We Survived the Turkey – New Books & Giveaways

It’s been a little while, but the last time you heard from me (unless you’re new, in which case hi!) I was preparing to poison my family with a Christmas turkey I feared my mother bought waaay too early.

Good news! We survived!

Bad news: In an attempt to rid my small kitchen of the giant turkey pan full of grease, my mother sat it outside the back door. Then someone let the dogs out to go to the bathroom. Who let the dogs out? My sister-in-law, apparently, who had no idea my mother cleverly stashed a giant pan of turkey grease outside.  (And yes, you’re welcome for putting that Who let the dogs out? woof! woof! woof! song in your head for the rest of the day.)

Soon after, someone let two strangely greasy-faced dogs back into the house.

Then I bolted outside chanting something like “oh no oh no oh no” and found a very shiny empty turkey pan sitting outside the door.

And now Gordon Labradoodle has abandoned his noble search for a cure for squirrels and has devoted his life to figuring out what he did right that earned him a pan of turkey grease.

But all is forgiven, because the dogs didn’t die (Gordon threw up, but that wasn’t all that unusual) and my parents gave us The Ring video doorbell, which captured this:

And now on to books!

First – I’m half way done Pineapple Port Mystery #4: Pineapple Land War! Shooting for having it out in about a month. I’ll be running a contest to name something in that book soon!

Next, a couple of giveaways and two new releases… First, I’m giving away a signed paperback copy of Kilty as Charged on GoodReads…

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Kilty as Charged by Amy Vansant

Kilty as Charged

by Amy Vansant

Giveaway ends February 01, 2017.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway

New Release! – Trouble at the Animal Shelter
by Dianne Harman – 99 cents!

From seven time Amazon All-Star comes her latest cozy mystery.

When Maggie Ryan, a retired schoolteacher, is murdered, and over thirty dogs are discovered living in her home, the Cedar Bay Animal Shelter is stretched beyond its meager resources.

Join Kelly, the owner of Kelly’s Koffee Shop, and her husband Mike, the sheriff of Beaver County, Oregon, along with a bulldog puppy named Max, and Sanyu, an Akita guard dog, as they literally have to sniff out the murderer before they become the next victims.

WILD HEARTS OF SUMMER, Ocean City Boardwalk Series, Book 3 by Donna Fasano

Now Available for Preorder!

Cathy Whitley’s two best friends, Sara and Heather, may have found the men of their dreams… and that’s all well and good for them. But that’s not going to happen to Cathy. She allowed love to catch her off-guard once and it drained her dry, emotionally and financially.

Brad Henderson has been chasing Cathy for years. He’s settled for their on-again-off-again, “friends with bennies” relationship for far longer than he expected. Then Brad inherits a business worth millions from billionaire Harold Hopewell. Now Cathy will surely see him in a new light. Right? 

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5 Responses

  1. dar

    Boy o boy…Your dogs have guardian angels , Ms Amy…My Osteopath paid the vet $7k to treat her 13yr turkey-gobbling pooch…it was touch&go all the way for a whole week, but he’s still wagging…No more turkey, EVER, sayeth my Doc! Cheers
    Love Your Pets, Just Don’t Feed Them Turkey
    Refrain from giving any part of that beautiful bird to your cat or dog. …
    twhen pets eat high-fat foods,
    it triggers the pancreas to produce and release a large …
    Good Diet and Advice for Dogs with Pancreatitis



    A diagnosis of pancreatitis is based on several factors. First, your Vet will want to take your dog’s history and do a physical examination. Procedures for diagnosing pancreatitis commonly include blood work (such as a Complete Blood Count or “CBC”), serum chemistry to measure elevations in the pancreatic enzymes (amylase and lipase), and a urinalysis. X-rays or ultrasound of the abdomen may also be done to check the dog’s internal organs, as well as to check the pancreas for inflammation, abscesses, tumors or other disorders.

    Diagnostic blood tests a Vet may conduct include a “cPL test”, which is a specific test for diagnosis of pancreatitis. Other tests used include a trypsin-like-immunoreactivity assay (TLI assay), and an ELISA test for trypsinogen activation peptide (also known as a “TAP” test). A TAP test is done to evaluate the levels of trypsin in the blood. These blood tests apply more specifically to pancreatic function than tests for amylase and lipase.

    Pancreatitis treatment usually requires hospitalization at the Vet’s office or animal hospital for 3-4 days or more. While in the animal hospital, fluids and nutrients are given intravenously (also known as an “I.V.”) In order to give the pancreas time to “rest” and heal, food, water and oral medications are not given during this time. In addition, pain medications and antibiotics may be given as well.

    Additionally, W. Jean Dodds, DVM, provides the following information regarding blood transfusions in treatment of pancreatitis:

    “Pancreatitis can be helped to ‘cool down’ with transfusion of fresh-frozen plasma (3-5 cc per pound given once or twice daily). A Vet should consider giving plasma as often as is needed to neutralize the excessive trypsin released by the inflamed pancreas. They can even put the plasma directly into the peritoneal cavity to “bathe” the inflamed area to effectively neutralize any trypsin enzyme that has leaked out of the damaged pancreas and is “autodigesting” the tissues it contacts. If this blood product is not readily available where you are, please call my staff at Hemopet and say it’s an emergency need. Fresh-frozen plasma contains alpha-1 anti-trypsin to neutralize the trypsin produced and released by the pancreas, but in the case of pancreatitis, it is released into the surrounding abdominal tissues causing them to be autodigested.”


    • Amy Vansant

      Luckily he had no turkey, just drippings. AND he’s such a wimp, I’m sure his strong willed cousin boxed him out and he barely got any anyway! He’s very beta dog! Won’t even try for it if another dog implies THEY get something.


  2. Cynthia Powers

    Yikes! I can just picture it. Doggies will eat whatever’s bad for them, won’t they. Amy, you know those drippings should have made gravy, LOL.



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