Monday, August 31, 2009

We Have a Winner!

This past Saturday, I conducted the drawing for the winner of Bargain with the Devil by Enid Wilson (she guest posted last Thursday). I wrote down all the names of those who commented except for Enid herself (I’m excited to say that I commented 5 times. Woo-woo, five entries! Just kidding.)

Each name went on a separate piece of paper. Then I put a doggie treat on the kitchen floor, mounded the names over the treat and directed Ruffles, my miniature Schnauzer to the pile.

I should point out that Ruffles is 15 years old, nearly blind, mostly deaf, has to be carried up the steps -- but at mealtimes or treat times, you’d think she was still a pup.

Once she got the smell of the treat, she bounded and shoved aside pieces of paper until she had the treat. There was only one piece of paper near by and it was stuck under her left hind paw. The winner.

Drumroll.

The winner is Laura Eno.

Laura writes the blog, A Shift in Dimensions. I noticed she has an email link on her Profile, so I’ll be emailing her today to get a snail mailing address.

Congratulations Laura!

This is the first time I’ve gotten to give away a visiting author’s book. It was fun. And Ruffles appreciated the unexpected treat.

As for the necklace and coasters, keep checking Enid’s blog. She’ll be giving those away from there.
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33 comments:

  1. Congrats Laura! And Ruffles is adorable. I am a pet-sitter so have a very special fondness for furry critters. 15 years is a wonderfully long time to share your life with a dog. It speaks to the "Mom" you are :-)

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  2. Congratulations to Laura!

    Ruffles doesn't look her age. What a sweetie...

    Elizabeth
    Mystery Writing is Murder

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  3. What a cute way to pick a winner! Our dog is almost 14 and she's the same way at meal time and treat time.

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  4. Congratulations Laura! Hmm, I never thought of using my dogs to help with the selection of a winner. Gidget would probably eat the names, Jax? She's dainty, so she would have gently moved everything aside to get the treat. The name would probably end up on her always wet nose. lol!

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  5. Oh, my! Thank you, Ruffles!

    And, of course, thanks to both Helen and Enid. I can't wait to get reading.

    This is a wonderful blog. I look forward to every post and comment. You have a lively group here, Helen. A pleasure to interact with.

    Give Ruffles a kiss for me, will ya? He can step on my name anytime.

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  6. Giveaways are great fun! So many of my tour hosts gave away copies of my book.

    And I love your method for drawing a winner!

    L. Diane Wolfe “Spunk On A Stick”
    www.circleoffriendsbooks.blogspot.com

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  7. Laura, I would give her a kiss, but she's sound asleep. She's been outside twice already, including one walk all the way to the end of the driveway to guide me in taking out the trash can, so she's one pooped "mature" doggie.

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  8. Ruffles is too cute. I could just picture him trying to get to his treat. Congrats to Laura and you, Helen, for this creative blog.
    Karen

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  9. She is a cutie, Karen. She rarely barks. Last night, though, my son brought over a girlfriend. Ruffles watched her, as much as she could, then when the girl went out of the room, Ruffles barked once. Waited a few seconds, then barked again. She kept that up for about 15 barks. It was like she knew the girl wasn't family and she was alerting us that she was in the house. It was weird since that was the first time she'd done something like that. Husband came downstairs to see what was wrong.

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  10. What a fun and creative way to choose a winner! Ruffles is adorable.

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  11. Congratulations to Laura. And what an adorable pooch you have, Helen. I think all dogs receive a shot of adrenalin when meal and treat times come along--no matter what their ages.

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  12. What an adorable dog. Ruffles is very lucky to have such an adoring owner!

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  13. Congrats to Laura and well done Ruffles! Pets are the best.

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  14. Congratulations, Laura! Enjoy your new read. Ruffles is a cutie! She doesn't look her age.

    Jen

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  15. Ruffles is too cute! Woof and Arf send cyber sniffs.

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  16. Hello to everyone from Ruffles. She doesn't see what all the fuss is about - it was just a little doggie bone. She gets one every night just before bed, although the one on Saturday was an extra one!

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  17. Congratulations Laura. Are you sure Ruffles didn't mean Lauri?? :)

    Ruffles is a sweetie by the way. I've always loved terriers.

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  18. What a lovely companion you have Helen.Congratulations Laura.

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  19. What a great way to choose a winner :)

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  20. Congrats to Laura, and hey - ADORABLE pup pic!

    Marvin D Wilson

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  21. What a fun way to pick a winner! And I love your puppy.

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  22. Ruffles is so cute. What a great way to choose.

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  23. That adorable pup scared the padoodlie out of us this weekend. Since she's basically blind and deaf, we don't let her run loose. But we do let her out when we're working in the yard or garden. We were out there on Saturday, looked up and she was gone. We walked all around the front, back and sides, then climbed in separate cars to search. I found her down by the low water crossing. A man had pulled to the side of the road and was holding her, waiting to see if someone would claim her. No telling where she'd gone if she'd gotten down in the dry creek bed. Or, worse yet, stayed in the road until someone came along who thought she'd see or hear the car and would move. I think her head had swelled since she'd gotten to choose the winner and she thought she was "all that and a bag of chips."

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  24. That's one heck of a way to determine a winner! Congrats to Laura!

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  25. How cool, Helen. And I love your dog. We, too, have an "elder" dog who is blind and deaf, but she finds the treats, too.

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  26. What a fun and original way to choose a winner! Cute dog!

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  27. Pets are the greatest. We have a Yorkie named Beau. I can see why Dean Koontz likes to include dogs in his stories.

    Stephen Tremp
    http://www.stephentremp.blogspot.com/

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  28. Congrats Laura...and Ruffles. Great. Now my dogs want to play pick the winner and get a treat. Ingenious!

    Nancy, from Realms of Thought…

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  29. Congrats Laura. I love Ruffles, love the name too. We have a chihuahua called Lion. Well, what else are you going to name a dog that everyone will laugh at anyway!

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  30. Now, a chihuahua named Lion is great! You gotta give small dogs a name to live up to.

    My daughter named Ruffles when she was teeny. She thought her hair looked like the waves on a Ruffles potato chip.

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  31. Congratulations, Laura! Love when nice things happen to nice people.

    Helen, I was so glad to hear you got your dog back. Had me worried there for a bit when I saw your tweet the other day. Love happy returns.
    ~jon

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  32. Hi everyone, I'm back in Sydney and catching up. Laura, hope you like the book. And I'm sorry about misunderstanding the giveaway for the other two gifts. Thanks Ruffles, I will pick one winner out myself. I must say I'm not as cute as you!

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  33. Two winners I meant and here they are (you can see the post at my blog today on how I picked the winners):

    Charlotte Phillips - necklace
    Conda V. Douglas - coasters

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