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Aimee, He's a beautiful dog, and it's lucky he found you. Looking forward to your book since I love stories that include kids and dogs.
We love dogs - they're our `kids', and this guy is so well trained. He'll do anything for me.
He's an awesome dog. I can't imagine life without animals. I'm taking right now with a cat head on my left hand. I'm sure I'm burning calories thanks to Tyre's insistence of being near to me.
Alas, I'm allergic to cats and birds, but we've always had dogs. Right now, Gabriel is asleep at my side. Later, David gets to take him and the other two for a run. Their calories get burned, not mine!
Nice post and picture Aimee! It's my son who keeps me grounded. Growing up, I learned that life had no boundaries from my mom who was a terrific example. I've always known that someday I would be a published writer-that all it took was hard work to achieve a dream. And now, I want my son to have the same confidence in whatever his dreams are, by providing an example. So, whenever I feel like burning my current WIP, I just look at him and it reminds me why I work so hard everyday:)lol.xoJen
It's great having that motivation - a great role model and that knowledge that nobody can beat you but yourself. Rule number one - never give up! I learned it too. Having someone like your son can give you unbelievable strength of purpose. Inspirational!
If my husband and I worked together, we'd have to have the same setup. :-) I loved your post.
The dogs are the glue that keeps us connected even though we have our own offices on opposite sides of the house. Gabriel is always with me, and usually Ella as well. Marlowe, our oldest, sticks with David most of the time. We're never alone, and sometimes writing can be a very lonely profession.
Aimee! My office 'staff' keep me grounded as well. They are a rescued Husky, Australian Shepherd, Lab mix named Cheyenne, and Stormy, a rascally Tabby. Cheyenne was taken in a drug raid in the country, along with fourteen other dogs, nine of them her puppies! She ran away three times in the first two days. Last time we got her back, I gave her leftover meatloaf and she's been at my side ever since. Stormy came to us in a - you guessed it - storm. Left for a day and came back with his sister, Melanie. She prefers lounging to work, so never comes upstairs to my office. Cheyenne sleeps on the futon and Stormy in my lap. I write the same way Pam does - trying to move the fingers so the cat head on my hand won't be disturbed. I could not work without them!
Dogs are wonderful companions, and they really relate to their humans. No two are alike. At one time, we also had pet rats (David taught life science) and they had their own desk huts, where they'd sleep during my work. The dogs never bothered them at all. But it was hard losing them after two or three years with their short life span, so now it's just the dogs. Sounds like there are a lot of kindred spirits here...
I just fell in love with Gabriel too!!! I love animals and your post touched my heart, Aimee. I can't wait to chat dogs with you (and your writing of course :) on your twitter chat tomorrow! I have two dogs- both cavalier kings and one is a rescue- Little Bit. She is deaf but works hard to compensate by being alert to the littlest floor vibration. I need only tap my foot and she's on her feet, head turning in every direction, eager to please and make sure she's doing whatever we're asking her to do (which, when it comes to dogs, is play, eat, go outside, pet, groom, walk... you know... the hard life- lol) I love my other dog, Lizzie, too. She's a diabetic and needs shots twice a day. The vet told she'd go blind in a year, but she's kept her sight for two now. I modeled the therapy dog in my novel WISH ME TOMORROW after Lizzie because she's so darn cute and no medical condition could ever be too much when I think about how much love they both give me! Thanks for your lovely post.
Karen, it was great `meeting' you on today's twitter chat. One of our dogs, Marlowe, is pretty much deaf, but he's our oldest at 13, and responds well to hand signals. We rescued an old toy poodle years ago, and he was almost blind. Before he lost his sight, he learned where the doggie door was, fortunately. In later years, when he lost his sight completely, he'd go outside, get disoriented, and spend several minutes looking for the way back inside. When he came back in, he was so excited he'd rocket around the room like a pinball. That became his knickname, of course. We're had dogs with special needs, and it sounds like you have a big heart. I think you can learn a lot about someone's character by the way they treat their animals. So good to hear from you.
Aww I love these pet stories. There's something about our animals that tug at our hearts, right? We have a shih Tzu and a cat who we rescued at the same time three years ago. They were so tiny then, but the cat especially has grown up and out. Her name is Diva (which she totally is) but we call her Big Mama sometimes because of her size. Ceasar, the shih Tzu, came named from a woman who couldn't take care of a puppy after she was diagnosed with cancer. We were ready to open our home and our hearts to these two, though they'd probably tell you that they chose us LOL.