Pets were seamlessly woven into the fabric of my childhood, so much so that I have a hard time sorting out which pet happened when. (It’s an age thing. I’m waiting for that time when the past is closer than the present. Of course, when that happens I might not be able to type anymore.)
I look at the above picture and memories stir deep in the bubbling goo of my brain. I can remember the heat beating down and the way a cat feels in your arms. Soft fur. The steady thump of his heart against my hand. The vibration caused by purring.
Our cats didn’t always purr, because my sister and I used to dress them in doll clothes and push them around in a baby stroller.
We were young.
And thankfully we had patient cats.
As I got older, I learned to read their looks better.
And I learned better ways to interact with cats.
I have a feeling that there will be a “sit down” in the next life with our various cats, a session of “why did you do that?” and “why didn’t you do this?”
In my own defense, I will point out that as I got older, there was a distinct power shift to the cats. This gray cat not only slept with me at night, he hogged the pillow and got me to let him out of my bedroom at five a.m. in the morning.
You read that right. Five a.m.
I don’t even believe in five a.m.
So when the chance came to create and release an anthology about pets (and space) with author Veronica Scott (a frequent and most welcome guest on my blog), I jumped at the chance. Of course, because this is me, there is a twist.
Pets in Space.
That’s right. Pets in Space will officially release on Oct 11, but it will be up for preorder on Oct. 1. Because I’m already had a first look at the wonderful stories I’m DYING for readers to have their crack at this anthology. You can read some samples here!)
It’s full of awesome pets, sigh worthy romance, action and yes, outer space adventures. It’s a trifecta of reading fun. And 10% of the first month’s profits go to Hero-Dogs.org. Hero Dogs raises and trains service dogs and places them free of charge with US Veterans to improve quality of life and restore independence.
While we’re all waiting to dive into Pets in Space, tell me about your favorite pet memory (if you have one) or your favorite pet story? Hey, even if it is a Pet Rock (yes, I remember them), share.
You know I love comments so much that I pick a favorite to receive my monthly AnaBanana gift basket ($25 value). (And don’t forget that once a quarter I’ll be tossing in something fun from the Perilously Fun Shop!) Recipient is announced the first blog post of the new month.