the University of Central Oklahoma where he will try out for the football team. If he makes it, and I think he will, he will probably NOT be a defensive end like he was in high school. At 6'2" and 200 he's more in the receiver/safety range build-wise. His Army discipline will thrill the coaches and his charm and smile will thrill the girls. So, it's a win-win! Looking forward to the boy coming home. While in Alaska these past few months he's bought himself a new truck and a big screen TV, so the Army gets to bring that to him - - besides a place to crash with POP - - what more can a boy ask? (Don't ask, he'll be asking I'm sure.) Did I tell you he wants a PIG for a pet? That's Reuben! You can take the Red Neck out of the country and make him fight a war, but you can't take the Red Neck out of the boy....wow...and to think, I gave birth! LOL
Laura Cakes (as we call her) has been working for MY favorite joint - STARBUCKS!! YES, Mama gets free coffee and that's all that really matters. Caity worked there for just a second or two, but found that working for herself was more profitable and enjoyable. Laura takes orders much better than the little one, and she's great at customer service. Reality set in just a bit when her friends came in and saw her working and she couldn't sit with them, but she reailzed she could do more, she served them! She helped them, and that made her feel better. The thing about Laura is; she's very clever, witty, charming, and even cunning at times - - but she keeps it under wraps too often. She has been writing (secretly at night) and I've read a lot of what she's writing. She's into the fantasy fiction side of literature and she's good at it. If she erases or doesn't save her work again I'm going to beam her upside the head, but other than that - - Oh, and she's still singing, she's the singing barista with the Hello Kitty bows in her hair. You don't see them in this photo, but she wears them and braids her long red hair to be more childlike for the younger customers who come in regularly and ask her to sing to them. She may turn out to be the most famous singing barista in Ardmore, OK...wait, she is!! YEA!!! Now, if we could just get a record label mogul to go into the store on her shift!! When Reuben comes back Laura and he will be getting a place in Edmond, OK and saying GOOD BYE to their little baby sister - - for a little while.
Well, she's back to having her white hair again. I know since the last time I updated this she was brown, red, black, and white again. She's going to lose all of her hair one day and that won't bother Caity. She'll be just as pretty without hair. She amazes me in that sense. Actually, she's up to something -- she has created a new radio talk blog and it will be streamlined with live video. It's called "Up Late with Laura and Cait" so it needs to be perfected fast before Laura moves off to Edmond. I think they'll use dual cams when Laura moves. You can't have Laura and Cait without Laura, right? So, besides coming up with radio shows topics, designing the logos, location, website, and such Caity is also making bracelets and jewelry. She's looking forward to the day I get my money from the book proposal so I can move her and her ideas to California where she can be seen and heard properly. She's a bit of a show off and that's the best place for her. Saying good bye won't be hard for her, she's one of the best survivors in the world. I hope she remembers the little things like taking a toothbrush and wearing socks when it's cold. What am I saying, she'll be so busy and so wrapped in work and play I'll have to be the one checking up on her, she won't call! She is a bit like someone else I know -- wait, that would be me. God knew what He was doing when He made this one. But at this point, I think He should lose the mold.
OMG! Can you believe it? Faith is going to have her own PUPPY Faith 10 inch plush toy very soon. The model for the toy is of course the famous puppy picture of Faith standing up in the snow. It should be out rather soon - - but for more details just stay tuned. The toy will be an exclusive to Cher Marketing. You can see the products they have already marketed for Faith at www.chermarketing.com This is going to be so much fun. Kids can see Faith, hold her, love her, sleep with her, and take her on all sorts of daily adventures! What a way to share my little dog with the world. I love it! Go to www.boardthefaithtrain.com to play with the Kids Corner puzzles about Faith and try to answer all the trivia questions. I'll be making up new questions this week!
Faith and her family grieve and mourn the loss at Ft. Hood, Texas yesterday. The lives of men and women in uniform hit harder to our family and our hearts than any other. We will try to make a trip to the base as soon as we can, as soon as we are allowed to go. Faith of course doesn't know or understand the reasons for my tears, but she has been a great help in comforting me through the news stories and the internet stories I have tried to research. My love and heart, my prayers and soul go out to the families of those killed, hurt, and affected forever by this act. Please join us in supporting our troops through this time.
Faith and I were invited by Manager Sean Jobe to show up at the Ardmore, OK Chamber of Commerce "After Hours" party. This month it is being held at the Starbucks in Ardmore, OK just off I-35 and Exit 32 North. We're so excited. Faith and I have been to 574 Starbucks together - I've been to about 30-40 more than that by myself without her -- but I don't tell her. She thinks we've been to all of them and that every new one we visit has JUST been made. She's always welcomed at Starbucks! She usually walks around greeting everyone and then stands behind me while I wait in line. Now, just so you know, when we do visit the different stores Faith always wears her "Therapy Dog" vest and she's allowed in - - maybe someday every dog will have his latte, but that's not the way it is yet. Faith and I will be greeting Chamber of Commerce members today and drinking our favorite blends. She gets vanilla soy milk...I'm the coffee drinker. Because it's after 5:00 p.m. I won't be getting my usual 6-shot wet cappuccino, nope, just plain old Pike Place blend for me. Laura works at this store too - - she's going to go so she can help if they need her to.
Faith was featured on the very popular show "Unbelievable" in Japan yesterday (or today if you're in this part of the world). I'm told that over 5,000,000 Japanese viewers watched the four-hour special and it would be GREAT to find out how they responded. I know that when we filmed the segment where we are speaking live from our livingroom it was about midnight our time and we could hear laughing, screaming, clapping, happy people as Faith was talked about and then when the camera was turned on her. She was obviously loved and that is so very exciting for us.
I was able to talk about my book "Faith Alone: Stories of an Amazing Dog", which has been picked up by Uni Agency and published by Village Books in Japan. It is translated into Japanese, so anyone who wants to buy that version can do so through their local bookstore or by ordering it online. I have a few copies, but you know I can't read them! LOL Laura is practicing her Japanese by trying to read them slowly. What a great show it was!! Thank you to Creative TopSpin in NYC for coming out and filiming us. Mariko is the producer and she was such a wonderful woman. We consider her a new member of the family. You can see their pictures in the PHOTO section of this site. Fuji-TV is the sponsor and/or network for "Unbelievable" and they have been so very kind and considerate as well. If you have an opportunity to work with these groups in the future, I hope you have the same great experience we did!
The world needs a little Faith
Inspirational bipedal dog made return visit to Mineral Wells
with Japanese TV crew in tow
By Libby Cluett
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