I love dogs.
My love affair with dogs began with my beloved Freddy. When I was about eight, my brother came home from college with a fur ball (possible Bearded Collie). Upon graduation, he and his fiance had adopted the fraternity’s mascot. When they married, they moved into an apartment that prohibited pets. Thus, Freddy came to live with me at home with my parents. When my brother and sister-in-law purchased a home, we shared custody. For sixteen years, he was my part-time fur baby. The photo is Freddy with my nephew, Jason.
My boyfriend (now husband) had a tri-color Collie names Jettie. She was a constant at his side. As an architectural photographer, he took her on photography assignments and even featured her in client photographs. I knew that he was serious about me when he allowed me to dog sit Jet at his home while he was out of town on assignments. When Jet died of cancer at age eleven, I was at his side to console him. He gave me a lovely blue topaz ring in her memory for my help and love of Jet.
When he adopted Crickett, another tri-color Collie, I thought that after five years of dating, he wouldn’t marry me. After all, he adopted another housemate, car mate and companion. I was wrong because he proposed, asking me if I would marry “them.” I did.
Crickett was an only “child” for five years, when we brought Ebony home. We found Ebony, a Pointer-black Lab abandoned in the parking lot a local amusement park. She and Crickett became fast friends. Ebony was the alpha dog with a mind and personality of her own. Whereas Crickett was laid back, Ebony was front and center. She and I had an interesting and challenging relationship, always sparring for the alpha position. I won.
Ebony had a larger-than-life aura about her and I decided to write a novel based on her. Since Labrador Retrievers have been the most popular dog breed in the country, possibly the world, I thought that a book based on their unique personalities and temperament would work. Alas, Marley and Me came out and broke the best seller lists. I kept writing anyway because my novel was fiction. Also, it was a paranormal, the “what if” of a woman turned into a dog and viewing life and love from a dog’s perspective.
We had Ebony for sixteen years. After six months being dog-less, we adopted sisters, a Pointer-black Lab I named Topaz and her sister, an English Pointer I named Amber. They are my inspiration, fur babies, earth angels and center of our lives.
“Lab Test” was completed and, after years of trying to land a publisher, Crimson Romance took a chance. You can take a chance, too.
This is the last week for Crimson Romance’s February Valentine’s Day sale. All of my titles are available on Amazon for only $1.99 per download. It’s an opportunity to experience my love of dogs and the joy of labrador Retrievers. Sniff it out …