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Oct
27
to Oct 28

Hartford Pet Expo - 2 days!

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The award-winning book, Hogan's Hope, will be returning to the 2018 Family Pet Expo in Hartford. Author Connie Bombaci states, "Profits from our sales will be donated to the Connecticut Humane Society. Hogan was rescued by the CHS where we were able to adopt this extraordinary pup who brought great hope and inspiration to lives of so many. We want his legacy to continue."

“Dive into this wonderful book and learn more about this intrepid pair as well as the power of love and persistence against seemingly stacked odds. Sit! Read! Enjoy!” 
-–Dr. Nicholas H. Dodman, Professor Emeritus, Animal Behaviorist, Tufts University

“One of the most emotionally satisfying and enriching books I have ever read”
- Rosie Malezer, Readers Favorite


Hogan's Hope is a multi-award-winner.
2018 Benjamin Franklin Book Awards Silver Medal for Animals/Pet
2018 Dan Poynter Legacy Award for Non-fiction
2018 Global Ebook Awards, Gold for Book Trailer
2018 Global Ebook Awards, Gold for Non-Fiction Animals/Pets
2018 Next Generation Indie Book Award, Winner for Animals/Pets
2018 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Finalist for Inspirational Non-Fiction
2018 International Book Awards, Finalist for Narrative Non-Fiction Animals/Pets
2017 Best Book Awards, Finalist for Animals/Pets

"We are looking forward to continuing the Connecticut Pet show, with some improvements and additional shows within our show! First and foremost we have moved the show to a pet-friendly facility so now pet parents can bring their well-behaved leashed pets with them,” said Dennis Garetano of Family Pet Shows. Garetano went on to say, “We have pets attend all our other shows in Pennsylvania and New York – everything from dogs, cats, pot-bellied pigs, miniature horses, ferrets – so we are very happy to make the CT show pet-friendly now!" The show will stay in Hartford and has been moved to the XL Center in 2017, making the show pet-friendly and at a larger facility to offer more to Connecticut pet lovers. “The Pet Show has always been the premier event for Connecticut pet lovers. As our business expands we realized the Connecticut Pet Show would be best produced by Family Pet Shows, as they are the experts producing stellar pet events. We feel the Garetano’s are positioned to take the Connecticut Pet Show to the next level,” stated Wesley Jenks, Vice President of Jenks Productions.

Family Pet Shows has been producing consumer pet shows for more than 20 years and currently have 3 shows in Pennsylvania (Greater Philadelphia Pet Expo in Oaks PA, Lehigh Valley Pet Expo in Allentown, PA and the Morgantown Pet Expo in PA) , 2 shows on Long Island, (Long Island Pet Expo in the Park, every September in Copiague, NY and their larger show Long Island Pet Expo, every March at Suffolk Community College in Brentwood, NY). Family Pet Shows is excited having the Connecticut Pet Show as a big event on their roster.

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Hogan's Hope at the Big E
Sep
22
1:30 PM13:30

Hogan's Hope at the Big E

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The Big E is a great event for everyone of all ages. From agriculture, car shows, horse exhibits, crafts, food, and BOOKS! 

The award-winning author, Connie Bombaci, will be signing her book, Hogan's Hope, in the Connecticut Building. Personalized copies make wonderful gifts, and attendees can get a very special present as well as an early start on holiday shopping.

Hogan's Hope is the inspirational story of a deaf dog who escaped death during the time when the prevalent belief was that deaf dogs needed to be destroyed. It is the tale of a legendary deaf canine champion who endured severe abuse and prevailed as he turned upside down the myths of deaf dogs being dumb, difficult to train, and harmful. Hogan learned over seventy words in American Sign Language, engaged in normal puppy activities, and provided the hope of life, not death for deaf dogs worldwide. Through perseverance and enduring hope, Hogan's courage provided inspiration to anyone, human or pet, that success and genuine love are truly possible. This heroic deaf dog continues to reveal that by choosing hope, anyone's dreams can come true, and the world can be filled with steadfast faith, pure joy, and unconditional love. It's a story like none other.

Profits from the sales of the book, Hogan's Hope, will be donated to non-profit animal organizations such as the CT Humane Society and deployed service personnel. 

