Celebrating Pets With Love Inspired Authors

Today we are celebrating pets, both on the page and in real life! Our Love Inspired authors are here to share how they have worked their own animal companions into their writing.

Lee Tobin McClain, author of The Secret Christmas Child

One thing pets can do is add a little levity to a serious story. My latest novel, Cottage at the Beach, deals with disabled police officers, at-risk kids, and cancer. Heavy stuff! Ziggy the goldendoodle, modelled on my own dog Nash, shoved his way into the story to lighten things up. He entices the hero’s K-9 partner into misbehavior, steals a kid’s hot dog at a carnival, and gets the hero and heroine working together trying to train him. He even plays a role in the wedding at the end of the novel!

Here is  a picture of my Nash, the model for fictional Ziggy.

Jill Lynn, author of Her Hidden Hope

Her Hidden Hope by Jill LynnI grew up with the Best Dog in The World. She was a German Short-Haired Pointer, and we were babies together, so we literally grew up together. She was my confidant and friend, and I think pets have such a special place in our hearts that including them in my books just makes sense. I think a pet can really soften a character who seems harsh or closed off. When I bring in a pet, it changes their internal monologue and lets the reader see their sensitive side.

In Her Hidden Hope, the hero is an amputee. His dog isn’t a full guide dog, but she acts the part for him. She’s his support. I think it allows the reader to see his gentle spirit, and we wouldn’t have that without this dog who has broken down his walls.

I confess – I wrote a snarly cat in The Rancher’s Surprise Daughter, and it was SO much fun. The cat tended to torment the hero, and I really enjoyed the humor during those scenes. But the fact that the hero put up with the cat and eventually came to love it because of his love for his daughter made him more endearing and helped developed his character even more.

Due to some allergy issues in our household, we don’t currently have pets, so I’ll share a photo of my childhood dog who still holds a special place in my heart.

Valerie Hansen, author of Hearts of Courage

Hearts of Courage by Valerie HansenI had an old, lovable Chocolate lab named Charlie Brown when I was asked to participate in my first K-9 series. The working dog in that story was a black lab and the more I wrote about it, the more I wanted one. So, we rescued a black lab female who had been kept penned all her life and had no name. She became Lucy, of course, and Charlie taught her to trust and obey. All these years later, she’s still with me.

Liz Shoaf, author of Holiday Mountain Conspiracy

HOliday Mountain Conspiracy by Liz ShoafThe number of life lessons, patience and confidence my dogs have given me is invaluable. They naturally end up in my books because they are a large part of who I am. They add a beautiful dimension to my characters and reflect each other’s personalities.

Heather Woodhaven, author of Chasing Secrets

Chasing Secrets by Heather WoodhavenDogs have this amazing ability to bring comfort, add a bit of comedic relief and help us practice mindfulness no matter what is happening in life. They are a wonderful gift to provide my characters. Most of the dogs that appear in my novels enjoy a little matchmaking on the side.

Here are a couple of photos of my dog, Sugar.

Tina Radcliffe, author of Finding the Road Home

Finding the Road Home by Tina RadcliffeDogs and cats provide that straight man relief for our characters. They are in effect, the sidekick. The hero and/or heroine can talk to them, providing a break from narrative. For writers, this provides the perfect opportunity to share backstory or for your characters to reveal internal or external conflict. Pets humanize our characters. Any hero and/or heroine who is loved by a dog or a cat can probably be redeemed by the end of our story. After all, animals are discerning and if they love the hero or heroine, so will we, eventually.

There are plenty of animals in Finding the Road Home (Hearts of Oklahoma Book 1). Closed off sheriff Mitch Rainbolt is revealed to be a marshmallow inside, evidenced by the rescue dog and cat he takes in despite his protestations. He also brings kittens to the heroine Daisy Anderson for her orphaned nieces and nephews knowing that animals heal heartache with the unconditional love and emotional support they provide.

I always have a pet in my stories and preferably a rescue animal. I am a huge advocate of “adopt-don’t shop.” This came about after two of my pets were found wandering the streets abandoned. Two others were adopted from animal rescue groups.

Meet Chloe, who was found abandoned at seven months of age, one year ago, and Milo, who was adopted last autumn.

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