If you read my post last week about my phone call with The Today Show, then you know how the dog chose that exact moment to interrupt my call and pee all over the floor. Then when I tired to clean up the mess while still on the call, I managed to throw my phone across the room and hang up on The Today Show.
Well, you know that all adage, “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me?” Having learned from my mistake, this time when I had an important conference call, I put the dog outside. He disappeared to go play in the fenced in yard and I was able to complete my call without the disruption of the Nile River of Dog Pee flowing through my kitchen.
But when I called him and he arrived back at the door, this is what I saw:
In case you are not familiar with my dog, he is an all white English Golden Retriever. Those brown spots are not fur. They are mud. Lots and lots of mud. His face was covered. His paws were covered. His tail and his entire belly were covered in mud. Apparently “He-Who-Pees-in-the-House” decided to change his name to, “He-Who-Burrows-in-the-Mud.”
Now, hot on the heels of my conference call, I was supposed to leave for a meeting. But there was no way I could let the dog in the house and leave until I de-mudified him. Naturally, when I opened the door to usher him into the bathroom, he decided to take the long way there and did a muddy cha cha through three rooms before I could collar him and drag him into the bathroom… where he then proceeded to mudify the entire bathroom before I was able to get him in the tub.
Two hours later, the dog was clean, the bathroom was clean, the other rooms were clean, and I looked like I’d been wrestling in a mud pit.
So now Monty is in the doghouse. I know dogs will be dogs, but I suspect he may be trying to sabotage my career, and for that reason, he has been found guilty of Reckless Puppyness.
So the moral of THIS story is, if you are trying to have a successful career as an author and columnist, get a BLACK DOG! (And preferably one with a large bladder.)
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Meanwhile, back on the book tour, I have a couple of updates:
Barista Kids is helping me spread the word that I will be speaking and signing books at Watchung Books in Montclair, NJ on April 25th at 7pm. You can check out the article and interview I did for them HERE!
My dear friend Chloe Jeffreys wrote a fabulous review of “Lost in Suburbia: A Momoir” over on her new site, Generation Fabulous. Chloe says, “Tracy writes poignantly about the powerful internal tug-of-war that happens inside many working mothers–except that wackadoodle workaholic CEO at Yahoo–between meeting their own needs for achievement and success and the needs of their children for a onsite caregiver who passionately loves them.”
You can read more of her review HERE.
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THE TODAY SHOW!!
Please remember to tune in to “The Today Show” Tuesday morning on NBC between 10 and 11am when I talk about my book with Hoda and Kathie Lee! Yes, I’m a little nervous! Let me know if you’ll be watching so I know I have some friends out there!!