I used to think that I should keep my blog “writerly” and professional. But readers often like to know things about the authors they read. And if you follow me on Twitter or FaceBook, you’ll frequently see photos I post of my little dog Petal. So I’ve been thinking for a while now–”Cheryl, this is silly. Why not post photos to your blog, too? Maybe not *every* time, but…sometimes.” (smiling) I love my dog so much, and I love it when people enjoy her, too, so it’s fun to share photos of her.
Petal in her flannel cow-star PJs, catching a stick. (Hey–it was a cold summer day. )
Petal is such a sweet-tempered and beautiful-soul dog. You might be wondering why she’s wearing clothes in most photos. She’s a Chinese Crested–a hairy hairless dog (she has more hair than most Chinese Cresteds do). She doesn’t have any hair on her belly or sides, and grows a small amount on her back, but a lot on her head, tail, and feet. Because she’s a (mostly) hairless dog, in the summer if she’s not wearing PJs she gets sunburn in 15 minutes outside, and shakes from being cold in the air conditioning, and in the winter, she must wear PJs, sweaters, and when we go outside, a down coat, to keep warm. (Think if you had no clothes on in the winter!) Petal is also allergic to weeds, so wearing PJs helps protect her and keep her a little less itchy. It’s for her health and comfort–but I admit I also like dressing her. (smiling) You should see her Hallowe’en costumes!
Petal on a warm summer’s day without her PJs.
My first dog, Willow, was also a Chinese Crested, and also very sweet tempered. I loved her so much and found it so painful when she died, that I had to get another dog of the same breed. I’m glad I did. Chinese Crested dogs are so sweet, loving, and lovable. And dogs give such unconditional love! I still miss Willow, and Amazon, too (my cat of 23 years), but I’m glad I had them in my life. So much love!
Petal is a joy and a delight for me. She is so playful, happy, and sweet–and she is my family. Since I work at home all day, writing, editing, and working on book promotion, Petal is with me all day–usually pressing her paw or back or side against me as I sit on the couch and work. She’s such a sweetie! She also interrupts me after I’ve been working too long, and insists on me playing with her or giving her treats, which is a good thing, because otherwise I would work far too long. Petal is so good for me! And I love her dearly. Since writers often work in solitude for long hours, I think it helps a lot to have an animal companion. Petal sure helps me!
Petal snuggling with me.
Petal lying on my legs as I write. Yes, I write and edit by hand! I think it’s more creative and intuitive, more deeply connected to what I need to say.
Petal making sure she’s connected to me as I write. (smiling)
Petal snuggled up with my best friend Jo. Petal loves Jo, and Jo loves Petal. Perfect!
Petal looking up at me on our walk.
I have so many more photos of Petal! (laughing) But I think this is good for now.
Do you have an animal companion who’s part of your family? I hope so. They give so much joy.