Welcome back to Bark’s off-leash area, a place for Bark readers, contributors and editors to can enjoy a free-form, real-time conversation all day. Today, we’ll be joined by Lee Harrington, Bark columnist and the author of the best-selling Rex and the City: A Memoir of a Woman, a Man, and a Dysfunctional Dog (Villard, 2006), which was originally published as columns in Bark  and is being re-released as a revised, expanded e-book with a new cover in August 2011. (Visit www.emharrington.com  for updates.)
Lee is here to talk about her adventures with her late, great spaniel mix Wallace (aka Rex), her current spaniel mix Chloe (the centerpiece of Lee’s new series for Bark, The Chloe Chronicles) and her dog-inspired writing life. Recently for the Bark blog, Lee wrote about using sound healing and music to calm your dog  (she’s a kirtan walla), attending a funeral with Chloe  and a dastardly man who pretended to be a “dog person”  on a first date. So she’s pretty game to tackle just about any topic.
One thing Lee could user reader help with is selecting a book cover for the reissue of Rex and the City: A Memoir of a Woman, a Man, and a Dysfunctional Dog. What do you like most about dog book covers? What grabs your attention? And what have some of your favorites covers been? Plus, Lee will clue us in to her plans to help a rescue organization with her the new edition.
Lee will be online from 10 a.m. to noon PST today, so stop by during those hours for real-time Q&A. Three randomly selected participants in today’s open thread will each win a signed copy of Rex and the City: A Memoir of a Woman, a Man, and a Dysfunctional Dog—with the extra bonus that Chloe herself will be licking the envelopes.
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