A warm welcome to today’s guest, Laurie A. Green. To learn more about Laurie be sure to read to the end of her post for links to her website and social media pages. She also gives us a little peek at her PETS IN SPACE story, Stardog.
Favorite Pet Stories
I adore pets! Animals have always been a big part of my life. My first dog was a Collie-Beagle cross named Ginger. We had such adventures! I so wish I still had a photo of him.
Now we live on a small ranch and pets are almost a necessity. Our two original Labrador Retrievers were Shadow and Chaco. Shadow, a chocolate lab, moved with us from Michigan. Chaco, her black daughter, lived all of her too-short sixteen years on the ranch. She was my guardian in the years David was deployed, sleeping on the floor beside my bed, an early warning system who gave me great peace of mind. Shadow and Chaco are gone now, but Misty and Kiva, a black and a yellow lab, occupy their pen.
We got our Rottweiler, Phantom, as a young pup. [If you read StarDog, that name might ring a bell. <wink>] Sweetest dog ever! Not long after she came home, a tornado passed overhead with winds so powerful it destroyed her pen, scattering the panels and leaving her alone and unprotected in the storm. David threw on his Outback duster and went after her, having to chase the terrified and very soggy pup down. For the rest of her life, she’d start to shiver whenever she saw someone wearing a long coat.
We’ve also had three miniature longhaired dachshunds. The first was Scarlet, a red. She lived to be old and gray. Eventually going blind, she had to find her way around the house by sticking out her nose like a makeshift white cane. I called her my “little bumper car.”
After Scarlet passed, it was many, many years before I had the heart to get another little doxie, but I’m so glad I did! Katrina, a black and tan, has become my writing-buddy extraordinaire. (StarDog also borrowed her name.) She knows what “Want to go write?” means. When she hears it she’ll run to my office door and eagerly wait for the door to open so she can curl up under my desk. Her protégé is Luna, a black and tan piebald we acquired in June. Luna is still learning the ropes about being a good writing buddy, but she’s catching on fast.
We’ve also enjoyed the company of many, many felines over the years. Calico, Himalayan, gray, black, white, orange, yellow, tabby, seal point…we’ve had them all. Currently, our house is reigned by Serenity and Sugar, two calico sisters. They were David’s companions while deployed and came home with him after he retired. We also have a shop cat named Saybin, who patrols for mice in David’s work area, and Cat With No Name who lives in the barns on our property and dispatches vermin. (Might be a bit of her DNA in StarDog. )
These are some of my personal pet stories, but when deciding on a favorite story from a book or movie, I really had to give it some thought. I’m a huge fan of many of the more famous horse movies—Secretariat, Phar Lap, Man from Snowy River, Sea Biscuit, 50-to-1, Ruffian and Casey’s Shadow among them. But I don’t really consider horses to be “pets” so those went into the discard pile. (Just don’t tell our four Thoroughbreds <wink>.)
After much thought and consideration (not to mention a round of Googling), I decided that my all-time favorite pet story had to be 101 Dalmatians. I’ve loved the tale since I was very young and it has it all—intrigue, adventure, suspense, romance, and best of all, a very happy ending. (Let’s face it, a lot of pet stories don’t end on an upbeat note. That’s why Old Yeller or Marley & Me didn’t make my “favorite pet story” cut even though they’re great movies.) So hats off to Lucky, Patch, Pongo, Perdita and the whole spotted gang, because just like the adventures in Pets in Space, this tale leaves you with a big smile.
Navigator Taro Shall has a mission no one wants – find a way to eradicate snakes on a starship. He never expects to find the answer to his problem in a charming street vendor named Adini. His already unusual mission becomes more complicated when he suddenly acquires an adorable StarDog that soon sweeps him and Adini into the maw of a brewing insurrection.
Laurie A. Green is a three-time RWA Golden Heart® finalist, an award-winning author, and a science fiction romance enthusiast who founded the SFR Brigade community of writers, which is now nearly 900 members strong.
She confesses to being an Andromeda Galaxy groupie and would someday love to own a vacation home on Mars or Titan. She’s enthused to be a part of this wonderful anthology mash-up of two of her favorite things–pets and space.
Her family includes her husband, David, four dogs, three cats and several horses, all who reside on a ranch in beautiful New Mexico. A former military budget director and reserve state trooper, she now spends her time writing, networking, researching, enjoying the Southwestern lifestyle and, naturally, stargazing and daydreaming about other worlds.
Twitter Handle: @SFRLaurie
Thanks so much for having me on your blog, Susan!