Usually before I do a blog post, check to see what “National…Day” it is. Often these days don’t fit into my thoughts for the blog, but occasionally they are perfect. When I found out that March 23rd is National Puppy Day…well, I couldn’t resist.
For one thing, I’m a serious dog person. Serious. Part of it is that I’m (unfortunately!) allergic to kitties, but I would be a puppy person either way. Currently we have five dogs living in our house (I know, right?) We’ve got my two dogs, Sadie, my shepherd/pit bull mix:
And my Missy, a terrier mix, who is getting up in years:
Then there’s Mea, shown at the top of this blog post. Youngest wanted a chihuahua she planned to name Romeo. Well…she came across this adorable Chihuahua mix . (A serious Heinz 57 blend. We suspect she may even have non-canine genes, LOL) SHE happens to be a female, so of course my daughter named her Romea. Hence, Mea.
Middle has a Chihuahua named Paris who currently lives with her, and her second dog , a purebred Yorkshire Terrier whom we affectionately (or annoyingly, depending on whether he’s barking his head off when people are trying to sleep) call Jack the Yipper. Jack-Jack is staying at our house until Middle and Youngest move into a house together next month.
And then there’s Oldest and her family, whose last name is Baer. They are currently living with us and are planning on getting their own place in a couple of months. They recently adopted the adorable Yogi. (Ha ha, get it?)
My sister runs an animal sanctuary, so I’ve been known to write everything from goats to kittens to horses, and my personal favorite, piggies. I’ve written mustang rescues (The Cowboy’s Twins) and dog sanctuaries (Texas Christmas Twins,) and even a police dog (Her Valentine Sheriff.)
I have precious little lambs coming up in my June book, And Cowboy Makes Three. Oh, and let’s not forget Psycho Rooster. You won’t want to miss him. He’s hysterical.
So now that you’ve been officially introduced to my pack and the mélange of animals I write in my books, I thought it would be fun to turn the tables on you. Do you like reading about animals in your romances? Which animals are your favorites? What are your favorite books with quirky animals as secondary characters?
Deb Kastner’s next book from Harlequin Love Inspired, And Cowboy Makes Three, will be available May 21st.