Fun and a Whole Lot of Fur

As a writer, some of my favorite reviews are when readers say they literally laughed out loud at one of the scenes in my books. For example, a number of readers have commented on the scene in my first novel Chez Stinky where the main character, Kat struggles to get her cat into a kitty […]

What Happens After the Happily Ever After? (For Pets and People)

My Alpine Grove novels explore the relationships people have with each other, but also the relationships people have with their pets. Throughout the series, people acquire dogs and cats for various reasons. In my first book, Chez Stinky, Kat inherits dogs and cats with a house. In the second book, Fuzzy Logic, Jan adopts her mother’s […]

Creating Animal Characters

In reviews, many readers comment that the animals in my books are characters along with the human ones. Although I don’t make the animals in my books “talk” because I loathe that concept in other books, I do make the animals behave in significantly different ways. Anyone who as ever owned a dog or a […]

Writing Dogs in Fiction

Because my Alpine Grove romantic comedy novels feature animals, particularly dogs, the editor of the Small Publishers Artists and Writers Network (SPAWN) newsletter, Sandy Murphy, asked me to write about the topic recently. Because her questions were great, I suggested we do a Q&A. So here are my answers to her questions. Are the dogs […]

Adventures in Dog Washing

The second book of my Alpine Grove series, Fuzzy Logic, includes a scene of dog washing gone horribly wrong. I’m happy to report that I have never ended up standing in the back yard naked looking for a soapy dog. But I have had many adventures in dog washing. One thing I’ve noticed is that […]

A Fundraising Fundamental: Start Small

(Or Why the Yappy Hour Should Come Before the Fur Ball) When you run a non-profit animal rescue group, you can’t do it all alone. But time and time again people try. A few months ago, I was talking to a woman who runs a small dog rescue group in California. With only two or […]

25 Things I Learned on the Road to Blog Paws

We just returned from a 1,400 mile round trip to the Blog Paws conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. It was a 2-day drive from Sandpoint (each way), and we took our dogs Fiona and Kaylee, aka The Fuzzy White Dogs, along with us. Here’s what I learned on our whirlwind trip. 25.  The prettiest […]

Happy Dog Hair Season

It looks like a sheep exploded in our living room.

Hail Cesar

The Dog Whisperer shows what happens when you aren’t the leader of your pack.

The God of Warmth

It’s a bummer to be a heat-worshipping cat in deepest Idaho