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Dog Days of Summer

I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for the summer heat wave to be over. It’s been one hot summer and I spend a lot of time inside by an air conditioning vent.

We are in the “Dog Days” of summer which are usually the hottest and most unbearable days of the year. Most people think “Dog Days” is a reference to the hot and humid days that are “not fit for a dog.” You might be surprised to know the phrase is a reference to the rising of Sirius, the Dog Star that is a part of the constellation Canis Major, the Greater Dog.

Sirius is the brightest star in the sky and it’s not hard to find.

“Dog days are approaching; you must, therefore, make both hay and haste while the Sun shines, for when old Sirius takes command of the weather, he is such an unsteady, crazy dog, there is no dependence upon him.” – The Old Farmer’s Almanac, 1817

We have a special sale going on for Everybody Loves Grace: A True Story of Grace’s Adventure to Washington, DC. A perfect book for reading indoors on a hot summer day. Visit www.everybodylovesgrace.com.

Lovingly, Grace

Dog Days of Summer 2022

Grace Is A Road Warrior

Some readers think I’m kidding when I say Grace doesn’t sleep when she’s in
the car on a road trip, but it’s true. Grace made another cross-country trip
with me this month and she slept a total of 30 minutes, max.  It only took us three days to drive from Colorado
to Virginia thanks to the help from my dear friend, Beth Nicoson.

Grace did an amazing job of going with the flow on the trip even when the
car’s air conditioning decided not to work while driving through Nebraska.
The kind staff at Dirk’s Auto in Lincoln, NE, fit us in for a repair because we
were traveling with “a senior dog.” Thanks to Dirk’s, our car was in
the shop at 0800am on day two of our drive, and we were cool and ready to go by
0900am.

The July road trip combined with the last few months have all the key elements for a new Everybody Loves Grace story. I’m excited to get writing book 7 in the series.

Until Then, Katy

Schools Out for Summer

I’ve made some special friends this year at the Joan Farley Academy in Denver, Colorado. Mommy and I met regularly with their students on Monday mornings. The kids are so easy to be with and I love when they read my first book out loud.

Some of the kids are really shy so it’s fun to see them willingly participate in the book readings. I like it because they make Mommy laugh as she listens to my stories. It seems no matter how many times Mommy hears them (and don’t forget she wrote them) she still laughs out loud.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend which is the official start of summer.

Lovingly, Grace

Finishing up at the Joan Farley Academy

Grace Helps Children Learn to Read

The word is out about the impact Grace and the Everybody Loves Grace series is having to help children learn to read. The testimonials from parents about their child overcoming reading difficulties or wanting to read before bed for the first time, is what keeps us going. And it’s all because of Grace and grace.

We’ve been blessed with some amazing media coverage recently. Please see what we’ve been up to on our “in the news” tab https://www.everybodylovesgrace.com/in-the-news/

Read Across America Day – 2 March 2022

Making a Difference Every Day – That’s Grace

Word is getting around Denver about Grace and how she simply looks people in the eyes and it makes them feel loved. I want to thank Amanda Hancock with The Denver Gazette for writing a story about Grace that truly captures her essence.

Thank you, Amanda, for sharing about Grace and how her love is felt by all who meet her. Just click on this link to read the article.

https://denvergazette.com/life/after-leaving-cia-colorado-woman-pens-books-inspired-by-her-lovable-dog-grace/article_b1d39902-979d-5633-91c5-87709acd197c.html?utm_source=dg-news-alert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=alert

I’m so happy!

Helping Children Learn to Read

That’s something I love to do, and it’s proven that dogs help kids learn to read.

My mommy says, “children need to practice a lot when first learning to read.” And for kids, it can be embarrassing to mess up, but when they are practicing with a dog like me, they don’t mind making mistakes.

A recent study by researchers at the University of California, Davis confirmed that children who read to, or with dogs really do perform better. Young students who read out loud to dogs improved their reading skills by 12 percent over the course of a 10-week program, while children in the same program who didn’t read to dogs showed no improvement.

