Sunday, October 11, 2015

A Little Something for the Weekend - Canine Inspiration

We're delighted to welcome Katie Meyer to the Pink Heart Society as she talks about the inspiration behind her latest novel...

Hi everyone, I’m so excited to be doing a guest post here at the Pink Heart Society! I love “meeting” new readers and friends, and of course I love getting a chance to talk about my new book, The Puppy Proposal. And, even better, today I get to talk to you about the inspiration for the canine matchmaker in the story, Murphy. 

Murphy, you see, is a Houdini of a border who at the opening of the book is lost, hurt, and scared on the side of the road after escaping yet again from his elderly owner. Luckily for Murphy he’s found by the hero of the story and reunited with his owner before anything worse can happen. In real life, I have my own border collie, Luke, and he wasn’t quite so lucky.

Luke was found, like Murphy, on the side of the road in a small Florida town. But Luke was unconscious and had been lying in the scorching heat for who knows how long. I was working at a Veterinary Technician at the time and I have to say, when I saw that poor pathetic fluff ball it was love at first sight. 

We gave him some fluids and medication and I took him home that night to keep an eye on him. He had seizures every two hours, and appeared to be blind. He couldn’t sit up or walk, and at an estimated six weeks old was in a rough shape for such a little guy. At one point we were worried he might distemper, and euthanasia was considered. I honestly was worried he wouldn’t make it another day. As a last resort the veterinarian gave him an injection of steroids, wondering if perhaps a head injury and brain swelling were behind him symptoms. 

That steroid injection probably saved his life. Twenty-four hours later he was sitting up in his cage, whimpering for attention. Once the seizures stopped he regained his sight, and he started to try to walk. A week later and he could get around pretty well but it was months before he could turn to the left. If he wanted to go left he had to do a roundabout to the right and attempt to line himself up in the direction he wanted to go. 

Now, many years later, I am proud to say he is once again an ambiturner, but he’s still not very smart. It’s obvious once you get to know him that he has brain damage of some sort, but what exactly happened will forever be a mystery. The important thing is that he is happy, and he is honestly the sweetest and nicest dog I’ve ever had. And I like to think that he somehow knows he’s famous now, not that he’d care. He’s humble that way.  :)

Have you got any pets that have inspired furry characters?  Join the discussion with Katie Meyer in the comments!

Katie’s canine-inspired book, The Puppy Proposal, is available now:

Sit, Stay…Fall In Love? 

Veterinary technician Jillian Everett has met plenty of canines—and some men who deserve "dog" tags. But when millionaire hotelier Nic Caruso strides into Paradise Animal Clinic, a scruffy border collie muddying his designer suit, Jillian has to sit up and take notice. Nic might be gorgeous, but she's had more than enough heartbreak for one lifetime in dog years. 

Nic doesn't expect to fall for a dog in need—or his beautiful caretaker! The big-city bachelor is on Paradise Isle to wreak havoc on the town Jillian loves so much. For the first time in forever, Nic realizes there's more to life than work…and love might be worth a shot. But can Jillian tame this stray for good? Or will Nic remain a lone wolf forever?

You can find out more about Katie Meyer on her website. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

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