Writing and Pets

I got a new kitten on Monday. My last cat, Jackie, passed away after 10 years while I was in the hospital having knee surgery. I am so happy to have my new kitty, and he does make me laugh, but I’ll never forget Jackie or the cat I had before him, Stormy. I also had cats growing up (although I had a dog for a week who chewed up my the wife of my dad’s boss’s flower bed — it was get rid of the dog or lose his job).

I saw my new kitty online and noticed that his name is Jay—the same name as the hero of “Mr. Short, Dark…& Funny.” Like the heroine of my book, once I met Jay, I knew he was “the one”.

Getting to know Jay is an experience—it’s been a while since I had a kitten. I’m learning what he likes to eat (and what he doesn’t like). He’s learning his way around my condo and he seems to like the computer. Pretty soon, I expect him to have his own Facebook page and be on Twitter.

I’ve been told that a lot of my writing has either pets in it or music. I know that’s true about “Mr. Short, Dark…& Funny,” and “Mr. Tall, Tan…& Tasteless.” http://www.amazon.com/Nancy-Goldberg-Levine/e/B009RV0N50/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1 In the first book, Jay Galloway has two bulldogs, Bulldog and Barks. In the second book, Jay’s sister, Lorrie, gets a kitten that she names Ariel.

Some of my favorite authors also have pets in their books. One of Joann Ross’s earlier books featured a cat named Circe. Jane Myers Perrine’s book, “The Welcome Committee of Butternut Creek,” has a dog in it named Chewy that belongs to the new minister. I love Caroline Bourne’s mystery series about the crime-solving cat named Familiar, as well as Joanne Fluke’s mysteries that feature Moishe and Cuddles.

It’s time to end this blog because I have to see what Jay is up to. What about you? Do you have any favorite books that feature animals? Any favorite pets?

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6 responses to “Writing and Pets

  1. Jay sounds adorable! They are so energetic, aren’t they? My boy is getting fixed on Tuesday–i wonder if that will slow him down at all.

  2. Thanks — he is! He really gets around. Even the real-life Jay Galloway thought he was cute — LOL! Jay will have to get fixed but he’s getting to know his way around here first.

  3. I agree Jay sounds adorable, and though originally a ‘dog person’, I’ve really come to appreciate cats. Hate to tell you, though, MJ – our Lil is nearly ten and STILL has her ‘kitten’ days. What can I say – she entertains us and even sometimes gets her brother TJ to join in!

  4. Thanks — he is great. My cat, Jackie, who passed away last year at age 10, had his kitten days, too. LOL!

  5. janemp

    Thanks for the mention of Chewy. I adore dogs but moving into the apartment meant we switched to cat–and I love them too. But it’s really hard to walk a cat. I’m glad you got a kitten!

    • You’re welcome, Jane. My husband taught our cat, Stormy, to walk on a leash — I still don’t know how he did it, but he did. I don’t think Jay would be interested in learning how to do that — LOL! Thanks for checking out the blog!

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