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Step one – open shitty first draft.
2 print out in word draft mode, light colored ink. 3 put on extra
strong glasses and lamp. rewrite every single page until it looks
like it’s bleeding. Be aware that you might need a lot of physical
space for laying out the pages. clothespins are key. 5. type in
handwritten edits. 6. go back to step 2 and do it all again. lather
rinse repeat.

Step one – open shitty first draft.

Step two –  print out in word draft mode, light colored ink.

Step three – put on extra strong glasses and bright lamp. Rewrite every single page until it looks like it’s bleeding. Be aware that you might need a lot of physical space for laying out the pages. Clothespins are key. So are Post-It notes.

ugly stuff

ugly stuff

Step five – type in handwritten edits.

smells fishy to Barkis

smells fishy to Barkis

Step six – go back to step 2 and do it all again.

Lather, rinse, repeat.

everyone's a critic

everyone’s a critic

Barkis is not too subtle when he wants to go for a walk….

The secret? See below:

Barkis paid a visit to Dilly. They’re a matched set. Please visit

…but Barkis will do anything for me…

Now here’s a pup with good taste in reading.

Life is so hard for Sonny and Barkis.

it’s 100 degress F today…barkis said no to a walk…

it's hot outside

it's hot outside

I don't feel like a walk.

I don't feel like a walk.

I'll just keep napping, thankyouverymuch.

I'll just keep napping, thankyouverymuch.

[photos courtesy of Jay’s cell phone]

Barkis lying low

Barkis lying low

smells like summer

smells like summer

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I got to be a judge at WagFest this year. How fun is that?

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What’s a WagFest?
WagFest is a fun way to help raise money for special PAWS programs, specifically two new initiatives — PAWS Dog Adoption Days and the PAWS Visiting Therapy Dog program. WagFest is also a celebration of all things dog and great fun for families and their pets!

It is also a shining moment of wish-fulfillment for yrs truly. Why? Because I get to be a celebrity judge at the costume contest. My fellow judges are Rep. Sherry Appleton and famous pet painter, Cynthia Dice. I kid you not. I intend to take my duties very seriously. Barkis is counting on me. I need your advice. What does a celebrity judge wear???

In addition to a 1.5-mile fundraising walk, this benefit event will feature all sorts of doggie demonstrations, activities, vendors, and contests — watch this space for schedules and descriptions as the event draws nearer.

What Will I Do There?

Kid’s Activities
K9 Freestyle Dancing
Microchip Clinic
Flyball Demo
1.5 Mile Dog Walk
Rally Obedience Demo
Costume Contest
Canine Good Citizen Test
Educational Demos
Photo/Costume Booth
Talent Contest

To join in, see below. To donate to save the animals, go here.

The Microchip clinic will be from 10am – 1pm. $20.00 fee. Why Microchip your pet? Over 127,000 lost pets have been reunited with their owners thanks to microchipping. No method is perfect, but more identification dramatically increases the odds of finding a lost companion.

Canine Good Citizen® (CGC) Program
The CGC is a certification program designed to reward dogs that have good manners at home and in the community.  All dogs who pass the 10-step CGC test receive a certificate from the American Kennel Club.  If your dog can pass the CGC test, you are only 4 exercises away from having a certified Therapy Dog! Read more….

A Canine Good Citizen test will be held at WagFest at 11:00.  If you are interested in participating in the test, please contact Judith Bell of BeauJes Dog Training at 360-797-7979 or We only have room to test 20 dogs at the WagFest so sign up now!

Driving Directions and Parking
Directions –
From Highway 305, turn west onto Koura Road, then south (left) on Miller Road. Turn west (right) onto Tolo Road and then turn north (right) on Battle Point Drive. The park will be on your right.
View a Google map of Battle Point Park (11299 Arrow Point Dr NE, Bainbridge Island, WA)
Parking – Please enter Battle Point Park from the west along Battle Point Road. Follow the road to the eastern side of the park, near the community garden. Parking attendants will indicate where to park.

Flyball Demo

The Cascade Comets will perform at
WagFest at 1 p.m.
K9 Freestyle Dancing

See the Emerald City K9 Freestyle Dancers at WagFest.

See more of the Cascade Comets on YouTube.

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