World’s smartest (looking) dog praises my book; denies any treats involved

Literary critic Nicholas H. Sheltie personally presents the Distinguished Dookie Award
Literary critic Nicholas H. Sheltie personally presents the Dookie of Distinction Award

As copies of Humor at the Speed of Life continue to wash up arrive on both coasts here in the U.S., as well as in countries generally accessible only by boat, so has praise from some of the literary world’s most respected critics. Among them, Nicholas H. Sheltie, who has awarded HATSOL with the coveted Dookie of Distinction Award after calling it:

“Arfuably the best backyard reading I have encountered since my days at the kennel. Inspirational. Three poos up, way up!

Though the notoriously reclusive Sheltie was unavailable for further comment, his press agent, S. Henry DaFrankmann, said “The Dookie of Distinction Award is so coveted because it is handed out with irregularity.”

While rumors have begun surfacing that Sheltie’s decision may have been influenced by bacon treats, DaFrankmann flatly denies the rumors. “I’ve personally tried tempting Mr. Sheltie with every treat imaginable, and he has consistently refused to roll over,” DaFrankmann said. “His handshake is his word. Actually, so is ‘speak.’ But mostly it’s his handshake.”

My thanks again to members of the elite HATSOL Surveillance Team, whose resoluteness is an inspiration to anyone considering a restraining order. Updates on this developing story will be given as information becomes available. Possibly after Sheltie’s next walk…

(Ned Hickson is a syndicated columnist with News Media Corporation. His first book, Humor at the Speed of Life, is available from Port Hole Publications, or Barnes & Noble.)

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35 thoughts on “World’s smartest (looking) dog praises my book; denies any treats involved”

  1. Ned, is your book available digitally at all?

    If it’s anything like your blog I’d love to check it out but as a ‘wannabe writer / unemployed bum currently freeloading at his folks’ place’, I don’t have much to spare.

    Or maybe I’ll just wait until the film comes out and subsequently makes it onto TV..?

    1. Hey, thanks Sean! No e-Version yet, but I’m working on getting that available from the publisher in the next month or so. In the meantime, hold on to your money and wait for the straight-to-Walmart-$5-bin release.

  2. Nick is still taking his daily nap and can not be disturbed for further comment, although reading HATSOL does have him a bit disturbed. He used the cat box yesterday. His copy is dogeared, however, a testimony that HATSOL is indeed one book that you can’t put down. Rubbing Nick’s copy in bacon was good strategy.

    1. The most frightening thing about this is that I actually have a fake dog dookie just like that one in my desk drawer. I’m sure I don’t need to explain why…

        1. It’s the first awarded to me. The other is something I awarded myself because every man needs to have a fake dookie handy at all times. And of not fake, then…

  3. I think the look on your dog’s face perfectly sums up the feeling most authors have regarding marketing. As in, “Really? I gotta do this now?”

    Hope the book launch is going well! You seem to be off to a great start. I always enjoy your tweets. They make me laugh in 140-character bursts. πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks, Carrie πŸ˜‰ I wish I could take credit for the photo, but it was sent in by a reader/blogger whose dog, Nicholas, is way more intelligent looking than I am.

      Yeah, you’re right β€” How hard can it be? πŸ˜‰

  4. This is your second canine accolade. Where are the cats, hedgehogs, squirrels, bears, etc? I don’t want to say it but you are showing signs of being speciest. πŸ˜‰

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