Living with a children's author isn't as easy as it looks!


Last week, Mom left me. She was gone for hours and hours. She gave me my special see-you-later-be-a-good-girl-no-cuckoo-behavior-cookie, and disappeared in her car.

special cookie

She said the word, “School visit.” and “This will be fun.” and “No barking while I’m gone.”

Usually, Mom visits schools to talk about being an author…. and where to find ideas and how an idea becomes a story and how a story becomes a real, live book. But this one was different.

Book #1

Since Mom’s book is about a blind boy in a sighted classroom, she was invited to speak about Disability Awareness and how important it is to accept differently-abled people in all situations.Β I stayed home and had some situations of my own…

Mom drove miles and miles. I cruised around the house checking the floor for crumbs.


Mom met some new people. I hung out with some new toys.

new toys

Mom talked to 400 kids and sold a bunch of books. I yelled at the mailman…

mailman mess

…and took a bunch of naps.

pillow nap

I never want to be left alone again.

inside window

Mom is going to another school visit next month. Gah!

Mom said, “I love school visits.”

I hate school visits.

I hate school visits.


Comments on: "Leaving" (75)

  1. Cute photo in your snow coat at the top of the page. Yay for your mumma selling a bunch of books and talking to all those kids. You think those mailmen would get the hint huh? xox

  2. Poor Cupcake…..alone again….I know what you mean – it’s no fun when we’re deserted and expected to behave too! That’s a lot of responsibility! I think you look adorable while you wait though…..did you find any yummy crumbs???

    Hugs and love, Sammy

    • Thanks, S. I always find a crumb or two, especially when Mom isn’t around to say I will get a spankin’ if I keep licking floors. She cramps my style.

      Love and licks,

  3. Aw, Poor Cupcake!

  4. Well brave Cupcake, you survived most admirably! Mom’s book looks beautiful and what a good subject. Ahw…once a moth, not too bad? xo from Charley and Johanna

    • Thanks, Mrs. W. I wish Mom didn’t have to leave me again, but I agree that she needs to spread the word. Next month she’ll be talking to kids and manning a booth at a grammar school for their Disability Awareness Day. I’ll be manning the couch.

      Love and licks,

  5. hmmmm… one mans meat is another mans poison huh? It’s important what your mom does… it helps kids with disabilities to become accepted and integrated. but that you have to wait at home is not fair, you should visit that schools too, all things are much much better when you do it together with a doggie, right?

    • I SO agree with you, E. Apparently, I do not know how to conduct myself, so I am not invited along for school visits. Imagine…..? I’m pretty sure I’d be a huge help. Mom disagrees.

      Love and licks,

  6. I hate being left alone. Especially when it overlaps dinner time!

  7. Oh, Cupcake! You look so sad and lonely. Try to remember that your mom is doing something good for lots of kids. It’s worth it for you to be in charge of the house for a day here and there. But if you really can’t stand it, you are welcome to spend your mom’s school visit days here on Blueberry Hill with Scout and Jemma! πŸ™‚

    • Thanks, S. I think I’d have a blast with Scout and Jemma. I’m assuming you are well stocked with toys, treats, and are available for cuddles….? I’ll see you next month.

      Love and licks,

  8. Cupcake,
    We don’t like to be left alone either! Why can’t we go everywhere with our Moms? At least your Mom was out for a good reason – meeting children. Our Mum left us alone on Saturday to Meet the Breeds at some dog show in NYC. Imagine our shock & dismay! She even started using the P word – as if Two Orange Pups weren’t enough for one house (at least she did visit the Tollers;))!

    • Your mom cheated on you?? That is scandalous. I hope the two of you were able to eat a sofa cushion or raid the refrigerator while she was out gallivanting. It’s only fair….

      Love and licks,

  9. It’s a shame you couldn’t go with her, Cupcake. I’m sure you have enjoyed yourself.

    • I would’ve been a good girl if I went along, C. …I think so anyway. I hope one of Mom’s dog stories gets published soon. Then she’d HAVE to take me along.

      Love and licks,

  10. Your mom would sell more books if she took you along as her agent. Just saying. πŸ˜›

  11. Maybe a stuffed Kong would help? I know it makes Miss Delilah happy. πŸ˜€

    • I think D is more determined than I am. If a cookie doesn’t fall out of my Kong in 30 seconds, I get disgusted and leave it to rot on the floor. Mom said the word, “Never again.”

      Love and licks,

  12. To be fair, no human could hope to compete for attention with a pup dressed in an awesome heart jacket.

  13. aaww Cupcake – disabilities is such an important topic. Give your mom a bone – snorts. Couldn’t help it there my friend. Use that alone time to your advantage. Hide some food and whine when she gets back like you are two steps to death from hunger. Works for me. XOXO – Bacon

    • Thanks, B. Sometimes for spite, I refuse to eat the final treat that Mom gives me when she leaves. Sometimes for spite, SHE PUTS IT IN HER POCKET and take it with her! GAH!

      Love and licks,

  14. Frankie and Ernie said:

    Sorry you got Left Behind….

  15. we are sure the children loved having your Mom visit, even if you didn’t!

  16. Cupcake, you are adorable. Was the cookie tasty at least? I have a school visit next week. I’ll be reading stories in Braille to elementary school students

    • Thanks, M.R. I think the kids you read to will be amazed about Braille. Mom brought along copies of the Braille alphabet for the kids she visited. They looked forward to writing notes to their friends in “code.” Have fun.

