Writing and Pets

… Or should I say Pets and Writing? How is it that our pets seem to take precedence over our writing most (if not all) of the time?

You get up in the morning, get through your usual ritual of bathroom use, wash up, and perhaps even getting dressed, grab a cup of coffee … or in my case, a cup of tea, and settle behind that trusty old keyboard to get in the morning word count. (This is provided you’re not the type to devote the first hour or so to email and other social media.) You’re ready; you’re hot; you get into the groove of where you left off yesterday … and then suddenly, there’s a forlorn meow at your feet. You look down into a pair of beseeching green eyes and give a silent “awwww” before lifting kitty into your lap. It’s only ten, fifteen or twenty  minutes later that you realize you have now wasted precious writing time petting and caressing that sweet little creature. With determination, you set her on the ground and shoo her off.  Naturally you get a haughty look before she takes off to explore her food dish … which is empty, of course.  Now you gotta make sure she’s fed or the ever increasing meows will drive you up the wall.Snapchat-20140501033634

Now you’ve got to get down to business. This book ain’t gonna write itself, y’know.  Then … a whine comes from the left and there’s the pooch sitting at your feet with his leash in his mouth. “But hubby just took you out less than an hour ago,” you try to reason with him to no avail. Of course hubby has left for work and you’re the only one home with the critter, so you can’t confirm whether or not the dog did his duty. In the end, you give in … mostly because you don’t want to take a chance of the pooch soiling your carpet.

017With a heartfelt sigh you get dressed (if you’re the type to work in your jammies) and clip the leash onto the dog and begin the morning with a long, brisk walk as the pooch insist on sniffing at every tree and fire hydrant along the way.

Suddenly you realize that this is a good thing. The morning air is fresh, the walk is exhilarating and your mind begins to churn out ideas. Now it’s urgent that you get home to scribble down these ideas, but poochie is taking his good nature time finding just the right spot to take care of business. At last he’s done and you rush home … only to find that the darlin’ children left for school without feeding the hamster, the fish, or the turtle.  Sigh.

Ah, pets. What would we do without them? Our household used to have both a cat and a dog. The cat passed away about four months ago, which leaves the dog, which is a handful by himself. I’ve since gotten a Beta fish and am hemming and hawing over getting another cat. That remains to be seen, but I cannot envision our home without one, so don’t be surprised if we end up getting one.

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Liz Kreger writes science fiction/romances and to date, has two books published by Samhain Publishing ... FORGET ABOUT TOMORROW and PROMISE FOR TOMORROW. Liz is presently branching out to contemporary paranormals and is experimenting with urban fantasy.
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8 Responses to Writing and Pets

  1. Edie Ramer says:

    Liz, as I was reading this, the cat jumped on my lap for a long petting. My dog never… (Interruption while the cat jumped on my lap again to be petted.) Anyway, I was going to say that my dog never comes to me with the leash. She’d much rather run free. lol Both animals are offenders, but the cat is the worst. And, yes, you need another cat. 🙂

    • Liz Kreger says:

      Too funny, Edie. Timing is everything.

      Generally, we put the dog on the backyard leash, but he inevitably manages to get himself tangled around the table and chairs out there. Did I mention he manages to be a PITA when he wants to be?

  2. LOL. Fun post. But you can use all that time petting/walking/feeding to at least think about writing, right?
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    • Liz Kreger says:

      Yeah, hopefully ideas will churn out while seeing to the needs of a pet, Jen. Would probably be a good idea to carry pen and paper while on those walks. Hard to chant those brilliant insights when you’re still any type of distance from home.

  3. Mary Hughes says:

    Oh, those sweeties! My one-handed typing skills have definitely had a workout from needing the other hand to skritch 🙂 Ours get fed twice a day so they are extra affectionate in the morning, not that it stops me from writing, but ankles and winding cats don’t mix well with caffeine deprivation and stairs. Lol.

    Thanks for this post, Liz!

    • Liz Kreger says:

      Yep, the cat (Jezebel) was my sweetie and the dog (Peanut) is my daughter’s … although it’s funny how often we end up taking care of him.

      I can see where having one functional hand would make it difficult to work and skritch a cat at the same time. If you have more than one cat, you’re pretty much screwed. 😯

  4. I loved your post. I have 5 cats and I usually have 3 on my desk when I write. It’s a big desk which is a good thing as one of them is 25 lbs! Instead of using my desk for me, there are 2 cat beds on each side and one beneath the monitor. Two dogs sleep under at my feet. At times, a fouth insists on joining in and I have to make room. Barely room for my keyboard and monitor!!
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