“Pets and Their Authors.” I love that title. Not “Authors and Their Pets.” Isn’t the name fitting for the owner/pet relationship? Those beloved animals pretty much own us—and our hearts.
This is a photo of my writing pal. A rescue dog I fondly call my polka-dot dog.
Eleven years ago, my kids and I went to a large chain pet store to get a guinea pig. Yes, a guinea pig, because we already had a large dog and two cats. But beware of weekends at pet stores! We made the mistake of walking past the pens of animals that had been brought in by foster parents for adoption. There stood this adorable puppy with the black eye patch looking at me, his tail wagging.
Oh, my goodness. I was a goner. And so were my three kids. (On a side note, don’t take kids to pet stores on adoption day unless you mean to bring an animal home. It’s impossible to tell them no once they’ve fallen in love!)
Obviously, we never made it to the guinea pig section. The kids and I went home with a precious puppy to join our other pets.
Yes, I have a big “S” on my forehead for “Sucker.” But how could I resist those big brown eyes?
These days, my polka-dot dog sits right on top of my feet as I write. Sure, he’s a little neurotic. But wouldn’t you be if your author talked to her characters, was prone to outbursts of growling at the computer and sometimes smacked the keyboard?
Have you ever fallen in love at first sight with a pet?
Polka-dot dog’s author is Missy Tippens, whose latest release from Love Inspired is Georgia Sweethearts. Visit Missy’s website to learn more or to read an excerpt.
A Pattern For Love…
After inheriting her great-aunt's failing yarn shop, Lilly Barnes is determined to make it a success. All she wants is stability, something she doesn't think possible in the small town of Corinthia, Georgia. Then Pastor Daniel Foreman rents space in her store to hold meetings for his growing congregation, and this proves to be her lifeline. At first Lilly wants nothing to do with Daniel's big dreams, but she soon finds herself starting to share his goals. Yet trouble between her customers and his congregation make them both doubt the path they're on. That is, until practical Lilly shows him that love is a risk worth taking.