Furbaby Friday with Gerri Bowen


I’m very glad to welcome animal lover, Gerri Bowen, here to share her furbabies and her paranormal romance, Discovery and Love In Gettis (the second of three novels set in Gettysburg). She writes ‘Stories with Humor, The Impossible, and Love.’

Gerri: I’ve always had cats or dogs in my life. Bundy was my first adult dog. She was a puppy when I got her, and I spent the first couple of nights sleeping on the kitchen floor with her. She cried otherwise.
Sushi was a small kitten when found in a hedge and slept in my armpit the first night. The vet said he was about 99% Siamese. He was the best cat, almost like a dog. Smart and greeted me at the front door when I came home. Iggy was a little grey cat. Sweet and shy. Bree came after Bundy passed. The three kittens came along although one had to be put down. She ate a string and, sadly, it didn’t pass but wrapped around her intestines.
Tawny is my dog now, a red heeler mix. She and the cats, Sally and Loupie sometimes sleep together.

(Tawny and kitty friend)

Our pets sometimes display what I think of as human characteristics, a look, a cocked head. I can almost hear what they’re thinking. Which got me to thinking about having a character in an animal body, but with a human or a human-like brain inside. So in my novel LOVE’S BLOOD, I had a Raven, a Cheetah and a Dog discussing events and helping to move the story along with their actions. In DISCOVERY AND LOVE, I have 2 dogs, and two cats, three of them the same characters from the LOVE’S BLOOD and also in the first book in the LOVE IN GETTIS series, ESCAPE TO GETTIS…AND LOVE. They also appear in the third book, SERENITY: ACCEPTANCE AND LOVE…IN GETTIS.

Excerpt from Discovery and Love In Gettis:

Daisy put her head between Laurels knees and looked up at her.
Laurel slowly petted her. “I know you’re a smart dog. Not always sure about Splitter.”
“He’s smarter then he pretends.”
Laurel’s hand stopped in mid-air. She looked closely at Daisy. “I could have sworn I heard you say he’s smarter then he pretends, but in my mind.”
Daisy’s head came up and then cocked to the side.
“But that’s silly.”
“No it isn’t. I’ve been trying to talk to you people for ages. You’re mother and Joren are too involved with each other to listen to small voices. Helen is a challenge, but we’ll get to her yet. Dromo, whom you know as Splitter, has been trying too, and for far longer then I. I’m Koozie, by the way, but I’ll answer to Daisy.”
Laurel stared at Daisy and wondered what she’d ingested that was causing her to have a psychotic break.
“You aren’t having a psychotic break, I assure you. I’m actually Queen MariV1, last of the true Amazon Peacekeepers. Dromo is Dromo the Magnificent, once a great and terrible ruler, and Loki’s real name is Port, because Dromo never remembered his real name, but Port was Dromo’s amanuensis when Dromo ruled his bit of the universe.”
Laurel stared at Daisy. She could hear the dog talking to her, but only in her mind. Such things could not be, therefore she was having a psychotic episode. Her first. Hopefully her last, but she knew it didn’t work that way. If you had one you could count on other episodes to follow. Although…what the little voice in her head told her was rather interesting. If she was going insane she would have some interesting stories to think about.

(Bree)

“Listen to me, you are not having any psychotic break or episode, nor are you going insane. Dr. Brad hears us as does Gaspar. Ask them what our true names are and see what they tell you.
“But to get back to the important matter at hand, Dromo, Port and I know not to scare off Sammy or her children when they come tomorrow. We want Maggie to look at Sammy’s aura and Joren to heal her. We don’t have an opinion on Dr. Merriweather yet. Once we meet him we’ll let you know what we think. Is that settled for you?”
Laurel just stared at Daisy. The voice had sounded reasonable. But if it was she herself who produced the voice, of course it would seem reasonable.
“Call Dr. Brad and ask him what our true names are.”
Laurel pursed her lips. She could do that and see what the man said. The question didn’t sound too outlandish. She picked up her cell and found his number and called.
“Yes?”
Laurel almost hung up.
“Something wrong at the house?” His voice sounded annoyed.


“This is Laurel, Dr. Brad. This might seem like a strange question to ask you, but do you know Daisy’s true name?”
Silence. Laurel could feel her face heat. He probably thought she was crazy.
“Who wants to know?”
“I do. I want to know her true name.”
“Why’d you call me to ask that?”
No matter what she said he’d think she was crazy. “Just humor me. What is Daisy’s true name?”
“Also ask about Splitter and Loki. Go on, ask.”
“And you might as well tell me Splitter’s and Loki’s true names.”
Ten seconds of silence. “I’ll be right there. Back porch.”
Laurel met Dr. Brad on the porch, Daisy at her heels.
Dr. Brad bent down and faced Daisy, and then stood tall with a grin on his face. “So you can hear them now? Daisy is Koozie to her friends, but is really Queen MariVI, the last true Queen of the Amazon Peacekeepers. Splitter is Dromo the Magnificent, and Loki is Port, although I believe Port is a shortened form of the word, Porto.”

