In a weird way, I should thank whoever abandoned my lovely Siberian husky Luna…

At times I can’t imagine how anyone could abandon a dog.  I’ve heard so many stories about dogs being left on the side of the interstate, dropped off at vets and never reclaimed, and of course brought into animal shelters.  I know many times there are good reasons, just like putting a child up for adoption.  But I’d always wonder how you could just leave an animal somewhere like a parking lot?  well that is what happened to my lovely Luna…

After Cato, my first Siberian husky, it took me a long time to think about another dog.  We still had Solo who was a stray that was bottle fed from birth after being rescued by some loyal animal lovers who were trying to capture his stray mother.  I was always drawn to the Siberian husky breed and realized I had become kind of a crazy husky person – yes even a guy at my local wine store called me the “husky lady” because I always asked about his husky who lived in our neighborhood.  You could say I was sort of obsessed… 

So after about 2 years I decided I was ready for another dog, and began looking for huskies.  To be honest, it was very difficult at first.  Even after I found Luna I experienced a definite high then low.  Because it wasn’t Cato.  I could never replace Cato.  But that wasn’t the point.

Someone left Luna, a beautiful husky female in a Wal-Mart parking lot outside of Jackson, TN, 2 hours from Nashville.  The shelter named her Lollipop because they just had run out of names after taking in so many dogs over the years.  Earlier tonight, as a friend marveled at Luna’s beauty and calm nature, I relayed her story.  I told her how the animal shelter found her, 10 pounds light then she is now, malnourished, and very skittish.  We weren’t even sure she would work out after we brought her home because she fought with Solo over food and attention – it was obvious she was used to scrounging for food and wasn’t sure where her next meal was coming from.  But as strange as this sounds – I should thank the person who left her.  Because the person who left her obviously would NEVER have provided her with the life she deserved. Maybe they couldn’t afford a dog, who knows, but thank God that shelters like the Carroll County Humane Society exist. 

It was a beautiful full moon the night we adopted Luna – January 24, 2008 – which is why we named her Luna.  So tonight as I gaze at another beautiful full moon, I thank whoever left Luna and all the other dogs who have found loving homes.  Our dogs all deserve better and now they’ve found it!  I just wish there was a home for each and every one of them…

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How a Siberian husky and baby girl names inspired this mother of 2 boys…

Strange to think back on the first time I laid eyes on my Siberian husky Cato.  I was a second year law student, desperate to adopt my own dog.  Despite my parental warnings to not bring a long haired dog home for the summer, I saw an ad for a blue-eyed siberian husky.  Curious, I went to see it.  Of course, by the time I opened the door the deal was sealed.  Brutus as he was named, was a a six-week old husky, already potty trained and eating big dog food.  He went home with me and was renamed Cato – after the Pink Panther character who attacked Inspector Clouseau each time he came home.  That’s the greeting I would get and I loved it!

Fast forward several years.  My husband and I are starting to plan a family, searching for baby names.  One of my all time favorites was Eden.  Boy names were harder, but Eden was it for me.  While we were lucky to have two beautiful healthy babies – they were both boys.  So Eden never quite fit!  But the name meant so much to me. 

Once I started writing my novel, it made perfect sense that my protagonist would be Eden.  So I did give birth to an Eden after all! 🙂   

My hook combines two of my passions – animal advocacy issues, and quick, easy-to-read (some might say cheesy) mystery novels.   

Eden is not the average detective or coroner you find in a mystery/thriller.  She is so much more – an animal cruelty investigator who spends her time defending and protecting animals.  Which, of course, leads to the second part of the story.

The other missing link  – her dog.  It’s the only plot item I will never change – Eden MUST have and love a Siberian husky…

Funny how events in your life, separated by years, can later have such an impact.