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More Real Life Inspiration

I intended today’s blog to be on The Pack Horse Library program, but that will have to wait for next month. As I sat trying to write that piece, life has intruded changing my focus.

My current fosters Noelle, Dash and Charlotte

For those of you who don’t know, rescuing animals has become a large part of my life since my boys left the nest. I foster dogs with Cody’s Friends Rescue, and I handle administration for a primarily cat rescue, A Voice for All Paws. Being involved with these organizations has brought me both incredible joy and reeling sorrow.

As with many authors, my non-writing loves often find their way into stories. Such is the case with the third book in my Wishing, Texas Series, To Tame A Texas Cowboy which I recently turned in. A character playing a major role bringing Cheyenne and Cooper together is a rescued German Shepherd. She is based on and named in memory of Dennis Pisarski’s amazing service dog, Penny Lane, both of whom inspired the seed idea that became this book.

Cooper Abbott is contacted by the local shelter to foster Penny. After her owner dies, Penny is dumped in the shelter. One of my favorite scenes in To Tame A Texas Cowboy is when Cooper receives a call from the shelter. For me, this scene speaks volumes about my hero.

Here’s an excerpt:

“When Penny arrived, we had to carry her outside, and then she cowered and whimpered until we took her back in. Now she’s quit eating. You know what that means.”

With her owner, the anchor in her life gone, unless something changed, Penny’s case would become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Because of fear or depression, she’d hide in the back of her kennel. People would walk past her to more outgoing dogs. Those would be the lucky ones brought to meeting rooms to turn on the charm and find forever homes. But not Penny. Being withdrawn, she’d remain in her kennel, sinking further into herself, as her time slipped away or her health declined.

 “I need her out now, and since you’re currently without fosters, I started with you. Plus, you and Rowdy would do wonders for Penny,” Kelli said.

“If I weren’t moving, I’d gladly take her.”

“Moving? Where? When? How did I miss that news?”

After Cooper explained about his opportunity to take over the practice in Wishing, Kelli said, “She won’t make it here.” Kelli paused. “I’m making an exception. Because you’re a vet, we won’t worry about medical needs. Plus, Wishing’s only a couple hours away. You and Rowdy can work your magic on Penny, and when she’s ready for adoption you can bring her back. Or, maybe you’ll find an adopter in Wishing.”

“Then sure, I’ll foster her. I’m at the clinic, but I can be there in a few.”

Fifteen minutes later, Cooper knelt inside the kennel and stared at Penny Lane curled into a tight ball in the far corner. His hands tensed around the leash he held, but other than that he remained still, giving her time to adjust to his presence. Most dogs would be all over him by now. Jumping, barking, begging for attention, but not this girl. She’d already given up.

“Hello, Penny. I hear you’re having a rough time.”

The dog’s eyes opened, but she remained motionless. The trauma and loss she’d endured shone in her wide brown eyes.

He inched closer, watching for signs of aggression, but she’d pulled so far inward, she barely acknowledged him. She just plain didn’t care. He continued working closer. “Don’t give up, sweetheart. I know you’re missing your human, but there’s someone else out there for you. Someone who’ll love you, and wants, maybe needs you, too.”

Penny lifted her head the tiniest bit to stare at him. The look in her warm brown eyes was different than it had been a minute earlier, more haunted now, but with something else.

She thinks you’re a hypocrite. You talk the talk but aren’t big on walking that walk yourself.

Cooper shut out the mocking voice. “I’ve lost someone, too. I know it hurts like hell, but you can’t give up. She wouldn’t want you to.”

Olivia’s face flashed in his mind. Oval and delicate, framed with long blond hair and big blue eyes. Giving, and sweet as ripe Texas peaches in July, she’d had so much to offer him and the world.

They’d had their lives planned. After a small intimate wedding and a quick honeymoon, they’d return to College Station. She’d get the SeizureReader into production and run the budding company. Then they’d focus on saving the money for his practice where he could offer rescues and those who couldn’t afford it, reasonably priced vet care. They’d both be doing what they loved. They’d have each other, and eventually a family of their own.

But life hadn’t gone as planned. Two years, and yet at times, it felt as if they’d been together yesterday.

