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The star of my book signing in Federal Hill yesterday wasn’t me.

Nor was it my book, “DOG, INC.: The Uncanny Inside Story of Cloning Man’s Best Friend.”

And it wasn’t even — awesome celebrity traveling dog that he is — Ace.

No, the show was stolen by Jude, a pit bull mix from Baltimore Animal Rescue & Care Shelter who showed up in hopes of getting adopted.

(While a couple of people showed interest in her yesterday, my latest information is that she’s still available.)

Jude, according to the BARCS volunteers that accompanied her, was surrendered to the shelter a couple of months ago. Either her former owners  or the staff at BARCS have taught her well.

At about two years old, she’s an absolute sweetheart, with a playful but peaceful soul, and she got along with everyone, dog and human, that came into The Book Escape (it’s dog-friendly) during the signing.

Well, she did a lot more than get along; I think she captured some hearts.

If I weren’t still wandering and trying to figure out where home is, I’d have snapped her up. She will be the best investment somebody will ever make.

Why should you take my word for it? Because, six years ago, I adopted Ace, the finest dog ever to emerge from the halls of BARCS (in my opinion). Obviously, I know how to pick ’em.

Thanks to all those who came out in yesterday’s drizzly cold weather, bought my book, and/or donated to the Franky Fund, which BARCS uses to provide medical care to seriously injured animals. You can learn more about it here.

Between customer donations and 20 percent of the days take from “DOG, INC.” sales, we were able to hand over a couple hundred dollars to BARCS.

Also joining in was local artist Kelly Lane, who showed up to sell her hand-made Valentines Day cards, also donating 20 percent of her sales to BARCS. Kelly will be selling her cards today — Super Bowl Sunday — at Captain Larry’s, 601 E. Fort Avenue.

Captain Larry’s is holding its 4th annual chili cookoff today — for $5 you can sample chili to your heart’s content, at least until it runs out. The event starts at 4 p.m., and proceeds are going to BARCS.

As for Jude, I hope she finds a wonderful home, and I hereby offer a free, autographed copy of “DOG, INC.” to the person or family that adopts her.

Thanks again to all that helped out yesterday — Andrew Stonebarger, owner of The Book Escape, Kelly Lane, Tamara Granger (for making sure Ace behaved) and the staff and volunteers at BARCS.

And, hey, most of all, Jude.


Comment from Valerie Brooks
Time February 6, 2011 at 2:40 pm

She is one freaking cute dog, John. But then, Ace is also one of the handsomest dogs ever. Do I see pit bull/chow/rottie pups in the future? Hope you sold tons ‘o books.

Comment from jwoestendiek
Time February 6, 2011 at 3:38 pm

Valerie, Ace lacks the equipment necessary to successfully participate in the activity that would lead to that outcome.

Comment from Valerie Brooks
Time February 6, 2011 at 4:59 pm

Yeah, I knew that. I was just dreaming. Get your butt, and Ace’s, back here to the great Southwest!

Comment from BanBSL
Time February 7, 2011 at 7:47 am

I volunteer at BARCS and I wholeheartedly agree that Jude would be one of the best investments a family ever made. She is such a sweet girl, she’s a volunteer favorite. She deserves a good home.

Comment from KevinJimeno
Time February 7, 2011 at 9:11 am

Oooooops! it’s really intrusting.

Comment from Peggy @Peggy’s Pet Place
Time February 7, 2011 at 11:13 am

Sounds like the book signing was a big success. yay! I’m worried when I have mine, no one will show up. Maybe you can send Jude! (although I hope Jude will be adopted and in a happy forever home by then!)