Furbaby Friday with Brenda Whiteside!

I’m glad to have fellow Wild Rose Press Author Brenda Whiteside with us to share her wonderful dog memories and western romance, The Deep Well of Love and Murder (The Love and Murder Series Book 5).

Brenda: I’ve been lucky to share the life of a host of cats and dogs over my lifetime. The luckiest period of time was a ten year stretch when Rusty lived with us. He was by far the best animal friend FDW and I ever had. The day we walked into PetSmart for cat food and walked out with a rescue puppy, was a surprise and a great day. That puppy looked at me with big eyes rimmed in deep brown, and I fell in love.

Rusty came from the Navajo Indian Reservation in Northern Arizona. His mama was a Red Heeler cattle dog and his daddy was a stranger passing through the res. Judging from Rusty’s long fur, streaks of gold, and personality traits, we’re pretty certain that stranger was a Golden Retriever.

Not only was Rusty an affectionate doggie, but he was also the “smartest dog in the world.” He helped me unload groceries from the car carrying in packages of paper goods and other sundries. Then, I would stand on a stool, and he would hand me rolls of paper towels and toilet paper to store on the shelves. When he saw me carrying dirty clothes from the hampers to the laundry room, he’d chomp some pieces and follow me. Every morning, he’d wait at the door to go out for the newspaper. He was FDW’s favorite fishing buddy. He’d jump with excitement whenever my husband had a fish on the line. But he’d also scold him when he went too long in between catches.

He’s been gone for three years and we still miss him.

Rusty has a role in my latest release, The Deep Well of Love and Murder, series book five. He was the inspiration for Perro, a Red Heeler mix and the best friend of Randy Silva. Perro was born unable to utter any sound and his hearing is limited to Randy’s high-pitched whistle, but his other senses are heightened. He warns Randy of danger more than once. I had fun including Rusty/Perro in this story.

After an abusive childhood and bad marriage, Laura Katz has finally found a home, stability…and possibly love. But her blissful refuge as nanny on the Meadowlark Ranch, miles from Flagstaff, shatters when her ex is released from prison, determined to reclaim her.

Randy Silva, the Argentine foreman, has plans for his own ranch, but a nasty land grab is underway. While the battle escalates, Laura steals his heart, but there are outsiders who stand in their way. He’s in a fight for his land, and the woman he wants by his side.

Stakes are high, as the attacks on Randy and his ranch draw blood. While the vengeful ex-husband stalks Laura, a mob-backed land developer teams with a desperate gambler. Randy can’t be sure where the next attack will come from—or who will be caught in the crossfire.

“You let me be the judge of what messes I choose in my life.” His hands twitched at his sides, longing to hold her and stifle her anger. He narrowed his eyes and stared deeper into hers instead. “Taking care of your ex is a mess I look forward to.”
“This is my mess, not yours.” Her tone grew more combative. “I’ve handled what I’ve been dealt, and I’ll continue handling whatever gets thrown at me.”
“I don’t see it that way.” He kept his voice level, but hard edged. His own emotions, convincing her while fear of losing her, hammered his self-control. “You’re locking me out. Why? Because you think you aren’t allowed to be happy?”
Her mouth pinched in a tight line, and she glared at him. “Randy—”
“I think it’s about damned time you stopped blaming your mother, your ex, or whoever for your unhappiness.”
She whirled away, ready to flee, but he couldn’t stop now. He needed her and had to make her see how much she needed him. “Don’t be afraid of me, Laura Jane.” He shuffled a half-step closer.
“I’m not afraid.” She faced him again. “But I don’t need you to tell me how to run my life, if that’s what you think you can do.”
Perro jumped and planted his paws on Randy’s hip, panting heavily. “For Pete’s sake, Perro—”
Laura’s brow furrowed. “Do you smell that?”
“What?” As soon as he’d asked, the hot, smoky scent assaulted his senses.

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Brenda and her husband are gypsies at heart having lived in six states and two countries. Currently, they split their time between the Lake Roosevelt basin in Central Arizona and the pines in the north. Wherever Brenda opens her laptop, she spends most of her time writing stories of discovery and love entangled with suspense.

Visit Brenda at www.brendawhiteside.com
Or on FaceBook: www.facebook.com/BrendaWhitesideAuthor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/brendawhitesid2
She blogs on the 9th and 24th of every month: http://rosesofprose.blogspot.com
She blogs about life’s latest adventure and has fun guests on her personal blog: https://brendawhiteside.blogspot.com/
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B003V15WF8
Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3972045.Brenda_Whiteside
BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/brenda-whiteside
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Thanks for stopping by! Please leave Brenda a comment!

28 responses to “Furbaby Friday with Brenda Whiteside!

  1. Rusty was certainly handsome, and a gorgeous dog! I had a dog named Rusty, too, but she was a Samoyed 🙂 Her daughter, Magick, would carry household items for us too. Your post brought back some fond memories!
    I hate the pain when they leave us! They live on in our hearts forever, and one day I truly believe we’ll see them again. Thanks for sharing his story and the beautiful photos of him with us. And congratulations on your release! I’ll have to check this one out!

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  2. Rusty was a beauty. How lucky for all of you that you found each other.

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  3. I liked the way you described Rusty’s beginnings. Beautiful dog

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  4. What rich memories. Rusty was gorgeous. So glad he found the perfect forever home with you.

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  5. Rusty was a sweetie. I also have a Red Heeler mix, and she is smart and sweet. Enjoyed your excerpt, Brenda.

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  6. Brenda Whiteside

    Thanks, Patty. I’m glad it brought back good memories.

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  7. Brenda Whiteside

    Thank you, Charlotte. Luck or fate…he was a gift.

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  8. Brenda Whiteside

    Hi Judy. Rusty made our lives rich.

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  9. Brenda Whiteside

    Gerri, Red Heeler is definitely sweet and smart.

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  10. Rusty was gorgeous, and what a companion! Certainly hard to replace in any lifetime. Your story sounds very interesting too! Congrats.

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    • Brenda Whiteside

      And we haven’t replaced him, Laura. Writing this post made me want to get another dog, but I’m afraid he wouldn’t compare with Rusty.

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      • You can never replace a dearly beloved furbaby, I discovered, only find another spot in your heart for a new one. Puppy Cooper was supposed to be something like my dear Sadie, but he isn’t at all. I love him anyway.

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  11. What a beautiful dog Rusty was. And so smart. It was indeed a lucky day when you found each other.

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    • Brenda Whiteside

      So true, Beth. There is a lot of responsibility that comes with a pet, as well as love. I haven’t made the decision to bring that back to our lives yet. We’re pretty free and easy without worrying about who depends on us.


  12. Rusty was beautiful inside and out. Best wishes for continued success.

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  13. You made me cry and laugh! I love how you described Rusty’s potential papa. Good luck with your latest release!

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  14. Brenda Whiteside

    I couldn’t agree with you more, Jana.


  15. Brenda Whiteside

    Thank you, Claire.


  16. Thanks for sharing the story of Rusty with us, Brenda. What a wonderful dog he was! Book sounds great. Congratulations and best of luck!

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  17. Rusty sounds amazing! Helping like that! All my
    cat Leona does is lay in the middle of the floor so I either trip on her or step on her tail, then she yells at me…lol

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  18. What an amazing furbaby, Brenda! Thanks for sharing your story about Rusty. We still mourn our wee furbaby even after twelve years. She definitely made an impact on all of our lives. All the best with your book, too. Sounds intriguing.

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