by Sarah Raplee
When I began to write for publication, something unexpected happened. At least, unexpected for me. I’m a cat person.
But dogs infiltrated my Romance novels!
I admit I’m an animal lover from way back. We always had a cat and a dog when I was growing up. And guppies or a parakeet or two. One of my earliest memories is of sitting beside the parakeet cage on the kitchen floor when I was two and talking to the pretty bird. But deep down, I’ve always been a cat person.
Generally speaking, it was understood that the dog was Jack’s responsibility and the cat was mine and my sister, Diana’s. The dog stayed outside, while the cat was allowed the privilege of coming inside the house and sleeping on one of the girls’ beds.
|FRECKLES PLAYS FETCH|
Diana and I were happy with our cuddly cat. Growing up, I was totally convinced I was a cat person and I’d always be a cat person.
After I married, we always had a cat. None of the dogs we tried worked out for one reason or another. Finally, we adopted Sidrah, a four-month-old Siberian Husky/Border Collie mix who stayed with us for fifteen years. She was so smart that I swear she understood English. And she was friendly with children and adults she knew, but protective of our kids around strangers. This gorgeous, affectionate canine was a joy to have in the family. (Yes, she got to come indoors—much to the cat’s chagrin.)
We’ve had a number of dogs since Sidrah passed away, each with their own strengths, foibles and delightfully unique personalities. And now we have Penny. At two years old, she’d already been through three owners when we adopted the beautiful German Shorthair. These dogs need to get plenty of daily exercise. They are amazingly well-rounded dogs, but that need for exercise means they are not for everyone.
|ME, PENNY & 2 OF HER KIDS|
Like Sidrah, Penny seems to understand English. She is sweet and loves her kids (our grandkids.) She likes people, but barks at strangers. She’s my almost-nine-year-old beauty.
My second book introduces a blind heroine and her Guide dog, Freddy. I have four other books planned, and dogs feature prominently in all of them.
Ironically, both Penny and our cat, Freckles, keep me company when I’m writing. Freckles has accepted the honorary position of Desk Ornament. Go figure!
Do you consider yourself to be a dog person or a cat person?