In case you want to hear more, here’s an interview on Channel 11 with my mommy. She talked about our adventures, book readings and helping kids learn to read.

https://www.kktv.com/2022/02/11/colorado-author-inspires-young-people-read-through-her-book-series-canine-companion/

Lovingly, Grace

Life Lessons from 2021

Hello My Friends,

It’s that time of year when I share important things I learned throughout the year. This was another year filled with new life lessons for me:

  1. Follow Your Heart – Go where your heart leads you, it never fails and will take you where you’re meant to be
  2. Use Your Voice – Bark as loud as necessary in order to be heard
  3. Embrace Your Friends – Good friends are priceless and it’s important to help each other

Mommy and I wish you a Happy New Year and I’m so grateful you are in my life.

Lovingly, Grace

Life Lessons from 2021

Christmas Blessings

We are so blessed to have each of you in our lives supporting the Everybody Loves Grace series and all the books are doing to impact lives. Thank you, we absolutely love the feedback we received from children and adults alike throughout the year!

We wish you a Merry Christmas and many fun-filled adventures in the New Year. Grace says, “Just remember, every day is an adventure.”

Lovingly, Katy and Grace

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2022!

My Favorite Illustrator

Remember I mentioned teamwork in my last blog? A very important person on my team is Susan Lavalley. She creates the beautiful illustrations for the Everybody Loves Grace books to include the covers and inside of each book.

When Mommy writes my stories, I let her know when the manuscript is done. Yes, that’s true! Then the first person Mommy calls is Susan. I hear Mommy ask her, “are you ready to start illustrating Grace’s newest adventure?”

It’s fun listening to Mommy talk with Susan about what she has in store for each book during the creative process.

It really takes a team to bring my stories to life and I’m so lucky Susan Lavalley is on my team. A fun fact about Susan is that she and her husband, Pete, own and operate Humble Bees Farm, a Local Missouri Beekeeping Farm.

Lovingly, Grace

My Favorite Illustrator, Susan with Pete!

Teamwork is Key

My mommy has an amazing team of people who help her publish my books. I think it’s time I start telling you about them.

Megan has been with us since the very beginning….she is the graphic designer who designs each book cover and places Susan Lavalley’s illustrations in the perfect place.

I want you to meet Megan and her sweet daughter, Julia. They recently placed my books in their neighborhood little library so others can share in my life lessons. I like to tell people how simple acts of kindness can change people’s lives.

I’m so grateful that Megan and Julia are on my team! Lovingly, Grace

Megan is our layout designer…she’s special.

NYC Big Book Award

Everybody Loves Grace: An Amazing True Story of How Grace Brings Love to Everyone She Meets was recognized with the NYC Big Book Awards Distinguished Favorite in the Children’s Motivational category.

I’m not sure why my books are so special, but I have a strong hunch it has to do with the wonderful illustrations drawn by Susan Lavalley and the wonderful people in my life.

This is exciting news just as Book 6, Everybody Loves Grace: A True Story of Grace’s Adventure to Washington, DC is coming off the printing press!

My goal in all my books is to convey the importance of simple acts of kindness. They make a difference and they change people’s lives.

Lovingly, Grace

Aging with Grace

I’m excited that Everybody Loves Grace Book 6 is about to be released. The printer is hard at work and the books are on the presses.

I thought I’d share a little bit about my new book. It offers insights into Aging with Grace. Through Mommy and me, lessons are discovered throughout the book about the importance of going at your own pace and knowing it’s okay to accept help from others. You’ll also learn there’s no place like home.

I hope you’ll order your copy of Book 6 now.

CLICK HERE FOR A LINK TO MY PRE-SALE!

Lovingly, Grace

Grace Looking Back at Jake

My Favorite Time of the Year

I don’t know about you, but Fall is my favorite time of the year. Especially this year. The temperature is cool in the morning and perfect in the afternoon which I really like after a really hot summer in Denver. In addition to the cooler temperature, the leaves are changing, and the colors are so vibrant this year. Tonight, when Mommy and me were walking, the leaves were yellow, orange, red, and almost purple.

I think it’s a combination of a lot of things but most of all, the leaves are prettier than I’ve seen in a long time.

