Just Another Day in April

“Better a witty fool, than a foolish wit.” William Shakespeare

That’s all I’m going to say about April Fool’s day this year.

 

 

 

 

This month, I am still spotlighting my first TULE publication – HER BABY, HIS LOVE. The reviews are coming in, and a few have blown me away.

“Ms. Marshall has created not only a compelling romance, but the story is also very entertaining with fascinating secondary characters. The Montana setting and small town charm had me enjoying the book even more.”           4.5 stars Always Reviewing.

“This story really resonated with me, exemplifying that sometimes a fresh start is a good thing. It can give you new insight on life as well as yourself. I really enjoyed reading this book and had trouble putting this book down, reading it in one day. I highly recommend this book to other readers.” 5 stars Eileen W., Amazon Reader

“I really enjoyed this romance, so much more than romance of starting over and learning to trust. Loved how the small town came together to help, well almost everyone. This is my first book by Lynne Marshall and will not be my last.4 stars Shari B. Amazon reader

Even this 3 star review by Heather on Amazon managed to say something nice!  “I really liked her neighbors and the small town of Charity, the small amount of drama between Taylor and Arlene, and I even liked the story line that happened with regards to Taylor’s pregnancy and the baby’s biological father. All of the characters were fleshed out well, and the author’s writing talent definitely showed.”

Check out the blog at TULE and watch for my blog at Romance Book Paradise to find out who my favorite romance writer is. I’d greatly appreciate it.

I am also gearing up for the April 18th print release of my next Medical Romance, which will also be my last – MIRACLE FOR THE NEUROSURGEON. This was a book I spoke in person to my then editor, Flo Nicoll, about in London when I visited in 2015. It was just a kernel of an idea then, but with her guidance I wrote, what could have been a difficult story and turned it to uplifting. Even Flo said she was proud of me when I turned it in!

 

Here’s the blurb, and after that are a couple of reviews that have already come in.

From doctor…to daddy?

Neurosurgeon Wes Van Allen is used to being at the top of his game, so when an accident puts him in a wheelchair, he’ll push himself to the limit to regain his strength—he just needs a physical therapist who can keep up!

Enter Mary Harris, whose sweet kisses he’s never forgotten! She’ll help Wes achieve his dream, if he helps her achieve hers—a baby!

Captivated by Mary’s sunny optimism, dare Wes hope for the ultimate miracle—a family, with Mary by his side?

“Wow is all I can say. Miracle for the Neurosurgeon by Lynne Marshall is a brilliantly delivered story. It makes you think about your life and how lucky most of us are.–Fabulous book by Lynne Marshall!” Adel, GoodReads 5 stars

“Lynne Marshall, your book “Miracle for the Neurosurgeon” had my heart strings from the first words written.–Miracle for the neurosurgeon, is not ONLY A must Read it will make You feel things you have never felt before, more love, more passion, more EVERYTHING.”  Anita H. GoodReads 5 stars

I’m super excited about this book, because it was my way of dealing with the complete sadness I had after finishing the incredible book – Me Before You. I was determined to write a true romance story with the challenge of having a newly paraplegic hero. My story is actually nothing like the other book for many reasons, but most of all for the fact I delivered on romance’s one promise – a happily ever after. So don’t stress over the premise, and trust me for the ending, then run don’t walk to download or purchase in print my last Medical Romance for Mills & Boon.

In May, I’ll share some of the amazing advances in paraplegic care I discovered while doing research for this book.

Until next time – make it a great one!

Lynne

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HAVE I GOT NEWS FOR YOU!

Some months are more fun than others, and March is turning out to be a great one!

I’ll start off with a book cover reveal for my first book with TULE publishing – HER BABY, HIS LOVE

Is this beautiful or what?

Here’s the blurb:

All Taylor Clark ever wanted was a normal life and a traditional family, but so far she’s had neither. Soon after discovering that her boyfriend was secretly engaged and she moves to Charity, Montana for a fresh start, she finds out she’s pregnant. As her new friendly and sexy landlord helps her settle in, they become friends, although Taylor has to keep reminding herself to keep her distance. The last thing she needs is to start something new. 

