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Lessons from Muggs…the Himalayan Cat

How My Himalayan Cat Enriched My Life, by guest blogger Nicola Furlong This is a painful post to compose. I am facing every pet owner’s worst fear: zero day is looming for Muggs, my adored Himalayan. He arrived over ten … Continue reading

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Author Gail Gaymer Martin asks: Did you lose a kitten?!

by guest blogger Gail Martin My latest novel includes a cat named Whimsey, and she’s one of the most memorable characters in the novel along with her owner, Aunt Winnie. Neither is a main character, although they are unique and … Continue reading

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Of Cletuses, Herbies and Golden Retrievers

by guest blogger Fay Lamb I’m not one to read a story that has an animal in it. I’m always afraid that it will die and rip out my heart along theway. When I have to read such a story … Continue reading

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Author Mary Ellis: Horses during the Civil War

The Role of Horses during the Civil War   by  guest blogger Mary Ellis Many have said that the horse was the backbone of the Civil War. It wasn’t until I began researching my current book, The Lady and Officer, that … Continue reading

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Author Eleanor Gustafson

Guest blogger Eleanor Gustafson I was pet starved as a child, so I sort of adopted a friend’s dog. Nancy housed and fed Pokey; I took him for walks—or runs. He didn’t do well with walk. Worked fine until he … Continue reading

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World War II Military Dogs in London

World War II Military Dogs in London, by guest blogger  Gail Kittleson Research for my WWII novels led me to some pretty amazing canines this morning, among them a dog named Rip. This hero of the London bombings saved many … Continue reading

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Scotland to New Orleans, but we still love Iowa!

How has your summer been?  I just don’t know where spring and summer have gone.  In the blink of an eye, we’re nearly at the end of July!  Travel and lots of family events have certainly filled my days.  I’ve … Continue reading

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Amanda Cabot’s Unexpected Encounter–Big Horns in the Rockies!

by guest blogger Amanda Cabot   The first time I heard of Rocky Mountain National Park was when a co-worker in Philadelphia described it as the crown jewel of the national park system.  A couple years later my husband and I … Continue reading

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DiAnn Mills, German Shepherds and Buddy the Wonderdog!

by guest blogger DiAnn Mills Taryn Young, my heroine in Firewall, finds a friend in a German shepherd. I’m not an detailed plotter, and when Taryn spotted the dog, so did I. He appears on a dark night in a … Continue reading

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Winnie Griggs’ Louisiana Ranch & its Wild Animals!

Hi everyone.  Winnie Griggs here.  Though our family has owned many pets over the years – dogs, cats, turtles, fish, hamsters – we are, alas, currently pet-less.  So instead of talking to you about animals of the domesticated variety, I … Continue reading

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Writing Old Friends into a New Story by Lisa Belcastro

I can’t imagine a life without pets. I’ve loved animals since I was old enough to understand the difference between a toy cat and the real deal.  I’ve lived with cats, dogs, hamsters, rabbits, fish, gerbils, guinea pigs, birds, and … Continue reading

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Howdy…and a happy springtime to you!

We’ve been traveling a lot this spring…and with being gone so much, I’ve been a little slow at posting myself.  I love having the blog visitors here too, but here’s an update from me! Back in March, I posted about … Continue reading

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Lucy the Lab…..and author Valerie Hansen

by guest blogger Valerie Hansen My last K-9 cop story for Love Inspired Suspense featured a black lab (and I’ve just been contracted to do another K-9 book for 2015!). At the time I was writing EXPLOSIVE SECRETS, I  had an antique … Continue reading

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Author Nike Chillemi….and her road to her first sale!

by guest author Nike Chillemi Many moons ago, I posted on the Harlequin/Steeple Hill author board where I heard things like: head hopping was a no-no and I had to ask what head hopping was. After a year of trying … Continue reading

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Horse Therapy, by author Connie Almony

Horse Therapy, by guest blogger Connie Almony My sister is one of those crazy horse people. You know, kind of like Liz Taylor in National Velvet. She’s not a champion rider or anything like that, but she loves the animals … Continue reading

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Canine Critters …by Stephanie Grace Whitson

Guest blogger Stephanie Grace Whitson  Dogs are better than any critter I know at modeling unconditional love, and we humans can never have enough of that. The animal star of my most recent book, A Captain for Laura Rose, is … Continue reading

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My Best Friend …by author Mary L. Ball

Lou is my best friend, well next to my husband.  I have to admit he sees things and hears conversations my husband doesn’t. Lou is a Seventy-five-pound boxer. I don’t need to worry about him finding me at my worst, … Continue reading

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And They Called it Puppy Love…by author Valerie Comer

Guest blogger Valerie Comer  There’s nothing like life with a pup. When Brody was little—a hundred pounds or so ago—I was certain the two or three brain cells he certainly must have never even bumped into each other in the … Continue reading

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Author Veronica Heley and Midge the Cat

Guest blogger  Veronica Heley Our daughter longed for a ginger tom. Could the local Cat Rescue Centre oblige? Yes, they thought they might. A shade of anxiety entered the voice at the other end of the phone line. ‘Do we have … Continue reading

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Grizzle the Boston Terrier…and author Leann Harris

Guest blogger  Leann Harris While my children were growing up, we had a Boston Terrier named Grizzle, which we bought to be a buddy for my son.  The little guy, turned out to be a blessing for everyone in the … Continue reading

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I am so thrilled!! Come meet the new member in our family!

