Years ago, my hubby and I made a giant commitment to each other. We decided to get a puppy. At the time, it seemed like almost as big a deal as our actual marriage. We were going to be responsible for keeping something alive. Gulp. Then DH dropped the little bombshell that he’d actually paid for a puppy years before with his ex-girlfriend, but they broke up before they got the dog. So would I mind if we got his pre-paid Weimaraner? Hmm….
I was reluctant until I met Otis. All puppies are irresistible. Weims, with their silver fur and bright blue eyes, are something special. Otis had us wrapped around his paw from the start. He was sweet, affectionate and (unfortunately) prone to serious illness. In those first six months, he spent more time hooked to an IV than off it. It only made us love him more. Once he was healthy, he made up for lost time by eating his way through everything in our house. The dog was bad. Even that made us love him more (at least in retrospect – kind of like “Marley & Me”).
The best thing about Otis was his smile. He had a full-on grin showing all his teeth. It freaked out countless UPS drivers and many friends over the years. But there was nothing better to us than being greeted by a dog so happy he’d actually grin. He saw us through so many milestones in our life – babies being born, job changes, family trauma, multiple moves. He helped ease our transition through that funny time in life when you go from being an adult to truly growing up. He’s been gone several years now, but we’ll always miss him and his sweet smile.
When Julia Morgan, the heroine in my March release, Her Accidental Engagement, needed the perfect dog, I knew just the one. Julia has lost her self-confidence and needs some unconditional love. She adopts a misunderstood Weimaraner who has had trouble finding a forever family because his toothy grin scares people away. But the dog (which is named Casper in the book) fits right in with Julia and her son Charlie, just like Otis made our family complete. It was so fun to write my favorite Weimaraner into the book, and I hope readers enjoy it!
I know we love all our fur babies, but I’m wondering if you’ve had an extra special pet in your life? Maybe it was even a neighborhood animal that no one could resist. One of my neighbors has a cat that walks to the school every day, even when it’s freezing or snowy, to hang out with the kids on the playground and try to sneak her way into the building. I know my kids will always remember that quirky cat. So tell me about a stand-out animal you’ve known or what is special about one of your pets. I’ll draw a winner this weekend for a $10 Starbucks GC and a copy of Her Accidental Engagement.
P.S. Happy Valentine’s Day!!