Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Animals in Books by Morgan Mandel

Our Little Rascal

My dog is cute. Okay, lots of people's dogs are cute. Still, how many dogowners when walking their dog are constantly stopped and told their dog looks like the one on the Little Rascals, or the RCA dog, or Patton's dog?

It's no surprise that her name is Rascal or that she lives up to her name. Anyway, I will be writing a book about her soon - the length is yet to be determined. I'm still trying to decide if it should be a children's or adult book, whether to add or not add photos.

I have a few books started already, so I'm not sure when it will happen. In the meantime, I'm gathering up cute photos and making note of special memories. Right now she's got her head on my foot, which the dog handler at obedience school says is a no-no. No leaning on your master, since that means the dog is staking ownership.

It makes me feel good when she does that, so I allow it. I spoil her in more ways than I can mention, more ways than my husband even realizes. Maybe that's why she considers him the boss and I'm just another littermate.

It's not unusual to include a dog or cat in a book, or even to make it a main character. If you have a special animal, think about adding it and some of its characteristics for a special touch. There's lots of us animal lovers out there.

Morgan Mandel

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