I don’t know about you, but animals are a huge part of my life. My husband and I live on a mini-farm we’ve named Manners Manor. We have a dog, two cats, chickens, an aquarium full of fish, and a stocked pond. I thought it would be fun to step inside my dog Axel’s mind and show you a typical day on Manners Manor from his perspective. So, here we go…
Hi. My name is Axel. I’m a handsome fellow, aren’t I? I love my home and my humans, Tim and Mary. They rescued me after a lo-o-o-o-ng six months in the animal shelter. I never thought I’d get sprung from the joint, but the moment Tim and Mary saw me they fell in love with me. I sure am a lucky guy. Here I am on the drive to my forever home with Tim at the wheel (you may notice the orange and white shirt—he’s a diehard Tennessee Vol football fan)
Mornings are my favorite time of the day. I wake up the humans when the birds start to sing and roosters crow (I live on a mini-farm which is pretty cool). Breakfast is yummy with a splash of broth spilled over the doggie chow. My buddies from up the hill scamper over and we play a little game of chase before they head back home and I wander down to the chicken coop to check on my twelve sisters. We say good morning and catch up on all the neighborhood gossip. Sometimes Colby and Rascal, my feline brothers, wander over to join us.
When Tim leaves for work it’s up to me to be the man of the house and keep watch over Mary. Sometimes I help her through writer’s block with a raucous game of fetch. She gets a great workout playing tug of war with my rope, too. I usually let her win (but don’t tell her the game is rigged). When she’s done writing, we walk down to the garden together where I check things out and make sure the plants are coming along nicely. Mary’s a great gardener so it’s no wonder salads are a staple in our house (but not for me…yuck). I have to make sure everything’s in order and no little interlopers have taken up residence among the tomatoes and lettuce leaves.
Life at Manners Manor keeps me on my toes. I settle in on the back deck after a long day to enjoy a rawhide treat and watch the sunset. It’s oh-so-relaxing and too beautiful for words (well, maybe not for Mary, since she’s an author).
Whew! Every day is an adventure on the mini-farm. When my work is done, I let the humans rub my belly before I put myself to sleep. I snuggle up with my favorite toy and then it’s lights out…until tomorrow!
P.S. Mary let me in on a little secret. She’s giving away an e-copy of her latest release, Autumn Hearts. Be sure to leave a comment to be entered into the drawing. One winner will be randomly selected on August 31. Don’t delay! You’re gonna love this collection of five autumn-themed romances better than a truckload of rawhides!
Good luck in the drawing. Now, I’m off for a game of hide and seek with my brothers and sisters. Happy reading!