Animal Rescue, Ranching, and Coming Home

Tina Dee

Thank you all for welcoming me to Petticoats & Pistols today. I’m very excited to spend time with you once again.

I would love to share about my contemporary western romance set on a Rescue Ranch in the beautiful state of Wyoming. The idea for a Rescue Ranch came from a local pet rescue in my neighboring city, near my home. This place provides foster care and finds forever homes for animals, as well as provides education and equine therapy for children and adults. The place that inspired the idea is the Helen Woodward Animal Center, where all of these wonderful things happen.

In my story, The Bonnets of Rescue Ranch, both young adult sons left the aunt who had raised them to run away from the pain of their broken past. One of the brothers (Tripp) returns, though, after receiving a letter from his aunt when she suffers a back injury—she needs his help. In The Bonnets of Rescue Ranch, the lost come to the ranch to find themselves, and the injured come for healing. This is what Tripp (our hero) finds when he returns home to the ranch—it’s no longer the old farm he left; it’s now a thriving place with vegetable crops, an heirloom orchard that’s abundant with fruit, and quirky animals—there are even activities going on there that are benefitting the families of Ten Sleep, Wyoming. All this is due to the hard work of his aunt—and Shelby, his former girlfriend.

Also, I could not resist putting my little black and silver Yorkie (Molly) in the story—her likeness is on the cover as well. Molly is a rescue herself. She sits with me, in my grandmother’s rocking chair, while I write. She’s been my own therapy pup and brings calm to me when life gets stressful. She’s such a blessing and gift from God.  It just felt right to put her in the story.

The other brother in the series, Ty (still a work in progress—both the story and Ty) will receive his own story in another series of mine. In his story, he will run into a therapeutic equestrian riding manager who, herself, has been through the therapy, as she’s a veteran who suffered injury while serving in the United States Air Force.

The Bonnets of Rescue Ranch is part of a multi-author series and each of the books in the series can be read as standalones, and read in any order. All books in the series are in—or spend time in—Wyoming on ranches, around horses and cowboys, and sometimes even cowgirls and rodeos, as the series is western romance, though some may include other locations as well. Each book brings the importance of home and heritage to the story and some of the contemporary characters even connect with other series through ancestors.

Today, I’m excited to have a giveaway where two random commenters will win an ebook of The Bonnets of Rescue Ranch. To be entered leave a comment on…If you could have a ranch in any state what one would you choose and why?

Want to read The Bonnets of Rescue Ranch? You can purchase the book here for a special price of 99 cents for the next three days only. The original price goes back to $2.99 on Monday. CLICK HERE.

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46 thoughts on “Animal Rescue, Ranching, and Coming Home”

    • Hi Denise! Thanks for stopping by. That’s my dream as well, to have a ranch or farm there. I hope your dream comes true. Did you grow up on a farm or a ranch? I found several folks on my Facebook readers group (Tina Dee’s Darlings) either did as they grew up or are currently on farms or ranches, which surprised me. I hope your weekend is great!

      • My grandparents had a small tobacco farm in Tennessee. My mom had several uncles with dairy farms in Pennsylvania. My parents are now on the farm in Tennessee, but my grandpa took the tobacco buyout, for lack of a better description, so it’s mostly arable now. They do have an apiary.

      • That’s pretty cool. How long has the farm been in your family? I would love a dairy farm, in my younger years. Lol. Thank you for sharing. So nice chatting with you and learning about your farming family and connection to Tennessee!

      • Mid-1800s, but not direct lineage of family. The original barn/house collapsed a few years ago, then the late 1800s house’s chimney collapsed, and the house my grandparents lived in was built in the 1920s. It originally had a woodstove, then two rooms were added on the front and a bathroom/laundry in a former bedroom in the back, plus an updated kitchen in the late 70s. My parents built a new home in 2004.

  1. I think it would be interesting to have a ranch in Wyoming or Texas. Thank you for the opportunity. As you can see, I am stalking you all over today. God bless you.

    • I would love a ranch in either of those two places, or in Tennessee or Montana. Or a farm to have a huge kitchen garden. We’d have chickens for eggs and goats for milk to make cheese and soaps. What kind of animals would you have on your ranch? I’m studying bison and beefulo for Blake Corbett’s ranch in Moose Breath, WY. Thank you for reading my stories and for following me everywhere on social media! I very much appreciate it! ?

