Hi everyone – I’m back with some news!  First of all, our Homes with Woofs fundraiser was last Thursday and was an amazing success, despite the election, the World Cup soccer game and the rain. We raised around $ 10,000 for the Humane Society!

We had phenomenal press coverage  — probably because the doghouses that local trades/artisans built and donated were so amazing. We were covered by Global National; there were two stories in The Ottawa Citizen,  one in print before the event and another after the event was over that  was online only; we were on CTV twice, and Ottawa Life ran a story about us too.   Meeting Damon Bennett, who offered to be one of our celebrity judges, was an absolute pleasure: he’s offered to be the celebrity face of our event in the future, so that was pretty cool.

We had so much fun! Here’s a sample of a few of the doghouses (this one was built by a team at Minto: it was 32 sq ft and weighed 1,100 lbs!). That’s a picture of the crew in front – they’ve already told us they want to come back and do it again next year.



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So that was fantastic and I’m glad I took the time to get it organized. But I have good news on the book front too! The wonderful folks at Simon and Schuster Canada will be publishing book three (Hungry Ghosts) and book four (Umbrella Man) in the Inspector Ramirez series. (They even donated a bunch of books to our Homes with Woofs silent auction. They’re terrific.)  I’ll let you know when I have more details but Hungry Ghosts will be out sometime in 2015. Woohoo!!!

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3 Responses to Updates!

  1. KarenOh says:

    It was a wonderful event. And I’m sure next year’s will be even better! Miss Kitty was envious! Although I think the TV that was turned into a dog house would be a natural cat castle.

    Just want to thank you and all the people who spent so much time helping on this event. Animals who might otherwise be killed will now get treatment and, hopefully, go on to find “forever” homes where they can live joyfully and add joy to the household.

    A sincere thank you, Peggy! People like you make Ottawa a better town.


    • Peggy Blair says:

      Thanks Karen — and thanks so much to you and Don for all your help that night; you disappeared before I could thank you both in person! Cheers, Peggy


      • Karen says:

        We had to get home to feed Miss Kitty!

        Karen Opas, Writer/Editorkaren.opas@outlook.com613.249.8775 “The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug.” Mark Twain

        Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2014 16:16:50 +0000 To: karen.opas@outlook.com


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