From Gerri: I love to write. I love to read. Typical writer. I love to discover new authors, and will read just about anything, but unless I’m researching, my first choice is fiction. Fiction with a HEA or Happily Ever After. If I want to be depressed after I read a story, I can read the newspaper.
I was born and raised in Maryland, but moved to South Central Pennsylvania in 2006. Lovely countryside. Wonderful people who always wave to you when you pass by. There are times when the main road has no traffic! Wonderful!
Traveling to other countries is a great joy of mine, but it’s been many years since I’ve been overseas. Soon, I hope. I still have all the photos I took.
I’m a dog lover first, and a cat lover second. (***Bundi on the steps above)

Follow Gerri’s Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Gerri-Bowen/e/B002BLL6ZE/

DISCOVERY AND LOVE IN GETTIS is available in Kindle at:

https://www.amazon.com/Discovery-Love-Gettis-Gerri-Bowen-ebook/dp/B01LX0F60B

 

Thanks for stopping by. Please leave Gerri a comment.

 

 

34 responses to “Furbaby Friday with Gerri Bowen

  1. Love seeing your fur babies. I hope we can get together at Gettysburg again sometime soon.

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  2. Thank you for having me, Beth!

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  3. Wonderful post, Gerri. I love how your animals inspired your stories. Your pictures are adorable. All the best!

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  4. That’s a wonderful passage from your book Gerri, so well written and the way the animals portrayed show a real love for them in real life! Great pics!

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  5. Mary Gillgannon

    What a fun use of animals in a story. And love your pictures. Cheers!

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  6. Thank you, Mary. They are adorable…most of the time.

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  7. Thank you Mary Gillgannon! I love using them and slowly uncovering their own story.

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  8. Hey Gerri! ((Hugs)) What a lovely post, I enjoyed it immensely! Gorgeous critters! and I loved the excerpt – definitely want to read it now 🙂
    Yes, we need to get together with Miriam again, soon! It’s been way to long . . . . Congratulations on your new release!

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  9. Love these animal stories! Excerpt was great!

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  10. Hi Gerri, I love all the pictures of your animals. They have very human expressions. It looks as if they have complex thought lives – just can’t tell you in English. It’s amazing how we get attached to another species and relate to them in our own human terms. We love them, and we mourn them. I believe, even though their physical lives are shorter than ours, that the energy inside them survives and meets us again when we transition to the next world. I come from a Christian construct and I believe our pets meet us in Heaven. Love never dies. Great blog, thanks for sharing. And I love your books.

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  11. I adore your stories, Gerri! And the fur babies are cute too! Congratulations.

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  12. Hi Patty! Yes, we need to plan another trip. Thank you for stooping by, Patty!

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  13. Thank you, Al! I know you’re a true animal lover as well!

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  14. Great to hear about Gerri’s pets and I really enjoyed reading the excerpt too.Pets are family too and the idea of them talking is fabulous.

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  15. Reading the passage I can relate to the story as I have often wondered about my dog, Clyde. He knows far more than I. I know this when. I look into his eyes It is me who doesn’t listen!! Best of luck and keep up the good work. Love you!!! By the way two paws up from Clyde the dog!!!

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  16. Thank you, P.L. Parker! I also enjoy animal stories. I’m happy you enjoyed the excerpt.

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  17. Thank you, Faith! I also agreed that love never dies. Thank you for stopping by.

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  18. Thank you so much, Vicky! Your praise mean a lot to me.

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  19. Congratulations, Gerri! I loved the post!

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  20. I love the pics of the animals. I know the were sweet. I also loved your books. They were a nice combination of romance, action, and humor.

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  21. Thank you, Sue. Clyde is a pretty special dog indeed. Be sure to thank for me for the two paws up!

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  22. Thank you Beth! Appreciate your support!

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  23. Thank you, Emily. You’re my best first reader!

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  24. Beautiful pets! And intriguing excerpt. 🙂

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  25. Thank you, Natalie! I appreciate you stopping by.

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  26. I have known Gerri for a long time, and we have been good friends, sharing interests and thoughts throughout our friendship. She is a true “old soul,” in my opinion. She is a rare gift, and I appreciate her desire and commitment to sharing her special insight, to distribute some fun in the meantime. God bless you,Gerri, and Thank you.

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  27. Thank you, Ben. I feel the same about you. 🙂

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  28. I love Gerri Bowen’s books. Give them a try.. Just pick one at random, they are all good and worthy of your reading time.

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  29. Thank you, Anonymous!

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  30. I like the idea of animals trying to communicate with people in their mind and that people simply don’t take the time to pay attention to “small voices.” I frequently look at my pets and think they’re a lot smarter than we give them credit for.

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  31. Thank you, Beth! That’s what got me started.

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