I’m back with the Romance Writers Weekly Blog Hop! Sorry I’ve been MIA for so long. Middle Child (or Daughter #2) got married on July 27, and things were a little busy. 😊 But it was a wonderful ceremony (the rain held off just long enough!) and a great weekend all round.
This week on the hop, Dani Jace asks:
I am entering the “dog days” of summer in my area. Do you have pets? What type and how many? Do you write pets into your stories?
Summer in my part of Northern BC has been cool and rainy (is it possible to have Seasonal Affective Disorder in the summer? I. Am. So. Tired. Of. Rain.) so I’m so glad this topic is about something that makes me feel good – pets!
There’s something different about a house where pets live. It feels warmer and friendlier to me. Since Mr. C and I were married, we've always had at least one furry critter around.
We currently have Gilligan, our eighteen-year old Calico cat. She wasn’t doing well over the winter, but since spring seems to have a new lease on life.
Then there’s Aspen, our first foray into puppydom. We had one dog before her, but adopted Kasey at five-years old, so had never lived through the puppy stage. Once we’d survived those first months, she’s been great. I do a little agility with her, and she loves the boat. As as Beagle/Spaniel mix, she can’t really be trusted when she gets her nose to the ground, so we have to keep an eye on her at all times!
We also have a pond in the backyard, and have populated it with feeder goldfish over the years. I’d hate to count how many we’ve gone through (survival is not guaranteed!) but right now we have eleven happily swimming around.
Not all my books have animals, but I do like to write them. Chaucer is a Bernese Mountain dog in WHEN TIME FALLS STILL and is the one of the catalysts that bring Charlotte and Justice together. Mutt, in GATEWAY CRESCENT, also plays a role in clarifying Luke’s feelings for Jo. In NO LIFE BUT THIS, Abigail does battle with a hired horse – definitely not a pet, but it was a fun scene to write!
What about you? Are you a pet person? If so, what kind? I’d love to hear from you in the comments! Then be sure to hop over to Leslie Hachtel to find out about her pets.