Pet Spotlight: Donna Andrews

Well, I don’t own any pets, but I am a pet aunt. Name: Ginger (nicknames Gingie and The Ginge) Breed: Shih tzu Age: about two and a half How she became part of my life? My brother’s family gave in to the nephews’ begging for a dog, and my sister-in-law’s research showed that Shih tzus tended to have the right kind of temperament to be good family dogs, and were less apt to cause allergy problems. And of course when the family travels anywhere that they can’t take a dog, I’m the most logical dogsitter. How has she changed my life? She has readjusted my attitude about small dogs. Spike, AKA the Small Evil...

Pet Spotlight: J.A. Jance

 Bella, The Book Tour Dog Our current critter is a miniature dachshund named Bella.  We believe her to be about ten, but we don’t know that for sure.  She came into our lives four years ago when we found her abandoned on a busy, rainy street in Bellevue, Washington.  She was desperately chasing after the car that had dumped her.  I got out and ran in traffic, too, chasing her for the better part of a mile before I was able to lay hands on her.  She was cold, wet, terrified, and starving. We believe she had been given up by her original owner and left in the care of a man who didn’t like her.  As a consequence, when the next book...

Pet Spotlight: Connie Knight

Two Cats and a Plot   When I’m working on a book, I stay at home where my cats are my only company. I wander through the house, thinking about things, and looking for my cup of coffee. I might end up in the kitchen to make a fresh cup. My current book introduces a new character in my mystery series. She’s returning to her mother’s home town, but she’s not used to the country. As she drives down old dirt roads, things take her by surprise. She saw…um, something I saw once…a furniture van in a pasture, with two guys herding some cattle in its direction. My young character might realize that a furniture van isn’t right for cattle. Might...

Pet Spotlight: Holly West and Stella

Our dog, Stella West, is a long haired Chihuahua mix. I like to say she’s 25% dog, 25% cat, and 50% demon. Any discussion of her requires a reading of this post I wrote for my personal blog in 2009, roughly a month after we adopted her: The Story of Stella Here is the gist of it, for those of you who can’t be bothered: “You might be asking yourself how Mick and I ended up with this little bundle of, er, joy. We went to the gym one day and found they were having a pet adoption day. Mick said, “Don’t look!” as I ran over to the cages to see the dogs. “It’ll be okay, I don’t want another one,” I...

Pet Spotlight: J.T. Ellison

All I saw was a kitten who’d struck out on her own, a little stripedy runaway. She had gumption, I could see that. Desires, dreams. She wanted a bigger world than the one she’d been dealt. She was a renegade. She had to be mine. But she was also a five-week-old kitten who was terribly sick. The vet around the corner nursed her back to health, and she came home with us — a yowling little ball of fur who was the most fiercely independent cat I’ve ever had. And that decision changed my life. Jade unwittingly set me along the path to becoming a writer. I worked for the vet who patched her up for three days (after my first neutering, I was...

Steph Cha:Me & My Basset

Remember that show Room Raiders on MTV? It was this dating show where hopeful singles tried to assess the personalities and interests of potential mates by touring their rooms. Three years ago, my room would have told the story of a messy girl with a lot of books. Now? My figurines, salt shakers, and one prominent commissioned portrait point to one conclusion—that I am a shameless, tacky, irredeemable basset lady. (My bookshelves are also quite nice, though.) Luckily, I paired off before this transformation. My husband Matt is at least as entrenched in basset culture as I am. He was the one who turned me onto this noble, ridiculous...