You may have noticed that I’ve been away from my website/blog for awhile. I originally started this to get feedback on my book-in-progress, which was then titled Funny Tails: Adventures and Misadventures in Living with Pugs. I’d like to thank all of you who’ve helped me refine my book, and let you know where I am with it.
My book was inspired by a painful neurological disease that robbed me of a fulfilling career and devastated my life – and was expected to end it. I found that observing and taking care of my own pugs and foster pugs helped me not only to survive, but to laugh and to live contentedly with my illness. When I became well enough to write again, friends encouraged me to share my experiences with wider audiences, to inspire readers, to educate them, and to make them laugh.
I was happy to write about our wacky pugs. So I wrote Funny Tails: Adventures and Misadventures in Living with Pugs.
However, I was very reluctant to share details about my life during the worst times with my disease, which formerly was called Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) and now is called Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). Just the thought of revisiting those experiences was so utterly painful that I simply couldn’t do it.
I’ve now revisited my decision – and those awful times – and have made major revisions in my book. The new title more clearly reflects the story that I was encouraged to write, and finally have written: Funny Tails: How Canine Comedy Helped Me Cope with Personal Tragedy.
On this website, I’ll soon post the Introduction and Chapter One of my new book. From time to time, I also may include descriptions of doggy antics that didn’t make it into the book.
Thank you for visiting!
Maija Selby Harrington