At the time I wrote this post (May 2011) I was working on my first book. . . I am making revisions and hoping to get the final draft completed this month. I'm not sure yet when it will be published – still lots to do with the layout, cover, etc. Being a bit of a perfectionist, it will be tough to say: “Ok, it's done!” Because I will always want to be adding or changing things to make it better.

The topic is adolescent dogs. It's been in the works for a while and is a big reason why I brought home a puppy (i.e., Romeo) in 2009. It was always intended for Romeo to be my “demo” dog throughout the book. And anyone who knows Romeo knows that he has provided many examples of the epitome of adolescence and what a challenge this age can be!

One of the things I am working on right now is what to use for my book cover. I want something that represents the epitome of adolescence, but I haven't decided yet what that will be. This is where I need your help! I could really use some ideas, so I am putting it out to you to help me decide what behavior comes to mind when you think of adolescent dogs. What is the one or two behaviors that you think best represent the epitome of adolescence? Barking, digging, pulling on leash, running off, darting out doors, surfing the counters, chewing up shoes, clothing, toilet paper, remote controls or other things, chasing the cat, nipping at the kids, or other things?

If you were to look at the photo on a book cover, what picture would immediately say to you: “This book is obviously about adolescent dogs!”? I need your ideas!!