I wouldn’t know how to act without a dog.
As a toddler, our family dog, Mitzi, used to accompany me on my walk around the block with my dog and buggy. (I think dad finally put a lock on the gates so I couldn’t get out of the yard on my own.)
In later years, a succession of dogs came through my life. I can’t seem to be without one as the house always seems so empty and quiet without a dog around.
Not surprisingly, my fictional characters always have pets, too.
In Searching for a Starry Night, A Miniature Art Mystery, Sam and her bff Lita gladly take care of a friend’s new Dachshund Petey. What makes Petey special is not only his boisterous, fun (and nosy!) personality, but the fact that he was also adopted from a dog shelter.
For Sam and Lita, who don’t have pets of their own, Petey offers them the chance to enjoy the companionship of a dog, who also happens to help them solve a mystery, too. Who says Wishbone is the only dog who can have fun?
** Nov. 1-7 is National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week. Started by The Humane Society of the United States, the event honors the 4,000 animal shelters across the county serving an estimated 6-8 million homeless animals needing shelter each year.
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