As an ex-con, Joe Collins knows a little something about fresh starts. Despite his determination to keep his head down, he can’t ignore Taylor’s natural beauty or obvious vulnerability. In short time, a tentative friendship blooms along with something more precious—trust.

When Taylor’s ex comes to town, he threatens everything that Joe and Taylor have built together. Joe steps up to care for and protect her, even though he risks losing more than the woman he loves. 

I shared a few pictures of the person I imagined when I wrote Joe Collins in my last blog, but I’ll share one again, along with a comment about the book. Remember the gorgeous Steve McQueen?

The man may be easy on the eyes and calming to the nerves, but Taylor has had it with guys who keep secrets, and his turns out to be a doozy. Who is she to talk, though, when her recently discovered situation is a total relationship changer.

Who is she, you ask? Here’s the person I imagined as Taylor.

 

Though this book won’t officially be released until March 27th, it is now available for pre-order at all of these venues.

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Watch for my newsletter, which just went out yesterday  (If you haven’t already signed up for my occasional newsletters, you can do so now in the right side bar on this website) where I’ll be running a Montana inspired contest and share more exclusive info about the newest project, plus news about my May book – Miracle for the Neurosurgeon, a Harlequin Medical Romance.

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Here’s my other big news: I’m delighted to be part of a workshop panel at California Dreamin’ Writer’s Conference March 24-26 in Brea, California. The title of the workshop: Big Stories, Small BooksIs Category Romance the Right Fit for You?

I’m so happy to say I’ll be sharing the workshop podium with three fabulous authors – Charlene Sands (Harlequin Desire) and Carol Ericson (Harlequin Intrigue), and 2015 Rita Finalist, Robin Bielman, who will present the Entangled publishing angle. It should be a lot of fun, and I guarantee we will give away loads of books to those who participate from the audience. So, if you’re a writer, check this out!

Until next time, make it a great one!

Lynne

 

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MY HEROES – 2017

This year I’ll only have two books out, but I have to confess, the heroes are two of my favorite!

Let me tell you about them.

 

I don’t have a publishing date for the book I submitted to TULE just yet, but something tells me I will have a cover in the near future, and a release date soon after that. Watch this space, as they say in the U.K., sometime between late February and March.

Here is the guy who inspired my hero Joe Collins in HER BABY, HIS LOVE. Know who Steve McQueen is? Well, think of him, but with pale golden-brown eyes.

Joe Collins owns a nursery called Heaven’s Door, has a knack for growing things, and works with his hands. Here’s a description of Joe in Chapter One, as first seen by the heroine Taylor:

The other man further back—tall, blond—worked in solitude wearing headphones at the far end of the fruit and flowering trees. Absurd as it seemed for never seeing the man before, he worked with sincerity and purpose and something about his demeanor drew her to him. When she approached, he wiped away sweat and dirt with his sleeve then removed his headphones, and appearing surprised, asked, “How may I help you?”

AND A MOMENT LATER:

Perspiration dampened his shirt. He smelled of loam and mulch. Rich brown earth covered his hands and packed beneath his nails. Speckles of dirt accentuated the pores on his face and dusted sun-bleached dark blond hair. He used a dirty hand to comb it back from his face. Clear, topaz-colored eyes shifted quickly upward from her feet to her face, and then squinted into a courteous smile. His near translucent gaze unsettled her. It seemed to pierce right through her safety barrier and made her edgy. She flashed a business-only smile for protection.

My second hero is named Wes Van Allen in my next Harlequin Medical Romance: MIRACLE FOR THE NEUROSURGEON due out May 1, 2017

Here are the U.S. (L) and U.K. (R) book covers.

You may have noticed Wes is in a wheelchair. Okay, I confess, I wrote this book to make up for the terribly sad ending in the book and movie, Me Before You. My story is nothing like that book, of course, starting with the fact my hero is a paraplegic not quadriplegic. And since I write romance, you know the ending will be happy, right?

 

Here’s the back of the book blurb:

From doctor…to daddy? 

