Frank's Holiday Brag Letter

Dear Family and Friends,

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year! Can you believe 2015 is almost over? Here at the From Frank headquarters, we’ve been working like dogs and the year flew by! Where to even start?

Walter has been working extra hard on chewing bones this year. Now that
he is Chief Development Executive of the International Senior Bone Chewers Club (the youngest in the club’s history), he has been traveling the block hosting conferences and chewing bones. It has been a very successful year for Walter. He finally bought that orthopedic bed with the quilted top and odor-control thingy he’s been going on about for years.

You might recall that in addition to working at From Frank, Big Louie is also an award-winning food critic turned chef. Perhaps you saw his latest work in Bone Appetite magazine? If not, it’s on page 23 in the lower right-hand corner! Currently, Louie is working on a new layered kibble casserole of duck, bison, and chicken kibble with a peanut butter drizzle over the top. It’s delicious, and the buzz on the food scene is that this might be another big award winner. I’d be nice if Louie would stay awake long enough to hear the buzz.

Lulu continues to serve as president of our Neighborhood Squirrel Watch program. She was honored this year with the prestigious Platinum Squirrel Award for over 100 hours of service at the window. She currently manages three trees as well as any ground movement spotted from Wea to Central Avenue. She also coaches our local fetch team, coordinates fundraising for historic hydrant restoration and teaches a Butt Wiggling® class twice a week at the top dance studio on the block.

Izzy has spent 2015 developing her green paw and started her own grow house for organic, grass-fed catnip. The demand is so high she can barely keep it on the shelf! In fact, one of Big Louie’s chef friends tasted the catnip and then passed it on to a colleague — who will serve Izzy’s catnip at Bo Obama’s birthday bash this coming November 8th for over 500 dogs and cats. Keep your eye out for event coverage in the November 2016 issue of Catnip Times.

And for me, well, I added a few more pages of stamps to my passport this year. Really saw the block — my neighbor’s house in June, the blue house mid-block in July, and I even got to pee on the hydrant at the far end in September. And I’ve already booked travel for 2016 to see the other half! When I’m not traveling, you can find me in the starting lineup on Lulu’s fetch team. My fetch skills far surpass the others, and to be honest, I find the little neighbor team a bit boring and uncompetitive. But if I want to fetch in the Olympics someday, it’s important to show my skills as early as possible.

In conclusion, we want to remind everyone that it is the season of giving. The From Frank team always makes a contribution to the Squirrels Without Nuts Fund® this time every year. There is nothing sadder than a squirrel without its nuts. We see it every day, right outside our window.

We hope your 2015 was as great as ours and that your 2016 will be even better!

From,
Frank, Walter, Big Louie, Lulu and Izzy

Ask Frank - Advice for dogs. By a dog.

We all know humans love to smile. And we love helping them do it. But for some, this skill just doesn't come as naturally as it does for others. Don't worry, that's where I come in. Making humans smile is my mission in life. It's my thing. And I'm really, really good at it. So, I started my new advice blog, "Ask Frank - Advice for dogs. By a dog. - to field my furry friend's questions about making their humans happy. So, ask me. Really, ask me anything. I'll give you advice guaranteed to get some belly rubs.

You're welcome,
Frank

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Email: frank@fromfrank.com
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Over 15 New Product Releases!

 

Book
“Don’t Fart When You Snuggle. Lessons on How to Make a Human Smile.”
Do you struggle to make your human smile? Well, this book is for you. Follow Frank’s advice for making humans happy and you’re in for some extra belly rubs, guaranteed.
6 x 6 in; 136 pp;
Hardcover

Where to Buy:

Chronicle Books
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Indie Bound

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Hachette
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2016 Wall Calendar
Frank and his friends offer up a year’s worth of advice about how to live the good life . . . of a dog.
Dimensions: 12″ x 12″

Where to Buy:
Chronicle Books
Calendars.com
Barnes & Noble

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Everyday Note Cards
Keep these note cards in your desk drawer and pull one out for a co-worker who needs a pick me up. Scribble a quick note to let a friend know you’re thinking of them…and their butt smells great. The perfect anytime card set for making humans smile.
Set contains 16 personal stationery note cards and 16 matching envelopes.

