I found Yappy Hour at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort by following the barking of a few of the dozens of dogs that were enjoying the beautiful outdoor patio. I don’t mean to make it sound like it was cacophony, they were actually quite well behaved considering they were at a cocktail party.
Not being a dog person, I fortified myself with a glass of wine and went to talk with the guest of honor, my friend, Edie Jarolim, author of “Am I Boring My Dog”, and blogger of Will My Dog Hate Me? She was merrily scribbling away signing books. At the appointed hour we were directed indoors for the reading. I passed the corner for “dogs and their owners” with chairs on plastic sheeting over the dance floor.
Jennifer Duffy, representing Loews, told us that the resort is a pet friendly hotel – in addition to dogs you may bring your cat, iguana or bunny rabbit. Edie then entertained the very appreciative audience, both human and canine, by reading from her charming, funny and very helpful book. Both novice dog owners (like Edie) and veteran dog people will learn something from this comprehensive guide to being the best dog caretaker you can be. Frankie the doggie muse was on stage looking very snappy in his black tie.
If you missed it, don’t worry, she’ll be reading at Clues Unlimited, A Mystery Bookstore, 3146 E. Ft. Lowell Rd, on Saturday, October 17 at 2:30 p.m. at a benefit for Arizona Greyhound Rescue . Also reading will be Marlene Bachmann, author of a new mystery set in Tucson dealing with nefarious doings at the local greyhound track. Twenty per cent of the book sales for the event will go to AGR. Greyhounds welcome.