Writing with Dogs

No, I don’t write about dogs, though I did just give a dog to Frankenstein in my new Gothic Suspense, but as a rule I don’t write about dogs in my novels, which is funny since I’m surrounded by them while I’m writing.

Sheila, Jack, Jill and Chico

Sheila, Jack, Jill and Chico

You might ask, “Sheila, how in the world do you get any writing done when you have seven dogs?”  Yes, I have seven. And thank you for asking.

Let me tell you, it’s not always easy.  I am working away and inevitably someone (Bella) is certain there is a monster outside and wants me to go look.  Normally, said monster is a squirrel, but she won’t leave me alone until I go look and scold the squirrel.  Yeah, really.

Then there’s Chico who is always on alert if the typing stops.  It’s like it’s his super power.  If he doesn’t hear the clack, clack, clack of the keyboard it signals him to scratch at my pant leg until I pick him up.  In Chico’s world you are either typing or holding him.  There’s no other option.

Bella

Bella

I got smart, to an extent, and installed doggie-cams.  Now, when the dogs try to say someone is in the yard I just look at the app on my phone that shows me what’s out there.  It’s never a monster, zombie, burglar, terrorist or murderer, just the UPS or FedEx guy, so at least to my doglettes, it’s close.  Uh, yeah, “doglettes”, they are all small dogs so I made that term up for them.

I do what we call “power hours” where my other writer friends call in and we check where we are, write for one hour and call in with a progress check.  This has been so helpful with my writing.  But, with 21 other hours in the day that need my attention, it is one of the three power hours in which my dogs have urgent needs that must be addressed.  They also know the sound of my ring tone on my phone signals a barkfest.

Life on a Leash Comic Strip

Life on a Leash Comic Strip

Sometimes my dogs draw my attention away from writing or work, but it’s not always their fault that I get distracted.  It is true that I sometimes make up humorous comic strip-like stories to post to my Facebook instead of doing my work.  But, they are just so naughty and cute I feel compelled to share.  And if you follow me on Facebook you know what kind of shenanigans those MinPins get up to (i.e. orange panties in the front yard).  Never trust a MinPin.  If you take away nothing else from this post know this- Never trust a MinPin and never leave your sandwich on the table if you have a Jack Russell.

Our newest doglette is Hank (a.k.a. Hanky Poo, Hankster, Hankenstein). All of my dogs are rescue dogs!

Our newest doglette is Hank (a.k.a. Hanky Poo, Hankster, Hankenstein). All of my dogs are rescue dogs!


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Now if you are looking for books that include animals I highly recommend Must Love Pets, which is a boxed set of stories by some awesome authors!

So, how do I get any work done when I have seven dogs?  Sporadically, but with lots of joy and laughter.

Sisters of the heart. Macy, Bella and Rogue

Sisters of the heart. Macy, Bella and Rogue

Do you have a pet that demands your attention when you’re busy doing other things? Tell me about it!

She really did pee on Santa.

She really did pee on Santa.

Chico as Yoda

Chico as Yoda

About Sheila Clover English

International speaker, business woman, author, mother, wife and owner of seven dogs. I love people, am an advocate for animals and stay up too late at night reading books.
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8 Responses to Writing with Dogs

  1. Mary Hughes says:

    Hi, Sheila,

    Great pictures! You capture the personality of your dogs perfectly 🙂 Such cuties! Sounds like an active household. I especially like Chico. Typing, or holding. That sounds like my son’s cats. They are both of the opinion that one hand is for typing, the other for scritching. lol.

  2. Edie Ramer says:

    Sheila, your dogs are all so cute. Love the pictures of you with all of them! I read one of your FB posts the other day about how one dog wakes up at 3 am every night to go outside, and another a few hours later. I empathized with you. I’ve gone through something similar when we had two dogs.

    We don’t have a dog now, not since September. (I’m sad just thinking about it.) But I have a Velcro cat. She thinks every time I sit at my desk, that’s my time to pet her. I spend a lot of ‘writing time’ petting the cat.

    Thanks for mentioning Must Love Pets! I’m very proud of that box set. 🙂

  3. Sheila, I can tell how much you love your dogs from your post. Chico sounds like a cutie 🙂
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  4. Hi Sheila! You never have one single dull moment, do you? 😉 I loved reading about all your dogs. We’ve got one. He’s a mini labradoodle and a big love bug. He definitely likes to interfere with my writing, but give him a bone to chew for a while and he’s a happy camper.
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    • A mini labradoodle?! Oh! I wish I could see a picture of him!!!

      I have purchased more of those chew bones than I have dogs, but of course the minpins will fight over ONE bone. Not fight like hurt each other, but they try to steal from each other and then chase each other when it gets stolen. Silly girls!

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