Meet the Graduate


It is now official, Sugar has passed her Puppy Training Course. Before you start laughing, this was no easy task, trust me. I spent countless hours practicing Stay, Drop it, and Sit, but I watched with pride as she ran through the challenges of her achievement test.

Oh, there were plenty of times during the past six weeks when I had my doubts about Sugar ever graduating, and I’ll admit she waffled a bit when she got to where there was a salmon-flavored treat on the floor and she was told to Leave-it!  We’d practiced this countless times at home, but hey – a salmon treat is a SALMON TREAT! My heart was in my throat as Sugar eyed that delicious and oh so desirable treat, but when push came to shove, she stepped back. (Yay, mommy shouted)

Her grand finale was awesome – instead of the required 15 seconds of staying in place, she did 29 seconds. Applause, SugarGradXapplause. Her classmate Oreo, was quick to join in the celebration and a good time was had by all. The proud Mom and Dad were happy to pose for pictures with their well-educated Bichon.

A special note of thanks to Janet McDaniel, Sugar’s trainer and a woman with infinite wisdom and patience.

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About the author

Bette Lee Crosby

USA Today Bestselling and Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby's books are "Well-crafted storytelling populated by memorable characters caught up in equally memorable circumstances." - Midwest Book Review The Seattle Post Intelligencer says Crosby's writing is, "A quirky mix of Southern flair, serious thoughts about important things in life and madcap adventures." Samantha from Reader's Favorite raves, "Crosby writes the type of book you can't stop thinking about long after you put it down." "Storytelling is in my blood," Crosby laughingly admits, "My mom was not a writer, but she was a captivating storyteller, so I find myself using bits and pieces of her voice in most everything I write." It is the wit and wisdom of that Southern Mama Crosby brings to her works of fiction; the result is a delightful blend of humor, mystery and romance along with a cast of quirky charters who will steal your heart away. Her work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. She has since gone on to win nineteen awards for her work; these include: TheRoyal Palm Literary Award, the FPA President's Book Award Gold Medal, Reader's Favorite Award Gold Medal, and the Reviewer's Choice Award.


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