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...

Pet Spotlight: Deborah Crombie

The Cat Who Lost Her Tail I think I’ve just come up with a great title for a children’s book—maybe there’s a new writing adventure in store for me. Now, if I could only draw… but photos will have to suffice for now. I think cats get short shrift. Not that I don’t write about my dogs (and my characters’ dogs) and post pictures of my dogs and think they are the most fabulous canines in the world. But a year ago this May a little cat came into our lives and stole our hearts.  We’ve had cats for many years, and last April our oldest, who was eighteen, faded away from kidney failure.  We were devastated, even though we’d long known...

Pet Spotlight: Charlotte Williams and Pepi

Our dog Pepi the Pooch was a rescue dog. We decided to get a puppy for my eight-year-old son Owen one Christmas, and went down to the dog pound to find one. There was a group of puppies in one cage, all siblings who had been left there after the mother had been taken home. When we entered the cage, all the puppies ran around barking. I bent down and one puppy came up and quietly put his head on my knee. That was the one we chose. Owen named him Pepi after an orphan robot dog in a cartoon, so he explained. He certainly was a handful in the early days, very difficult to toilet train (we nicknamed him Captain Stinky), as his mother had left...