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Expecting Royal Twins

Not-So-Perfect Princess

The Billionaire's Proposal

Fictional Animals

If The Ring Fits…

  Cat: Francis, a spoiled, deserves to be royalty feline

His Band of Gold

  Cat: Midas, who carries the scars from a car accident

The Billionaire’s Wedding Masquerade

 

Cat: Ritz, a longhaired gray, fat cat who likes sleeping on a billionaire’s chest

Dog: Ruffian aka Ruff, a mutt who likes sleeping on a billionaire’s legs

Blueprint for a Wedding

  Dog: Frank, a lovable, lumbering Bull Mastiff

Rescued By the Magic of Christmas

  Dog: Denali, the loyal Siberian Husky of the hero’s best friend

Memo: The Billionaire’s Proposal

  Cat: Elliott, a stray who stole a billionaire’s heart

Wedding Date with the Best Man

  Dog: Duke, a neighbor’s Papillon who likes to go on walks with the heroine

Christmas Magic on the Mountain

  Dog: Denali, a Siberian Husky who taught a hero the meaning of commitment and unconditional love

Not-So-Perfect Princess

  Cat: Boots, a stray kitten who brings a prince and princess together

It Started With a Crush

 

Cat: Manchester aka Manny, a Maine Coon looking to escape outside

Dog: Cupcake, a pampered rescue mutt who belongs to the hero’s parents

Man Beneath the Pinstripes

 

Dog: Snowy, a Bichon Frise show dog on his way to being a champion

Dog: Maurice, a Norwegian Elkhound show dog who likes to overeat

Dog: Dozer, a rescue dog being fostered by hero’s grandmother

Home For Christmas

 

Cat: Onyx, a black cat who lives with other barn cats

Dog: Dusty, a faithful Australian Cattle Dog who earns his keep

Mistletoe Magic

  Cat: Mistletoe, a stray kitten in need of medical attention who reunites lost loves

A Billionaire’s Nanny

  Cat: Blossom, a diva foster feline who softens a billionaire’s hard heart

Kiss Me, Cowboy

 

Cat: Mistletoe, a cat who found her forever home with a preschool teacher and veterinarian

Cat: Onyx, a black cat who lives with other barn cats

Dog: Dusty, a faithful Australian Cattle Dog who earns his keep

Horse: Arrow, a stallion who loves to run

Mistletoe Wedding

 

Cat: Mistletoe, a cat who found her forever home with a preschool teacher and veterinarian

Cat: Onyx, a black cat who lives with other barn cats

Dog: Dusty, a faithful Australian Cattle Dog who earns his keep

Horse: Tracer, a colt who is the perfect Christmas present

Picture Perfect Love

  Dog: Peaches, a puppy who likes to get into trouble

His Proposal, Their Forever

  Dog: Buddy, a stray dog in need of a a forever home

A Christmas Homecoming

 

Cat: Onyx, a black cat who lives with other barn cats

Cat: Pewter, a gray kitten that the Bar V5 rescued

Cat: Snowball, a white cat who likes to explore the old red barn

Dog: Dusty, a faithful Australian Cattle Dog who earns his keep

Horse: Tracer, who loves to play in the snow in the pasture

The Wedding Charade

  Cat: Thor, a long-haired black cat with an attitude

Real Life Cats & Dogs

Best in Show? Not Me!

I’m a crazy cat lady involved in rescue. The last thing I ever thought I’d ever get involved in was dog showing. The only things I knew about the show dogs I learned from watching the movie Best In Show (actually pretty tame compared to the real thing) and the Westminster dog show on television. That is to say I didn’t know much!

Youngest Daughter with Chaos

Youngest Daughter with Chaos

But then we ended up adopting a 2 ½ year old Champion Norwegian Elkhound named Chaos after I called the PSNEA Rescue coordinator and she offered to place one of her dogs with us because she thought we would be a good fit.

A little while later, my oldest daughter decided to give dog showing a try. The descent started innocently enough…the local 4-H dog program. She qualified for State Fair her first year. Next came AKC Junior Handling, where competition is more intense than 4H. Then the oldest stepped into the breed ring with Chaos’ breeder’s dogs. Soon she was being asked to show dogs for other people, breeders and owners alike. Once my youngest daughter was old enough, she wanted to get involved, too.

They now have lots of pretty ribbons, pictures of themselves, dogs and judges on podiums, prizes and many fun memories spent at dog shows. I also have a book, THE MAN BEHIND THE PINSTRIPES, that was inspired by attending dog shows and much of the manuscript was written at shows I attended in 2012.

The one thing I’ve never wanted to do (we’re talking not ever) was show a dog myself.

Oldest Daughter with Cato

Oldest Daughter with Cato

My oldest daughter and I attended handling classes to prepare our puppy Cato for his debut dog show. The instructor, a professional handler, dog behaviorist, and breeder, really knew her stuff. So many Norwegian Elkhounds were showing up for class (Cato, Nash, Chaos, Maia, Astra, Espen, Axel depending on the night) that we needed extra handlers. One of them was me.

To say I was uncomfortable is putting it mildly. I’m not sure I’d feel comfortable showing a cat! But I’m a mom and mom’s help out when called upon. Even if they have no idea what they are doing and look like they have two left feet when running around the ring!

I worked with Chaos. Thankfully she is a perfect show dog, who loves to be in the ring and knows what to do when, so all I had to do was hold the leash and follow her around. When we’d finished, the instructor said she’d make a handler out of me one of these days. I figured she was just being nice since I have no clue what I’m doing!

Of course, what happens at the next show? Our breeder needed another handler. She asked if I would take a dog into the ring.

So there I was with Grand Finale, a beautiful Norwegian Elkhound, walking into the ring. Yeah, so not what I planned on happening. Worse, the experience turned out exactly how I imagined.

A nightmare!

I don’t know how to stack a dog or do much else either. I thought I knew how to hold a leash, but guess what? I messed that up, too. I truly knew nothing. The only positive was I didn’t fall onto the ground. Did I mention the audience watching?

Poor Grand Finale. She got lots of chicken afterwards and showed off her top form the next time in the ring. Me? Not quite scarred for life, but I never want to step foot into a ring again.

Hubby videotaped my performance, but I haven’t watched yet. I lived the moment, no reason to embarrass myself again. Maybe I’ll watch the clip someday when I need a good laugh. Then again, maybe not!