A warm welcome to Valerie and her dear furbaby, Maddie. Valerie joins us to share Maddie’s story and her Christmas romance, You for Christmas.
Valerie: Our dog, Maddie is now ten years old, but years ago when she was 10 weeks old, we adopted her and have loved every moment with her in our lives.
My husband and I had been searching for a dog to adopt for over two years at the time we adopted Maddie. We fostered a Yorkie (too small), a Husky (way, way too much energy), and tried to adopt a Scottie (the foster mother decided to keep him) before my husband found Maddie on Craigslist.
She had been rescued from a kill shelter in Western Colorado and brought to Denver. She was the smallest of the litter and the last one to be adopted, but when we met her we thought she was precious.
My husband met the woman who rescued her near her car, excited to meet Maddie, who was called Baby then. As I watched on, he held her cradled to his shoulder and even without meeting her, I knew she was ours. When Maddie was brought inside, she sniffed around for a while not really interested in me or our cat, took a large drink of water, and proceeded to pee on the carpet before falling asleep next to the arm of the couch. It was then, with assurance, that we both fell in love with her.
Her first year was difficult. She refused to walk on a leash and spent most of her first six months stubbornly trying to get her way. But that was child’s play compared to the variety of health issues she went through, from bronchitis to giardia and because she is a black Labrador and Rottweiler mix, she’s prone to shoulder issues because of so much of her weight is up front. During that time, we learned that she couldn’t run because she would tear her shoulder muscles to the point she was bedridden for weeks. It took us a few months to find a routine fit for her. Mainly taking short walks, several times a day, but even Maddie became bored with the same routine.
Because of the shoulder injuries, we discovered water therapy and acupuncture when she was two and a half, and now she goes swimming at a dog clinic specializing in rehab three times a week and has many dog friends.
Swimming is low-impact exercise and only thirty minutes in the pool will tire her out and keep her happy.
On the days she doesn’t swim, she enjoys walking around the neighborhood and meeting dogs. She’s also on a specialized diet to keep the weight off her shoulder and hips and because of the amount of exercise she gets, we are hoping she’ll live a long and healthy life.
It may seem as if we spoil Maddie, which we do, we totally do, there is so many things we get in return. When my husband goes to work, Maddie keeps me company as I write. I sometimes run ideas by her, but she looks at me with one eyebrow raised (I’m pretty sure she’s expressing her absolute disagreement with my idea) before she sighs and goes back to sleep.
Also, if it wasn’t for Maddie, I wouldn’t be as active as I am, taking longer walks because she has to smell everywhere and meet every dog along the way. And I use that time to plot books or relax if I’m worried about anything going on in my life, but mainly, I enjoy being outside with my girl.
I never truly understood the responsibility of having a dog until Maddie came into our lives. But I have to admit, our lives are richer, more relaxed, and genuinely happier because of Maddie.
Beth: Wonderful story about Maddie!
You for Christmas (FREE)
Genre: Contemporary M/M Romance
Hiding his feelings for his best friend has become second nature to Parker Hunt. Throughout his years of friendship with Jonah Lee, he’d hoped for more, but he’d never been able to tell Jonah how he felt or what he wanted. When Jonah’s plans fall through for holiday break, Parker is determined to spend their last Christmas together and this time, be brave enough to tell Jonah exactly how he feels.
Jonah Lee has always been in awe of his friend, Parker. His energy, enthusiasm, and honesty had drawn Jonah to him from the first time they met. And while he’s always been an open book with Jonah, lately, Parker had been holding something back. On top of that, Jonah has realized that his feelings for Parker has grown and for the first time in his life, he’s curious about what Parker’s lips would feel like under his and what his definite male body would feel against his.
Will the holidays bring everything both men want, or will they let this opportunity pass them by?
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Valerie writes paranormal and contemporary romances with strong alpha males and brilliant, beautiful heroines. She lives in Denver, Colorado with her wonderfully supportive husband and their funny and wise black lab. She’s addicted to coffee, crime shows, and reading and writing character driven romances.
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