Neurosurgeon Wes Van Allen is used to being at the top of his game, so when an accident puts him in a wheelchair, he’ll push himself to the limit to regain his strength—he just needs a physical therapist who can keep up!

Enter Mary Harris, whose sweet kisses he’s never forgotten! She’ll help Wes achieve his dream, if he helps her achieve hers—a baby! Captivated by Mary’s sunny optimism, dare Wes hope for the ultimate miracle—a family, with Mary by his side?

There you have it, my two guys for 2017. I hope you’ll give them both a chance, and if you read the books and like them, please consider writing a review at either Amazon or Goodreads.

Though I’m currently writing book #2 in the Delaney Brothers trilogy, the Harlequin Special Edition books won’t be out until March (Daniel’s story), April (Mark’s story) and May (Conor’s story) 2018. I’ll talk more about them later this year.

Wishing you a Happy Valentine’s Day.

Until next time, make it a great one!
Lynne

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New Year – 2017

With every New Year we’ve got a chance to accomplish what we may not have pulled off in the year before.  We tend to think of it like hitting the re-do button.  It helps us pick ourselves up, if we’ve had a tough year, and start over with hope in our hearts and plans on our calendars.

 

As for me, I need to get my diet back under control, and like most of the population on this planet, get more exercise.  I’ve also got book deadlines to keep, and travel plans to carry out.

Here are a few facts about my upcoming year:

Though I’m writing like a madman, I’ll only have two books out this year. Miracle for the Neurosurgeon – Harlequin Medical Romance, May 2017, and my debut book for TULE publishing-TBA.

I turned in my 25th book for Harlequin to Harlequin Special Edition in October 2016, but the actual book won’t be out until early 2018!!! I am very excited about the Delaney Brothers trilogy, and can’t wait to share the stories with you. Please stay tuned!

I will be presenting workshops at two conferences this year:

California Dreamin’ March 24-26 – I will be part of a panel presentation Big Stories, Small Books – Is Category Romance the Right Fit for You? with three other fabulous ladies: Charlene Sands (Harlequin Desire), Carol Ericson (Harlequin Intrigue), and Robin Bielman (Entangled and TULE publishing), where we will discuss the specifics of the genre with emphasis on what publishers such as Harlequin and Entangled are looking for.

Desert Dreams Writer’s Conference – June 1-4 in Arizona. I will be presenting Redeeming Despicable Characters using the movies Identity Thief and Warm Bodies as examples of character growth arcs from despicable to loveable. And I’m really excited that Diana Gabaldon will be the Keynote Speaker.

I have big writing plans, and hope that you’ll understand that, though 2017 will be sparse on books, 2018 will be plentiful with publication dates.

I’m wishing each and every one of you a Happy New Year, and I’m hoping we’ll all take advantage of this clean slate in 2017 to do great things.

I love the Brad Paisley quote about the New Year – “Tomorrow is the first page of a 365-page book. Write a good one.” 

Perfect.

Until next time, make it a great one!

Lynne

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IT’S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE…

CHRISTMAS!!!!

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I admit, thus far I’ve only done some online shopping. I don’t even have a list made up yet!  To make matters harder, we will be traveling for Christmas this year. I’m torn about not bothering to put up a tree, but how will I get into the spirit of Christmas without one?  Of course we’ll decorate the inside of the house with our usual mementos, but should we also decorate outside?  What is a Christmas traveler supposed to do?

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ANXIETY!

One of the things that helps me calm down and enjoy this season of new birth is Christmas music, both classical and popular.  Some of the greatest and most beautiful songs and music have been written in celebration of Christmas. That is a gift we can cherish every year, too.

The other anecdote to anxiety during the month of December is Tradition. Yes, those one or two things that we all do to keep us focused on why we celebrate.  It’s not ALL about the presents folks! But we already know that.

TRADITIONS

At our house we always put out the nativity scene, the countdown to Christmas gift tree, and the advent candle set, which we light each Sunday evening after reading an advent message.  I also put out the four special “Around the World” Santa figurines my mother gave me over the years. Doing that in her memory every year makes it even more meaningful. I can’t forget the table liner I got in Halifax, and we use the “Christmas” plates every night of the month.

