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Sunday, July 01, 2012


Is it hot enough for ya?
I say--I say: is it HOT enough for ya?

Don't you hate that? We know it's hot. Everybody knows it's hot. It's the 4th of July for crying out loud. It's supposed to be hot.

Now that we have that out of the way…I'm going to natter on about being behind again. Natter on--a perfect way to say whine, complain, carry on ad nauseam, but don't do much more than talk about something. I have a good friend who's British and he gets a kick out of my love of language, accents, all of that--especially when his slang creeps into my speech.

Back to the subject at hand--I'm behind on my work. It's taking me all day to post this Blog Hop post. Just about everything reminds me of Cosmo these days, and how long we were together. I was talking to my daughter recently about how several of my friends lost their longtime companions in April or May of this year, last year, and the year before. For some reason, Springtime seems to be the season for it.

I don't think we realize how much our animal companions impact our lives. I thought I'd introduce you all to the best friends (or new family members) that many of my closest friends have taken into their lives. I think the Independence Day holiday is a good time for it--Summer includes frolicking around with our furry friends right? Or not frolicking, as the case may be.

First, I want you to meet Hope, my friend Amy's little girl.  She and I have been close friends since 1999. Wow--didn't some guy write a song about that? (Lord knows we have a good time when we get together)  Anyhow, nothing says "4th of July" like a wet dog, huh?

 And who doesn't need a little hope (or Hope) in their life? She's a real nut, I'm told. Nobody will ever take Paige's place, but Amy loves her and she loves Amy right back

And here we have Rocco, my neighbor Tom's new black Lab. He's such a cutie, and he's crazy about his new papa--and you can bet it's reciprocal. It's been over two years since Tom's constant companion Nike died. 

He got Rocco the day before yesterday.  

This little guy is Loki. From what I hear, he lives up to his namesake (the god of mischief). He's been adopted by my friend and promo goddess, Tina. Her best four-legged friend died the same time as my Cosmo, and she's missed him terribly. Loki seems to fit right in, doesn't he?

My British actor friend also has a dog--that and coffee were the two things that inspired our meeting, at five o'clock in the morning at a hotel Starbucks--we've remained friends since then. His dog at the time was the spitting image of Cosmo. Time has ambled on and both our dogs are gone now. He's gotten a new one--a Lab/Shepherd mix. This is what the little guy looked like as a puppy.

You all know about my good friend Sasha, right? we've been pals since forever--or 2004--which is a long time in writers' years. Well, here's her feline friends, Mystery, 

and the younger woman, Scarlet.

They keep her on her toes, I know that. Mystery was always the queen. I imagine that little Scarlet gave her a run for her money. LOL

I have my cats and birds, and my sister's dog to keep me company most of the time. I love them all dearly. And best of all, they give me someone to talk to when I'm thinking out loud. Who can ask for more than that?

My buddy Tina (Loki's new mummy) and I have some duets planned. One of them will kick off a series that draws heavily on animal habits and behaviors. I think you know what that's all about, don't you?

If you don't, stay tuned. I'll be back in a couple of hours (really I will) to tell more about all of that. 

While you wait, check out other authors' blogs. Here you go--click on that picture down there:

Don't forget, every comment puts you in the drawing for books or a necklace. 1 comment = 1 entry --because that's just how I do things. 

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You can expect some book talk later. I've got lots to tell you.
back soon :) J.J.


  1. i agree with you about what a big impact pets have. i have had a pet weather it be dog, small animal, bird or fish since i was a newborn and i cant imagine NOT having one. i have had lots of laughs, unconditional love and great times with my pets to the point that i have worked in the animal care field since i was twenty one and i am almost forty now lol


  2. I love my furry/feathery friends. I'll be showing off some of my menagerie next :)

    I think you and I agree completely about the animals in our lives.

  3. Oh, the pets are darling!


  4. Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  5. Cat's are great listeners. I talk to my kitty all the time & people think I'm crazy but I don't care. LOL rierie11booger (@)

  6. Thanks for the blog hop.

  7. Love this hopping and yes it is very hot.

  8. I love animals we have a bird a dog and a cat!

  9. Those pets are soooo cute. I'm a huge pet person. I just wish I wasn't renting so I could get myself a dog.

    eripike at gmail dot com

  10. I don't like hot weather, I prefer winter. The only thing I really like about summer is the fresh veggies I harvest from the garden :)


  11. Hi! I love your work and looking forward to some of your newer stories.


  12. Happy 4th of July!!! Thanks for the contest! We loved watching the fireworks tonight! They were GREAT!!!

  13. i love animals lol i have a dog and a bird lol