Lovingly, Grace

My Favorite Time of the Year – Photo Credit Jes Kimak Photography

Improve Kid-Lit by Reading with a Dog

Did you know that children’s literacy can be enhanced by reading with a dog? Research shows that the presence of a dog improves a child’s interest in reading and improves their willingness to work through a reading challenge.

“The findings showed that children spent significantly more time reading and showed more persistence when a dog — regardless of breed or age — was in the room as opposed to when they read without them,” says Rousseau. “In addition, the children reported feeling more interested and more competent.”

I think Grace was on to something when we started the Everybody Loves Grace series. Not only do children love to read about dogs, they love to be with a dog when they are reading.

With Love, Katy and Grace

Photo Credit: Kylie Keegan

Good Morning Sunshine

This morning was very special. I got to meet with two of Denver’s finest….they are always hard at work and I was happy they stopped to say good morning to me. Of course, I looked straight into their eyes and into their hearts.

Lovingly, Grace

Good morning sunshines!

Believe in Dog Podcast

I had the pleasure of being a guest on the Believe in Dog Podcast hosted by the beautiful and caring Erin Scott. The Believe in Dog Podcast shares stories about the love of dogs changing our lives and changing the world. “I believe a dog can be a healer, a teacher and an inspiration.” – Erin Scott

In case you were wondering, Grace was right by my side throughout the entire podcast interview.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE SHOW!

Take Care, Katy and Grace

Mommy is Traveling

My mommy is traveling which means I get to stay home by myself. Well, not really by myself because Mommy always makes sure I have someone special to stay with.

Did I tell you Mommy is starting to speak about leadership topics? She used to speak about leadership when she was working at the CIA and she decided to start doing it again. Something about humble leadership and living life with purpose, courage, and faith.

This is kind of a long trip that Mommy’s on, so I get to spend this weekend with a special friend, Jaida. I am so happy to walk and spend time with her.

Lovingly, Grace

Jaida and me
Heading home after the playground

There’s No Place Like Home

I had a lot of fun in Santa Fe, NM and I was also happy to come home. While I love being on the road, I also love sleeping next to Mommy’s bed at night and the familiar routine I have at home. You’ll get to read more about this in Book 6.

I also love it when I run into my friends in the neighborhood. Today on my way to do “my rounds” at Denver Health, I ran into my long-time friend Tobee Mac. I realized that we’ve been friends for over ten years!

I talked about friends in Book 3, my adventure to Texas. Good friends are friends forever even if we don’t see each other often. I really had fun walking with Tobee Mac this morning.

Lovingly,

Grace

Tobee Mac and Grace

I’m Back in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Mommy and I haven’t been on a road trip in a while so I asked Mommy if we could go back to Santa Fe, New Mexico.  I thought it was a good idea because the drive is only six hours and I wanted to explore the great sniffs I talked about in Book 2.

It’s been fun being here and I remember so many of the sniffs.  The other day, we walked around the Santa Fe Courthouse and sat under a tree and enjoyed the breeze.  While we were there, I got to meet a special woman named Ida who is 91 years old.  She was so happy to spend time with me!

Then the other night, Mommy asked if I wanted to lead our walk.  I took Mommy along the Santa Fe River, around the Santa Fe Plaza and by the Loretto Chapel and Cathedral of Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.  I remembered what fun we had when I visited last year.

Mommy and I walked for a long time and came across a music festival going on in the town square.  We sat under a tree and listened to a woman sing beautiful songs while she played her guitar. There was a young boy from Texas listening to the music and he stopped to pet me. He couldn’t believe my breed, Finnish Lapphund, herds reindeer!

I wish you could be here with me.  It’s been fun to be on the road again.

Lovingly, Grace

Enjoying the Santa Fe River

Get The Adorable new Grace Plush Dog Free!

Get The Adorable new Grace Plush Dog Free!

The super-soft and cuddly Grace plush is available for free with the purchase of the 5-book series for a limited time.

We often receive feedback that the Everybody Loves Grace books bring adults and children together in conversation. “Katy, it’s such a great way to connect with my grandkids. We have fun talking about all the places of adventure and the emotions that come up with the life lessons presented in the books.”

Now you can add the super cuddly Grace plush to your reading time. The 5-book series with plush is $49.95 plus shipping.

With Love, Katy and Grace