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It’s been a while since I’ve written, but I guess I’ve got a good excuse. Maybe even a few. We’ve added a puppy to our household – not another German Shorthaired Pointer, but a rat terrier named Sir Percy – and mom has been busy campaigning my half-sister, Maisie, otherwise known as “Lady May,” to her AKC Grand Championship. She won three Best of Breeds in a row in one weekend alone and now thinks she’s quite something. I’d let her know that I was here first and she’s not all that, but I’m rather an affable kind of guy, and a gentleman, so I won’t pop her bubble.
Just as long as she does indeed remember that I WAS here first.
I’ve been having a good summer. Mom took Lady May and me, along with my biological mother, Tansy, to Pennsylvania for a week-long dog show where I came out of retirement to do a few turns around the ring, and we got to cheer on my half-brother Bentley, who was in some glitzy cocktail-party kind of event called the Top 25. Yawn! He thinks he’s all that, too.
But hey, I was here first!
Not much to report, but I did want to make sure to remind you that if you live in an area where there are ticks, to do a tick check every time you come in from outside as you can get really sick from the illnesses they can transmit via their bites. Most of us have heard of Lyme disease – I’ve even had it! – but there’s another terrible illness out there called Powassan virus that will kill you or leave you with severe neurological impairment. Ticks carry it. There’s no cure. We recently lost a member of our dog show community to it.
So if you’re a dog, don’t forget your tick prevention measures and if you’re a human, spray yourself with insect repellent before going into areas where there are ticks. Do a good tick check every night before you go to bed. They like to hide in places where you might not think to look.
Until next time!
I’m one of Danelle’s German Shorthaired Pointers. Three months ago, I would’ve been able to tell you that I’m one of “only” four dogs in the household (which is shared by my father Marcus, my mom Tansy, and my surrogate aunt, Holly), but now I’m one of fifteen – yes, FIFTEEN – as my mom, Tansy, recently gave birth to eleven puppies. Their dad was supposedly a famous dog – Danelle says he was the #1 German Shorthaired Pointer of all time after he was exported to Australia back in the late 1990s and was a multiple Best In Show winner. All I know is that he’s been dead for nearly a decade and the only reason he’s been able to father puppies when he’s left this mortal coil is because of freezers and seamen, though I’m not sure what sailors have to do with puppy-creation. (If you figure that out, let me know. I am, after all, a Captain. I need to know these things.) While I’m not thrilled to have to share Danelle with others, I’m going to love playing with my new half-brothers and sisters, and I’ll be sad to see them go to their new homes. Here’s me meeting two of my new brothers, Decatur and Drake. And another picture of my new half-sister, Mayflower. Oh, and one of my mom, Tansy, with the puppies when they were just five days old. Aren’t they cute?
Hi, everyone. I’m not actually Danelle’s book-hero from CAPTAIN OF MY HEART, though both my registered name and my call name are in homage to him. I’m not Irish either, but German-American … heck, I’m not even a human, but a dog. A talking dog. A German Shorthaired Pointer dog. Mom gave me my very own space on her website to provide a light-hearted and personal look at the life she shares with me and other members of our pack. Maybe you’ll find an animal care tip here. Or a recipe on how to make dog biscuits. Or yet another photo of me. I’m rather shy about that, as I don’t much like to have my picture taken. My show photos prove it.
So, a little about me. Like the fellow for whom I’m named, I’m tall, strong, brave and, if Mom’s to be believed, rather nice to look at. I’m easy-going and uncomplicated, though I do like to hunt… not British merchant ships, but squirrels. Birds. Rabbits. (I honestly don’t know if they’re British or not. I don’t really care.) I’m always in motion, I get things done (did you know I’m an AKC Champion of Record?) and I’m loyal and protective. Unlike the Brendan of Mom’s books, though, I don’t like water. Actually (and don’t tell anyone this, or it’ll be a discredit to my webbed feet) I’m afraid of it. But no matter. I have an “in” on all the gossip going on in Mom’s household.
So here’s the latest, though it’s no longer a secret. My mom – my canine one, that is – is about to have puppies, which means I’ll have a whole bunch of new brothers and sisters to play with. Their dad lived a long time ago in a country far away, but thanks to airplanes and plastic bags and something to do with freezers and seamen – did I spell that right? seems the way a captain should spell it – he gets to be a father again, even though he lived in Australia and for the last eight years, in heaven. Mom says he won 28 Best In Shows there and was very famous. I don’t care about that. I just care about having kids around that I can play with!
Mom says I need to get off the computer now. Stay tuned to this space – I can’t wait to share pictures of my new brothers and sisters!
My mom – pregnant with my new brothers and sisters:
I was born in this whelping box!
Until next time,
What an exciting year 2017 is shaping up to be! Not only am I a contributor to two boxed sets – ROMANCE ON THE HIGH SEAS and BE MY LOVE, both of which are out this spring and early summer – but I’ve also got two new e-books coming out! The first is HEIR TO THE SEA … the seventh in my popular Heroes of the Sea series, it’s the story of Brendan and Mira’s youngest son, Kieran, who meets his match in the saucy daughter of a Baltimore merchant as he wrestles with the aftermath of unspeakable tragedy. Look for it early this summer! Also in the offing is the re-release of my very first novel – PIRATE IN MY ARMS, originally published in 1991 by Avon Books. Finally, we’re expecting a litter of puppies … see Brendan’s page and he’ll tell you all about them! As always, thank you, dear Reader, for your interest in my books! ~Danelle