“Dive into this wonderful book and learn more about this intrepid pair as well as the power of love and persistence against seemingly stacked odds. Sit! Read! Enjoy!” 
-–Dr. Nicholas H. Dodman, Professor Emeritus, Animal Behaviorist, Tufts University

“One of the most emotionally satisfying and enriching books I have ever read”
- Rosie Malezer, Readers FavoriteHogan appeared on television shows including Dateline NBC, Oprah Winfrey, Jack Hanna’s Animal Adventures, Amazing Tails, and others.
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Hogan’s Hope has received numerous awards and recognitions including: 
2018 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Silver Medalist
2018 Dan Poynter Legacy Award, for all Non-Fiction
2018 Global Ebook Awards, Gold for Book Trailer
2018 Global Ebook Awards, Gold for Non-Fiction Animals/Pets
2018 Next Generation Indie Book Award, Winner for Animals/Pets
2018 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Finalist for Inspirational Non-Fiction
2018 International Book Awards, Finalist for Narrative Non-Fiction Animals/Pets
2017 Kindle Promos First Place
2017 Best Book Award-winning Finalist
Readers’ Favorite Five-Star review
The Book Designer’s Gold Star for eBook Cover

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Chester Dog Fair
Sep
15
to Sep 16

Chester Dog Fair

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Award-winning author, Connie Bombaci, will be personalizing copies of the book, Hogan's Hope, during the 2018 Chester Dog Fair on September 15 and 16 from 10:00-3:00 each day.  Profits from the sale will be donated to Homeward Bound CT whose mission is to "find homes for the thousands of dogs languishing and dying in kill shelters across the country. Please consider opening your heart and home to a shelter dog the next time you add a canine member to your family."

Profits from the sales of the book, Hogan's Hope, will be donated to Homeward Bound and their extraordinary efforts to save our precious animals. 

“Dive into this wonderful book and learn more about this intrepid pair as well as the power of love and persistence against seemingly stacked odds. Sit! Read! Enjoy!” 
-–Dr. Nicholas H. Dodman, Professor Emeritus, Animal Behaviorist, Tufts University

“One of the most emotionally satisfying and enriching books I have ever read”
- Rosie Malezer, Readers Favorite

Hogan's Hope is a multi-award-winner. A few include:
2018 Benjamin Franklin Book Awards Silver Medal for Animals/Pet
2018 Dan Poynter Legacy Award for Non-fiction
2018 Global Ebook Awards, Gold for Book Trailer
2018 Global Ebook Awards, Gold for Non-Fiction Animals/Pets
2018 Next Generation Indie Book Award, Winner for Animals/Pets
2018 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Finalist for Inspirational Non-Fiction
2018 International Book Awards, Finalist for Narrative Non-Fiction Animals/Pets
2017 Best Book Awards, Finalist for Animals/Pets

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CT Renaissance Faire Pet Weekend
Sep
2
1:00 PM13:00

CT Renaissance Faire Pet Weekend

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“Fantasy takes flight when you step back to the past at The 20th Annual Connecticut Renaissance Faire. It’s a time to play and unwind, to feast and drink, and a time to celebrate life the old-fashioned way…
Open up a whole new world for your pet when you attend [the] PET & MARKETPLACE weekend. This is your pet’s chance to shine in daily contests!
It’s also Marketplace weekend and your chance to earn points for shopping at the Faire that can be redeemed for complimentary return admission.”
Connie Bombaci will be at the CT Renaissance Faire with her award-winning book, Hogan's Hope. Judea, her deaf pup, will be greeting folks to show guests what wonderful family members deaf dogs can be.

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Listen to Hogan's Hope of The Library Hop
Jul
12
9:00 AM09:00

Listen to Hogan's Hope of The Library Hop

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Hang out. Stay a while. And learn more about the award-winning book, Hogan's Hope: A Deaf Hero's Inspirational Quest for Love and Acceptance. Listen on this outstanding internet radio station at http://icrvradio.com/

Welcome to The Library Hop, an internet-based radio station and a place dedicated to the histories, resources, and communities that surround the Public Libraries of Connecticut. http://icrvradio.com/ 

Fun Fact: If you have a library card in Connecticut you can borrow items from ANY PUBLIC LIBRARY in the STATE!!!! 

