Are you a dog person or a cat person?
It seems like most people are one more than the other, although the rare person has equal love for both. In my immediate family of five, we are definitely dog people. My husband and I raised our family of two boys with our loving border collie mix, Gracie who was just as much a part of our family as anyone else. Our older son, now 31, has Izzy, a beautiful yellow Labrador, and our younger son and daughter-in-law have Buster, a beagle mix. When a few years had gone since Gracie’s passing, my hubby and I added feisty Weezer to our once-quiet retirement lifestyle. She really knew how to liven things up again! Dogs are wonderful family members. They make us laugh, they never turn down a hug or kiss, and they get us up and moving with their constant need for exercise.
We’ve developed a routine on Sunday mornings: my husband, son and I go to church and then, more often than not, to our favorite breakfast place: Dead Dog Saloon.
Yeah, it’s a strange name, and the interior lives up to the moniker. Every wall is filled to the gills with dogs who have, well, died. Most of the photos include the dog’s name and death year. Sound depressing? Well … yes and no. Although I didn’t savor the idea of submitting Gracie’s photo for their vast collection, I do love to scan the walls whenever we are seated to discover the dogs who were so beloved by their humans.
One time I was standing by the front desk waiting to be seated. A couple, on their way out after eating, stopped by a nearby display case, opened the cabinet door, and said fondly, “See ya, Lace,” before closing the door. The man saw me observing them and he told me, “Our dog Lacy is in there, and whenever we come here, we say hello and good-bye. We miss her but we know she’s here in spirit.”
It’s no surprise that authors include dogs on the pages of their CCR stories. My own book, Path to Discovery, features a German Shepherd named Duchess who is at the very center of a mystery that theater actors Roxanne and Tieg work together to solve throughout the pages of the book. In fact, Duchess is not only the reason Roxanne can’t forgive Tieg and refuses to let him into her heart despite her romantic feelings toward him, she’s also the reason that Tieg proves himself to Roxanne as a hero and trustworthy partner, which leads to the Happily Ever After ending!
In Comments, let me know if you have a treasured dog, or any pet! What do you love about your pet?
I tapped into the other InspyRomance authors to find out who else had included dogs in their Christian romance stories and I got quite a list! Dog lovers, take a look! I’m sure you’ll find your next great read.
Deb Kastner: My recent Rocky Mountain Family series all contain different breeds of service dogs. (The Black Sheep’s Salvation, Opening Her Heart, The Marine’s Mission, Their Unbreakable Bond, A Reason to Stay)
Shannon Taylor Vannater: My Reuniting with the Cowboy has a vet heroine who runs a shelter. And has a dog on the cover.
Tabitha Bouldin: All of my books in the Independence Islands series have dogs in the story. They’re more in the forefront in Mishaps off the Mainland, Footprints on Her Heart, and Waiting on the Tides.
Julie Carobini: Reunion in Saltwater Beach has a one-eyed dog in the story.
Valerie Comer: My very first book, Raspberries and Vinegar, has a Border collie as a significant part of the story. Memories of Mist also has a dog who plays a role, a Great Pyrenees named Duke.
Tara Grace Ericson: Forgiven by the Hero has a loyal Search and Rescue dog named Liberty and a singing search and rescue drop out named Dobby.
Toni Shiloh: An Unlikely Alliance features an emotional support dog.
Merillee Wren: My book, Hometown Hero is full of dogs. Lots of dogs. My heroine sings, The Twelve Dogs of Christmas.
Happy reading, and before I say good-bye, Weezer wants to pop in and say farewell too!