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A Turkey Encounter

A Turkey Encounter, by guest blogger Tammy Johnson For nearly as long as I can remember, I’ve had a pet of some sort or another. Most days I prefer to think of them as friends versus pets. They’re always there … Continue reading

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Lawn mowers, Highland Cattle and the Pied Piper

At the beginning of our third lifetime, my husband and I sold our house in Denver, Colorado, and purchased a small ranch in the far NE corner of Washington State. The area is sparsely populated, except by trees, rivers, lakes, … Continue reading

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Rabbit Rescue…. and author Amanda Cabot

by guest blogger Amanda Cabot  One of the best things about where I live is the presence of rabbits.  Admittedly, I spend too much of what should be writing time looking out the window at the cottontails and jackrabbits who … Continue reading

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Author Miralee Ferrell and her chihuahuas

guest blogger Miralee Ferrell All my adult life I’ve said I’d NEVER have a little dog. They yap. They’re hard to house train, and for some reason, they always seemed annoying to me. Until I visited extended family a few … Continue reading

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Sweet Christmas Kisses anthology –only 99 cents!

I infrequently post about myself and my books, but I am so excited about this new release that I just have to share the news! Fourteen award-winning authors, some who are New York Times and USA Today best-sellers have contributed … Continue reading

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Horse People…and the Amish Horses, by Marta Perry

HORSE PEOPLE By Guest blogger Marta Perry We used to be horse people. I say ‘used to be’ since the barn is empty now, except for a few old straw bales, stacks of firewood, and a tractor cart. But when … Continue reading

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Dogs and Character Development

guest blogger Judy Christie Some people go to weddings and come home with party favors or photos.  But I’m looking for dog names. When my college roomie’s daughter married last summer, for example, I met Howie, the bride’s strong-willed pup, … Continue reading

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Drifter, the Australian Cattle Dog

Guest blogger Misty Beller Growing up on a farm filled with a menagerie of animals, they were always among my best friends. Cows, horses, chickens, goats, cats, dogs, and whatever else we happened to be raising at the time, each … Continue reading

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What’s a Farm without a Dog?

guest blogger author Valerie Comer I’ve lived on a farm for well over half my life. Dogs have been a steadfast part of my memories during those years. It hasn’t hurt that my husband is a dog person! I class … Continue reading

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Border collies & the Old West

Guest blogger Louise Gouge Have you ever come across an interesting piece of information that didn’t serve any particular use at the moment, but you enjoyed it? Maybe it was something you saw on television or in a magazine or … Continue reading

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A Dog Wanting To Go Home

by guest blogger Gail Gaymer Martin Jinx came to us as a puppy and looked very much like the terrier, I grew up with named Spike. He was a small beige and white terrier and was a faithful friend always … Continue reading

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Peppermint Patties, A White Christmas, & Laura Hilton

guest blogger  Laura Hilton This is a new recipe we discovered. If you like York Peppermint Patties, you’ll love these.  While not featured in my book, this is a recipe Mercy would’ve made. The stacked peppermint patty tree is shown … Continue reading

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Dogs, and Obeying the Master’s Voice

by guest blogger  Cindy Thomson I actually used to think I wasn’t a dog person. That seems so silly to me now. I grew up with dogs, although they were kept outside. When my boys were young I didn’t want … Continue reading

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Why I write about service dogs by Margaret Daley

Guest blog  by Margaret Daley When I taught students with special needs, I occasionally had the chance to also work with a service dog. They are amazing animals. Dogs are used to help people with various problems, not only with … Continue reading

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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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