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  • Facebook Live – Ellie the Wienerdog and Author K.J. Hales

    Ellie the Wienerdog Poolside with It's Hard to Swim Book

    Join Ellie the Wienerdog and Author K.J. Hales for a Facebook Live first look at Ellie’s New Book, “It’s Hard to Swim.” Available everywhere today! Where: When:   12:00 pm PST

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  • Mark Your Calendar Book Expo and BookCon

    Book Expo 2017 Logo

    BookExpo provides a focused professional environment to discover emerging authors and the next blockbuster titles, engage with the world’s most influential publishers and learn from industry leaders and peers. BookExpo culminates with  BookCon, our two day Fan event where storytelling and pop culture collide. Embrace the future of publishing in New York City on May 31 – June 2, 2017.

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  • Join Us at the Wine Country Wienerfest

    Join K.J. Hales and Ellie the Wienerdog at the 2017 Wine Country Wiener Fest Fundraiser on Sunday April 9, 2017.  This is a family and pet friendly event held annually to raise funds and awareness for local dachshund rescues. Sponsored By: Temecula Valley Dachshund Club Sunny Oasis Rescue Dachshund Rescue and Placement, Inc. 

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  • A Whale of a Time

    Pet Project Foundation Giant Red Ballon Dog

    It was a whale of a time at the Dana Point Festival of Whales Street Fair on Saturday!  We met so many fans; made new friends; watched a giant red dog float by; and ate a lot of treats!  Thanks Banyan Pet Photography for sharing the day with us and the Pet Project Foundation for putting on such […]

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  • Teacher’s Guide It’s Hard to Be Good

    It's Hard to be Good Teachers Guide

    The accompanying teaching guide to Ellie the Wienerdog Life’s Little Lesson #1 It’s Hard to Be Good.

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  • Ellie’s Pooch Smooch Love Mug is Here!

    Ellie's Pooch Smooch Mug

    ELLIE’S NEW POOCH SMOOCH LOVE MUG NOW AVAILABLE! Whether you want to show your sweetheart some Valentine’s Love or give yourself some Pooch Smooch Lovin’, this awesome mug is guaranteed to bring smiles and warm hearts.  Share the Love! ORDER NOW FOR VALENTINE’S DAY!   Use coupon code LOVIN to receive 10% discount.

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  • The Start of a New Year is the Perfect Time to Try

    Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try

    The start of a new year always seems to bring a sense of optimism and energy with it.  This will be the year!  This is the time to begin whatever it is you have been putting off for fear of something.  Remember, every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.  Make 2017 the year you decide to try […]

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  • Holiday ‘Feel-Good’ Gifts of Kindness

    Simple “be good, feel good” gifts we can offer over the holidays that cost nothing but mean everything. BY  K.J. HALES NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Friday, November 11, 2016, 5:20 PM (SKYNESHER/GETTY IMAGES/ISTOCKPHOTO)   It’s that time of the year. The holiday season. A time that should be filled with celebration, grateful reflection and happiness.However, in […]

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  • Ellie the Wienerdog is Here!

    It's Here Annoucement for It's Hard to be Good

    Ellie the Wienerdog is Here! Open Door Press is very proud to announce the release of the first book in the children’s book series Life’s Little Lessons by Ellie the Wienerdog, It’s Hard to be Good. We invite you to get to know Ellie and join in the fun of her adventures.

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  • Another K.J. and Ellie Visit Under the Collar!

    K.J. Hales and Ellie the Wienerdog were honored to be invited back to the Furry Friends Kids Camp at Animal Friends of the Valley in Lake Elsinore, California on July 29, 2016.  A great time was had by all with everyone sharing stories of how hard it can be to be good sometimes.

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  • K.J.Hales and Ellie the Wienerdog Visit Santa Rosa Academy

    K.J. Hales and Ellie the Wienerdog Visit Santa Rosa Academy

    K.J. Hales and Ellie the Wienerdog had a great visit with the kindergarten classes at Santa Rosa Academy in Menifee, California on April 7, 2016.  

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  • Visit to Animal Friends of the Valleys Kids Camp 2016

    Ellie and KJ Hales at Kids Camp Visit

    Had an absolutely GREAT time visiting everyone at the Animal Friends of the Valley Furry Friends Kid’s Camp yesterday! Thanks for all the love and hugs!

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