Pet Spotlight: Betty

I Married a Cat Hater By Diane Fanning All my life, my home had been populated with dogs and cats. Then, I married a cat hater. In his defense, he did have an allergy. I tried to convince him that living with a cat would desensitize him, but he didn’t buy it. The situation changed when a young orange tabby showed up on our doorstep and decided to live there. She acted hungry but all we had on hand was dog food. I offered her a handful and she gobbled it up. The next day, my cat-hating husband brought home cat food. Kitty liked that even more. In less than a week, my spouse was sitting with her on the porch, stroking on her and making her...

PET SPOTLIGHT: JD ALLEN

Accidentally Addicted to Felines Editor’s Note: JD Allen has six cats. Six. I never meant to be a Cat Lady. I swear. Collecting is sometimes an accidental thing. My mother-in-law had a set of curtains above her kitchen sink with chickens printed on them and the next thing she knew every holiday people were giving her chicken shit. Not chicken shit, but chicken shaped and decorated knickknacks. It got weird. Did you know there was a chicken Chia head? Like her, I started slow, with a respectable number of cats. Two. I had Bonnie and Clyde. It was just the two of them for years. Clyde made it to the grand old age of 21 before I had to say...

Pet Spotlight: A.E. Wasserman and Topper

The Tale of Topper Topper, my Border Collie* muse, can indeed be amusing, but he is also murderous. He entices me to kill people, (in my historical mysteries/thrillers) then promptly helps me solve the deadly crime. He knows where both the bones and the bodies are buried. My muse has his methods. He takes me with him for long mountain hikes on the weekends, up through forests to the high meadows. Away from urban urgencies.  Topper and I follow a trail toward the top of Mount Pinos in the Los Padres National Forest. It’s there that characters enter my head and plots begin to twist and turn as much as the path does through the Douglas Firs....

Pet Spotlight: Andy and Leo

Andy and Leo are the pair of brothers who have graced our home for over eleven years now. We adopted them from an animal shelter when our kids were young and eager for “real” pets, after the non-cuddly fish in our living room tank stopped qualifying. We walked into the shelter and entered a long corridor lined with barking dogs. Both children stayed in character: Karenna, then nine, charged through the cacophony to get to the cat room at the other end; Eli, twelve, froze, too terrified to proceed. My husband Oliver chased our swift, eager daughter and I waited behind with our sensitive son and coaxed him onward. Eventually, we all...

Pet Spotlight: Writing Team That Makes up Sara Dri...

LONE WOLF is created by Sara Driscoll, the author pseudonym of the writing team of Jen J. Danna and Ann Vanderlaan. As a team, we were asked to talk about our pets, past and current.         Jen: The dog in LONE WOLF is based heavily on Shady, the black lab my family owned all through my childhood and teenaged years. But I haven’t owned a dog since then because of my children’s allergies. For years, we were unable to have pets; then we were able to own a sequence of very social, hypoallergenic hamsters. Still, this is not the same as owning a companion animal. But our lives changed the day my youngest daughter started to...

Pet Spotlight:Jason Miller’s Robin Clayspo

  Name: Robin Clayspo (though, like all cats, he really has somewhere in the neighborhood of fifty names, titles, and honorifics.) Breed: haha nope. Closest approximation is American short hair by way of Bedlam. Age: 8 years old. This is the story of a cat called Robin Clayspo. Robin is one of the pets who come along at just the right moment, just the right time in your life, and somehow manage to fill a gap you might not even know you had. I discovered him through one of those pet-finder Websites—you know the ones—a Nashville shelter cat. An older family cat, much adored and keenly missed, had died some months earlier, and I’d finally...