Kate, the creator behind The Library Hop thinks that is SO cool and decided to develop a place to hang out, share stories and bring library friends together. http://icrvradio.com/

The Library Hop is here to foster solidarity in buildings old and new, welcoming all to places with sunny reading nooks or a spot to chat with a friend. We are here for the library love and glad you are here to join us.

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Book Signing by the Sea
Jun
30
11:00 AM11:00

Book Signing by the Sea

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Connie Bombaci will be signing her award-winning book, Hogan's Hope, at the Sun Rose Bookstore in her family's favorite vacation spot, Ocean City, New Jersey. This book signing is extra special and is hosted by the 2017 Best in Community Service. Customers enjoy a wide array of items from words to music.

 Connie's family has been vacationing in this beautiful town since the 1920's and continues annually with large gatherings of parents, children, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, cousins, and more. Be sure to mark your calendars now! Connie loves meeting new readers and thanks this beautiful, welcoming establishment.

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Dogs & Cats return to Stamford
May
26
1:00 PM13:00

Dogs & Cats return to Stamford

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Once again,  because of the overwhelming success of past visits, authors,  Connie Bombaci and Shawn Flynn, return to the Barnes & Noble in Stamford, Connecticut for a fifth time! These award-winning authors will be on hand signing their books, Hogan's Hope and THE KITTY.

Judea, deaf dog, will greet visitors and demonstrate what loving family members deaf dogs can make. Love and acceptance are the key ingredients!

Come celebrate the Memorial Day weekend and surprise your favorite people with personalized copies of these award-winning, heart-warming stories.

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Dogs and Cats go to Rhode Island
May
12
1:00 PM13:00

Dogs and Cats go to Rhode Island

Book readers will be able to obtain their very own, author-signed copies of the award-winning books, Hogan's Hope and THE KITTY. Authors, Connie Bombaci and Shawn Flynn, will greet visitors along with a special guest, Judea, the deaf dog who understands American Sign Language and loves meeting everyone. With Mother's Day on Sunday, these make wonderful and extra-special gifts. Surprise all your mothers, grandmothers, aunts, friends ... with a personalized copy of two heart-warming, must-read stories!

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Dogs and Cats travel to PA
Dec
23
12:00 PM12:00

Dogs and Cats travel to PA

Join Award-Winning authors, Connie Bombaci, and  Shawn Flynn as they continue their popular book signing tour and visit the Barnes & Noble in Exton, PA. Holiday shoppers looking for last-minute presents will be able to obtain very special gifts for their family and friends by purchasing personalized copies of the books, Hogan's Hope and THE KITTY. Books make the perfect gift for everyone!

Deaf dog, Judea, will meet and greet customers and demonstrate the wonderful bond and love that a deaf pup has to offer.

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Holiday Pop-Up Shops
Dec
9
10:00 AM10:00

Holiday Pop-Up Shops

Shop Local!!
Authors: 
Connie Bombaci and her dog, Hogan's Hope
Deaf dogs are often destroyed, mistreated, or abandoned. Hogan’s Hope is the tale of a legendary deaf canine hero who, after being rescued from neglect, prevailed as he learned over 65 signs in American Sign Language and thereby providing the hope of life for many deaf dogs worldwide. His courage to overcome challenges and prejudice continues to give inspiration to anyone, human or pet, that accomplishment, success, and genuine love are truly possible. Through his lifetime of determination, his story offers us the promise that we are capable of achieving an amazingly “ordinary” life and a life away from isolation. From hardship to success, hope gave the inspiration for overcoming any challenge. His journey of valor reveals dreams come true and offers insight into the world of true faith, unconditional love, and endless hope. Indeed, it is a story that needs to be told. Read and gain immeasurable hope! 

Shawn Flynn, The Kitty
A touching and inspiring story of heartfelt companionship, The Kitty offers an uplifting perspective on what it means to find true friendship in this world. Anyone who has ever shared a meaningful connection with a pet will fall head over heels in love with Kitty and Shawn.
As Shawn discovers, sometimes we don't even realize we need to be rescued--until we are. 

