Most authors I know have pets. If you’ve been following my blog you know that I have two dogs (Aubie & Ella). Ella is the golden/shepard mix to the left and Aubie is the handsome fella in the title picture above. Now, I’m at home full time which leaves them little time to talk about me behind my back, but I’m sure they sneak it in somewhere. And believe me nothing has changed as far as their opinion of me goes. Take for example this morning: I have a third of my coffee left on the end table when I take a brief (like, 2 min) break from writing and leave the room. I return. No coffee. Aubie, who is snuggled next to my laptop (he weighs 89 pounds) is looking mighty guilty.
“Are you serious?” I ask.
“I didn’t do it.”
“Ella is in her crate, are you gonna blame her?”
This got me thinking about us as authors and our pets and the very special relationship we have with them—perhaps one that is unique to us. I discussed this with both of my beloved children and found out a good deal about how they view this little life of ours. Here is a typical day for them.
“Is she ever going to get up and let me out of here?” Ella asks from her crate.
*Smirk* Aubie, curled up on the bed. “Nope. You’ll be in there forever. She told me so.”
“You’re such a big jerk.”
“Pssst.” Ella whispers. “Hey! She’s doing that thing again.”
“It’s called writing, twerp.”
“Are you sure? She’s just staring at the wall. Her soup is unmanned.”
“Yeah kid, go stick your nose in it and see how ‘unmanned’ that soup is.” *Laughing* “I bet I could get away with it.”
“But you just said…”
“I’ve got skills. Bark like you have to go out really, really bad.”
*Ella nudges me and leads me to the back door where I wait patiently for a minute. Then we both return to the den.*
*Me staring at my ‘untouched’ bowl of tomato soup* “I could swear I had more of that left.” *Looks at Aubie who is snoring* “Oh well.”
“Is she talking to you?” Ella asks, bone halfway sticking out of her mouth.
“Is dad home?” *chomp chomp chomp*
“Then who is she yelling at?” *chomp chomp, cough, chomp chomp*
*sighs* “I told you earlier, she’s writing. Don’t you ever listen?”
*chomp* “So…she’s not talking to you??”
Latest, or perhaps really, really early tomorrow…
“Are you hungry?” Aubie asks. *Paces in front of the hall closet where the food is*
“Nope.” *Ella smiles, laying upside down with her head hanging off of the couch*
“Really? I am. How are you not hungry?”
“Did you know that there is a huge swirly thing on the ceiling and that if you look at it like this, it moves?”
“It’s called a fan dumb ass, and it moves even if you’re not looking at it.” *Barks like he hasn’t eaten in days*
*Sneezes from being upside down* “Wow. Sure goes fast.”
*More barking* “She’s got those things on her head again. Fall of the couch and maybe she’ll see you and take them off.”
*Another sneeze followed by a roll and subsequent tumble onto the floor*
*Me, taking my noise reduction headphones off* “The rescue could have told me you were brain damaged.”
“Aubie, come here!” *Me from the floor, lying on my stomach*
“K, coming!” *Trots down hallway with Ella in tow*
“Walk on my back”
“I got in trouble for that last time.”
“I’ve changed my mind. Let’s try it again.”
“I don’t know…”
*Ella backs up two spaces, wags butt, then takes a running leap onto my back excitedly* “Ha ha! Attack!”