Westie Christmas cartoon: Santa’s on his way

Westie Christmas cartoon: Santa’s on his way

Woofings, furiends, and a furry merry Christmas to you!

I hope that Santa finds you – wherever you are! He certainly seems to find me when I’m on my sailing holibobs.

(Remember, here in New Zealand it is summer at Christmas time, because we live south of the equator. So I often get to celebrate Christmas on the boat and in the sunshine!)

Minnie The Westie Christmas cartoon.

Minnie The Westie - Sailor Dog Vacation: The Adventures Of A West Highland Terrier Cartoon Dog At Sea!Do you like this westie Christmas cartoon?

There are more westie smiles where this came from!

This cartoon is from my book ‘Minnie The Westie – Sailor Dog Vacation’… check it out on Amazon.com and other online bookstores!

(In the book, you’ll find out if Santa found me – and if so – what I got for Christmas… plus many more adventures!)

Season’s woofings,

Wags ‘n’ nose licks,

Minnie x

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Westie cartoon: Christmas turkey

Westie cartoon: Christmas turkey

Woofings, furiends!

This month’s westie cartoon is loosely based on my sailing adventures! (Remember, here in New Zealand, Christmas falls in the summer holidays, because we are in the Southern Hemisphere and the seasons are reversed.)

Yes, there really are wild turkeys… *drools*… Unfortunately I have never been up close to one, as mum and dad won’t let me chase them. Spoilsports!

Minnie The Westie cartoon: Christmas turkey

Minnie The Westie - Sailor Dog Vacation: The Adventures Of A Cartoon West Highland Terrier Cartoon Dog At Sea!

Do you like this westie cartoon?

There are more westie smiles where this came from!

This cartoon is from my book ‘Minnie The Westie – Sailor Dog Vacation’… check it out on Amazon.com and other online bookstores!

(In the book, you’ll find out if I got turkey for Christmas or not!)

Wags ‘n’ nose licks,

Minnie x

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Westie cartoon: cat confusion

Westie cartoon: cat confusion

This Minnie The Westie cartoon seems appropriate right now, seeing as I have been enjoying watching the America’s Cup sailing regatta… The teams were competing on 72′ catamarans!

Minnie The Westie cartoon - cat confusion

(And yes, when I go on sailing holibobs, I do rather miss seeing – and chasing – cats!)

Wags ‘n’ nose licks,

Minnie x

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Sailor dog suppawts America’s Cup team!

Sailor dog suppawts America’s Cup team!

Apawlogies for being quite over the past few weeks… not only have I been resting up after my book recent book launch, but I have been busy watching the America’s Cup sailing regatta on TV! (I am a keen sailor dog, after all!)

My home team, Emirates Team New Zealand, did well but not quite well enough to win.

It was a very nerve-wracking event that went on for a number of weeks!

I watched nearly every race… and I was very sad when my team didn’t win.

Minnie The Westie suppawts Team New Zealand in the America's Cup 2013

Watching avidly… Please don’t interrupt me… OMD I can’t look any more… *grump, they lost*…

 

Don’t worry, I’m over my grump now!

Wags ‘n’ nose licks,

Minnie x

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Announcing my new cartoon dog book “Minnie The Westie – Sailor Dog Vacation”

Announcing my new cartoon dog book “Minnie The Westie – Sailor Dog Vacation”

Woofings!

I am pawleased to announce the launch of my second cartoon dog book. It is called:

Minnie The Westie – Sailor Dog Vacation

The Adventures Of A West Highland Terrier Cartoon Dog At Sea!

Minnie The Westie - Sailor Dog Vacation: The Adventures Of A West Highland Terrier Cartoon Dog At Sea!

This is my new book, it’s called: Minnie The Westie – Sailor Dog Vacation: The Adventures Of A West Highland Terrier Cartoon Dog At Sea!

 

Mum and I started work on this about two years ago, so we’ve been working towards this launch for a long time now. It’s been a lot of work! (Mostly for mum!)

