Four Out Of Four Stars

The Smile Ambassadors

Zack and Mack received a very nice review of their book, The Smile Ambassadors.  

Wendy J over at the had this to say:”…it is a fun and surreal family adventure that would appeal to young readers. It is refreshing to read a book where nothing bad really happens, everything is wrapped up in a happy ending, and there is a nice moral-to-the-story thrown in. Therefore, I give it a 4 out of 4 stars.”

You can read the whole review here:

The boys were happy with the review.  They splashed around in their tank a bit and then turned around and winked.  Now we just have to get others to read the happy story.

The book can be purchased on Amazon here: Enjoy!

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On Our Way Home

The Smile Ambassadors

The boys are enjoying their fish while I take a moment to pen this short missive.  We just finished our fair in Tucson and drove up to Las Vegas yesterday.  It is a nine hour drive made 30 minutes shorter due to a tail wind.

We have an event in Boulder City this weekend and then it is the long journey home to our little slice of heaven located where some might say is the State of Jefferson.

The website for our commercial ventures is   There, you can see what we do when books are not being written and Zack and Mack not being the center of attention.  They know when they are home.   It is the taste of the water I presume.  They sit at their tank and watch us go about our daily household activities.  Sometimes they take great interest in what we do, other…

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How Do Zack and Mack and JuJu Relate?

The Smile Ambassadors

Just sitting here listening to some Juju from Sir Shina Peters and thinking how it creates a gladness in one’s heart that emanates outward.  It is much like when people view Zack and Mack for the first time.  They see this two-headed creature that at first reaction, shocks, then amazes, and then warms the heart.  They put a smile on one’s face, like the JuJu.

We first showed the boys at the Arizona State Fair a few weeks after getting them.  They were tiny little guys.  I have a photo of them next to a cough drop somewhere and if I find it, I will post it here.Image

Not much bigger than a cough drop.  Now they terrorize entire villages!  Well, hardly. 

But it always has been the smiles that the boys create when seen by both adults and children that led to the eventual writing of The Smile Ambassadors,(…

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Sitting In A Bathtub on the 16th Floor

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Zack and Mack have been spending the past several days sitting in a bathtub on the 16th floor of a hotel while their owners recoup from whatever virus/grunge that has been afflicting them.  Nose drool, fevers, sputum from the chest..all really tasteful things to discuss in mixed company, right?!

The boys, being off their schedule and usual locations, have decided to rebel by not eating.  Oh, they will eat some of the dried shrimp treats under protest, but nyet to the tasty worms dangled in front of them.  They should be back in their routine by Saturday.

Until then, its spending time in the bathtub.  They like it, actually.  I took a couple of pics of them in the bathtub and if I ever feel motivated, I will upload them here.  

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We Be Smiling!

It works like a charm every time.  Dried shrimp are like a crack cocaine for Zack and Mack.  Let me explain.  The boys are finicky eaters.  They always have been since day one.  No common turtle food will pass through their two beaks.  The first week we actually fed them baby food with a tiny syringe; slowly squeezing the pudding-like consistency protein into their little gullets.

We then found out that canned meal worms sent them to heaven.  So meal worms it was.  Canned, then live.  I used to break the poor little meal worms in two so the boys could eat them.  For several years they ate meal worms interspersed with occasional cooked chicken.

But from time to time, they would revolt and refuse to eat…So, it was time for the secret weapon…Dried Shrimp!  Works every time.  Kinda like marsh mellows for dogs.  They can’t get enough.

So tonight, we had to resort to the dried shrimp.  They went off the fish so, its now time to go back to the super-duper meal worms.

I know, I know, we spoil the boys.  But quite frankly they loathe anything “green.”  We tried it all and they just turn up their noses. Se tried offering an alternative diet for several days in a row, but no…the little meal tyrants would rather starve then let turtle food pass their lips…  After three or four days, I usually give in and give them what they crave….petulant little guys, Zack and Mack.