Amish Author Suzanne Woods Fisher & Lancaster County Christmas & Book Giveaway — 65 Comments

  1. OMG! I can’t imagine training a dog to be a guide dog. I’m fascinated by them, but I have no desire to ever train one. Nor could I. Not very good at training animals, they train me. I’m such a sucker for them that they basically have their way with me, so they would be nothing more than a spoiled brat. sigh. hehe. Do you miss life in Hong Kong? Do you ever go back for a visit?

    I definitely want to be added to your drawing. Your book sounds fabulous!!!

    Debra Ullrick
    christianromancewriter [at] gmail [dot] come

  2. Karen–It’s so good to hear stories of shelter dogs making great pets. So glad! Have you read “A Dog Named Christmas?” Author is Greg Kincaid. I loved that story. Suzanne

  3. Loretta–
    It can be hard to let go…but it’s not “over.” You are kept abreast of dog’s progress in training, then you’re a part of graduation, and hopefully, in touch with the dog’s partner. And over half of the dogs are dropped, too. So while it’s hard, it’s not as hard as you might think. Merry Christmas to you! Suzanne

  4. Hi Linda! Nice to connect again! My sister raises black lab puppies from Guide Dogs (I talked her into it!). The eyes on those puppies just get me…so soulful! Buddy sounds like a bright boy. Now we just have to teach him to CLOSE cupboards. 🙂 Warmly, Suzanne

  5. Nancy…At first I thought you had trained that smart German Shepherd how to mow the lawn! Hoo-boy…I know they’re smart dogs, but wow! Then I realized how dangerous the situation was. So glad it worked out without any injury. Yikes! Suzanne

  6. Hi Sherry! The book is only $7.99 on Amazon right now (that’s cheaper than I can get it!)…so keep that in mind if you don’t win this time. Thanks for wanting to share my story with your friend! If you do get a copy, I’d be happy to send a signed bookplate/bookmarks to you. Suzanne

  7. Sherri–You can even just get your feet wet by meeting with the local group, getting qualified to “puppysit” the puppies-in-training (always a need), then see if you want to commit to raising. I think you’ll enjoy the people who are part of raising service puppies–they are a big hearted bunch.

  8. Raising Guide Dogs is a very selfless thing to do. I know you are blessed by doing it, as well as being a blessing to others.
    Currently we have a pit bull who is really just a big baby. We have had other dogs in the past – mostly the Heinz 57 variety, but all loved.

  9. I have always wanted to read this book, but now I want to read it even more. I am a “friend” of Suzanne’s on FB and follow her website and newsletters. Thank you for the chance to win a copy.

  10. I asked if I might pet our presenter’s guide dog when she was finished speaking. She said no because he was still working. As they passed me, the dog pushed his head up under my hand.

  11. I read this book last week and LOVED this book. I would like to win this copy to give to a friend that is a wonderful Christian and dog lover. She does so much for everyone around her.

  12. Merry Christmas right back to you, Suzanne!. May all of your holidays be filled with all the delights you can dream of and even a few of which you may have yet to dream. God always knows and He knows what lies ahead, even when we don’t. Even as you are training these Guide Dogs, God knows exactly what they are going to need in their future, and you get to be a part of all of that! Lucky YOU!

    May all the LOVE, JOY, Peace & Grace that were brought to us by the birth of Our Savior, Jesus Christ, be with you during every hour of every day of this grand season of Christmas & as we usher in yet another New Year!!

    I am most anxious to read your latest writings and look forward to winning it here, so that I can ask you to sign it personally.

    God’s Blessings
    Anita Flenz

  13. I have 3 dogs and they can be a hand full. What one doesn’t think of the others will. Wouldn’t give them up though. They are all lab and shepherd mix.

  14. We adopted two German Sheperds from the rescue home. We got them 6 months apart and they fit into life very well. One day my husband was out cutting the grass and I heard him scream for me, I thought oh my goodness he is hurt. I ran outside and there was the bigger of the two Shepherds running down the back yard with the lawnmower in his mouth and it was still going. That was the last time we used a gas lawnmower, now we use electric because if you let go of the handle it will stop. I think how either my husband or my dog could have been severely hurt, but a little bribe of a treat he let go of the mower and all worked out well. Phew, I still hyperventilate when I even tell the story.

  15. Wow! I really enjoyed reading this, although I have no dogs nor any kind of pets. I am a huge fan of the Amish books and would love to win the book!

  16. Since I met Suzanne in Atlanta in July, I have rescued a black lab pup. He is now about 14 months old. He was hit by 2 cars (I saw it happen) and no tags or claimed by anyone. I kept me ears and eyes open, and ended up with Buddy. He is smart and the vet thinks he could become a companion dog with what he does and as cautious as he is. He can open cabinet doors and dresser drawers, as well as bedroom doors. Sometimes that is frustrating, though. But we love him anyway.

  17. My life changed for the better the day I partnered with my first guide dog Rufus. Lest anyone thinks service dogs don’t get any down time to just “be dogs” Rufus (who is retired and living his golden years with us) loves to help “make” the bed by nesting in the sheets and blankets after I have everything just so. 🙂 My current guide, Abby, keeps Rufus young and us laughing with her antics. She is my joy!

    Do you all know about Suzanne’s book called For the Love of Dogs? It’s about training with a guide dog, and part of the money goes to Guide Dogs for the Blind in CA. I enjoyed reading it very much.

    I’m also looking forward to reading A Lancaster County Christmas!

  18. We had a black lab mix that was a better mouser than our cat. Your book sounds very intriguing.

  19. We have three dogs I think it is a wonderful thing you are doing Thanks for the giveaway I love all your books

  20. I have 3 Chihuahuas. A mother and 2 of her pups that are now 3yrs.old. They are always chasing the neighbors black lab,geese and squirrels.I am happy to say that they have never caught anything yet except a grasshopper.

  21. Love the guide dog story and can hardly wait to read her latest book. It’s in process for me. We have a sweetheart dog who keeps us entertained day and sometimes night.

    Have a God Filled Day

  22. that’s such a sweet story. I would have an awfully hard time letting them go.
    but because it’s such a worthy cause, I would, but my heart would be broken.

  23. That’s maybe one reason i love your novels so much…they have dogs in them! i had to leave our two rescue dogs at home while we are in our winter home in
    Arizona, and i miss them very much. would love to bring them with me, but then i couldn’t spoil all the dogs who come with their owners to winter here! a secret wish of mine would be to raise dogs for service dogs, but as i live on a farm in summer, and in a parkmodel in winter, i guess it’s not practical. Thanks for the giveaway!

  24. It must be interesting raising dogs who can be productive and useful. My Uncle Bud was blind and had several guide dogs. He was a ham radio operator and was gainfully employed thanks to the help of his guide dogs who aided him in getting around.

  25. What a wonderful service – guide dogs!!!! What an empty life people would have!!!!!

    Hope I win the contest too!!!!!!!!

  26. Don’t have any pets right now, but 2 of the best dogs I have ever met were from the Humane Society – George was my poodle and Rocket was my daughter’s Sheltie – both dogs were so smart and fun to be around!

  27. You know me as Dog lover. I love dogs. I used to have a Jack Russell Terrier turned fifteen years old past Feb. Now He is no longer with us anymore. he died on May 31st. He has been a good life and has been good with us for years. I still petsitting my customer’s dogs over five years now.
    I am looking forward to read your christmas book when I return from vacation.

  28. Love these comments from fellow dog lovers! As I type this, Tess, my breeder for GDB, is nudging me with her nose. Time for a walk, I think! Thanks for letting me visit today, Lyn, and Merry Christmas to all of you! Warmly, Suzanne

  29. This sounds like a very good book. I would definitely love to win it so my family can all read and enjoy it!!

  30. This was a great interview, we have a friend who has in-laws who train guide dogs. It is wonderful that dogs can be trained for this purpose and ‘kudos’ to the people that do it.

  31. My mother-in-law lived with us for 8 years and was home with our collection of rescue dogs all day. It came as a shock to me that the dogs were bilingual, while I was not.

  32. I have a mini dachshund who likes rocks. He’ll get a rock and likes to tear up the grass around it. Don’t know why he does this.

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