S: Sashi, a remembrance of a dog who loved kittens, kids and everyone she met

Sashi and a foster kitten about a year ago. In her later years, she wore diapers due to incontinence.

Sashi sharing her bed with a foster kitten. In the later years of her life, she wore diapers due to a leaky bladder.A few days ago, my dog Sashi passed on. She was having constant seizures from a brain tumor. My husband and I adopted her about six years ago, when she was probably around seven years old. She already had a little gray hair but not nearly as much as she had when she passed.

An earlier moment of Sashi cuddling with a foster kitten. So many loved her.

An earlier picture of Sashi with a foster kitten. So many loved her.She was the most gentle soul who had a ferocious sounding bark, making her a good watch dog and a good family dog. She loved our cats and was gentle with our foster kittens. The only time she ever snarled was when another animal tried to get between her and her food, but she never did more than growl and snap.

On walks by the park she was always up for a good pet from a neighbor kid excited to see a dog. She had a happy prancing gate that made everyone smile.

Here’s a video of her playing with my cat Lux when Lux was still a kitten.

Rest in peace, Sashi. You will always be in our hearts.

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N: A kitty who acts as Nurse #AtoZChallenge

I feel the need for something uplifting today, and this story was posted to Facebook by one of my friends. Click the photo to read the whole story.

Click the photo to read the whole story about this amazing cat!

L: Life’s ups and downs #AtoZChallenge

Today I was going to talk about how lucky I am to be able to be a writer an to be releasing my fourth book on this very day. Then my husband woke me up at 5:30 AM because our dog couldn’t walk. We rushed her to the hospital. About twenty minutes ago, the doctor told us that she might have a brain tumor or she might just have idiopathic “old dog” vestibular disease. The only way to know for sure today would be to get an MRI, which is a *quite* pricey. So instead we’ll wait to see if she improves and go from there.

Sashi in younger days. This was not long after we adopted her. We figure she was about seven. That makes her 13 now.

I’m still lucky to be a writer and have a new book. I’m lucky to have a great, supportive husband, as well as friends and family. I’m lucky to live in a place where my dog can get treatment, even if it ends up mostly being supportive care for her final days.

I’m also on an up-and-down emotional ride, but, then, aren’t we all?

C: Creative Possibilities #meditation #AtoZChallenge

For the first time, I’m participating in the Oprah & Deepak Meditation Challenge. I think of it as the Oprah/Chopra thing. Rhyming names are more fun, and making meditation fun helps me stick with it.

I’ve been told they do a free challenge with a different theme at least once a year. I’ve never been a follower of Oprah or Deepak Chopra, but I did want something that would hold me accountable to a daily meditation process. I’m on day 18 of 21, so we’ll see if it sticks. My theory is I need about two years to establish a habit, which means I don’t have very many good habits. 🙂

Some of the daily themes struck me as more thought-provoking than others. This was from day 17 and has stuck with me. Have you found a meditation regimen that you love? Please share in the comments.

Guest Post: Favorite Pets…by JM Stewart

Today I’m happy to welcome author JM Stewart, who’s talking about one of my favorite topics: pets!


Thanks for having me, Katya!

When pondering the topic for today’s blog, Katya was kind enough to give me a list of topics that are popular with her readers. Since I think I must be the only writer in the world who doesn’t have a favorite word (I know, I know, strange right?)…I thought I’d share my fur babies with you all.

Now, I can’t begin without introducing you to miss Ruby Jewels. She’s been gone probably close to four years now, but I still miss her very much. I think she’s still with us in spirit. Every once in a while, out the corner of my eye, I still think I see her coming up the hallway.

We got her from another family when she was 5. She was a German Shepherd/Husky mix and the family we got her from said if we were looking for a guard dog, she wasn’t it. Boy were they right. She was afraid of everything. lol She loved kids, though. She often got out of the backyard, and you’d find her around the corner hanging out with the neighbor’s kids. Every Halloween, she’d help me greet the kids at the door. She died at the ripe old age of 14, so she lived a good long life.

When Ruby died, she left a big hole. Six months later, we decided we wanted to fill it. So, we scoured the local shelters and came across this girl. This is Misty. She’s a lab/shepherd mix, and what I didn’t know about the breed when I got her was how energy they were. This dog has grasshopper legs. Can jump straight up and look over the 6 foot privacy fence in the backyard. 🙂

She’s the sweetest thing you’ll ever meet. She greets us like she hasn’t seen us in forever…even if you’ve only been in the shower for 20 minutes. She has a scary sounding bark, has stopped more than a few would-be solicitors in their tracks several feet from the door, but she’s only scary from this side of the door. Open that door and come inside and she’ll high-tail in the opposite direction. 🙂

And last but not least is Tiger. We got her from a shelter also. She’s a Chihuahua/French Bulldog mix and was all of 2.5 pounds when we got her. Tiger is the queen of this house. She’s very smart, and very stubborn. She does what you want…if it suits her. lol She wants to be wherever you are, preferably in your lap, so she’ll often follow me around the house (yup, including into the bathroom). When she wants you to pet her, she’ll reach out a paw and pull at your hand.

But she’s my hubby’s girl. Her favorite place in the whole world is in his arms (who can blame her?). She insists on snuggle time every day when he gets home from work, and he does anything she tells him to. lol

So those are my babies. Tell me about yours!

About the author:

JM writes passionate, heartfelt contemporary romance. She’s a wife, a mother, a spiritualist, and lover of puppies, and happily addicted to coffee and chocolate. She lives in the rainy Pacific Northwest with her husband and two sons. She’s a hopeless romantic who believes everybody should have their happily-ever-after and has been devouring romance novels for as long as she can remember. Writing them has become her obsession.

Her latest release, Whatever It Takes, from Berkley Intermix, is available at all major online retailers.

You can find out more about JM or her books here: Website /Blog /Twitter /Facebook