Writing about pets and real life inspiration

I’m visiting The Snarkology as part of The Write Pet series. Here’s the beginning of the story…

In my first novel, To Hiss or to Kiss, the heroine communicates with animals telepathically. She has two cats, and one is based on my cat, Sundance. Unfortunately, we lost Sundance a year ago—and just a few weeks before the book released. My husband and I miss him terribly, but he will live on in my book in some of the mannerisms of Chloe’s cat Enoki. The book is dedicated to him. Enoki is a mainstay character in the next two books in my Hidden Lines series. <a href="In my first novel, To Hiss or to Kiss, the heroine communicates with animals telepathically. She has two cats, and one is based on my cat, Sundance. Unfortunately, we lost Sundance a year ago—and just a few weeks before the book released. My husband and I miss him terribly, but he will live on in my book in some of the mannerisms of Chloe’s cat Enoki. The book is dedicated to him. Enoki is a mainstay character in the next two books in my Hidden Lines series."

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Meet Lars, our new kitty

In the wake of much loss of pets in our household in the past year, we decided to add a new kitty to the family. Meet Lars. He’s now our second foster failure. When I picked him up from the local humane society, I thought he might be a permanent fixture in the family. I’ve always had at least one gray cat, and I lost them both this year. Plus, I could immediately tell he was a laid back guy. It didn’t hurt that his fur is super soft and started purring when I pet him. Cats do know how to seize an opportunity!

He came to us at nine months of age with a nasty bite wound, but after a few weeks of TLC, warm compresses, medicine, and a cone of shame, his wound has healed nicely. He will most likely have permanent scarring at the two main puncture sites, but the rest of the scratches and bruises have faded away. Of course, much happiness ensued when the cone of shame went bye-bye.

His fur is still growing back, but you can’t tell in this photo. I was hoping to get a shot that didn’t cut off his head, but my cat Hermes wouldn’t stop photobombing and I only have so much patience! 🙂

The rest of the family has accepted him. Even our anti-cat cat Raj has played with him a few times. I think his gentle nature goes a long way toward helping him fit in. It appears he has no interest whatsoever in being alpha cat. Cuddling and playing are way more fun anyway!

Animal Personality: A Portrait

Today I am visiting Literary Escapism and talking about Animal Communication in its various forms. My heroine Chloe can talk to animals telepathically, which allows me to make more robust animal characters in my novels,  but even without that ability, animals have a lot of personality. Each of my cats and my dog are all very unique. And my work with animals has introduced me to many more.

To illustrate some of the differences between personalities, here are some snippets that showcase three of the animal characters to To Hiss or to Kiss and To Growl or to Groan:

Dee Dee the Singing Dog #funnydog

One of the many things I do when not writing is pet sitting, and one of my frequent clients is Dee Dee the dachshund. She’s quite the character and loves to “sing” along. This time, with the owner’s permission, I made a video to share of her singing two of her favorite songs: “Jingle Bells” and the Oscar Mayer Wiener song. I apologize in advance that you have to hear me sing, too. I definitely don’t claim to be a singer. 😉

Scotch…the rabbit #adopt

Scotch is a big, beautiful bunny who looks like she’ll be so soft to pet.

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Scotch, so how perfect to feature a beautiful rabbit with the name Scotch. This big, loving bunny is up for adoption in Massachusetts. She was found as a hungry stray, but is now properly pampered and ready for her forever home. A lot of people think rabbits can live in the wild, but only wild rabbits have the knowledge to do so. Like all domesticated pets, rabbits need a loving home and people to care for them.

Want to know more about caring for a house rabbit? Click here.