Growing up, we had dogs and cats. Living down the road from my grandparents’ dairy farm, I was exposed to all kind of barnyard animals.
When our boys were small, we added a beautiful Yellow Lab to our family, but due to our son’s allergies, our Samantha ended up living with a newly married couple on a large farm.
From then on, we limited our pets to aquarium fish and stuffed animals.
When our youngest son went off to college, I struggled with the quietness of our empty nest. That dang living room clock ticked so loudly.
I had been doing research for Lakeside Redemption, which releases in January 2015 through Love Inspired. My heroine is a dog trainer. So, as I did more research, I started dropping hints to Hubby about us getting a dog again. This time, something lap-sized.
Last October, my mom received a beautiful Chihuahua mixed rescue dog for her birthday. From the first time I saw Penelope, I fell in love. When my mom had a heart attack, I took care of Penny. I continued to search online for the right dog for our family, citing facts to Hubby such as owning pets reduces stress, helps with exercise, etc. Hubby said, “Too bad we couldn’t find a dog like Penny.”
In January, my mom had another heart attack. After returning home from the hospital, my mom expressed some concerns about caring for Penny properly and asked if we’d be willing to take her.
So I’ve been a new Puppy Mama since January.
For someone who wasn’t an animal lover, my heart has been turned upside down by my four-legged, furry daughter. She snuggles on my lap when I’m writing, jumps with excitement when I walk through the door, and wakes me up with puppy kisses.
Now I can’t imagine my days without her. Who knew novel research would turn into a real life adventure?
Your Turn: What kind of pet do you have? What benefits do you see to owning a pet?