Sunday, June 19, 2011

Meet Donnie Mather

Kentucky Greetings, WoodyWatchers! It is late at our doghouse in Shepherdsville. I should be in the bed but since I had a long nap after church today, Mom and Dad said I could stay up later.

A few weeks ago, I told you how sad we were that our illustrator, Paul Brett Johnson, had passed away. We still miss talking to PBJ (that's what Chloe and I called him). Chloe and I are sure that PBJ is in heaven drawing fun pictures and making everyone happy! We were so lucky to have worked with PBJ. That man had talent!

We are very happy to announce that we have found another artist that is overflowing with talent. We want to introduce you to our brand new illustrator, Donnie Mather. Donnie Mather was born in Indiana, but was raised in Kentucky. He graduated from Elizabethtown High School. He attended Elizabethtown Community College as an art major before he joined the Air Force. After the Air Force, he received his Associates Degree in Commercial Art from Rocky Mountain School of Art in Denver. For the past 25 years, Mr.Donnie has worked as a technician for Cox Communications, while also freelancing in designs and illustrations. He married his wife Sally in 2008, has 2 step-sons and 3 grandchildren.

We asked Mr. Donnie what he liked to do for fun. He built this beautiful 1923 T-bucket car. Isn't it incredible? Can you imagine how cool I would look riding around in the T-Bucket with my blue shades? He also has a DJ business and provides music for weddings and parties. He loves country music. So do we! Chloe was listening to Loretta Lynn on her iBone today. She was singing You Ain't Woman Enough To Take My Man. My sister has the prettiest singing voice! Anyway, back to Mr. Donnie, he has a 14 year old Sheba Enu named Sammy. Mr. Donnie likes to eat Mac-and-Cheese, cheeseburgers, oranges, and grapes. When we read Mr. Donnie had a dog, liked country music and Mac-and-Cheese, we knew he was the man for the job!

We can't wait for you to see his illustrations! They are awesome, incredible, terrific, fantastic - I could go on listing adjectives all night! Anyway, you can see his illustrations the week of September 12th when our new serial story, Doghouse Divided premiers. We know you're going to love it! Who knows - we may give you a sneak peek here on our blog, so stay tuned!

Mom just said, "Woody, lights out in 5 minutes!" I better sign off, brush my teeth, and say my bedtime prayers. G'night, everyone! Sleep tight and don't let the bed bugs bite! Oh, and Work and Dream like a BIG DOG!


Monday, June 06, 2011


Kentucky Greetings, WoodyWatchers! We hope this finds you having a great day. It is blazing hot here at our doghouse in Shepherdsville. Chloe, Frannie, Wally, and I have to get up early to play outside before the temperatures soar so high in the afternoon. We keep sunscreen and water at all times! Even though school is out our calendar is still busy. I sent the updates to Mr. Nathan but wanted to post them here too. If you're anywhere close to where we will be, please come and see us!

Wednesday, June 1
Garrard County Public Library
Lancaster, KY
Summer Reading with Woody and Gang
9:30 to 3:30

Tuesday, June 7
WSJP Radio Station
Murray, KY
The Breakfast Show
8:00 am CST

Wednesday, June 8
Murray State University
Murray, KY
Young Author’s Camp
9:00 to 10:30 CST

Wednesday, June 8
Book and Bean
Murray, KY
Book Signing
1:00 to 3:00 CST

Saturday, June 11
Barnes and Noble
Florence, KY
Book Signing

Thursday, June 23
Lee County Public Library
Beattyville, KY
Summer Reading with Woody and Gang
10:30 and 2:30

Monday,June 27 through Friday, July 1
Camp Create
Salem, NH
All Week

Thursday, July 14
High StreetYMCA
Lexington, KY
An Afternoon with the Pups

Tuesday, July 19
Corbin Public Library
Corbin, KY
Summer Reading with Woody and Gang

Tuesday, July 19
Whitley County Public Library
Williamsburg, KY
Summer Reading with Woody and Gang

Thursday, July 28
Graves County Public Library
Mayfield, KY
Back to School Literacy Program
10:00 CST

I better skedaddle! We're getting ready to load The Woody Bus. Destination: Paducah, KY. We will stay with our Granny for a few days while we work in the area! I've got to finish getting my bag packed. As usual, I can only find 3 of my flip-flops!

By the way, Dad took this picture of Mom, Chloe, and me in our backyard a few days ago. The others were sniffing around and chasing butterflies!

Keep the sunscreen on and water bowl filled! Work and Dream like a BIG DOG!


Saturday, June 04, 2011

Our illustrator, Paul Brett Johnson

Paul Brett Johnson, 1947-2011

Chloe and I, along with our entire Wiener Dog Gang, are so sad. On Thursday morning, Mom received a phone call saying that our illustrator, Paul Brett Johnson, had passed away at 10:00 the night before. PBJ, as Chloe and I called him, suffered a stroke on Sunday. Even though PBJ was still young and healthy, the stroke was too much for his body. We will definitely miss his artwork and his fun personality. Thankfully, he will live on through our previous stories, as well as his many, many books - our favorite being, On Top of Spaghetti.

We love you, PBJ!

Woody, Chloe, and all the Gang