Saturday, 9 May 2009

An author and her pet...

Pets are good for you and that's official. Owning a pet one can stroke and pet can help to reduce stress and lower blood pressure. The unswerving support and adoration of a faithful dog or house rabbit can sweeten those rejections and make the lonley life of the writer less lonely. An author can take inspiration from the haughty self-contained grace and self-belief of a cat to keep going and keep faith in her work. A writer can talk to her pets about character and read out dialogue, secure that she will be appreciated.

Sadly I have no pets. If I were to have a pet, I would like...

...a dragon.

A big, fire-breathing dragon, male, of course. and very protective of me, his mistress. A dragon with golden jets of flame. A blue and green dragon, with black talons and very white teeth. A dragon who, when I patted his sun-warmed, living scales, would grumble softly in his long throat, like a soft landslide of stones. A dragon to fly with, to toast marshmallows with, to swim with in deep pools he could warm with his fire.

OK, so that's just me. Have you a pet? Or a fantasy pet?

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LK Hunsaker said...

A dragon ... ah, so you wrote one in A Knight's Vow! ;-) I'm enjoying him.

I have one as a main supporting character, in the form of his Eastern astrology sign. And one in a book-to-come.

A fantasy pet? How about a dog that doesn't bark in the middle of the night and doesn't pull your arm out of socket when you walk him?

Linda Banche said...

Hi Lindsay,

I'm sure your dragon is a nice dragon, and he'd be happy to come out and play with my ducks.

Lindsay Townsend said...

Hi LK! So glad you're enjoying my other 'fantasy' dragon in Knight's Vow.

Your Eastern dragon sounds wonderful - I look forward to reading more about him.

A dog that doesn't drag on your arm sounds fun.

Hi Linda!
Thank you for the invitation. My draco is of course a perfect gent and will keep his flame to himself while your ducks are about.

Francesca Prescott said...

Lindsay,I love the idea of a dragon to warm up the swimming pool! My dogs just breathe smelly breath on me when I'm relaxing in the jacuzzi - which doesn't need a dragon as it's warm enough! Maybe your dragon could come over and play with them, you know, keep them busy while we have a nice bubbly, smelly doggy breath-free soak:)

Fun post!

xx cesca

Savanna Kougar said...

Dragon babies are adorable. I'd love to have one as a pet. And I so want to write a dragon shifter story for publication... one of these days...
Lindsay, I've got to read Knight's Vow... it's waiting for me.

Cesar, what's that dog whisperer's full name? I've heard from my relatives and other people I know, his dog training techniques work. His techniques kept a friend of mine from getting bit by other people's dogs. Dogs should never be allowed to pull on the leash that way. It's not healthy for them emotionally, and definitely not good for a person's arm.

Chloryphil, the green stuff in plants, in dog's water often helps their breath, and peppermint, the essential oil. One drop in their water. A lot of dogs like the taste.

Lindsay Townsend said...

Hi Cesca! One day I'll certainly love to come and splash in your pool, with your dogs, too. (MY draco could burn off their doggie breath.)

Hi Savanna, I think it's Cesar Milan - I love his programmes, watch them whenever I can. Amazing stuff.

Great tip about the peppermint. Thanks.

Savanna Kougar said...

Lindsay, you saved the day. Yep, Cesar Milan. I have seen him work with dogs a few times. And he's excellent. Dogs are pack animals by nature and need to know for their own sake and happiness who the leader is, or they can become neurotic and/or overbearing, to put it simplistically.
My baby dogs originated from a breed that can be difficult to handle, at certain times, in part because of their high intelligence. A woman who had known other people with the breed, in fact she had lived close to Chicago, said mine were the best behaved she'd ever seen.

LK Hunsaker said...

Savanna, I'll have to check on that show. The one that pulls is a female lab barely more than a puppy and she's learning, but wow is she stubborn! I have my son training her since he's strong enough it doesn't hurt him when she pulls and he's stubborn enough to stand still all day long if she won't walk nicely! I walk the easy one.. my rescue dog.

I love the tip about peppermint oil!