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The Dog is Out to Ruin Me
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Nationally syndicated columnist and author Tracy Beckerman is \x34Lost in Suburbia\x34 ­ managing the chaos with a healthy dose of humor. Her next book, a \x34momoir,\x34 will be published in spring 2013. She contributes to many online mom sites, ...
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Nationally syndicated columnist and author Tracy Beckerman is Lost in Suburbia ­ managing the chaos with a healthy dose of humor. Her next book, a momoir, will be published in spring 2013. She contributes to many online mom sites, including www.todaysmama.com, www.rolemommy.com and www.newjerseymomsblog.com and is an official blogger for Lifetime Television's hit show, The Balancing Act. She also does stand-up comedy and has appeared at venues including The Comic Strip Live in NYC and The Erma Bombeck Workshop in Dayton, Ohio. Before she became a columnist, Beckerman was a writer and producer in the television industry for 10 years, managing the advertising & promotion department at WCBS-TV New York. Tracy is married to a very understanding guy. They have two children and live in New Jersey where she writes, does battle with woodchucks and avoids, at all costs, driving a minivan.
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By lostinsuburbiablog
April 15, 2013 11:20 a.m.

If you read my post last week about my phone call with The Today Show, then you know how the dog chose that exact moment to interrupt my call and pee all over the floor. Then when I tired to clean up the mess while still on the call, I managed to throw my phone across the room and hang up on The Today Show.
Well, you know that all adage, “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me?” Having learned from my mistake, this time when I had an important conference call, I put the dog outside. He disappeared to go play in the fenced in yard and I was able to complete my call without the disruption of the Nile River of Dog Pee flowing through my kitchen.
But when I called him and he arrived back at the door, this is what I saw:
Monty mud 1 In case you are not familiar with my dog, he is an all white English Golden Retriever. Those brown spots are not fur. They are mud. Lots and lots of mud. His face was covered. His paws were covered. His tail and his entire belly were covered in mud. Apparently “He-Who-Pees-in-the-House” decided to change his name to, “He-Who-Burrows-in-the-Mud.”
Here’s another view:
Muddy Monty
Now, hot on the heels of my conference call, I was supposed to leave for a meeting. But there was no way I could let the dog in the house and leave until I de-mudified him. Naturally, when I opened the door to usher him into the bathroom, he decided to take the long way there and did a muddy cha cha through three rooms before I could collar him and drag him into the bathroom… where he then proceeded to mudify the entire bathroom before I was able to get him in the tub.
Two hours later, the dog was clean, the bathroom was clean, the other rooms were clean, and I looked like I’d been wrestling in a mud pit.
So now Monty is in the doghouse. I know dogs will be dogs, but I suspect he may be trying to sabotage my career, and for that reason, he has been found guilty of Reckless Puppyness.
monty mug shot
So the moral of THIS story is, if you are trying to have a successful career as an author and columnist, get a BLACK DOG! (And preferably one with a large bladder.)

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Meanwhile, back on the book tour, I have a couple of updates:
Barista Kids is helping me spread the word that I will be speaking and signing books at Watchung Books in Montclair, NJ on April 25th at 7pm. You can check out the article and interview I did for them HERE!
My dear friend Chloe Jeffreys wrote a fabulous review of “Lost in Suburbia: A Momoir” over on her new site, Generation Fabulous. Chloe says, “Tracy writes poignantly about the powerful internal tug-of-war that happens inside many working mothers–except that wackadoodle workaholic CEO at Yahoo–between meeting their own needs for achievement and success and the needs of their children for a onsite caregiver who passionately loves them.”
You can read more of her review HERE.

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KLGPlease remember to tune in to “The Today Show” Tuesday morning on NBC between 10 and 11am when I talk about my book with Hoda and Kathie Lee! Yes, I’m a little nervous! Let me know if you’ll be watching so I know I have some friends out there!!

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