What’s your favorite Christmas tradition?

FOOD

I’m not a gifted baker, but I do enjoy making gingerbread at Christmastime. Part of me Roasted Turkey On Harvest Tabledreads all of the yummy goodies that come my way during this season, because I KNOW for those moments of pleasure, I’ll have to spend extra time, sweat and tears working off the unwanted weight.

 

 

What’s your favorite treat to make at Christmas?

I think I’ve about covered everything.  If you see something I missed, please leave a comment.

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Christmas Season Blessing

During the coming
Christmas season
May you be blessed
With the spirit of the season,
which is peace,
The gladness of the season,
which is hope,
And the heart of the season,
which is love.

Until 2017 – make it a great one!

Love,

Lynne

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A Time to Say Thanks

Thanksgiving in the USA is just around the corner.  We think of it as a time to gather with friends or family and say thanks for our blessings.  Some folks only think of it as a day to pig out. Others fret over having to face certain family members they’d rather not.

 

Making one day THE day to say thanks often winds up putting a lot of pressure on people!  Especially those in charge of cooking the meal.

The attitude of gratitude is something I prefer to carry with me every day, because I have much to be thankful for.

My daily bread is always there, and because I understand others go hungry, I give monthly to Feed the Children.  My health is relatively good for a lady of my age, and in gratitude of this I contribute monthly to St. Jude’s Hospital, where no child or family is turned away.

I am blessed with a roof over my head and a comfortable bed to sleep in, and because of this I have sponsored a young girl in Haiti through World Vision for nearly a decade now.

It doesn’t all have to be about giving money, though.

There are so many ways to help our neighbors that don’t involve the pocket book.  For instance, we can regularly go through the closets to find gently worn clothes, shoes and “still working” household items to give to the local thrift store.  This helps employ other people and allows families to stretch their shrinking dollars for basic needs. There are soup kitchens (usually run by local churches) open all year long, not just the holidays, to volunteer with.  Many towns often schedule community clean up days where all volunteers are welcome.

Simple acts of kindness for our fellow citizens don’t cost a penny and pay goodwill forward.  We can all do that, no matter how rich or poor we are. And who among us doesn’t have an extra smile or two to spare for a stranger. It might be the only one they get that day!

We have so many opportunities to show our thanks throughout the year, why wait for one day every year to do it?

This Thanksgiving, while we enjoy the fruits of our bounty, may we all be refreshed and strengthened, and ready to find a way to help others. Most importantly, may we greet each day with a grateful heart.

Until next time, make it a great one!

Lynne

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EVER BEEN TO NORTH DAKOTA?

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To our delight, North Dakota was as beautiful as Montana and though we only stepped foot inside for two days we saw plenty.

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Our main goal was to visit the Theodore Roosevelt National Park in Medora. Such a beautiful place in the badlands, and the place President Roosevelt went to heal and mourn the death of his wife and mother (who died on the same day!) when he was only a young man of twenty-five or six. His time of solace in ND changed his life and rooted in him the need to preserve the natural beauty of our country. He is the president who pushed for National Parks and, in my opinion, deserves his bust on Mount Rushmore in South Dakota, along with Washington, Lincoln and Jefferson.

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Our card playing friends recommended, while we were in ND, that we go to the “famous” Medora Musical. Oh, and don’t forget to get your pitchfork fondue steak first, they said.

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The Medora Musical gives a tourist a first class taste of Americana. The weather was perfect the night we visited the outdoor theater, and all of the young performers had good voices (a couple of them had great voices!). If you’re ever in that part of the country, and are looking for some good old fashioned entertainment, stop in!

