Flashback Friday: A Summer Book Signing With Buddy, the (Rescued) Christmas Husky

Meeting Buddy, the Christmas Husky!

This Flashback Friday is an exciting one! As many of you know, one of the books I've written is based on the true story of a sick, abused and abandoned Siberian Husky who was rescued on Christmas morning back in 2011 as he wandered out onto a road and right into the path of oncoming traffic. He was dubbed "The Christmas Husky" because it was on Christmas Day and through the help of a Good Samaritan named Geneva, this boy (who was named Buddy), was quite literally saved and, with the help of online "Team Buddy," embarked upon a new journey that brought him to his foster mom states away and filled his life with much hope, love, and happiness from across the world, that still continues to this very day! 

His is a tale for all time, not just Christmas time! You can catch up with Buddy over on his Buddy, the Christmas Husky Facebook page! Be sure to tell him the FiveSibes sent you! And, of course, you can read my book all about his life from abuse and abandonment to rescue and love, Buddy, the Christmas Husky~A True Holiday Miracle, illustrated by my dear friend and very talented artist, Barbara K. Slocum.

My ArcticHouse Publishing Book Team: Editor Judy, Illustrator/Designer Barbara & Author/Editor Me!

Today, I'm flashing back to this past August, when I met handsome Buddy and his Mama Shay, when they drove up from Georgia and we did a fun Meet & Greet Book Signing event in New Paltz, NY! Buddy was every bit the star! For a once abused and abandoned dog who was shunned and frightened of people, Buddy is now every bit the social butterfly, and he thoroughly loved meeting people, receiving lots of hugs, posing for photos, and getting treats! 
Our dog-friendly venue - The Parish

Me and my little pal, Carter, Buddy's #1 NY fan!
Had a great time making friends and signing books!

Buddy and his foster Mama Shay embarked upon their road trip a few days earlier with car mate, "Nala," another Siberian Husky Mama Shay was fostering who met her new forever mom, Susan, along the way and together the foursome traveled to New York. (Afterward, Nala and Susan would continue on home to Massachusetts). Since they were on their way up the East Coast, Mama Shay and I thought it would be wonderful to get together and meet some Buddy fans from New York! Matthew Sweeney, owner of the awesome dog-friendly restaurant called The Parish located in the Water Street Market area of New Paltz, NY, hosted the event. While it was a very hot day, one of the hottest here in the Valley this summer - 101°F! - Matthew Sweeney, owner of The Parish treated the dogs to plenty of cool, fresh water and air condition! Folks came from many miles and states away to join us, and it was truly a fun day! 

The Grand Husky Entrance! 

Roo! The Christmas Husky Star has arrived!
Buddy with Matt, owner of The Parish, and friends!

With an outdoor deck that overlooked the beautiful Shawangunk mountain ridge, it was a beautiful spot to get together, eat lunch, meet terrific people and some even brought their own dogs, too! Holly, from Holly and the Huskies blog, traveled well over five hours with her dad and two of her Huskies, Bree and Chip, just to come join us for a few hours! 

And the folks from Husky House Siberian Husky & Fellow K-9 Rescue from New Jersey came, too! It was great to meet them! (They were guests on my October episode of "The Sibe Vibe" Dog Works Radio show! Tune in any time on iTunes or HERE).

The Meet & Greet Book Signing also had delicious home-baked canine treats catered by Paws of Distinction Pet Boutique, a cool shop that carries a whole assortment of fresh-baked treats and cakes, as well as foods, clothes, art, and much more! The shop welcomes furry visitors, and is also located in the Water Street Market, downstairs from The Parish.

Buddy and Nala Funny Strip!

Buddy liked the smells in the pet boutique!

Buddy & FiveSibes Moms!

This day was most definitely a highlight of the summer for me! Now, secret be told...if I could have managed to sneak both Buddy and Nala into my Jeep without their Moms noticing, I'd have two more Huskies in my pack! (wink-wink!)

 A great ending to a great day ~ tired, but happy Huskies!

