The photo above is from a New York Times article about pet rental in Manhattan –the dog in the bag is a rental. Interesting and something I hope Harry will not read for my sake. Being a therapy dog in the second book was a challenge enough, luckily it was a one-time engagement. Here is the link: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/30/nyregion/30dogs.html?ex=1364616000&en=8d101e900e2ff309&ei=5124&partner=permalink&exprod=permalink
Also, I am pasting below –in its full glory– the original contest announcement and guidelines since tomorrow is the last day to register! J.F. encourages everyone to do so!
With great foreboding and trepidation, Yours Truly must announce the “A Dog About Town (Randolph You’d Better Promote The Hell Out of It or Else) Contest.” I am paraphrasing J.F.’s name for it since this is a “family” site, but the essence is clear. J.F. is intent on spreading the word about A Dog About Town to the masses of readers who have not yet had the opportunity to plumb the book’s pages, partake in its adventures and be bathed in the illuminating glow of a certain Labrador’s intellect. His scheme –and I must use that stark term for it— is either ingenious or absurd. It is this: J.F. will pay $250 U.S. Dollars to the person who manages to get this site (and url link) and the book A Dog About Town mentioned on no less than fifty websites by April 15, 2008! According to J.F., this is a great opportunity for anyone who is interested in marketing/promotion/publishing/the Internet/or making $250 while not changing out of their pajamas. In addition to giving the hard-working, if pajamaed, winner $250, J.F. will also make a donation of $100 to that venerable animal advocacy group Broadway Barks (http://www.broadwaybarks.com/) in the winner’s name.Now, this –as they say—was to be it … but I pointed out to J.F. that there might be other hard-working, deserving contestants who might go away empty-handed yet have contributed something to the overall campaign of “getting the word out.” For example, I said, what happens if someone manages to get the fifty mentions but does so after someone else has done it but before the deadline? Or what happens if someone gets forty-nine mentions. “This is not to be! Good people cannot go away empty handed!” J.F. Englert bellowed with overly loud enthusiasm. This is a long way of saying there will be two runners up and they will get some money also!
So To Summarize: 1) $250 to the person who manages to get this site (www.adogabouttown.com) and the book “A Dog About Town” mentioned on no less than fifty sites by April 15, 2008 (an additional $100 will be donated to Broadway Barks in the winner’s name).
2) $150 to the first runner up (the person who manages to get the 2nd highest number of mentions by the deadline or the full fifty but after the winner);
3) $100 to the second runner up (the person who manages to get the 3rd highest number of mentions by the deadline or the full fifty but after the second place finisher).
“Randolph, what happens if no one gets the fifty mentions?”
Well, in this unlikely case, only the runners up prizes will be given out. “Randolph, is there anything else I should know?”
Yes. To be qualified for this contest you must either enter your email address in the box on the right hand side of this page or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org . Alas, if we do not have your email address on file by April 1, you will not be qualified. Everyone who does enter will receive a confirmation email from us and if you do not receive a confirmation email within three days make sure to followup. By the way, it goes without saying that none of the sites that count toward your contest tally can be owned by you.Also, to get an idea of the kind of mentions, here are a few links. Contestants’ mentions need not be this involved, but delivering a positive idea of A Dog About Town is most important –however, brief (J.F. will not be a stickler). Of course, spam mentions will not be considered, but if there is some computer genius out there who discovers a way of delivering solid mentions on legitimate sites (not the Macao International Gambling Web Ring) –well, this contest will embrace such innovation!
Above all, J.F. encourages everyone to enter even if you come to this announcement late and think you’re at a competitive disadvantage. “The race ain’t over until it’s over (on April 15, 2008).” No winners will be announced or decided until after April 15. And, remember, to keep track of what sites you’ve contacted. Total potential cash value of all the prizes –not including the donation to Broadway Barks– is $500!
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