Category Archives: Puppy Love

Why every writer needs a dog

There from the beginning

There from the beginning

The great Jennifer Weiner (author of Good in Bed, In Her Shoes, and, my personal favorite, Goodnight Nobody) doesn’t need to give advice to the legions of writers salivating over her wild success. With 10 bestsellers and 11 million copies in print, she could easily spend the rest of her life in seclusion, mailing out manuscripts for instant publication, and cashing in royalty checks. Instead, she is constantly going on Twitter to make adoring fans laugh; on Facebook to provide glimpses into her life; and all over the web to answer questions and make hope-swollen writers feel a little bit at ease.

A few years ago, when I decided to stop dreaming about becoming a novelist and do something about it, I found a great deal of guidance from a spot on her website. In addition to the numerous pages reflecting her success, there was one titled “For Writers.”

It was filled with great advice. But the best, hands down, was this: GET A DOG Continue reading


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Time for a cute puppy break

This video was taken a long time ago, back when my 90-plus pound dog was a tiny puppy. But when I woke up this morning and my Weather App said it was 38 degrees outside, I just knew it was going to be one of those days.

P.S. Check back in the coming weeks for exciting news about my book.


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Breaking into the dog magazine market

Screen shot 2013-08-09 at 2.22.07 PMMore than two years ago (that long?!), I wrote an article on my “other” blog about a poor little puppy named Angel who was born with two broken forearms. (Click here to see original post)

It was heart-wrenching, watching the videos of her swim across the floor, screaming in pain. Nothing could have made it worse – not even the fact that she was a half-sister to my own beloved dog Shadow. It was just horrible. Plain and simple.

But unlike other breeders, who might have whipped out the calculator and decided Angel just wasn’t worth saving, Janet Wilson at Blue Diamond Breeding decided to do something.  Continue reading

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For My Fellow Dog Lover Writers

There are only 7 days left to submit something for the AKC Family Dog’s 26th Annual Fiction Writing Contest.

I’ve been very into dog fiction lately, ever since I found a copy of Dog is My Co-Pilot: Great Writers on the World’s Oldest Friendship at a Cape Cod flea market. It’s filled with fantastic (funny, sad, inspiring, etc.) stories about humans and their beloved canine friends. Continue reading

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January 23, 2013 · 10:29 AM