My Life With Two Akitas - Lucy Gilmore - Puppy Love
True story: As soon as I started writing Puppy Love back in November of 2017, I adopted a puppy. I’m not saying there’s a direct correlation between those two things, but I’m not *not* saying it either. (I challenge anyone to spend a few hours every day researching puppies and puppy breeds and puppy training and come out unscathed.)
We’re a big dog sort of family, so when our local pet shop had a sign boasting Akita/Lab mixes, we were done for. Especially once we met this sweet bundle of love. (His name is Duke.)
Duke looks more like a Lab than an Akita, but his personality is allll Akita. You know that movie Hachi: A Dog’s Tale? Where the Akita sits at the train station every single day for years waiting for the return of his owner (who tragically died and is never coming back)? Yeah. That’s pretty much this dog. He is the sweetest, most loyal creature I’ve ever known. We literally can’t leave him with anyone—not even for a quick weekend getaway. He moans and sighs and refuses to face life until one of his people comes home again.
Naturally, this is a hard thing to get around in this day and age. Although being a writer means I spend quite a bit of time at home, we do occasionally like to see the world. So what’s an active, big-dog-loving family to do?
Well, since this was the time when I was writing book two in my Forever Home series, Puppy Christmas, I did the only thing that made sense: I got my puppy a puppy.
In my defense, the same pet shop had MORE Akitas to offer, so it wasn’t like I had much of a choice. Monty here is an Akita/Dutch Shepherd mix. Same sweet, loyal personality…same ridiculous amount of hair to vacuum up.
The good news is, my plan mostly worked. These two quickly became best buds. They eat together, sleep together, and play together. They chase the cat together. They steal my favorite shoes and destroy them together.
The bad news is, we now have TWO dogs who can’t be left home alone for long periods of time. Instead of one depressed, despondent animal who mourns our absence, we have two depressed, despondent animals who mourn our absence.
Instead of getting a third puppy to help mix things up (which, to be honest, I did contemplate), we’ve learned to accept the inevitable: wherever we go, they come along. We bought a big, old SUV they can tear apart with their huge, muddy happiness. Our weekend activities look more like long hikes and trips to the river than luxurious getaways. And when we recently went on a family spring break trip to Montana, we took them with us. It’s a bit more complicated to travel with two large dogs, but they loved every minute.
I think this is why my Forever Home series has such a big place in my heart. Not because I love dogs (although I do) and not because puppies are adorable (although they are) but because the right animal will change everything about your life—and in the best possible way.
Puppy Love - Service Puppies Book 1
No matter the job, no matter the need
These service dogs in training will always fall in love at first bark.
When Sophie Vasquez and her sisters dreamed up Puppy Promise—their service puppy training school—it was supposed to be her chance to bring some good into the world. But how can she expect to do anything when no one will take her seriously?
Enter Harrison Parks: a rough, gruff, take-no-bull wildlife firefighter in need of a diabetic service dog. He couldn't be a more unlikely fit for Sophie or Bubbles—the sweet Pomeranian she knows will be his perfect partner—but when Sophie insists he give them both a shot, something unexpected happens: he listens. Even better, he keeps on listening, even as Sophie and Bubbles turn his lonely, uber-masculine world upside-down.
As it turns out, they all have something to prove...and more than enough room in their hearts for a little puppy love.
This giveaway is now over. The lucky winner is: Karen Mercer
Lucy Gilmore is a contemporary romance author with a love of puppies, rainbows, and happily ever afters. She began her reading (and writing) career as an English literature major and ended as a die-hard fan of romance in all forms. When she’s not rolling around with her two Akitas, she can be found hiking, biking, or with her nose buried in a book. Visit her online at http://lucygilmore.com.