My Little Dog Petal: Companion, Comfort, and Joy To This Writer

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 in her cow pjs, happy with a stick. :)

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.

Petal cooling off after our morning walk :)

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!

willow and amazon

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 having a (brief) cuddle 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 leaning on me as I write. :)

Petal making sure she’s connected to me as I write. (smiling)

Petal making sure she's connected to me while i worked. I drew with her paw on me. :) She's sweet.

Petal snuggled up with my best friend Jo. Petal loves Jo, and Jo loves Petal. Perfect!

My best friend Jo & my little "baby" Petal. Two beings I love!

Petal looking up at me on our walk.

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.

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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12 Responses to My Little Dog Petal: Companion, Comfort, and Joy To This Writer

  1. I always wondered why Petal was wearing clothes in your Twitter pictures!

  2. And now you know. (grinning)

  3. Thanks for leaving a comment, Lisa; I appreciate it!

  4. Noel smith says:

    Petal is very cute! I understand the companionship! I love my three dogs to death! Shackles, ducky, and Tate. I love my girlfriends dog too!

  5. Jen says:

    It’s incredibly cute that she has her paw on you while you work! And I hope we get to see these Halloween costumes!

  6. Thanks, Noel! (grinning) I think she’s cute, too. heheh I’m so glad you love your three dogs, too–and your girlfriend’s dog! What a great amount of unconditional love!

  7. Thanks, Jen! (grinning) I love her putting her paw on me while I work, too. She does that so often…like she just wants to stay connected. Or lies along my back while I work at the couch. 🙂 She is a sweetie! I usually tweet and FB Petal’s photos; I’m going to have to remember to put them up here, too. There’ll definitely be one in her Wonder Woman costume for this year. The first year she wore a red dragon outfit. hehe

  8. And thanks so much everyone for commenting. It’s lovely to see–it helps me know you’ve seen the post and like it. 🙂

  9. She’s such a cutie. I know what you mean about dogs bringing joy to your life! (Though I get the impression Petal’s less mischievous than my Brooklyn… and probably less noisy than my Saffy — just guessing!) I didn’t realize Petal’s sweaters were hiding that cute spotted skin!

  10. Lisa Jenn, I love that you find Petal cute, too-and know about the joy dogs bring us! Petal is sometimes mischievous–but usually just very sweet and playful. I love her spotted skin; I think it looks sort of like a giraffe. 🙂

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