The cartoons are based on my real life sailing adventures…

Cornelia Luethi, author of the Minnie The Westie books, pictured with the real life Minnie.

Cornelia Luethi, author of the Minnie The Westie books, pictured with the real life Minnie.

Regular readers of my blog will have seen lots of photos of me sailing.

My mum and dad have a small sailboat, and we go cruising on it every summer for two or three weeks. (We also race the boat every two weeks, so yeah, I’m an experienced sailor dog!)

As you can imagine, I have some pawsome adventures when we’re cruising – on the boat, and on land.

So come and join me on my adventures at sea… don’t worry if you’ve never been on a boat before, I’m an experienced sailor dog, so you’re in good paws!

Note: some of the cartoons are based on real life adventures, others are figments of mum’s imagination… I’ll let you decide what’s real and what’s just for giggles! 😉

Details of Minnie’s new cartoon dog book…

The book is in paperback format, and is currently available from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.

Other online bookstores will also be selling it, from end September/early October 2013 onwards.

Come and join me on my adventures at sea!

Come and join me on my adventures at sea!

Title: Minnie The Westie – Sailor Dog Vacation: The Adventures Of A Cartoon West Highland Terrier Cartoon Dog At Sea!

Author: Cornelia Luethi

ISBN: 978-0473246723

Publisher: FX Marketing Limited

Format: Paperback (6 x 9″), 94 pages

Language: English

Contains 85 black-and-white cartoons.

Go to Amazon.com Go to Amazon.co.uk

Coming soon…

Kindle eBook: A Kindle edition is planned for later in the year; this will most likely be available from October 2013.

New Minnie Merchandise designs: There will be some new Minnie Merchandise designs available soon, too! So much MinnieMania!!

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Thank you for your interest in my cartoons!

Wags ‘n’ nose licks,

Minnie x

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Westie cartoon: Minnie goes sailing!

Westie cartoon: Minnie goes sailing!

Pawsome news! The cartoons for my second book are all finished, and I am waiting for the proof of the book to arrive from the pawrinter! Once I have that I’ll be able to let you know when the cartoon dog book will be available

The new book will be called:

Minnie The Westie: Sailor Dog Vacation – The Adventures Of a West Highland Terrier Cartoon Dog At Sea!

(Yes, they are dog cartoons based on my real life sailing adventures! Oh, the fun I have…!)

This month’s dog cartoon is from my new book… it gives you an idea of how much fun I have on the boat!

Minnie The Westie cartoon: minnie goes sailing to a new bay

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Love ‘n’ nose licks,

Minnie x

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Easter sailing holibobs 2013

Easter sailing holibobs 2013

Woofings! Here in New Zealand we’ve been enjoying the driest, warmest, longest summer, since like, furever!

So at Easter we set sail once again to our favourite spot: Te Kouma, in the Coromandel Peninsula. (Yes, I’ve been here many times, including Summer 2012 and earlier this year too.)

OMD, there are moo-moos on the hills - and on my beach!

OMD, there are moo-moos on the hills – and on my beach!

 

I was fascinated by the moo-moos on my beach! We kept a very respectful distance from each other. (I would have loved to say ‘woof day’ to them, but mum and dad kept me away. Spoil sports!)

As you can see in the photo, we had our kayak with us! I repawted to you recently that I am now a kayaking dog, and I did more kayaking these holibobs.

Mum takes me for a spin on the kayak. Look how flat calm the sea is, it's pawsome!

Mum takes me for a spin on the kayak. Look how flat calm the sea is, it’s pawsome!

 

Round the bay (and round the boat) we go... it's so pawretty!

Round the bay (and round the boat) we go… it’s so pawretty!

 

Dad took me for a paddle too.

Dad took me for a paddle too.

 

So yes, we did lots of kayaking. But I digress. This blog post is about our Easter holibobs… and you’ll never guess what, the Easter Bunny came to see us in her little rowing boat!

 

The Easter Bunny brought chocolates for mum and dad! (This is the daughter of a friend of dad's... they were also spending their Easter holibobs on their boat.)