Where to Buy:
Amazon
Barnes & Noble

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Brenda Lunsman
(612) 344-8179 / brenda.lunsman@quartous.com

 

 

Desk Notes
Keep these desk notes handy for quick reminders to buy more bones or that squirrel-watching starts at noon. You’ll love having these funny little notes with you every day.
Dimensions: 4.6″ x 1.5″ x 5.2″
200 pages

Where to Buy:
Amazon
Barnes & Noble

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Brenda Lunsman
(612) 344-8179 / brenda.lunsman@quartous.com

 

 

Journal
Frank and his friends have made a journal perfect for you. Made from materials found around their houses – and maybe a few of their own notes left on the pages – this journal is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face whenever you open it.
128 pages, Hardcover
Dimensions: 5.25 x 8.25 inches.

Where to Buy:
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Indie Bound

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Brenda Lunsman
(612) 344-8179 / brenda.lunsman@quartous.com

 

 

Jigsaw Puzzles
Spend the afternoon with Frank and his friends! Hilarious and challenging jigsaw puzzles.
Dimensions: 10.0″ x  12.0″ x  2.0″
Finished Dimensions: 19.75″ x  29.5″
Piece Count: 1000

Where to Buy:
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Digital Stickers
Do you chat on Viber or Blackberry Messenger? Well, now you can add a little From Frank to your texts with our new digital stickers. Download the Viber or Blackberry Messenger and head to the sticker store to buy your From Frank digital stickers today!

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Air Fresheners
Frank and his friends have great smelling butts…seriously, smell them! Make any air fresher and funnier with these hilarious air fresheners.
Dimensions: 3.5″ x  6.5″ x  0.25″

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Magnets
Make your fridge, desk or any other magnetic surface extra funny!
Made out of metal with a thick laminate top.
Dimensions: 2.5″ x  3.5″ x  0.25″

Where to Buy:
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Lottery Tickets
Lottery tickets need belly rubs too! Scratch off tickets to make humans smile.

Where to Buy:
Where ever lottery tickets are sold in Idaho, Kansas and West Virginia

 

Frank Talks About His New Book

Last Saturday, Frank met up with accomplished writer, Nick Rogers, and sat down to discuss his new book…and take a couple bets on squirrels. Read on…

[Nick Rogers] Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Frank. He’s the author of “Don’t Fart When You Snuggle. Lessons on How to Make a Human Smile,” a hilarious self-help book for dogs who may need a little help with making their human happy.

Hi Frank, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
[Frank] Hi Nick. Thanks for having me. I like your shirt by the way.

[NR] Oh, thank you.
[F] So, a little bit about me? Well, I’m black and white, so I can wear almost any color of collar and look good in it, which is nice. I enjoy squirrel-watching. I love cheese.

[NR] What were you like in school?
[F] Focused, for the most part. There was this one class with a lot of hot poodles though. Made it hard to concentrate on “sit” and “stay,” if you know what I mean.

[NR] Were you good at English?
[F] Yes. I speak English.

[NR] So, what made you decide to sit down and write this book?
[F] Well, you see, Nick. Can I call you Nick?

[NR] Yes.
[F] I’ve always had this deep-seated passion to make humans smile. I love it. I do it every day. And over the years, I’ve gotten pretty good at it. The problem is that I’m not allowed to go more than a block from my house.

[NR] That’s too bad.
[F] Yes. It’s unfortunate, but I’ve figured out how to get around it.

[NR] How?
[F] Well, I started making greeting cards and gifts for humans. I can send those out and make humans smile without leaving my block.

[NR] Brilliant!
[F] I know, right? I continue to impress myself. So anyway, this really started to take off. People started noticing what I was doing and they loved it! A few of my friends even came onboard to help me with my mission.

