$6000 and counting!
We made it.
The funding goal has been reached. One cent under would have meant zilch. The $6000 goal was the minimum amount that could deliver the rewards with enough left over to prepare the materials for the e-book. The costs for scans and video are covered. It's a huge load off, and I have all of you to thank, deeply, for that.
More than anything, to me every pledge represents support for an idea that many people considered outlandish. About one in ten people didn't even recognize a dog in the clouds in that picture. One pilot at Santa Monica saw in that beautiful midnight cloudscape nothing but a sucker hole - a clearing through which injudicious pilots are lured to their deaths. I am more grateful for the support your backing signifies than I can tell you.
Reaching the funding goal doesn't mean it's over. There are four days left, and traditionally those four days are critical to any Kickstarter campaign.
Please let your friends know that it's now or never. It often takes an approaching deadline to get people to act. Remind them that if they have an Amazon account it only takes a second. Post it on facebook, email it, tweet it. As many of you have found out, your personal recommendations have been what got others to pull the trigger.
For those of you who still haven't checked out the facebook page, it's at http://facebook.com/thedogintheclouds, and that's where I'll be keeping things updated once the Kickstarter is over.
Thank you all for making this happen, and for all that your help means. I hope you all have Memorial Day weekends as good as you have made mine.
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RUNTS: Receive a beautiful color desktop wallpaper image from the high Himalayan temple in the ending of The Dog in the Clouds. Plus an exclusive, backer-only link to footage of The Oldest Man Who Ever Lived. This is the last known time this 141-year old man (LA Times obit link at bottom) was filmed, and it has never been screened. In other words, there is no film of anyone older in existence, and you’ll be the first to see it. The wallpaper download and this amazing footage will be available as soon as the project is funded. The names of all Runts and the pets who love them will be published in the e-book’s "Runts" thank-you list.Estimated delivery:
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Be in THE LITTER and you’ll get everything a Runt does, plus a download of the e-book as soon as it’s ready (please note, delivery dates are for immediate items and mailed items only). The names of everyone in The Litter and their pets will be published in the e-book’s “Good “Dogs” thank-you list.Estimated delivery:
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GOOD DOGS receive everything the guys in The Litter get, plus one of the original photographs of Orville from the wall of pictures that is important to the e-book’s story, along with a handmade thank-you card from Kathmandu, plus some frames of actual 16-millimeter film workprint, signed and numbered, showing captured weapons that earned Brian the best film review he ever got: a death sentence for espionage in Burma. All Good dogs and their pets will be published in the e-book’s “Good Dogs” thank-you list.Estimated delivery:
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If you join THE PACK you’ll get everything above, plus your pet will receive a handmade Ganesh (the elephant god and bringer of good luck) charm for your pet’s collar, each one made in India and individually selected (it will take a few months to get these, so no precise delivery date). International orders please add $5 for shipping. These will reach you well before Christmas. Pictures of the whole Pack and their pets will be published in our “The Pack” acknowledgements section of the e-book.Estimated delivery:
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BIG DOGS get everything a Good Dog gets, plus an 8” x 10” photographic (handmade, not computer-generated) print made from the original dog in the clouds negative. Pictures of all the Big Dogs and their pets will be published in the “Big Dogs” acknowledgements section of the e-book.Estimated delivery:
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ALPHA DOGS get all of the above with two copies of the e-book download; plus an original, signed and numbered 11” x 14” black-and-white photographic print made from the original Dog in the Clouds negative in an edition limited to the number of Kickstarter Alpha Dogs. The names and pictures of all the Alpha Dogs and their pets will be prominently displayed in the “Alpha Dogs” acknowledgements section in the e-book.Estimated delivery:
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LEADERS OF THE PACK get it all: five downloads of the desktop wallpaper and five downloads of the e-book, plus a 16” x 20” signed and framed black-and-white gelatin silver print made from the Dog in the Clouds negative in an edition limited to the Leaders of the Pack (instead of the smaller prints). And of course the names and pictures of all Leaders of the Pack will be super-prominently displayed in the “Leaders of the Pack” acknowledgements section in the e-book.Estimated delivery:
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