The Easter Bunny brought chocolates for mum and dad! (This is the daughter of a friend of dad’s… they were also spending their Easter holibobs on their boat.)

 

Chocolate's no good for dogs, but fear not, my furiends, I did not go hungry. Mum gave me a lovely big bone to nom on!

Chocolate’s no good for dogs, but fear not, my furiends, I did not go hungry. Mum gave me a lovely big bone to nom on! *drools*

 

All too soon it was time to go home: holibobs are never long enough. Here I am on mum's lap while she's steering the boat. If you look carefully, I am so content that my eyes are closed and my tongue is poking out! I was like this for ages, I was totally blissed out!

All too soon it was time to go home: holibobs are never long enough. Here I am on mum’s lap while she’s steering the boat. If you look carefully, I am so content that my eyes are closed and my tongue is poking out! I was like this for ages, I was totally blissed out!

 

Bye bye beautiful Coromandel, I'm sure we'll be back again next summer!

Bye bye beautiful Coromandel, I’m sure we’ll be back again next summer!

 

So that was my Easter holibobs!

Good times, my furiend, good times…

Love ‘n’ licks,

Minnie x

 

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Kayaking dog: Minnie the Westie goes kayaking!

Kayaking dog: Minnie the Westie goes kayaking!

It’s so exciting… Santa brought Mum a kayak for Christmas!!!

(There’s a bit of a story – in cartoon format – about that! You can see it here.)

It was impawtant to Mum that the kayak had enough room for me, so she wanted a sit-on-top one, with plenty of dog space. The kayak also has to be small, so that it fits on our small yacht (sailboat). She got a Viking Pacer kayak, which is made here in New Zealand.

The Viking Pacer kayak fits on the side deck of our Elliott 7.9m (26ft) yacht.

The Viking Pacer kayak fits on the side deck of our Elliott 7.9m (26ft) yacht.

 

Before taking to the water, Mum read up about taking dogs kayaking. (I’d love to share the links with you, but the web pages no longer exist!)

She also made sure we’d be safe out on the water: both her and I already have life jackets.

A life jacket is essential for kayaking dogs.

A life jacket is essential for kayaking dogs.

 

If you think that I’m pulling a funny face, you’re right. I hate wearing the life jacket. Orange is so not my colour! Mum says I look cute in it, but I don’t believe her. It’s pawful!

 

Mum and I on our very first kayak outing together.

Mum and I on our very first kayak outing together.

 

Mum has a silly grin… me, I’m not so sure about this kayaking dog thing yet! I stay absolutely stock-still like a little furry statue… I don’t want to rock the boat!

I should add that Mum did kayak around a lot first, before taking me onto the water, and she only takes me when the water is flat calm. She is always safe and careful.

Mum also watched lots of kayaking safety and instructional videos on YouTube at home before the holibobs – her favourite videos are by Paddling TV.

One day Dad made us practice our safety manoeuvres. He made Mum capsize the kayak, and (a) got her to practice the “brace” motion to prevent the capsize; and (b) capsize the kayak properly – and then climb back on it. This was trickier, but she did it!

The next bit, I wasn’t so pleased with: while Mum was in the water near the kayak (and he was on the yacht), Dad put me into the water, while I was wearing my lifejacket, to check that I could swim in it OK. Since he was the one to put me in the water, it was obvious to me which parent I’d swim to for safety – Mum!

I could swim, but it is weird that dog lifejackets have most of their buoyancy on the back, but only neoprene underneath. I hate swimming, and a little more buoyancy would have been nice!

Thankfully no photos were taken of me at this point. I am very very pawleased about that!

Anyway, here is another photo of me and mum kayaking – I’m looking a little more confident now as a kayaking dog!

I am getting more confident as a kayaking dog!

I am getting more confident as a kayaking dog!

 

Mind you, I do keep nice and still on the kayak. Besides, it’s quite comfy sitting between Mum’s legs!

Mum takes me for longer paddles now that I'm getting more confident as a kayaking dog.