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We also stayed in the city of Dickinson, ND, a town of approximately 20,000 population, but with a lot of construction going on. An interesting thing at the local Applebee’s was almost the entire wait staff was from Serbia! How do I know that? Our waitress had a great personality and by her accent I suspected she was from Russia, so I asked. Turns out they’d been in the US on work visas for four years and Serbia isn’t nearly as cold as North Dakota, so she, her brother and a few friends and cousins had some adjusting to do. Another interesting comment she made was how the people in Dickinson seemed so upbeat and content, something she no longer saw back home. She said people in Serbia were concentrating on surviving so being friendly wasn’t a high priority. Count our blessings folks!

Though I was glad to get back home, I thoroughly enjoyed our ten-day road trip through Montana (see October 1st blog) and North Dakota. Every one of the fifty states have their share of beauty, and thanks to Teddy Roosevelt, there are National Parks all over our country to visit. Put ND on your calendar!

My current book is only available on Amazon in print and e-book format. To find out more about A Soldier’s Second Chance, go here.

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She owes him the truth. He wants to get even. But that old chemistry keeps messing up their plans.

 

 

 

Until next time, make it a great one!

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MEMORIES FROM MONTANA

img_3973-jpg-ndLast August we visited a state we’d never been to before, Montana. I’ve always wanted to go there but had yet to make it. So when my husband suggested we take a trip to Montana and North Dakota, I was quick to sign on.

We’d visited Wyoming and South Dakota a few years back, so it only made sense to head north. We arrived in Missoula. The next day we headed for Whitefish, Mt, a cute and trendy kind of town, then on to Glacier National Park where we spent two of the most wonderful days of our lives sightseeing and hiking. We spent one very long driving day through the grassland and prairies of Montana, stayed the night in Glasgow, MT (I bet you didn’t know Glasgow existed in MT) then on to North Dakota. I’ll share pictures from our brief adventures there in the October 15th blog. After two days we came back to Billings, Montana for two days.

I hope you enjoy this little taste of Montana. I’m smiling remembering the gorgeous views.

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I would go back to Montana in a heartbeat because there is so much more to see. I hope you enjoyed the pictures.

In two weeks I’ll share some pictures from North Dakota and more from Montana.

OH! Today is the official release day for my newest book: final e-book version

For a review of the book go here.

Until next time, make it a great one!

Lynne

 

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TEN YEARS AGO MY FIRST BOOK RELEASED

Her Baby's Secret FatherIt’s hard to believe that ten years have passed since my very first Harlequin Medical Romance, HER BABY’S SECRET FATHER, was published. I’ll be honest and say I cringed when I heard the title, though my working title wasn’t much better – Code Pink, Surprise! But isn’t that baby adorable?

It has taken many years to get used to Harlequin titles, but I’m thrilled to say I’m currently finishing up book #25 for them. Once you understand the “trope in the title” approach—meant for the readers who follow such things—the book titles make perfect sense.

Back in September 2006, when this book came out, the UK Medical Romance line published six books a month in Great Britain, but only four of those made it to the US Harlequin website for purchase. As the new girl, mine didn’t. I remember ordering 25 books from the UK website, only to have something go wrong and the books never made it to my door. I remember trying to explain that my books hadn’t arrived to a person on the UK side of things who clearly thought I was lying in an attempt to get more books. Talk about getting off to a bad start!

It wasn’t until February 2014 when Harlequin published the e-book version (Much better cover, Her Baby's Secret Fatherdon’t you think?) that the US audience had a chance to read it, and so far, over 4,200 US readers have!

So ten years later my little first book has been translated into French, Swedish and Finnish and has sold 57,000 copies worldwide. Not bad for a first book, eh?

 

 

 

 

This is my most current Medical Romance, WEDDING DATE WITH THE ARMY DOC, released in July. Where two imperfect people discover how perfect they are for each other.  Learn about the GoodReads Giveaway here.

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Watch for my October release, also featuring a military trained hero, and which is an indie book. Thank you Harlequin for giving me back the North American rights on this book—another book that never made it to North America for purchase—A SOLDIER’S SECOND CHANCE. It is set to release October 1st but is available for Pre-Order NOW! at a special discounted price!

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Here’s the blurb:

She owes him the truth. He wants to get even. But that old chemistry keeps messing up their plans.

