“When the Man waked up he said, ‘What is Wild Dog doing here?’ And the Woman said, ‘His name is not Wild Dog any more, but the First Friend, because he will be our friend for always and always and always.’” —Rudyard Kipling
Through my years as a writer, people often ask how my family feels about being thrust into the limelight as the subject of my stories. My daughter’sresponse sums things up nicely: “We’re used to it.” I can only hope the pets feel the same way, because February 16, 2018, rings in the Chinese New Year, and 2018 is Year of the Dog.
In our case, Stryker the dog.
We got Stryker from a childhood friend of mine when he was about 10 weeks old. He was masquerading as a German Shepherd at the time, and as puppies go, they don’t get any cuter than that. From the get-go, he had it all—cuteness, cuddliness and charm. All was well with a boy and his dog as Colton realized his longtime wish to have a German Shepherd to call his own.
And then it began. [Read more…]