  2. I think I would choose the hill country of Texas. It’s beautiful there, and Texas has so much history and tradition.

    • I agree, Janice! Texas is a beautiful state. I had a friend who owned a ranch and raised, I think off the top of my head, they were called Russian Blue pigs. His property had the most beautiful oak trees. Then there’s those Blue Bonnets, stunning when in bloom. But when I was in Dallas, the thing that struck me was the tall grasses bending from the wind and the longhorn. Huge horns. Beautiful state, Texas. Thank you so much for dropping by today! Have a great weekend!

  3. I would have a ranch right here in Texas. One of my friends have always talked about opening an cat sanctuary if either of us ever won the lottery. We used to volunteer at a cat rescue together.

    • That would be absolutely wonderful, Janine! I hope that dream comes true for you and your friend. I’ve seen something about a cat rescue in Hawaii. Have you heard about that? I can’t remember if I saw it on YouTube or where, but I loved the idea. I think it was a cat sanctuary—acres and acres these cats were taken care of on and given a pretty wonderful life to live now. Do you have any cats? We have four ??????????? Thanks for visiting with me today ?

    • I love this! What do they farm at the place you’re a part of? If you had your own place in TX, MT, or WY, what would you ranch or farm if resources were not a concern? I would want to do so many things, too many, lol. I know I would want chickens and goats for the eggs and milk, but I’d love a a few orchards, and definitely an herb and berry garden. Thank you for stopping by today, and can’t wait to hear what you’d love to have on your farm or ranch.

    • I’ve heard the same, either would be wonderful! Although, I wonder if MT would be difficult with several feet of snow in the winter. I’m reading about this since WY is up in that area and I have a billionaire rancher in WY in the Whispers in Wyoming western romance series. Cowboys, ranches, horses, romance…love it. Thank you so much for stopping by and visiting with me today! ?

  4. I have no idea as I have never been in states that have ranches, except for Texas and there I was in San Antonio for a few weeks only. I would want someplace where there green not desert.

    • Hi, Karen! I was in San Antonio for Basic Training (boot camp) years ago. I was too afraid to leave the Base and not return in time—I didn’t want to get in trouble, so I never saw San Antonio while I was there. But I did return years later to attend an ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) conference in Dallas. I did venture out to see a few places there. Beautiful city and the rural areas outside of Dallas were very pretty. Ranches that are green, some places in CA, also MT, WY, ID, CO, and TN. I think they’d all be lovely. I hope you have a great weekend and thanks very much for stopping by today and hearing about my story, The Bonnets of Rescue Ranch.

  5. If I could have a ranch anywhere, I think I’d like one in Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, somewhere with mountains and cooler than Florida!!!

    • I used to live in Jacksonville, FL and my goodness, it was so hot and humid. I would love Wyoming or Montana, though ranching would be so different during those months of several feet of snow on the ground. I hope you get to visit one of those states you mentioned. Thank you for dropping by, Trudy! It’s always a pleasure to see you!

  6. There are so many beautiful states to choose from. That makes this such a hard question to answer. Montana and the Dakotas have so much open country. Wyoming and Idaho are beautiful. I’ve only seen pictures of these areas, but wow!

    One place I visited briefly was Arkansas, right near the Missouri border. This is gorgeous land. If I win a lotto I just may have to find a piece of land here, and maybe a cowboy to boot..

    • Hi Lisa! One of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen was in Arkansas. It was breathtaking and I was just a child back then, so I’m not sure of what the area was called. We were traveling and I looked out the car window and saw the most stunning hills and fall trees. Gorgeous. I hope you get to visit all those states you mentioned. I wouldn’t mind seeing them myself! Thank you so much for dropping by and sharing!

    • I’ve heard it’s very pretty there. Have you been to Nebraska? It’s one of the states I haven’t yet had the chance to visit, but I would love to one day. Thank you so much for sharing and being here with us today!

  7. I choose Tennesee. It’s one of my very favorite states. I recently visited Iowa and fell in love with the beautiful farm land stretching for miles…but it gets a little too cold there for my taste. Tennessee has a nice balance.

    • I visited Tennessee a couple of years ago and I have to say, I loved it there. It is gorgeous. I’ve heard that very thing about their weather there. I’d love a place that has all the seasons. Where I live, on the west coast, we only have warm and hot. LOL. Thank you for sharing today and for stopping by! I hope you get your farm in TN someday.