      Love and licks and YES the cookie was delicious,

  17. Oh Cupcake, being home alone can be fun, I love exploring while the peeps are out. I especially like sleeping in places I’m not supposed to:-)

    • Good tip, M. If only I could figure out how to push the door open, I’d take a peaceful nap on the forbidden bedspread.

      Love and licks,

  18. Oh, poor, Cupcake, home alone can be so…boring..and lonely…and just one cookie?? I think there has to be some changing around that πŸ˜€ Extra Pawkisses to make you feel better πŸ™‚ ❀

    • Thanks, Little B. One cookie! Well, not counting the ones that popped out of my surveillance camera when Mom checked in on me. But don’t worry, I didn’t eat them for spite. I left them on the floor. I really showed her…. Wait. What?

      Love and licks,

  19. Oh Cupcake, never fear. Your mom will always return. She was on a very important mission. And you should be so proud of her for selling lots of books too! πŸ™‚

    • Thanks, T. I am proud of Mom. And I think if she takes me along, she would be proud of me, too. Unless I lose my mind…. That could be an issue…

      Love and licks,

  20. Man, you’ve got it tough! I wouldn’t let her get away with it! Leaving you alone to fend for yourself! Really? A day of peace and quiet? Is she crazy, leaving you there to live through that!? Oh the humanity! P.S. Love the boots, dogfriend. ❀️

  21. Oh Cupcake I have no idea how mum could leave you for a bazzilion years ..not that cute face all alone..dealing with crumbs and rogue mailmen ..I do hope one day the mailman gets his comeuppance πŸ™‚ loves Fozziemum xxx

    • You get it, FM. Mom still thinks the mailman is “doing his job.” But he’s gone rogue and I’m the only one who knows. Don’t worry. I’ll sound the alarm every chance I get.

      Love and licks,

  22. Poor Cupcake. Whee hope the hooman spoiled you rotten when she got back!!


  23. Yay for your Mom selling a bunch of books Cupcake, especially such a good book that helps us all to understand about being different. Cupcake I see you have BOOTS, how cool or better yet… dry! Your Mom probably gave you all kinds of hugs when she came home! I love a day to myself but I can see where you might not feel that way.. πŸ™‚

    • Thanks, Pix. I do love a day to myself, but only if Mom is here with me…. Wait. What? Now I’ve mixed myself all up!

      Love and licks,

  24. Glad to hear you are doing school visits. Your book is among my favorites. I love how the kids come up with the solution and not the adults.

  25. I understand, Cupcake! But YAY for your Mom…to sell books is a VERY good thing!

    Linda ❀⊱彑

  26. Thanks, L. I like when Mom sells books, because then she will have lots of money to buy me toys!

    Love and licks,

  27. You do have a tough life, Cupcake. But cheer up, just realize all those sold books get turned into yummy treats. πŸ˜‰

  28. jakesprinter said:

  29. Great post, C. πŸ™‚ I hope you had a good time (or as good as it can get)! Maybe you should hide somewhere and fall asleep so that your Mom must go look for you. Clyde would do that, except for the fact that he would fall asleep looking for a good place. πŸ˜‰

  30. oh Cupcake, first…we totally luvluvluv your precious booties!! *grinning* And we absolutely do not like the words “going” or “trip” cuz it always means we are gonna be stuck with the pet sitter and we have to have a new one cuz the last one cheated and did NOT stay overnight at all with us for a whole week…Mom was especially hacked off…so another new one to break in March

  31. Cupcake you might need to “discuss” with mom that home is not where the “heart” is if mom is not home! But on the other hand , I have a disabled son and it makes me proud what your mom is doing!

    • You’re right, A. It feels wrong when Mom isn’t here. I play the shivering-with-fear card whenever she leaves me. We’re always pulling for Luke. He’s a tough cookie. So are you! xoxo

      Love and licks,

  32. Cupcake, you can call us when your mom is gone. Our mom has been hinting that she is going to be gone next weekend. For the WHOLE weekend!!!! She told us not to worry ‘cuz her brother lives here and he will be taking care of us. Still, it’s just not the same with the Mom is gone!!!

    • So true, H and S. A babysitter or a friend or even a brother are not a mom! Ugh. I hope you do OK if your mom leaves you. And I hope she hurries home!

      Love and licks,

  33. How cool! Maybe you can convince your mom to get you one of those puzzle toys so you can solve it while she’s gone.

  34. Katie Isabella said:

    Oh Honey, I loved this blog especially. For several reasons. xoxoxoxo

  35. Pink is definitely fetching on you (snicker, word play) Cupcake. I just like saying your name and wish my name was as fun.

    I always wondered what might be happening when I leave the house. Very kind of you to clean up crumbs and press the cover on the sofa. When do you find the time to be so helpful? I think that deserves extra treats ! I like how you tucked your eyes under the cushion on the sofa too. The daylight can sometimes interrupt a good nap…..err I mean, ‘sofa pressing’ .

    My fingers are crossed for mom’s doggie book. If publishers were as savvy as you are, they’d hurry it up. Congratulations to mom for her big day at the school. Do you have a little question answer period after the reading mom? I always find it funny what questions wee ones come up with. Last Halloween, a small trick-or-treater asked at our door, “what is that smell?” I said, “oh, we just had dinner, does it smell like that?” to which she replied, “ya, that’s it” (with certainty). LOL πŸ˜€ I have to go shovel snow now, gah! (as you would say) xo Boomdee

  36. […] Mom has been to three author visits in the past month. At one of them, sheΒ helped kids understand how to accept and include differently-abled friends. […]

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