Mum takes me for longer paddles now that I’m getting more confident as a kayaking dog.

 

There are so many pawsome beaches and bays to explore…

We have the whole bay to ourselves at Ponui Island.

We have the whole bay to ourselves at Ponui Island.

 

Dad joins Mum and I on the beach... he's arriving in the dinghy.

Dad joins Mum and I on the beach… he’s arriving in the dinghy.

 

I'm ready to go back to the yacht now!

I’m ready to go back to the yacht now!

 

Back at the mother ship... and I do believe it is dinner time now! *nom nom nom*

Back at the mother ship… and I do believe it is dinner time now! *nom nom nom*

 

If you want to see more of my summer holibobs photos, here they are:

Summer holibobs 2013: Part 1 – on the boat

Summer holibobs 2013: Part 2 – adventures ashore

That’s all for now – till next time!

Love ‘n’ nose licks,

Minnie x

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Birthday holibobs

Birthday holibobs

Apawlogies for being so quiet on my blog recently. We are having the most pawsome summer in New Zealand (in fact, all of the North Island has been declared a drought zone… it’s sunshine, sunshine and more sunshine).

I’ve been spending most weekends cruising (sailing holibobs) with mum and dad on our yacht (sailboat). And that is where I (the real Minnie) celebrated my 7th birthday!

Minnie celebrates her 7th birthday in style on board her yacht!

Minnie celebrates her 7th birthday in style on board her yacht!

 

It’s a dog’s life, eh!

I also got a bone – and 4 walks on the beach… as well as lots of cuddles, of course!

Love ‘n’ nose licks,

Minnie x

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Summer holibobs 2013: Part 2 – adventures ashore

Summer holibobs 2013: Part 2 – adventures ashore

Woofings and welcome back to my summer holibob photo album!

If you’ve not seen Part 1 yet, it’s here… it’s all about life on board my boat.

In fact, all of the photos in Part 1 were taken at Great Barrier Island (in New Zealand). The photos in Part 2 were all taken at Coromandel Peninsula (New Zealand).

Another day; another bay. I resume my fav position on the cabintop. It's cool, breezy, and has a great view!

Another day; another bay. I resume my fav position on the cabintop of my boat. It’s cool, breezy, and has a great view!

 

This bay is so pawretty that I have a big smile on my face!

This bay is so pawretty that I have a big smile on my face!

 

There are lots of hills for me to run down near this bay... pawfect for a Westie!

There are lots of hills for me to run down near this bay… pawfect for a Westie!

 

Two smiley girls! Mum loves it here too. :)

Two smiley girls! Mum loves it here too. 🙂

 

A little while later, daddy gives me a cuddle and a belly rub! Gosh I love holibobs!

A little while later, daddy gives me a cuddle and a belly rub! Gosh I love holibobs!

 

It's a hot day, and I find a nice shady tree to sit under. This is the life!

It’s a hot day, and I find a nice shady tree to sit under. This is the life!

 

A few days later, we check out another beach. I love the soft, white sand, it's so nice under my paws!

A few days later, we check out another beach. I love the soft, white sand, it’s so nice under my paws!

 

Running on this pawretty beach makes me smile! :)

Running on this pawretty beach makes me smile! 🙂

 

Phew, that was hot work! I find a nice shady spot where I can rest and cool down.

Phew, that was hot work! I find a nice shady spot where I can rest and cool down.

 

Finally, here's how I get from boat to beach: on the Minnie-Mobile (which has a Minnie-Motor)! Mum and dad take me ashore several times a day. This evening trip ashore was pawticularly pawretty. We get to see lots of lovely sunsets on holibobs on the boat. :)

Finally, here’s how I get from boat to beach: on the Minnie-Mobile (which has a Minnie-Motor)! Mum and dad take me ashore several times a day. This evening trip ashore was pawticularly pawretty. We get to see lots of lovely sunsets on holibobs on the boat. 🙂

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed my holibob photos… there’s more to come!

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Love ‘n’ licks,

Minnie x

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