Thirteen years back Beck Braxton enlisted in the Army and left town, but not before asking his girl to wait for him. She didn’t. Now he’s part of the elite L.A.P.D. SWAT team and he needs a skills refresher course before he deploys next month as a National Guard Medic. Because of his crazy SWAT schedule, arrangements are made with the head ER doctor from St. Stephen’s Hospital to accommodate him. But there’s something suspiciously familiar about the drab nurse he’s assigned to.

January Stewart gave up being that bubbly, carefree girl who’d fallen in love with her high school bad boy when she was forced to make a painful decision all by herself. Thirteen years later, drastically changed by life both inside and out, she goes by the name Jan Ashworth and is harboring a huge secret. She has also been assigned to work with Officer Braxton. He may soon realize she’s the girl who broke his heart while he was deployed, but he doesn’t know the half of it.

Now forced to work together, the ER nurse with every last bit of twinkle and glimmer erased, and Beck, the former wild child turned police officer, must face their past and remember that special feeling that once sizzled between them.

In honor of my ten-year publishing anniversary, I’d like to give away a copy of HER BABY’S SECRET FATHER. I have a print copy (with yellow pages to prove how old it is) or if the winner prefers, an e-book version from Amazon.com. All you have to do is leave a comment about Medical Romance. Have you ever read one? Did you know it existed? If you’ve read one, are you a fan?

Until next time, make it a great one!

Lynne

 

 

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MILO THE MAGNIFICENT

Anyone who knows me from Facebook knows about my sweet little pooch, Milo. In case you don’t, here is a brief history of my precious rescue doggie. Check out this cute little flyer they made for him, long before I met him. Image (11)

Wasn’t he adorable? They’d named him Snoop, but we didn’t like it so we chose one of the top fifty dog names – Milo!

So here’s the story. I had a birthday coming up in 2012 and my husband made the mistake of asking what I’d like. I’d planned the whole thing out. Of course my husband would ask me what I wanted, because he always did. This time I was prepared. “I want a dog of my choice.” As predicted my husband wasn’t happy about my request, but he asked!!!

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On the day of my birthday, we had breakfast with some friends, and out of the blue the wife of the other couple suggested we go a few stores down to the doggie store, which had become our local small animal rescue facility. We walked in to loud yipping and barking, so loud, my husband turned around and walked right back out. I took a quick spin around the room and noticed this little white guy resting quietly in a cage with two other dogs, while every other dog barked their butts off! Boy was it noisy in there. I stepped closer to get a better look and he put his paw through the bars so I could shake his hand.

And as the saying goes…the rest is history.

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He loves to wear his reindeer ears at Christmas. (ha ha, right)

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Because he is white and has pink skin, he has issues with a dermatitis problem. He was diagnosed with Discoid lupus erythematosus of the nose. He has lost the pigment on his nose and we have to protect him from the sun with this awful looking nose guard, but it will keep him from getting cancer. He doesn’t mind it, and he can open his mouth and pant as well as breathe perfectly well when wearing the device. It was made by another loving pet owner for his own dog. Evidently many dogs with pink noses have this problem. If your dog has similar issues, check out this website.  IMG_1196

He also had to get some treatments that weren’t very fun, but here he is looking like a superhero waiting for his laser treatments for his nose.

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Milo certainly outdid the pet rescue predictions for size and weight, currently at 22 pounds. I love his long legs and Whippet-like body. He enjoys taking walks with me, as long as we don’t overdo it. He is a very loving dog who likes to sit on my lap, though realistically, he’s too big for it. He still insists, so I let him. That’s our ritual every morning. I have my cup of coffee in the living room, he sits on my lap and watches out the front window for anyone trespassing on “his yard”. And yes, because he is part terrier, he is a barker. I tell him to use his indoor voice and he muffles his bark, which is cute and funny.

IMG_3637He recently turned four. Here he is looking regal and proud, while (you guessed it) sitting on my lap.

Can you tell I love my dog?

WHAT IS YOUR PET’S NAME AND WHAT KIND OF PET IS IT?

 

Until next time, make it a great one!

Lynne

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