If you’re a dog fan, you probably notice dogs on book covers or in stories. Dogs, those descendants of wolves who decided to come into the circle of warmth around the human campfire and become man’s best friend are often the key to getting a pair of lovers together in romance. Just for fun here I turn Cali, our seven-year-old yellow Lab, inherited from our daughter when she became a mom, into a character in a Regency Romance.
Miss California Dog, Cali to her friends, was by the age of forty-two, a confirmed spinster. A playful disposition, a youthful figure, and a pair of expressive deep brown eyes in a pretty face made her appear like a miss of twenty-four. In spite of an eager interest in pastries, and a habit of snapping up offered treats, she maintained a slim figure from her willingness to swim vigorously in any bit of water and chase tennis balls. She had a wide circle of friends in town, whom she was always glad to see, greeting each with such genuine warmth and affection that she was sought after as a companion for walks in the woods. Though no one would call her a bluestocking, she had an extensive vocabulary, a great sensitivity to others’ feelings, and an excellent sense of navigation.
Raised by loving stepparents from an early age, she had no improper pride in her Labrador pedigree. Few things annoyed her, though she could, on occasion, object to certain members of her own species. With no ambition to set up an establishment of her own, she entered fully into the routines and habits of her family. In her private moments she liked to curl up or stretch out near her people. She relied on her stepfather for meals and early morning walks, but began and ended her day with a ritual cuddle in her stepmother’s lap. Her greatest joy more than any ball or rout was a trip to the beach. The glories of sand and waves left her breathless, lying sated for hours.
I have yet to put Cali in one of my books, but in three of my stories the main characters absolutely depend on a dog’s actions to bring them together. Honey, a yellow Lab from Sweet Bargain, available for free download to my newsletter subscribers. Winston, a golden retriever, in Sexy Lexy. And Catapult and Nelson, the heroine’s dogs in The Christmas Husband Hunt.
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A native Californian, Kate taught English to generations of high school students, who are now her Facebook friends, while she not-so-secretly penned Romances. In Kate’s stories honorable, edgy loners meet warm, practical women who draw them into a circle of love whether in Regency London or contemporary California. A Golden Heart, Golden Crown, and Book Buyers Best winner and three-time RITA finalist, Kate lives north of San Francisco with her surfer husband, their yellow Lab, a Pack ‘n Play for visiting grand babies, and miles of crowded bookshelves.