“You’ll get through this, Penny.” Cooper hooked the leash to Penny’s collar, slid his arms under her middle, and scooped her up. “Let’s get go home.”

Now it’s your turn. To be entered in the random drawing to win the picture frame and To Catch A Texas Cowboy, leave a comment about an animal who’s changed your life for the better.

 

Please remember, Adopt! Don’t Shop! For more information on Cody’s Friends Rescue or A Voice for All Paws or to see their adoptable pets, click on the organization name. If you’re not in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, you can click Petfinder and enter your zip code to find adoptable animals in your area.

 

 

 

 

Updated: April 2, 2019 — 7:24 pm

Winners Bustles and Spurs Week

 

Congratulations to all of our Bustles and Spurs Winners!

From Shanna Hatfield

Congratulations to Debra Shutters! She won the prelude and first three books in the Baker City Brides series! 

From Linda Broday

Thank you all for coming to read my post on Monday and leave a comment. That was fun.

Winner of the DVD The Forsaken is…….SUSAN P

Winner of the $10 Amazon gift card is …...BRITNEY VASQUEZ

FROM RUTH LOGAN HERNE

I had so much fun chatting with the lot o’ youse about dresses and skirts and pants and all that jazz… Winner of a copy of my new full-length historical “A Most Inconvenient Love” is Hebby!

FROM MARY CONNEALY

We had a fun week talking about Bustles and Spurs of all things. But lots of great stuff.

Thank you all for hanging around Petticoats and Pistols for our special week.

The winner of a signed copy of The Unexpected Champion is….. Glinda Jaynes

Updated: March 30, 2019 — 9:44 am

Amanda Cabot Visits on Friday

Miss Amanda Cabot has saddled up and will arrive on Friday, March 22, 2019!

This talented author will talk about the Texas Rangers and will have interesting things to say.

Also…she has a new book out and is giving a print copy away!

So don’t be shy. Or lazy. Come over and join us.

No telling what all we’ll find to talk about!

Spring has sprung and green things are sprouting. Don’t let the grass grow under your feet.

Don’t forget now, you hear?

Updated: March 17, 2019 — 11:46 am

Michelle Major to Visit on Friday!

Romance author Michelle Major is making tracks for the Junction and will arrive Friday, March 8, 2019.

She’ll talk about the western lawman and a new movie coming out.

Two people will have a chance to win a copy of her new book. Yeehaw!

If you’re tired of winter, head over and join the chat.

It’ll be fun and it costs nothing!

We’re looking forward to seeing you!

 

Updated: March 4, 2019 — 12:34 pm

Author Tina Radcliffe Returns on Friday!

Yee-Haw! Miss Tina Radcliffe will visit the Junction on Friday, March 1, 2019!

Miss Tina is going to pick your brain about series book and what you think of them. She has a bunch of questions so be thinking about that.

And oh my goodness! She’s toting tons of giveaways!

Remember, to get your name in the pot, head over and join the conversation.

It’ll be great fun and you might win something in the bargain.

We hope to see you here!

 

Updated: February 27, 2019 — 11:31 am

M.K. McClintock Will Visit on Friday!

Yee-Haw! Ms M.K. McClintock will arrive on Friday, February 22, 2019!

We can’t wait to welcome her back. This dear lady loves writing about cowboys and the way life used to be. And anyone who likes cowboys sure finds a friend here.

She has a brand new book and is toting one to give away.

Come Friday, don’t be shy. Follow the trail to the Juction!

Sit a spell around the campfire and visit.

We love these Fridays when we can chat and drink coffee.

You might even win her book!

 

Updated: February 24, 2019 — 3:49 pm

Winnie’s Game Day Winners!

Thanks to everyone who stopped by to play along with Monday’s Game Day!  All of the entries were so good I had a difficult time picking a winner.  In fact, I decided to award prizes to my two favorites.

And they are:

Kristina Barnes for her caption on Photo 2  Did you see that? One of my spots took off!

and

Joy I for her caption on Photo 1  Do these glasses make my butt look big?

Congratulations ladies!  Let me know which two of my books you want and then contact me via my website with the titles and your mailing info.

Updated: February 19, 2019 — 10:24 pm