[NR] Oh, that’s great! And who are your friends?
[F] They’re my best friends, actually. We do everything together – nap, watch squirrels, knock over trash cans, chew bones. They’re actually just outside, see? There’s Walter, Big Louie, Lulu, Izzy. Wave to them…

[NR] Oh, wow. There they are. Um…what are they doing?
[F] It looks like they are taking bets on which squirrel is going to get that nut over there.

[NR] Why is there a line of cars? Is that my mailman?
[F] So as I was saying, people started noticing what I was doing – the humans I was making smile – and they loved it. They started asking me: “Frank, how are you so good at making humans smile? And why are you so good-looking?”

[NR] Be honest, Frank. Did they really say that last part?
[F] No. But I could tell they were thinking it. I had all these questions coming in, and what I realized is that not all dogs have this making-humans-smile thing totally down. Some need a little help – tweaking, if you will. So I gathered up my best friends and together, we compiled our most tried-and-true tips, tricks and advice for making humans smile into this book. So now, every dog can troubleshoot their technique and perfect how they make humans happy.

[NR] What was the hardest thing about writing your book?
[F] Probably balancing the writing with my squirrel-watching and nap schedules.

[NR] How was it working with your editor?
[F] I love my editor. I’ve never met him in person but it’s like he’s sniffed my butt before. He understands what’s important to me and what I’m trying to achieve. He’s the kind of guy you could sit down with over a big bowl of water, you know what I mean?

[NR] What are you trying to achieve with this book?
[F] My short-term goal is just to help my furry friends make humans smile. The more of us that can do it, the more humans will smile. On a larger scale, I hope humans will take note of the happiness their furry friends bring to them and be inspired to pass that on to other humans.

[NR] Humans making humans smile?
[F] I know it’s a lofty goal, but I think we can achieve it.

[NR] What book are you currently reading?
[F] Small Business for Dummies by Eric Tyson

[NR] Is it good?
[F] Quite good. Did you know those books aren’t actually for dummies?

[NR] Who knew?
[F] I know.

[NR] Where do you see yourself in five years?
[F] I think just doing what I’m doing now but on a larger scale. Still making humans smile. Still being really good-looking. Still loving cheese. Just on a larger scale, you know?

[NR] I think so, yes. What advice would you give to your younger self?
[F] You can’t actually digest everything you put in your mouth.

[NR] Which famous person, living or dead, would you like to meet and why?
[F] Hands down, Rin Tin Tin and Lassie. Let’s face it: They set the bar pretty high when it comes to canine achievement. How does my hair look?

[NR] Uh, fine. You know this is a written interview, right? There are no cameras.
[F] Yes, exactly.

[NR] Where can readers pick up your book?
[F] Amazon.combn.comindiebound.org and chroniclebooks.com

[NR] How can readers discover more about you and you work?
[F] They can visit my website www.greetingsfromfrank.com or check out me and my friends on FacebookTwitterInstagram or Pinterest. We’re super social.

[NR] Thanks for your time, Frank.
[F] No problem. My pleasure. Do you want to go outside and bet on the squirrels?

[NR] Actually, I placed my bet five minutes ago. Walter tipped me off on the squirrel with the crazy eyes and fluffy tail. He says he always wins.
[F] I knew I liked you.

Frank’s new book is here!

Don’t Fart When You Snuggle. Lessons on How to Make a Human Smile.

We all know humans love to smile. And we love helping them do it. But for some, this skill just doesn’t come as naturally as it does for others. Don’t worry, that’s where I come in. Making humans smile is my mission in life. It’s my thing. And I’m really, really good at it. So, I’ve gathered up my best friends and together we have compiled our most tried and true tips, tricks, and advice for making humans happy. Follow our advice and you’re in for some extra belly rubs, guaranteed.

You’re Welcome,
Frank

Now available at:
ChronicleBooks.com / Amazon.com / bn.com / IndieBound.org