Here's a video slideshow story about Buddy, his road trip, and  featuring more photos from the Siberific day:

I'd like to thank everyone who braved the hot weather to  come out and hang out with us! It was so much fun. Also many thanks to our fantastic host, Matthew, and his wonderful staff for their hospitality and giving the Huskies a cool place to chill (literally); to the ladies from Paws of Distinction for the canine catering; and to my two dearest friends for all their support and photographing the day, Linda and Judy! Also big hugs to Buddy and his Mama Shay and Susan and Nala for taking this trip, to my very talented illustrator, Barbara, and to everyone who fosters and rescues dogs, like Buddy and Nala!

As a special holiday gift, Mama Shay is giving out a FREE red drink koozie, like the Wolf has above, with every Buddy, the Christmas Husky~A True Holiday Miracle book purchased between now and December 15th! Visit HERE to order your book and get your free gift! Or you can order through my Amazon affiliate link:
 A portion of proceeds will be donated to Mama Shay's "Buddy's Buddies" fund to assist with Buddy's continued healthcare at University of Georgia (UGA) College of Veterinary Medicine, and when Buddy's bill is up-to-date, she donates to help other pets at UGA who need assistance.
The Flashback Friday Blog Hop is brought to you by us - the FiveSibes!  We welcome our co-host Love is being Owned by a Husky! We hope you'll find a photo or video from Memory Lane, post it, and link up to our Blog Hop each Friday! If you don't catch it on Friday, you can link up any time during the week! To catch our past Flashbacks, just enter "Flashback Friday" in the search box.  Come join us! We'd love to see your pets' Flashback pics! Just grab our badge below:

We are also joining in the Pet Parade, hosted by Rascal & Rocco, Bionic Basil, our co-host, Owned by a Husky, and Barking from the Bayou! Be sure to visit them and their hoppers! 



  1. What an amazing day for all! I just purchased 2 of the books. One for myself and 1 for my sister, who has rescued her last 3 huskies, for her Christmas gift.

  2. That is a terrific Christmas story and we love it!

  3. I'm so glad that Buddy was rescued. Sounds like the PERFECT Christmas story. I also love that funny strip.

  4. That is a wonderful Adoption story! Buddy certainly is a Christmas Dog. What a great event you had, ID love to come up to New Paltz and visit The Parish next Summer.
    Love & biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  5. What a pawsome Christmas story! Buddy looks so happy! Looks like it was an amazing day!

  6. Wow! Buddy's before and after photos are incredible. It's amazing what love can do. It's terrifying to think of the drastic situation he was in right before he was rescued.

  7. I love this story and it is perfect for Christmas. Thanks for sharing. ♥

  8. What an endearing story! Will share your article. I love the art work on the cover of your book!

  9. What a purrfect story for Christmas! It sounds like you had a fantastic day - so much fun!

  10. What a pawsome Christmas story with love and fun

  11. Buddy is a very lucky dog. Nothing like a rescue story to restore your faith in humanity, and make you feel good. Book sounds amazing.

  12. What a wonderful adoption story ~ it makes us very happy.

  13. I love that he became a 'social butterfly'!!!! I can think of no greater tribute to the love and care he received than him recovering to become an outgoing and friendly dog. This is brilliant to read and lifted our spirits no end!

  14. What a lovely Christmas Story! Happy tears!

  15. Such an amazing day and to have Buddy as part of it made it even better.

  16. Wonderful to see Buddy doing so well! :) What a lucky pup!

  17. What an amazing tale and flashback. That's really neat about the book too. :)

  18. We have met Buddy and his mom before too! Here in Georgia we usually have an annual Huskypalooza where hundreds of husky owners come to let their dogs play and socialize! Buddy and his mom were selling books and tshirts. I bought my favorite I Love My Husky tshirt from her!

  19. This book sounds wonderful! I love stories of triumph. :) Buddy is quite the inspirational guy. The dogs look like they had as much fun as you did!

  20. What a lovely Christmas story. Buddy was very lucky.

  21. What a lovely story,thanks for sharing it with us!


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