On March 7th, my fourth sweet romance, Hazardous Hideaway, goes on sale through Amazon, B&N and other sites. Although an important but minor scene in the book, it does deal with animal abuse. Many of you may know that I’m donating a portion of sales to help abused and abandoned dogs. I thought I’d share a story from my past to express why dogs are such an important cause to me. Thanks for talking the time to read this.
One of my favorite dogs in my youth growing up on our farm was a Blue Heeler named Duke. Despite the name, Duke was a female. She was a protective dog and worked the sheep and cattle like a pro.
One summer day, we heard Duke whimpering. We found her sprawled on the back porch steps, a bullet in her head. My dad miraculously managed to save her life, but she was never the same after that.
About two years later, my dad and I hauled a load of garbage to the dump. Duke rode in the truck by my feet. When my dad got out to unload, I reached down to pet her head. She lunged at me, knocked the glasses from my face, and bit my cheek and eyelid. The blood poured profusely from the wound. Shock ensued.
I couldn’t believe my once loyal friend would attack me. But…I also understood. I loved Duke, and I didn’t want her to get in trouble. I searched my pockets and the truck for something to soak up the blood but to no avail. I ended up wiping blood all over my jeans and the Naugahyde roof of our old 1964 Ford pick-up truck.
I hid my face as my dad stepped up into the truck. It only took a few seconds for him to notice the bloodstains. He turned my face toward him and stared at me in disbelief.
“Please don’t be mad at Duke,” I whispered to him, holding back a sob.
We returned home in silence. And, I was never to see Duke again. When I asked my dad where she’d gone, he told me she must’ve wandered off. But in my heart and by the pain in his eyes, I knew what had truly happened.
Support organizations that help abused and abandoned dogs; spay and neuter your pets; and help support legislation which would increase the penalty for animal abuse.
Cindy A. Christiansen
Sweet Romance, Comedy, Suspense…and Dogs!
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