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I’ve written about including animals in books in other posts, and some things are worth repeating. In my case, dogs take the lead. Bubba takes top billing in the Sandi Webster mysteries. Sherlock and Watson (male and female) inhabit the Bogey Man mysteries. Sometimes they play a peripheral role, and other times they’re up front and in the thick of things. It happens.
Dogs can be alert to things people miss. Their senses can take over where ours leave off. They can sniff out trouble or danger while we sit quietly hoping it’s going to be a quiet day.
There are working dogs who help the disabled, search and rescue dogs, and cadaver dogs. There are dogs used to locate drugs. They do all kinds of things. Did you know that dogs can become depressed over the jobs they do? And yet they keep coming back for more.
I could go on and on, but honestly? I’m not an expert. There are many authors who know a lot more than I do, but I enjoy including canines in my stories.
Bubba (half wolf/half Golden retriever) has been protective of Sandi and will always be there for her. He has a very toothy dog smile that can set the bad guy’s teeth on edge, and strangers don’t know what to make of him.
Sherlock and Watson (yellow Labrador retrievers)… Well, Sherlock can be kind of a dufus sometimes. Watson watches him with interest, and if she were a person she’d probably shake her head and tell him what a dufus he is. When the need arises, they’ll be just as protective as Bubba.
In all honestly, they provide more comic relief than drama. We have two rather large dogs. To see them you’d think they’re brave, courageous and a threat to anyone who gets in their way. I have to laugh at that description. They’re so friendly the only injury you might receive would be from being knocked over as they greet you. And, get this, they’re afraid of the dark. A tarantula could crawl through the house and they’d try to play with it, but when the sun goes down? Oh, they have some interesting personality traits, to be sure.
One day my husband was out for a walk with the dogs and a coyote walked across the street from them, pacing them. Interestingly, the dogs wouldn’t look at him, and he responded in turn. He wouldn’t look at them. I don’t know if it was their size or the fact that there were two of them and a human. And they’ve been terrified of little barking ankle biters (small dogs).
Murphy & Sugar - Both have grown since this photo, but they still enjoy looking under the garage door
They love lying on the floor of the garage and watching the world go by from under the garage door. I guess they feel like if they can’t get out, nothing can get in. Such bravery should be rewarded. Uh huh.
They’ve learned a few things, like Leave It and Take It. If I put a treat on the floor, they have to leave it there until I tell them they can take it. It’s humorous to watch them because the female won’t look at the treat. She puts her head in the air and looks everywhere else but at the floor. The male? He tips his head down and won’t take his eyes off the floor. An earthquake could hit and his eyes would never waver. Of course, when I say Take It, he tries to grab hers, too.
Anyway, on National Dog Day I think we should take stock of our pets and maybe give them an extra treat for the day. Enjoy them. Give them some extra love and more pats.
Do you have a dog who deserves the best? Or do you have a funny story about your goofy dog? Like I said, I have one about being afraid of the dark, but I’ll probably wait and put it in a book. That comic relief comes in pretty handy sometimes.
Until next week, make the most out of life with a canine (or a cat). I hope one of them makes your day by making you laugh.
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