My Authors Give Back guest today, Sparkle Abbey, is the co-writing team of mystery authors Mary Lee Woods and Anita Carter. The authors took their pen name from the names of their two rescue pets, Sparkle (ML’s cat) and Abbey (Anita’s dog). They like to joke that they could have been Chewbacca Matisse, the names of their other two rescue pets.
Are You Smitten with Your Kitten? Do You Smooch Your Pooch?
Ah, February the month of love… Flowers and hearts, candy and cards. We love “LOVE” and celebrating love in all its forms is a wonderful thing. And there are lots of types of love – the romantic kind, the family kind, the friendship kind, and, yes, the pet kind.
Many of us are very attached to the furry ones who share our lives and that’s an extra special kind of love. It doesn’t matter to them how we look, what kind of job we have, or that we owe them a phone call. They don’t even care if we hold up our end of the conversation. They’re great listeners. There is no stress to this relationship. They ask so little and yet they give so much.
Even the most independent and stubborn show their gratitude with licks, barks, mews and ankle rubs. And if they leave fur and hairballs and other “presents” behind, well, that’s just part of living the good life, isn’t it? Just by being there for us, just by loving us, they remind us of what’s really important in life. As long as we have a roof over our heads, food to eat, and a furry friend to cuddle with, life is good. In fact, several studies have shown a correlation between owning a pet and certain health benefits such as lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Other studies have shown dramatic decreases in hypertension after owning a pet for six months.
And while all the mess and fuss of pet ownership may seem too much trouble to the petless folks, it makes perfect sense to those of us who consider our pets an essential part of our lives. And there are a lot of us! A recent poll found that three out of five Americans have a pet and 91 percent of us consider our pet a member of the family.
However, the sad news is the 6-8 million pets end up in shelters every year through no fault of their own. Some have to be surrendered because of allergies, changes in living situations, or relocations. Most are great family-friendly pets and twenty percent of these unwanted pets are pure-bred animals.
Here’s the good news. Most shelters and rescue groups work hard to find their animals new forever homes. Most organizations include vaccinations, microchipping and other extras in their adoption fees. They can also help you choose the right pet for your lifestyle and family situation. So, if you’re thinking of adopting, please consider a rescue pet. Shelters always have a great selection of animals looking for forever homes.
And to celebrate February, the month of love, a wonderful way to honor our furry friends would be to donate in their honor to your local shelter or animal rescue. Many shelters have a list of items they need or cash is always welcome so that they can purchase food or contribute to the costs of their overhead. If you don’t have a favorite local rescue group of your own, we’d like to suggest PUP, Protecting Unwanted Pets, of Laguna Beach, California. Our books are set in the lovely community of Laguna Beach and this organization is the fundraising arm of the LB Animal Shelter. You can donate via their website.
Because rescue pets are so near and dear to their hearts, the authors like to pair their book events with a rescue organization. For the launch of Desperate Housedogs, their first book, they worked with their local public library and the Animal Rescue League of Iowa. For the second book in the series, Get Fluffy, the authors and Raccoon Valley Animal Sanctuary and Rescue put together a benefit, Yappy Hour, which they describe as a BYOD (bring your own dog) event with pupcakes from a local bakery, training tips, and a dog walk. The third book in the series, Kitty Kitty Bang Bang, is out now and this time they’re planning an event with Smitten Kitten and the Furry Friends Rescue group.
From Amazon: Caro Lamont—pet therapist—and her cousin Melinda Langston—owner of The Bow Wow Boutique—pamper the kitties and pooches of Laguna Beach’s elites. Unfortunately, their human clients keep turning up dead.
Sparkle Abbey urges readers to do whatever they can to support their local pet rescue. Donate, volunteer, foster, adopt, and spread the word!
They enjoy hearing from readers and especially love hearing about your pets!
You can find out more or connect with Sparkle Abbey at the following:
Amazon Author Page: www.amazon.com/Sparkle-Abbey/e/B005XNPQP8
Thank you so much, Mary Lee and Anita, for sharing your pets, charitable organizations, and your books with us. This was a wonderful post! I hope your latest event with Smitten Kitten and the Furry Friends Rescue Group is hugely successful.
I definitely have a soft spot in my heart for all animals. But especially, my cat, Samantha. She’s my baby and gives me great joy.
So what about you guys? Do you donate to your local animal shelters, etc.? Sparkle Abbey and I would love to hear about your pets – so leave a comment if you have a moment and brag away!