GOLDIN’S GOLDENS

Sometimes, when I terrify myself writing murder scenes in my dark, creaking house in the middle of the night, I have to give the lab puppy by my side a little pat. I’ve adored labs and their golden retriever cousins since I puppy-raised Jiny, a Golden Retrieve/Labrador cross. Jiny was bred to be a guide dog for the blind. I puppy raised Jiny from the time that she was 8 weeks old. I am still recovering! As anyone who has ever had a Labrador puppy knows, they eat everything. And I do mean everything. I couldn’t leave books lying around the house as Jiny would eat them. Quite literally. I’d leave a book on the sofa or on a...

Pet Spotlight: Jeremy Finley and Thor

Thor So I’m convinced there is a class system with dogs. Our new puppy proved it to me. Just as we in the lower and middle class look with scorn and envy at the rich, the Rescues cast distain upon the Pure Breeds. Look at you, the Dog Pounders glare from the back seat their parents’ 2002 Nissans, with your fancy price tag, riding in the passenger seat in your Mom’s Range Rover, not shedding on the leather. I imagine, beneath it all, a true class war, complete with protests (pooping on the manicured lawns of those who pay big bucks for a something-doodle) and stump speeches (howls at night outside their windows). I’ve either just...

Pet Spotlight: Kristen Lepionka

People who know me in real life keep asking when my private investigator character, Roxane Weary, is going to get a cat. This says way more about me than it does about Roxane–I’m the one with the Crazy Cat Lady bumper sticker–and the truth is, I doubt she could care for another living creature with any kind of regularity (especially since cats don’t drink whiskey). I’m also not sure that she likes cats. So while there’s no chance of Roxane sharing her apartment with a feline roommate any time soon, all of my books have been written with a cat nearby. Snapple I’ve had this gorgeous, crazy lady since 2004–she was a twentieth...

Five Reasons Why Authors Need Pets

I have a lot of pets. It’s right in my standard bio: Kelley Armstrong lives in Ontario with her family and far too many pets. No one asks where I live in Ontario. No one asks about my family. It’s the pet part that gets all the questions. What kind do you have? What are their names? We currently have one dog (a 14-year-old beagle—Joey) 3 cats (6-year-old Maine Coon siblings—Rafe and Annie—and an 8-month-old Bengal, Cam.) Also fish and one gecko. Yep, a lot of pets. As a writer, I’m convinced they’re a career requirement…or at least it makes a fine excuse for having them. So, here are five reasons authors needs pets. 1) Silent companionship....

Pet Spotlight: Becky Masterman and Boodle the Bald

Seriously?  You want me to write about my pet instead of crazed killers?  Oh joy. When I married Fred about fifteen years ago he had a black cockapoo named Raven.  He loved that dog so much that my sister commented she was glad we moved across the country to Arizona because she wouldn’t want to be in the same state when it came time for Raven to die.  Sure enough, when Raven passed on Fred took it hard for a year.  Luckily, as an episcopal priest he was busy as interim rector at a church until they found someone full-time.  But then what?  No work.  No dog.   Ever the Fixer, I...

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...