National Dog Day – a day for our canine companions

National Dog Day

How will you and your canine companion celebrate National Dog Day? Did you even know there was such an occasion?

National Dog Day
Image by grafikacesky from Pixabay

Over the years, we’ve had many dogs. And every single one who crossed over the rainbow bridge broke my heart more than the one before.

These are the last two dogs who shared their lives with us.

National Dog Day

This fine looking dog was Jingles. He was a cross between a Corgi and a German Shepherd. And like Tigger from Winnie the Pooh, he had bounce. He could jump straight up from all fours and still propel himself forward. And in the photo above, is the way he liked to sit in my lap.

And in the photo below, this handsome boy was Jake. Both dogs lived with us at the same time. Ear infections plagued this poor boy from the time he was a small puppy. He broke the blood vessels in the flap of his ears on more than one occasion, too—a costly trip to the vet.

National Dog Day

Jingles and Jake both loved lettuce. If I was preparing a salad, I had both dogs, one on either side of me waiting their turn. So it was a leaf for one, a leaf for the other and finally a leaf for the salad.

The year we planted lettuce, Jake stomped into the garden and ate it. A fence blocked off the entire garden, but he found a way through and munched more.

Jingles disappeared one night and never returned. To this day, we have no idea where he went. Off to die? Perhaps.

Jake, we ended up having to put him down. He was old and had difficulty walking. He fell frequently, and when he did, he lost control of his bowels. It was no life for him, so we made the decision.

Did you know that in each book in my It Happened series, a dog plays a role? A matchmaker, if you will.

Tori, the black lab pictured below stars in the first book of the series, It Happened on Dufferin Terrace.

 

 

Tori

 

Xena, the German Shepherd, didn’t have the right stuff to become a police dog with the Vancouver Police Department in It Happened in Gastown.

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Xena

Frankfurt’s Champion Beauregard, aka Buddy, the Dachshund, stars in the third book, which I’m currently writing, It Happened at Percé Rock.

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Buddy – Image by mystic_oneness0 from Pixabay

The plan is to have six books in the series, featuring the Scott and Layne families. For everyone to tell their how they met – how “It Happened”, I need that many books.

Wolfgang, the Great Dane, will star in It Happened at Lake Louise. I’m thinking of the Fort Mac wildfires as the backstory and how pets were rescued from people’s homes and taken out of the danger zone and reunited with their humans later.

I’m torn between having a Corgi or a Whippet in It Happened at Niagara Falls. Thankfully, this book is further down the pipeline, so I’ll have plenty of time to make my final decision.

A stuffed Scottie dog will star in the last book of the series, It Happened ?? I’ve not decided on a location for it yet.

This wee guy will be sitting on the empty seat beside Amy Scott either on the train or bus or some method of public transit. A young man will ask if he can sit there, and she agrees, not paying much attention to him. He picks up the stuffed toy and reads the tag and pronounces the name on it as Sea-u-mus. She looks at him and rolls her eyes and tells him it’s pronounced Shaymus.

I hope you’ll take a look at my books starring dogs. Roxanne St. Claire also has a couple of dog series in the works – The Dogfather series and The Dogmothers. Check them out, too.

4 thoughts on “National Dog Day – a day for our canine companions”

  1. Dear Melanie,
    I love how you use dogs in your stories. They are an integral part of your books. Hip Hip Hooray for a day to celebrate dogs.

    Never Give Up
    Joan

  2. I love it, too, how you use dogs in your books. I’m obsessed with my three pups, one a Chihuahua/Dachshund mix, one a Miniature Pincher/Chi mix, and our newest fur baby is a Corgi/Jack Russell mix, otherwise known as a Co-Jack. 🙂 My first dog, Ivy, a Golden/Shepherd mix, appears in my stepmom book. She’s the dog on the cover. That story was the impetus for writing a book in the first place. She was an incredible dog who started my love for dogs. 🙂

  3. Hi Shawn, I’ve seen lots of pictures of your fur babies online. They’re such sweeties. I didn’t know the story behind the dog on the cover of your stepmom book, other than your stepdaughter spit on her.

  4. Thanks as always for stopping by, Joan. Yes, my dogs are an integral part of the books. Except for the fact it was National Dog Day, we can’t forget Sarah’s ginger and white cat, Murphy, in A Shadow in the Past and Shadows From Her Past.

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