Monday, February 21, 2011
The timing could have probably been better (though who could have predicted the house flooding?!) but last Thursday we picked up our new collie puppy, Hamish. Followers of TKZ may recall that we had to put down our previous collie but now we have finally welcomed a new puppy into our hearts and home. It's been a while since we've done the whole puppy thing and I'd forgotten how much like having a baby it can be - crying in the middle of the night, potty training and, of course, all the delightful curiosity and playfulness.
Despite the potty training trials, Hamish is an lovely, friendly, mellow puppy and hopefully his presence will bring the same comfort our old dog, Benjamin, brought to our home. More importantly I hope he heralds the normalization of my writing schedule (finally!! Please!!) - Jim's post yesterday actually made me a bit depressed as I would love to type faster but life seems to be getting in the way lately (sigh!). In fact it feels rather like trying to walk up a slippery slide...but enough about me...back to Hamish...
I can't say I am a huge fan of pets in mysteries - especially not the pseudo-detective types - but I do believe pets can be excellent muses. My old dog was always happy to sit and listen to me talk about plot issues or offer me a ruff to hug when the middle of the books started to sag. I think pets provide writers with a myriad of support services - and besides who else would sit by hour after hour as you type, asking only for a small tummy rub now and again in return?
So do you have a pet 'muse'? Do you have a cat, dog, horse, guinea pig, chicken, fish or exotic pet that supports you as a writer?