Allison's Book Bag

Doggy Advice And A Brag

Posted on: September 7, 2012

Hy Conrad and Jeff Johnson both have expertise in the writing field. What caused them to write a dog book? Do they have any special knowledge of dogs? The answers to these questions you’ll have to find out by checking out their book which I’ll review on September 8 and my interview with them which I’ll post on September 17.

If you like mysteries, you may have already heard of the one of the authors of Things Your Dog Doesn’t Want You to Know. Best known for his work in mysteries, Hy Conrad was one of the original writers for the television series “Monk” and worked on the show for all eight seasons. Other television work included serving as head writer for “Little Monk,” a series of short films featuring Adrian Monk as a ten-year-old. His most recent television job involved being a writer/consultant for the USA Network’s crime-based “White Collar” show.

Even before my husband and I became fans of the show, however, we were familiar with the name. Hy Conrad is also the writer of mysteries at Mystery Net, featuring mini-mysteries that my husband and I used to love to try to solve. Conrad is also the author of ten books of short whodunits, aimed at both young and older readers, which have been translated into thirteen languages and included in many anthologies. He’s currently working on the second novel in his Abel Adventures mystery series.

jeff_johnsonThe other author of Things Your Dog Doesn’t Want You to Know was a previously unknown name to me. Jeff Johnson has spent most of his working life in advertising agencies. He is the author of The Hourglass Solution: A Boomer’s Guide to the Rest of Your Life and co-authors a national online advice column called “Short Answers”.

Audio Interview

One of the golden rules of blogging is to keep your readers on your site. In other words, don’t post a link that sends readers to another site. Well, I’m about to break that rule. In that classic “Miracle on 34th Street,” our hero sends shoppers to the best store, even if it’s not the store by whom he’s employed. By the same token, I’m now going to send you to the best interview I could find with Hy Conrad and Jeff Johnson, authors of Things Your Dog Doesn’t Want You to Know, even if it’s not here at Allison’s Book Bag. Go ahead, click on the link, and listen to the interview at CBS Pittsburgh, but then please come back and tell me: What does your dog want YOU to know?


Are you intrigued about reading Things Your Dog Doesn’t Want You to Know? Download a chapter excerpt by clicking here.

On the website for Things Your Dog Doesn’t Want You to Know, you can also submit a photo of your dog and receive expert advice here.

To close off my teasers for this doggy week, I’m posting a brag photo of our dog in honor of him winning his Teacup Agility Dog Champion title. Do you have any brags about your dog?

5 Responses to "Doggy Advice And A Brag"

Good review! Cute poodle photo!

Thank you! Barnaby (our family’s poodle) does too. 🙂

Allison, thanks for the “brag”! (Barnaby thanks you too.)

You’re welcome! Things Your Dog Doesn’t Want You to Know was fun to read. 🙂 I’ll be sharing a copy of my review with our local dog club too.

Allison — thank you so much for reading my new book “Things Your Dog Doesn’t Want You to Know.” Hy Conrad and I had a great time writing it. I hope you enjoy it and I look forward to your review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Allisons' Book Bag Logo

Thank You!

Allison’s Book Bag will no longer be updated. Thank you for eight years!

You can continue to follow me at:



Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 127 other subscribers
%d bloggers like this: