Shih-Tzus, a wonderful new book, and Janet Barton!
Generational living is an adventure in and of itself, but add a Shih-Tzu to the mix of four adults and two grandchildren, and it can be a ton of fun. When our granddaughters had to give up their cat, it was hard on them—and hard on us to see them missing their beloved pet. So the natural thing seemed to be to try a puppy. We’d had a Shih-Tzu once before and enjoyed her, so we decided to look for another one.
Our youngest granddaughter picked Bella out immediately—possibly because she came right to her. At 1.9 pounds she was quite cute and she immediately stole a place in everyone’s heart. But what was so surprising is that our oldest granddaughter—who loved cats and was sure she’d never love a dog the same way—fell totally in love with Bella. How could she not? Bella’s tail starts to wag as soon as she hears her voice. She plays all kinds of games with them—they like to pretend they are hurt and let her try to revive them.
At a year and a half, she’s now up to about 14 pounds and she thinks we’re her pets. Of course she tries to protect us with her life—and would if she were just brave enough. She tries really hard to protect us from the big dog she’s never actually seen, the one who lives behind the tall fence in our back yard.
I don’t think I’ve ever laughed more than when I looked out the kitchen window one night to see her giving her little bark at the back fence. But the big dog answered back with one not quite so little and Bella turned tail and headed back to the house fast as her short legs would carry her, looking over her shoulder to make sure she wasn’t being followed. Cutest thing ever was to see her running back through her doggie door.
But she’s getting braver. When we had an earthquake recently, she seemed out of sorts most of the evening. She’d give a low growl and pace from the front door to the back. Then came the rolling thunderous sound of earth moving, the house shook—everything shook—and we realized she was trying to tell us something was going to happen. Then quiet and stillness came—and Bella ran out her door to the middle of the yard and barked up a storm. Not sure who or what she thought she was telling the world, but she said it loud and clear. Bella has brought a lot of laughter and fun to our household and we don’t quite know what we did before she moved in.
And here’s some information on Janet’s latest new book!
Charity had always prided herself on her ability to make decisions. But that was before she met Luke Johnson, a reporter she’s falling in love with but can’t find it in herself to trust. As sunset begins to fall on the first Sooner capital, will Luke and Charity find hope to unite them to face a new day?
Note: Sooner Sunset is the last book in the Oklahoma Sooner Series, at present it is only available from Barbour at: http://www.barbourbooks.com/product/Sooner-Sunset,9105.aspx?Tab=Books&sj=782
So good to see you, Janet! Bella sounds like the perfect addition to your family. Blessings to all of you, especially this holiday season. 🙂
Thanks, Rox. Hope all is well with you and yours!
I love Bella, Janet! She is sooo adorable.
Little Bella’s a beauty, Janet. Your latest release looks interesting. Great cover art.
Thank you, Robin!
Janet, I wonder what Bella would do with a 5 foot iguana?
LOl, Sharon. I’m not real sure. She’s pretty curious, but not all that brave. She’d probably try to get close but start sneezing ’cause she gets nervous when she tries to be brave. 🙂
Sounds like a wonderful addition to a wonderful series! Blessings to you and Dan.
Thanks, Aaron! Blessings to you, too!
Hi Janet Lee,
I loved reading about Bella. The love we get from our pets is so precious whether they are cats or dogs. What a smart girl to know when an earthquake is coming–and I understand about “strategic retreats” when the odds sound like they are against us. I can’t wait to read Sooner Sunset. I always enjoy your stories.
Thanks, Dianne! I hope you like the Sooner Series! I put Bella’s hair up in twin pony tails last night and she is just so cute! I’m going to have to put her up on my webpage, soon.
Bella sounds adorable! There’s nothing like a cute, personable dog to make you smile and forget your troubles. I’m fascinated that she seeemed to know about the earthquake before it happened. I wonder if she felt or heard something deep in the earth that we humans couldn’t? Interesting.
And the book sounds awesome! I love Oklahoma set stories….
Thanks so much for stopping by, Linda. I’ve wondered what Bella felt or heard that we couldn’t, too. But now we’re pretty watchful when she starts her pacing and growling. 🙂 Or course sometimes its just the wind.
I love those stories set in Oklahoma, too–especially yours!
Oh, Janet. How cute she is. My daughter had one and she had the sweetest disposition. I think you’re crazier about her than the children. Right? Your cover is so incredible. I can’t wait to read it, either. Your stories are so warm and I always feel I’m there.
Thanks so much for stopping by Sylvia! I’m not sure who is the craziest about Bella. Let’s just say she doesn’t lack for attention around here. 🙂
Thanks so much for your sweet words about my writing. Hope you like this story!
She is adorable! It’s so good to finally see what she looks like after hearing you talk about her.