Here’s how to write your book – on the Ali, Suzan and Reggie Show…

A couple of years ago I was lucky enough to be invited on the YouTube channel of the one and only psychotherapist and coach Ali Moore, of the BeMoore Organisation. This was the result…

With thanks for the camera shake to Reggie the Sprocker (Springer Spaniel / Cocker Spaniel cross).

Thunder-struck writing with a twitchy dog

Writing – or any other activity that demands peace, quiet and concentration – can be badly disrupted by the thunderstorms we’re experiencing in the UK right now. But no disruption is quite as noticeable as a large dog trying to get up and sit on your head while you’re working because she’s terrified of thunderstorms.

There is a solution though, and here it emerges in verse!

Thunder-struck writing with a twitchy dog

Does thunder make your heart go boom?
And make your writing shaky?
Do you jump and shriek
At the slightest streak
Of lightning’s wakey-wakey?

poem about dog scared of thunderstorms

Try to tell a frightened canine thunder’s loud but means no harm…

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Diary of a social distancer – what about my dog?

As den mother to three canine Furballs (five if you include the cats) I have conducted an entirely unscientific survey to determine whether dogs can catch/transmit the novel corona virus. Rather like many other pieces of information about this, the results are as clear as mud. Enjoy.

Thanks to Cracked.com for the loan of this image. (My own Gordon Setter loves it – she’s exactly like the black & tan dog here.)

YES, ISH    (American Kennel Club) Li Lanjuan, an epidemiologist and representative of China’s National Health Commission cautioned pet owners in China to be vigilant about their own health and the health of their pets: “If pets go out and have contact with an infected person, they have the chance to get infected. By then, pets need to be isolated. In addition to people, we should be careful with other mammals especially pets.” [Read more…]

Diary of a social distancer 2 – who would have a Cockapoo?

Who would have a Cockapoo? Especially at Coronavirus time?

I wouldn’t have, except yet again I heard a long sob-story. That time it was about litter sisters aged nearly two who were to be split up and rehomed. Yes, I ended up with both of them.

The smaller of the two is the most loving, affectionate, welcoming, delightful, deceitful, scheming little killing machine you’ve ever seen on four curly, furry legs.

Mousey (back to camera) and sister Pippin having just had their hair done.

I renamed her ‘Mousey’ as I decided her original moniker of ‘Muffin’ was too gooey for her – that was after she had nipped out of the garden a few days after moving in, come back with an adult rabbit the size of a tomcat and killed it on the back doorstep. [Read more…]

A true story to end Random Acts Of Kindness Week

Every now and again you have an experience like a random act of kindess that restores your faith in human nature, don’t you?

random act of kindness 2020

Random acts of kindness are wonderful. Let’s build on them so they are no longer just “random.”

Last week I went to a small town in central England to meet a very dear friend, a fellow author, for a social lunch and catch-up.

My SatNav directed me to within spitting distance of where I needed to go but looking around I realised I was in a small housing estate (sub-division). I got out of the “truck” (old SUV) and wondered what to do next.

A smiling face locked eyes with me and said, “you’re lost?”

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New Year’s resolutions you must write for your pets

At New Year we get plenty of suggestions on what resolutions we humans should make, but there’s a strong need for us to write resolutions for our pets to follow if we are to lead a peaceful co-existence for the coming year.

Here are some suggestions for our cats, dogs and horses. Can you come up with more for, say, Parrots? Rabbits? Pigs? Goats? Donkeys? I’ll leave you to ruminate on that but for now, here are my three front runners…

Ziggy (my Canadian cousin, a Cornish Rex): you will not sit in the pasta pan just before your mom needs it to make tagliatelle alfredo.

New Year’s resolutions for cats

You will not swat your human’s head repeatedly when she’s on the family room floor trying to do yoga. [Read more…]

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