    • That would be so fun! I know so many people who live in those states. I know I’ve been through Oklahoma, but I don’t remember it very much and would love to go back for a visit. What kind of animals would you have on your ranch if you could? Thank you for visiting with us today! And for reading my stories. Love seeing you around all the fun places!

    • I feel the same, though I do have a few states in mind. But having an animal rescue ranch that also meets people’s needs for healing and wholeness, would love it! I hope you get to visit one of those types of ranches or farms, if not have one yourself. Have a great weekend and thank you for stopping by!

  8. Hi Tina, welcome back to P&P! We’re so happy to have you. Here in Texas we have huge ranches but if I could plop one down in Montana, I’d be in heaven. Sigh. Maybe some day. Your book sounds great and I love that you put Molly in the story. Good luck and many blessings.

    • Thank you so much for the warm welcome, Linda! I’m happy to return to Petticoats & Pistols anytime. Such lovely folks here and they always share with so much fun. Montana would be so beautiful. I wouldn’t mind just a visit there, let alone living on a ranch there. I hope you get your chance one day. Yeah, my little writing partner (Molly), she’s, in fact, sleeping next to me on my recliner right now (if we’re not at the PC where she’s in my grandmother’s rocker, she’s next to me on the recliner while I’m on the iPad typing away). Have a lovely weekend and Thank you again for having me!

  9. Hey, everyone! I just wanted to apologize for the question marks appearing in my replies. I didn’t know that the emojis I’ve been using would translate into question marks, but that’s exactly what they’re doing.

  10. Hi Tina, I would want to have a ranch in either Montana or Wyoming, I really don’t know why, I have never been to either state, but I do believe that John Wayne movies were in Wyoming, but for now, I would settle for Texas which is where I live. Have a Great week and stay safe. I love, love your book cover and your book sounds like a great read. Have a great weekend and stay safe. God Bless you and your family.

    • Thank you so very much, Alicia! I didn’t know that about John Wayne’s movies. My dad loved John Wayne’s movies and was always watching them. We had westerns on our tv all the time, it seemed. Maybe that’s why I love western romances. I’d love to have a ranch in MT or WY also. I enjoy researching them for my stories. Thank you for the well-wishes for a great weekend, I wish you the same! Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you get a chance to read my stories. Have a blessed weekend!

  11. I’d chose Idaho, Wyoming or Montana for a ranch. I’ve been in each of the states and love the scenery.

    • Hi Linda! So great to see you here! Do you have a favorite among those states? I’d love to see Idaho, as well as the other two states. I’m not sure I’d do well in the winter, although, we didn’t leave the house much here during the pandemic, but we could if we wanted to. What kind of animals would you have on your ranch? Thanks for dropping by today and have a fantastic weekend!

    • That would be beautiful, Cindi! Especially against the backdrop of the big blue sky! Those lodgepole pine, what a sight that would be. I hope you get to visit if you haven’t already. Thank you so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful weekend.

  12. We lived in Colorado Springs for 3 wonderful years and have traveled all the Western states. I love the area and would like a ranch in the foothills of the Colorado Rockies. Montana is beautiful, Big Sky Country really does describe it well, but I am not sure I could handle the winters.
    Animal rescues are sadly such a necessary thing. We have done fostering for our local county shelter, but it has been quite a few years since the last litter. We had two foster fails – a lab mix from the first litter (who was my favorite of the 10 we have had) who blessed us with her presence for 17 years, and a terrier mix from the last litter that we enjoyed for 15 years. At one time we had 4 dogs, but we are down to one now, a 10 year old pit mix. Rescues make the best pets. Now that we are retired, we may start fostering again, but I don’t think it will be puppy litters.
    There is a horse therapy center in the area that works with our local VA hospital and has several sessions for veterans. They also deal with children and people with other issues.

    Thank you for the interesting post. Have a good weekend.

    • Patricia, hi and thank you so much for sharing your foster experience with us. I’m so glad those two doggies found forever homes with you and your family. I love hearing about the veterans and the riding therapy for them. Some pretty wonderful things going on the bring wholeness and wellness to people and animals, and I love when those two worlds come together. Thank you, again, for sharing your wonderful story, it’s better than the one I brought that’s only fiction. Have a blessed weekend and Thank you for fostering, again, if and when you do.

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