How about a sucker? Yes, I’m a sucker for dogs. Especially dogs who have been abandoned, neglected, or mistreated. Show me one of those, and I’m Jell-O Instant Pudding.
I was down to one dog once. Yes, only one. My best human friend and housemate had just died, and of the three Cairn Terriers we once had, only one was left. Fergus and I were both heartbroken. Devastated. Depressed. You get the idea. Then I saw Chloe on Petfinders, an online rescue site. She was a twelve-week-old German Shepherd puppy who had been abandoned and was almost hit by a car on a gravel country road. The folks who almost hit her sent their young son scooting under their car to drag her out. She was too terrified to move. Yes, Chloe came home with me. When I brought her in the house and put her on the floor, Fergus’s ears perked up immediately as he went over to sniff his new interactive toy.
Okay, so back to three, right? For a while.
Finally, Mr. Fergus McTavish, Cairn Terrier Extraordinaire, came to the end of his almost fourteen-year life, and we were back to two. It was terribly hard to lose him, but my two girls consoled me as best they could.
End of the story, right? Not quite yet.
Is she going back to him? Well, shucks. I guess not. Zoie is ten, and she’s a large Australian Cattle dog mix. She probably has two more years, and I intend for her to spend them comfortably ensconced with her menagerie of furry friends.
You see, I am a writer. A writer with six books published and more written. During the year my best friend was battling ovarian cancer, I was her caregiver. And then she died. During that time, I didn’t write a word. Me. Ms. Prolific. My dedication to writing finally resurfaced when I brought Chloe home and has grown exponentially since. Do the dogs interrupt my writing? Of course they do. Does it bother me? Heck, no. They’re a shining light in my life, a constant source of both entertainment and inspiration. Dogs remind us that life goes on. They teach us to live in the moment, not dragged down by the past or fearful of the future. They teach us that and so much more.
So call me a sucker, or a dog hoarder if you like. I consider myself a lucky person -- lucky to have those five dogs in my life and lucky to be writing again. Frankly, I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Although Lynda was born and spent much of her life in central Florida, she now lives in Snellville, GA with her numerous rescue dogs.
Check out her website www.fitzgeraldwrites.com for more info about Lynda and her books, including excerpts from all her works and some beautiful pictures of the area where her books are set.