The Joys of Writing

I’m a happy woman when I am writing. Welcome to the Soul Mate BLOG HOP. After you’ve enjoyed my comments and pictures, please return to Cheryl’s site to continue hopping.

My writing schedule is three to four hours a day, whether creating a new story (that’s the best) or editing and fixing one (harder but still satisfying). I don’t try to work on Sat or Sun, mostly because there are too many distractions when my husband is home. God Bless Him, he seems to think that a ‘quick question’ is not an interruption–where’s the grocery list? Did you see my glasses? What are we having for dinner?
The rest of my household (my younger son, his wife, and son, and my older son) are usually gone to work or school and/or sleeping in the mornings, which is when I write. But we can’t forget the three dogs and two birdsIMG_0828IMG_0660
Here are two of the dogs – our pug and the nine-month-old Golden Retiever. The Golden is a rambunctious and high energy dog who stirs up the other two. The third one – our yellow lab IMG_0537
is shown here with parrot poop on his head. Was standing in the path when I carried the parrot into the kitchen.IMG_0021The point of all this that I have an endless supply of ideas and incidents to include in my stories. The first one doesn’t have any pets, but all the rest do. The Taste of Her has an akita, and we had one until she had cancer. Miss her still.IMG_0027

Happy reading and enjoy my novella–The Red Halter Top, and watch for The Taste of Her–coming soon. Back to the BLOG HOP

Pugs as Comfort Dogs?

This link is to the website for one group of Comfort Dogs who were used both for the kids in the Sandy Hook tragedy and those wounded at the Boston Marathon bombing, among other places. These dogs are Golden Retrievers, although I doubt they needed much training. Goldens are, I’m told, naturally friendly and cooperative dogs. I sure hope so cause we’re getting a Golden Retriever puppy in a few weeks. Lolas birth announcment Lola had nine puppies, seven females, so I’m expecting that we’ll get a female. We’re still discussing names, although it’s Wayne’s turn to pick the name. I shudder to think what he’ll choose. Little A**hole is his latest suggestion. EGADS!! I like the one on the far right with her paw around the next puppy. We’ll see. Stay tuned for more cute pictures.

What I want to propose today is that folks consider pugs as comfort dogs. IMG_0828 Isn’t that cutest face? How could anyone resist him? This dog, named Cooper, was adopted into our family a few years ago. He’d been kept too much in a dog crate, and he still runs into his if I scold him. Now he just sleeps in there at night.

My husband, Wayne, loves this dog totally despite his tendency to ‘mark’ various places in the house; to bark furiously at everything–airplanes, garbage trucks, the mail person, my shadow, you name it; and to ignore you when you call him. Aside from all that, he’s a loving, happy dog who always prefers to sit in Wayne’s or anybody’s lap and chew on a toy. That is, unless someone rings the door bell, then he launches himself like a rocket to race to the door and BARK.

But I think folks are missing the boat to not use these guys as comfort or therapy dogs. What kind of dogs do you have? Are you a dog or a cat person? I’d love to hear from you.