As anyone knows, who follows this blog or follows me on Facebook  (www.facebook.com/Roxanne.Rustand  or ww.facebook.com/Roxanne.Rustand.Author )  I love animals of all kinds.  Truly, truly love them. Last fall, we lost our beloved border collie mix, Harold….a big floofy puffball of … Continue reading

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A Christened Tree…by author Davalynn Spencer

By guest blogger Davalynn Spencer My first two books each had lovable dogs that figured into the storyline, but not my upcoming book, The Cowboy Takes a Wife. However, Nell, a beautiful, “yellow” draft horse plays a key role when … Continue reading

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A Puppy Named General Lee …by author Diane Dean White

Guest blogger Diane Dean White Our children were four, six, and eight, and we had built a home among the pecan trees in the South. Our yard was a good size, and my husband made a play fort for them … Continue reading

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The Oddballs Out of the West… by author Patricia Knoll / Patricia Forsythe

Why We Love Those Oddballs Out West by guest blogger  Patricia Knoll/Patricia Forsythe There is something unique about the American West.  It’s partly because of the setting – wide open spaces, huge mountain ranges, deserts at the base of a … Continue reading

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A forever home for Bruno by author Carol Post

 Guest blogger Carol Post Leave a comment (click on Comments at the bottom of the post)  for a chance to win an autographed copy of Motive for Murder!  I am amazed and heartbroken over how many pets are just discarded. … Continue reading

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From Scared to Loved…guest blogger Angela D. Meyer

Guest blogger  Angela D. Meyer Don’t forget to page down–for info on a great promotion going on just through today, February 14!! One year old Lucy was a scaredy cat when we brought her home from the humane society. She … Continue reading

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Winter jammies….

It’s been so, so cold and snowy here in Iowa–what a winter!  After a number of school closings and late starts, the schools around here had a regular day today–despite windchills at -30 F  this morning.  I felt so badly … Continue reading

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Faithfulness, and a border collie named Lady

 Guest blogger Teresa Pollard If there is a special place in heaven for amazing animals, I’m quite sure our border collie Lady is there.  To me, she “personified” the definition of faithfulness.  For ten years, we lived way back in … Continue reading

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Rudy and the Golden Beginnings Golden Retriever Rescue

guest blogger Mary Hamilton Rudy came to us from Golden Beginnings Golden Retriever Rescue in Houston almost five years ago. We guessed him to be about eight years old, but the only thing we really knew was that he was … Continue reading

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Melinda Curtis…and her new writing partner, with paws

Guest blogger Melinda Curtis You’d think that as a writer when all your children leave for college, you’d revel in the abundance of spare time on your hands.  No more after-school activities.  No more team dinners to host.  No more … Continue reading

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Once upon a time there was a dog….

Guest blogger Shirley Raye RedmondThe slice-of-life essay is usually defined as a, “short piece intended torealistically depict an interesting moment in everyday life.” Writers whopursue this form of essay writing tap into their personal experiences andmemories for suitable subject matter. … Continue reading

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The Real Puddles ….by Amanda Cabot

Guest blogger   Amanda Cabot It’s not unusual for an author to have readers tell her that they love her characters.  In fact, that’s one of the things every author hopes will happen.  It’s less usual, though, to get that … Continue reading

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Taffy to the rescue! Guest blogger Carole Browne

by guest blogger  Carole Brown Does God Care About Us and Animals? Of course, he does! Why else would he mention in the New Testament about seeing even a lowly sparrow dying? Why else did he create an emotion (called … Continue reading

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A dog I’ll never forget….guest blogger June Foster

guest blogger June Foster After my husband Joe and I moved into our new house in El Paso, Texas, we got a dog. And what a dog he was. We named him Samson because we needed a strong guard dog. … Continue reading

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Summer at Briar Lake…Roxanne Rustand

Just thought I’d let you all know that my second e-book, Summer at Briar Lake, is available for Kindle and other e-readers.  I spend a lot of time featuring other authors here, and just realized that I hadn’t yet posted … Continue reading

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Brenda B Taylor and Toby, the Big Cur Dog

Guest blogger  Brenda B Taylor  The Wades of Crawford County, Leann and Ralph, live on a farm five miles from the small town of Cuba, Missouri during the post-Civil War era. The farm’s livestock play an important role in family’s … Continue reading

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Hip Hop—Donita K. Paul’s most unusual muse!

by guest blogger  Donita K Paul It is a known fact in my family, that if you sit me down on a park bench, I’ll soon have a gathering of children or dogs or both. My grown kids call me … Continue reading

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Ada Brownell…and a poodle named Macho

Guest blogger Ada Brownell Our two youngest children always wanted a dog, but with asthma in the house we couldn’t have a pet. But their health improved and Jeanette started rising early in the morning before school to look at … Continue reading

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Dorothy Love: Carolina Gold, and Golden Retrievers!

by guest blogger  Dorothy Love Outside of a book, a dog is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.   Groucho Marks I love this quote because it combines two of my life’s passions—books and canines. … Continue reading

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Faith like Jessie? by Cara Putman

by guest blogger Cara Putnam We’ve had a Heinz 57, pound puppy in our family for the last six years. With an adorable face and mounds of fur, she’s been a good addition to our family but she has just … Continue reading

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