Furbaby Friday with Author Laura Strickland


I am happy to welcome Author Laura Strickland, who has a heart for elderly dogs. What a wonderful picture of Laura with her adopted dog, Jessie.

Laura: The Privilege of Loving to the End

“Why would you adopt such an old dog? You’re just letting yourself in for a lot of trouble, expense and heartache.”

I’ve heard this objection many times. My husband and I are in the habit of taking our dog, Jessie, with us to local festivals and gatherings just as we also took our last dog, Shannon. People who stop to admire our pet invariably ask, “How old is she?” And when we tell them, folks look taken aback.

Jessie, probably a spaniel/poodle mix, is our second senior rescue. The first, Shannon, came to us from a local rescue organization after her elderly owner failed to return from a hospital visit. Shannon’s story touched us so deeply we never hesitated to open our home to her, even though she was estimated to be eleven years old at the time. We had her almost exactly three years before we lost her to degenerative neuropathy. Every one of those days was a joy, and knowing we gave her a happy, safe and loving place to spend the end of her life more than made up for the pain.

Not to say losing Shannon wasn’t devastating. Anyone who’s lost a beloved pet knows how it feels—just as if a big empty hole has opened in your soul. You’d think after that we’d hesitate to take on another senior dog but lo and behold, along came Jessie. Estimated to be at least ten at that time, she was surrendered to an overcrowded shelter in another state and narrowly missed being euthanized. So my husband and I looked at one another, drew a deep breath and took the plunge again.

(Shannon)

Jessie, as you can see from the picture of her cuddling with me, bonded with us quickly. She’s proved herself to be a little angel full of love and happiness, energy and fun. Of course she’s had her health challenges. And if my husband and I are honest with each other, just lately we have to admit we can see her slowing down. You see, she’s also nearing her three-year mark with us. And we know what’s ahead.

But I’ll tell you something: it’s a privilege to love a dog to the end, to be the one who holds and reassures her, to be the last loving voice she hears. Will I be willing to rescue another senior dog in the future? Fool that I am, I probably will.

Beth: How deeply moving, Laura. I understand why you do it. God bless you and your husband for taking in these senior dogs. I know the love they give in return is worth the pain, but I also can well imagine the heartache.

About Laura’s wonderful books:

The heroine of my most recent Scottish Romance, The Hiring Fair, is also a fool for animals. Annie MacCallum collects stray and injured creatures the way other women collect hats. Is it so surprising she’d also take on a farm worker with an injured hand? Is Annie’s compassion her weakness, or her strength?

Blurb for The Hiring Fair:

Brutally dispossessed during the Highland Clearances, Tam Sutherland comes to the hiring fair at Oban, Scotland hoping to find a job for the season. But his maimed right hand, inflicted by the same cruel factor responsible for his parents’ deaths, means he’s one of few men available when the beautiful woman makes her surprising announcement: she’s looking not for a hand but a husband, not just for the season but forever.

Annie MacCallum is under threat from a brutal factor also, back at her home farm—one who preys on unmarried women. If she’s to protect all those who rely on her, including her beloved animals, she must have a husband, if only in name. Secretly glad when the attractive Tam takes up her proposition, she doesn’t realize she’s dragging him into a situation that will trigger old demons. Nor does she expect to give him her heart.

Social and buy links:

Author Web site: www.laurastricklandbooks.com

Author Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000002632317

Author Amazon page:  http://www.amazon.com/Laura-Strickland/e/B001KHSACW/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

Buy link Amazon: http://amzn.to/2aSfWzi

Buy link Amazon Canada: http://bit.ly/2aSgBRn

Buy link Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/2aSgYvq

Buy link The Wild Rose Press:

http://catalog.thewildrosepress.com/all-titles/4472-the-hiring-fair.html

Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/2aSgBRn

Author bio:

