This is the second in a series of Pet-icular posts on our authors’ pets. In the coming weeks we’ll be sharing how these little animals affect our writers’ lives and work; today, you’re going to meet some more of them.
Frank Kusy & Sparky
This is Sparky, my furry muse. Sparky is five years old and the cutest cat in the universe. He doesn’t beg, he doesn’t complain, he just sits there at his bowl waiting for food or at my computer waiting for me to write something. All of my books – notably Ginger the Gangster Cat and Ginger the Buddha Cat – have Sparky in them. I had a writing block of nine years before Sparky came along. He is my best friend and constant companion.
Bill Kirton & Not-a-Gecko
I don’t have a pet. I don’t dislike cats or dogs and I love horses, but my wife’s afraid of dogs and we live on a busy road where several neighbours’ cats have been run over. I suppose a tortoise, gerbil, tarantula, snake and so on might work, but I’m too lazy to feed or look after them, and I can’t see myself carrying a gecko to a vet because it’s got flu or something.
I write modern and historical crime novels, satire and humour. My Amazon page is at: http://www.amazon.com/Bill-Kirton/e/B001KDNSLY
Richard Bunning & Achille
- Achille (French for Achilles)- Beauceron/Bouvier cross. 6 years old- Born
- May 3rd 2008.
- Our dog since October 2013, from SVPA/Refuge Sainte-Catherine, Lausanne, CH
- Has had at least two previous owners.
- Now a very happy dog after what we sense has been an exceptionally stressful
- A keen hunter that chases dogs, cats, deer and foxes and regularly visits
- our local badgers.
- A constant beggar for affection, seeing even 5 minutes alone as tantamount
- to desertion.
- Lover of toys- especially a pink plastic pig that no longer squeaks.
- Responds to commands in French and English, if not distracted by the wonders
- of life.
- Feared by many. Loved by us.
- First dog for 16 years, because of travel and my psychological problems with
- owning animals that love too much then die too soon.
- The best dog I have ever known.
- Was 35kg, (77lbs). Now losing weight as lymphatic cancer starts to win.
Sylvia Engdahl & Dumbledore
Meet Dumbledore, usually known as Dory. I got him along with his brother Gandalf the White when they were six months old. Gandalf died last year at age 11, so Dory now rules the house alone. He’s grown too big (18+ pounds!) to fit in my lap at my desk computer, where I work all day. But I do most of my fiction writing on a small laptop, late at night in a reclining chair, and there, he often lies in the crook of one arm, pinning it down so that I am forced to type with one hand. I sometimes wish he would lie across my legs instead, as Gandalf used to, but as every cat owner knows, cats decide for themselves where they want to be.
Find out more about Sylvia at http://www.sylviaengdahl.com