Corbin Dallas had to visit the vet this week. It wasn't a regular checkup, he got hurt one night when he refused to come inside. Only after he had licked the fur off around his wound did I realize how seriously he was injured. I was told the wound was actually a cat bite and infected. The vet informed me cat bites are always nasty.
Corbin is taking antibiotics, not cordially, but he's still allowing me to administer to him. I dab hydrogen peroxide on his ouchy twice a day which helps and there isn't anything for him to lick off. He's recovering nicely and will be fine in a few more days.
What I find so intriguing is when I tell others about Corbin's late night adventure, I don't refer to him as my cat, but by his name. He's part of the family. My close friends know him as easily as they know the names of my children and grandchildren.
Writing a pet into a story is another way to explore the insights of main characters. How they interact with their animal, how they care for it, relays all types of information to the reader without the writer having to spell it out. The pet can be a minor character or part of a discovery with the heroine or hero in the story. I've always enjoyed stories with pets in them.
I've listed a few who have been extremely successful writing "nonhuman themed books."
* James Herriot has many animal stories he shared from being a veternarian in England; One of his still popular books is All Creatures Great and Small.
*Rita Mae Brown with Mrs. Murphy's Mystery series, The Big Cat Nap is celebrating its 20th anniversary and is available on Amazon and other places I'm sure.
*Erin Hunter has a juvenile fiction series called Warrior Cat and has made a big dent in filling the need for exciting kid stories with animals as the main characters.
Do you plan to write in a pet into your next WIP? Have you a pet in your latest work? Do you have a pet of your own and has it become one of the family?
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Til next time ~