Born and raised in Western New York, Laura Strickland has pursued lifelong interests in lore, legend, magic and music, all reflected in her writing. Though she loves to travel, she can usually be found at home not far from Lake Ontario, with her husband and her “fur” child, a rescue dog. Author of Scottish romances Devil Black, His Wicked Highland Ways, Honor Bound: A Highland Adventure and The Hiring Fair as well as The Guardians of Sherwood Trilogy consisting of Daughter of Sherwood, Champion of Sherwood and Lord of Sherwood, she has also published four Steampunk romances, Dead Handsome: a Buffalo Steampunk Adventure, Off Kilter: a Buffalo Steampunk Adventure, award-winning Sheer Madness: a Buffalo Steampunk Adventure and Steel Kisses: a Buffalo Steampunk Adventure. Her Lobster Cove Historical Romances include The White Gull, Forged By Love (which won the International Digital Award) and Words and Dreams.

27 responses to “Furbaby Friday with Author Laura Strickland

  1. Beth, thank you so much for inviting me and my Furaby here today! I’m grateful for the opportunity to write this piece.

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  2. Rescue dogs are the best, and you’re doing such a wonderful mitzvah rescuing the senior ones! Loved Devil Black, can’t wait to read this one!

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  3. Thanks, Jennifer! I almost feel as if taking on the seniors is a mission–but sometimes I do ask myself if I’m crazy.

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  4. Someone please hand me some tissues! Bless you, Laura, and your husband for caring for these wonderful animals. You are giving them peace and love until the very end. No matter the heartache, I truly believe (like you) that it’s important to send them off with love and soothing words. They deserve nothing less.

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  5. Very moving post…made me cry. How wonderful of you and your husband to help this dogs. I’ve often wondered what would happen to my old dog if for some reason I couldn’t look after her/ So nice to know there are people like you in our world.

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  6. Bless your heart, Laura, our world and these wonderful animals definitely need more people like you and your husband, who care. Yes, it’s heartbreaking when you have to let them go and say goodbye, but thankfully they’re not alone when they close their eyes for the last time. You both deserve lots of credit and admiration for the difficult task of taking in older dogs and giving them the love and dignity they so much deserve. I applaud you, Laura! thanks for sharing the lovely photos and your story.

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  7. I have any almost 15 year dog, and I’m not looking forward to the end. Thanks for the words of reassurance. I’ll need them.

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  8. Wonderful furbaby post. I just find it so unbelievable that people would surrender an older dog when it has been part of a family for so long. What a wonderful gift you have to take in these older babies. And the book blurb really caught my interest. Great post!

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    • Sometimes, I think the former owners had no choice. In our Shannon’s case, her owner went into the hospital where she passed away. I suspect Jessie may have also been owned by a human senior who perhaps went into assisted living. They were both so used to affection, they must have had loving owners.

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  9. I just love these furbaby posts, and this one is the best. Thank you, Laura, for being there for seniors like me. 🙂

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  10. You are such a special person, Laura. I needed to hear this because our daughter’s dog has been our guest for the past five years. She’s nearing 12 years old and her health is deteriorating. Your words are going to help me cope. Thanks so much.

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    • Sorchia, it’s such a special phase of a dog’s life when they slow down and begin enjoying things at a different pace. It requires a whole new level of patience but I think it’s made us reach a whole new level of love, too. Expectation changes, but you realize the love doesn’t go away. It’s hard, but it’s so important.

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  11. Oh, Laura, this statement moved me profoundly, “it’s a privilege to love a dog to the end, to be the one who holds and reassures her, to be the last loving voice she hears.” Bravo. Beautifully stated.

    Your book sounds amazing. Wishing you all the best.

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  12. Bless you for opening your heart and home to the older dogs.

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  13. What a lovely post, and what a lovely couple you and your husband are to take older dogs into your heart. My sister and I have recently acquired a 10 year old cat due to the death of a friend and older pets seem to be so grateful for you love. You and your husband are indeed angels.

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