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Happy 1st Birthday, Ruby!

My sweet little puppy is one today.  Happy birthday, Ruby!

I honestly didn’t think Hubby would let us get another dog, and was thrilled when Ruby came into our lives.  It’s hard to believe that she was abandoned out in the Everglades, fighting for her life.  I’m incredibly thankful that a local rescue group saved her!  Ruby was so scared when we first met her.  I’ll never forget how she shook when I held her for the first time. It wasn’t an instant connection.  I thought she was adorable, but she didn’t really want to interact with us.  Then, another dog was brought into the room, and Ruby’s eyes lit up.  She practically hopped around the room, kissing the dog right on the mouth.  We just sat back, watching them play, and I could tell that with some love and attention, she’d be incredible with people, too.  When I was about to leave, I picked her up and she wasn’t shaking anymore.  She gave me a tiny kiss on my nose, then lay her head against my cheek.  That’s it.  I was totally sold!

C Ruby loves her new boneRuby opening a door

I feel so lucky to have Ruby in my life.  She’s totally in love with her big sister, Lolly.  My three year-old bullmassador acts like a puppy again, and I love seeing them snuggle and play tug of war.  I’m still in awe of how smart Ruby is!  She figured out how to open every door in my house, and practically taught herself to walk next to us off leash, even if a dog is barking at her!  I love the way Ruby makes these adorable grunting sounds, especially when she’s happy. And she lets me know when she needs something—she jumps up to get my attention, then leads me to whatever it is she wants (I always know if she’s hungry, thirsty, wants to go out, or is bored and wants to play). 

I think every writer should have a special pet or two.  It’s so nice having them keep me company!  They often curl up by my chair, and constantly inspire me.  In fact, I believe every novel that I’ve written has at least one animal in it.  Lolly helped me come up with an amazing dog for my MG, Mom Wars.  And the sweet Siberian Husky I was lucky to have for 13 ½ years inspired one of my favorite characters…a husky-sheepdog-mystery mutt who is the biggest scaredy dog on the planet, and sheds enough fur to form a guinea pig. Our birthday pup has the same name as the main character in that book…and I can’t wait to see how my grunting, door-opening dog will work her way into a future manuscript or two.

I’d love to know who keeps you company when you write, and how animals inspire your stories.  

I’m off to celebrate Ruby’s birthday with a special treat my daughter made…vanilla cupcakes with peanut butter frosting for Ruby and Lolly and butter cream frosting for us.  Yum!

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Feb. 1st, 2013 02:36 am (UTC)
I don't know if you could say Neko keeps me company -- more like he tries to divert my attention to him ;)
Feb. 1st, 2013 05:40 pm (UTC)
Aw, he looks so sweet in that picture. What happens if you play with him for a bit before you work? I'm lucky that my dogs tire each other out, and I usually end up with both of them sleeping near me.
Feb. 1st, 2013 04:23 am (UTC)
Happy birthday to Ruby!

Echo is a terrific writer's companion when he's sleeping! When he's awake he's a total attention hog.

Feb. 1st, 2013 05:43 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the birthday wishes--she had an amazing day!

Echo looks like he has a lot of energy! Does giving him a new bone help you have more uninterrupted writing time? My dogs always crash for a while after we go on a walk.

This morning, I played ball with Ruby, then she ran around our fenced in backyard with Lolly for about an hour. Now, she's curled up in a ball in the dog bed I keep in my office.
Feb. 1st, 2013 07:11 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday, Ruby!

Canoe is a wonderful writing companion...there is only one
small problem... when he is all snuggly down in my lap and purring it is very hard to stay awake. A purring cat makes me want to zonk out!

Edited at 2013-02-01 07:12 am (UTC)
Feb. 1st, 2013 05:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the birthday wishes, Sharon! We definitely spoiled Ruby on her special day. :)

Aw, I could imagine how hard it would be to stay awake with a sweet, purring furball on your lap. Would putting on music help you stay awake?
Feb. 1st, 2013 04:16 pm (UTC)
Too adorable ;)
Feb. 1st, 2013 05:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks. :)
Mirka Breen
Feb. 2nd, 2013 12:49 am (UTC)
Awwwwo, your one-year-old is darling.
Feb. 3rd, 2013 03:14 am (UTC)
Thanks, Mirka. :)
Feb. 2nd, 2013 10:13 am (UTC)
Happy birthday, beautiful Ruby!
Feb. 3rd, 2013 03:17 am (UTC)
Thanks so much,Jeannine. We spoiled Ruby so much, she wants to celebrate her birthday every day. :)
Feb. 3rd, 2013 10:38 pm (UTC)
I bet! :)

Elijah BARKS his head off when we sing Happy Birthday to anyone. He always wants to join in the fun..
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Mindy Alyse Weiss
I write humorous middle-grade novels with heart and quirky picture books.

I'm an Administrator on the SCBWI Blueboard, the FL SCBWI Newsletter Editor and Critique Group Coordinator, and a proud member of From The Mixed Up Files...of Middle-Grade Authors

I've been married for twenty years and have two beautiful daughters, an adventurous Bullmasador adopted from The Humane Society, and an adorable Beagle/Pointer mix pup who was rescued from the Everglades.

I've been published in Highlights three times and placed in the 80th Writer's Digest Competition.


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