Good morning campbellsworld visitors and animal lovers everywhere.
This morning in the Author’s Corner Trish Hubschman author of Stiff Competition is back with part 7 of her Pampered Pet series.
I’m going to turn this over to Trish now and I do hope if you enjoy this series you’ll let her know.
Speaking of series, please do keep reading once Hope’s story is done to learn about Trish and her wonderful work.
PAMPERED PET PART 7: HOPE LIVE
TOLD BY BIG SISTER HOPE
WRITTEN BY HUMAN AUTHOR TRISH HUBSCHMAN
Hope wants to say a few words to all that are listening. She has also been reading the stories that are being written about her. She is touched and blushing slightly. From the lady’s mother to Hope’s fans, please join me in a big round of applause for the much-awaited queen of the castle, Hope.
My brother, Charlie, is my best pal. I love you too, Chuck. He’s been super helpful to me during this difficult time in my life. I’ve been getting confused and that’s pretty scary. It’s worse when I’m outside. Yeah, I’m getting lost in my own backyard. If I’m out there too long, Charlie comes to look for me. Bless him! I don’t think the human folks had wind of my issues at first, but then Grandma noticed that I was having trouble peeing. She reported it to Human Mom, who I think freaked out. Next thing I know I’m at the vet being prodded and pricked and they’re doing all sorts of tests on me. Hey, it’s okay. I’m glad Grandma squealed on me. I was in a lot of pain, but whatever meds the vet gave the folks for me helped for a while.
That brings me to the next thing I want to say. My human Mom and Dad are the absolute best. The fourteen and a half years I’ve been with them were wonderful. No canine could ask for anything more. Okay, time out, I’m getting teary-eyed here. Give me a second to compose myself. I want to tell my story from the beginning. Don’t worry, it won’t be a repeat of things already said.
I was born in Tennessee. Yeah, I’m an Australian cattle dog from the Southern United States. Human Mom sometimes called me a Southern Belle. When I was two months old, I was sent to a shelter in New York, North Shore Animal League. I was barely in the cage in the New Arrival section when I was adopted by a nice senior lady. I don’t remember her name, but we got close for a short time. Sadly, she got sick and had to return me to the shelter. I wasn’t really worried about getting adopted again. I figured with my charm and good looks, it would happen at some point. Well, it did and even faster then I’d anticipated. My pen was right outside the new puppy section. Two days after my arrival, this husband and wife came out of the puppy section. The lady looked sad. Who could blame her? Those puppies are adopted before they get here. It’s pretty annoying actually, to the person looking for a pet, that is. Well, when I saw this prospective couple, I jumped into action. I had to make nice and get their attention. It worked. “Look, honey. There’s a pretty dog,” the husband said to his wife. He was referring to me. “I think she likes you.” The rest is history.
There were two cats in my house when I took up residence in August 2004. I really tried to be friends with them and play, but they wanted nothing to do with it. When I chased them , they actually ran away. “What are we going to do now?” Human Mom asked. “The cats don’t like Hope.” Yeah, they didn’t and it hurt my feelings. “Looks like she’s going to have to be in the cage during the day while we’re at work,” Human Dad replied. Wait a second here, I wanted to protest. Why was I the one being punished? But that’s the way it went. Sadly, the cats soon died. Human Mom left her job and went on on Disability in 2006 and I had a companion again.
Now let’s talk about pampered pet. Was I one? Probably, but who’s complaining? Every three months the Humans took me to a groomer. I got a bath, my hair and nails done. I came out of there smelling perfumed pretty and super soft. The Human folks drooled over it. Okay, drooling wasn’t one of my favorite things, but I put up with it. The groomer place also always tied a stupid bandana around my neck before sending me off. “Oh, Hopey, you look like the Rhinestone puppy,” Human Mom said happily. That one made me roll my eyes, but what could I do?
Charlie never got any of this stuff. When he came along, the Humans started giving us baths on the back deck. The result was the same, I guess, we were clean and smelled pretty, and we didn’t have to wear a stupid bandana. I guess what I’m trying to say is that those days before Charlie were super special , but I was just as happy after kid brother joined our family.
Now, I still have a lot of things to do to make sure Charlie’s ready to stand in for me.
*** To see information on the animal rescue shelter Big Sister Hope came from please visit:
MORE ABOUT TRISH AND HER WORK…
A Romantic Suspense Novel
Stiff Competition (Miss America): A Tracy Gayle Mystery
by Trish Hubschman
In e-book ($2.99) and print ($9.50) on Amazon and other bookselling sites.
227 pages in print.
Cover, free text sample, author bio, direct buying links, and more: https://www.dldbooks.com/hubschman/
About the Book
America’s favorite rock band, Tidalwave, is playing the Miss America pageant. Band leader Danny Tide is emceeing the event. All is going according to schedule. The judges have picked the 10 semi–finalists. Suddenly, everything comes to a halt. Miss New Jersey is missing. Nobody knows what happened to her or where she is. Danny calls his longtime PI friend, Tracy Gayle, and asks her to come down to Atlantic City to help figure things out. In need of her best friend for personal support and eager to get to another case, Tracy agrees. There’s an all–out search of the hotels on the boardwalk. They find Miss New Jersey, but it’s not good. Her kidnapping leads to another assault and murder. The big star and the lady PI work together on this one, so that the Miss America pageant can continue as usual. The plot includes two assaults, two murders, and a sizzling romance between the main characters, Tracy and Danny.
About the Author
Trish Hubschman has published three books with America Star Books: a short story collection of time travel and romance stories called Through Time and the first two books in the Tracy Gayle/Danny Tide series: The Fire and Unlucky Break. Trish attended college at Long Island University’s Southampton campus, earning a BA degree in English with an emphasis in writing. She lives on Long Island with her husband and two dogs.