Please help me congratulate Kari Bellinger, winner of the $100 Amazon gift card plus, a signed copy of either Stage Fright or From Rome With Love. Many thanks to all who entered, and for all the kind comments on last week’s blog. Your appreciation and enthusiasm keeps me writing.

Kate’s New Dog Pics

“Happiness is a new puppy.”  — Charles Schultz, creator of Peanuts and Snoopy, and who obviously knew a thing or two about dogs!

As many of you know, my husband and I got a new dog earlier this month, a sweet little 5 year old Cairn Terrier, who we’ve named Piper.  She’s such a good little dog, and has already snuggled her way into our lives.

Piper settles in for some chin scratching

Piper settles in for some chin scratching, which she adores, hoping for a treat.

The ducks in the water catch Piper's attention far more than the camera.

The ducks in the water catch Piper’s attention far more than the camera.

My husband enjoys walking with Piper too.

My husband enjoys walking with Piper too.

Cheery daffodils Piper and I stopped to admire.

Piper and I stopped to admire these cheery daffodils.

Piper settles down for a nap on her favorite beach towel, while I get back to writing.

Piper settles down for a nap on her favorite beach towel, while I get back to writing.