Pets getting involved in your work

I was putting together a pantry for Petal’s treats/clothes–& of course she HAD to be involved (grinning) On the boards:
Petal-on-boards

Next to the screws, playing with her toys and chewies:
Petal-near-screws

And of course trying to chew the screwdriver–and my hand–as I worked. 🙂
Petal-trying-to-chew-hand-screwdriver

I found it funny, enjoyed it, even though it took a lot longer to put together the pantry. But the good feeling was worth it.

I’m surprised Petal doesn’t try to be involved when I write! But thankfully, she either sleeps beside me on the couch when I type in changes to my manuscripts, or often lies on me while I actually edit and rewrite (by hand). I’m glad she’s not walking all over my keyboard like my 21-year-old cat, Amazon, used to!

Actually–I think Petal IS helping me by resting near me as I work. It’s comforting and lovely. And Amazon purring while I work is also a delight.

How do your pets help you or try to get involved (get your attention) while you work?




(For those of you who don’t know, Petal is my new little puppy–a hairless Chinese Crested (though she’s called a hairy hairless, because she has a bit of hair down her back, though none on her belly or sides. I think she is adorable.). She is 15 weeks’ old this week.)

About Cheryl Rainfield

I write the books I needed and couldn't find as a teen. I write teen fiction--paranormal fantasy and gritty realistic fiction. I'm the author of SCARS (WestSide Books, 2010) #1 ALA QuickPicks, and Governor General Literary Award Finalist, HUNTED (WestSide Books, Oct 2011), STAINED (Harcourt, 2013), The Last Dragon (HIP Books, Sept 2009), and Walking Both Sides (HIP Books, 2011). I also enjoy drawing, surfing the web, connecting with people I like, doing crafts, and being with my dog.
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8 Responses to Pets getting involved in your work

  1. I’ve often found myself thinking that my ‘hairy kids’, Rudy and Pixie, are far more in tune with me than most humans. 🙂 When I sit down to my computer, they cozy-up together on the bed behind me in this Zen-like relaxation mode, as though allowing me complete space and time to explore whatever world beckons me. The moment I push my chair away from the desk, there they are, sitting up and ready for a belly rub, a walk or whatever attention I have to offer. What’s not to love about this for a ‘working’ environment? XO S.

  2. She’s so cute, Cheryl! My dog, Carly, definitely helps me out when I write. Usually it’s by sleeping on my feet and keeping them warm and letting me pet her when I need a break. She was also inspiration for many of the doggy details in my forthcoming novel!

  3. Sue, I think Rudy and Pixie sound very in tune with you–it sounds lovely! They sound just right for you. 🙂

    Lisa, thank you. I love how Petal looks, too. That is sweet that Carly sleeps on your feet–warming you! And really neat that she inspired dogginess in your next book!

  4. That looks like a lot of pantry for a little dog’s things, Cheryl! And people say MY dog is spoiled!

    Isn’t it neat how many writers’ dogs know when that zen-like state of being is called for?

  5. Ha! Kathy, I know I get Petal a lot of stuff. So, I dote on her. I love her dearly!

    And yes, it’s neat how so many writers’ dogs allow us to write, give us space but also company when we need to write, and then super doggy time after.

    Maureen, thank you. 🙂 I think she’s cute, too.

  6. Deb Marshall says:

    Oh. my. gosh! Petal looks like the perfect helper–thank you for sharing her with us!

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