Penny Goetjen, The Empty Chair, and Murder on the Precipice
The Empty Chair: 
Young Olivia travels to the Virgin Islands to settle affairs after receiving word her mother, a highly acclaimed photographer on St. Thomas, has perished in a boating accident, but island police have no record of her death or even the accident. Could her mother still be alive? Olivia desperately needs the truth, if she has to find it herself.
A bar brawl. A break-in and robbery. Her mother’s Caribbean bungalow ransacked. Can things get any worse at picturesque Magens Bay? Olivia’s search takes a sinister turn when a charming man, claiming to be her mother’s lover, is shot and she’s the prime suspect.
Murder on the Precipice:
Set in an old family run inn on the rocky, tumultuous coast of Maine, Murder on the Precipice is a captivating mystery page-turner. Elizabeth, a successful Manhattan interior designer, grew up in the inn and is thrilled to leave behind her tyrannical boss and the big city for a few days after her grandmother asks her to return to her childhood home. Upon her arrival, Elizabeth learns a young female guest is missing in a case that is eerily similar to an unsolved disappearance on the property years earlier so she makes it her mission to find the girl and save the inn. But in her search for answers, Elizabeth uncovers shocking details that challenge everything she thought she knew about her herself, her family and her past.

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Holiday Hoopla
Nov
18
9:00 AM09:00

Holiday Hoopla

Connie Bombaci and deaf pup, Judea, will be appearing with other fellow Connecticut authors at the Holiday Craft Fair in the South Windsor High School.  Her book, Hogan's Hope, will be on sale and available for a personalized autograph just in time for the holiday, gift-giving season. 

Address: South Windsor High School, 161 Nevers Road, South Windsor, CT 06074

Doors open at 9:00 AM!

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Dogs & Cats travel to Massachusetts
Oct
7
1:00 PM13:00

Dogs & Cats travel to Massachusetts

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Pet-loving, Connecticut authors, Connie Bombaci and Shawn Flynn, continue to team together for an author appearance and book signing of their books, "Hogan's Hope: A Deaf Hero's Inspirational Quest for Love and Acceptance" and "THE KITTY Who Rescued Me After I Rescued Him." Dog and cat lovers come to enjoy being entertained by this author duo who bring genuine warmth about our four-legged family members to their readers. 

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Author Book Signing
Sep
30
1:30 PM13:30

Author Book Signing

Connie Bombaci will be visiting the Connecticut Building at the Big E in West Springfield, Massachusetts on September 30 from 1:30 - 5:00 PM to sign her book, Hogan's Hope: A Deaf Hero's Inspirational Quest for Love and Acceptance. Hogan's life is revealed as he journeys from severe abuse to triumphant success. Additionally, Connie's deaf dog, Judea, will be in attendance to show customers just how wonderful a deaf pup can be. 

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Author Appearance and Book Signing
Sep
16
1:00 PM13:00

Author Appearance and Book Signing

Pet-loving, Connecticut authors, Connie Bombaci and Shawn Flynn, team together for an author appearance and book signing of their books, Hogan's Hope and The Kitty. Dog and cat lovers, alike, will enjoy being entertained by this author duo who bring a special warmth and reaching out to their readers. Deaf pup, Judea, will also greet folks and demonstrate what wonderful family members deaf dogs can be.

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POSTPONED:                Hogan's Hope Presentation & Author Signing
Jul
6
11:00 AM11:00

POSTPONED: Hogan's Hope Presentation & Author Signing

Connie Bombaci, along with deaf pup Judea, will be visiting the CT Humane where Hogan began his path to being rescued. Connie & Judea will demonstrate how smart and wonderful deaf dogs can be along with making the book, Hogan's Hope, available for purchase and signing. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Humane Society.

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POSTPONED  -  Hogan's Hope Book Signing
Jul
6
11:00 AM11:00

POSTPONED - Hogan's Hope Book Signing

This special event is being postponed so we can find a venue that will better accommodate the numbers of people who may attend. 

When the date(s) and location(s) are established, Connie Bombaci, along with deaf pup Judea, will be hosting a book signing for the CT Humane where Hogan began his path to being rescued. Connie & Judea will demonstrate how smart and wonderful deaf dogs can be along with making the book, Hogan's Hope, available for purchase and signing.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Humane Society.

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