Friday, October 22, 2010

Writer's Best Friend

My dog is pretty helpful with my writing (I'd include a picture of her but it throws my old computer into a tailspin. She basically looks like a skinny black lab). How my dog helps with my writing:

1. When I've been at my desk too long, she paws at my arm for attention, telling me it's time to let her outside. Or take her for a walk. This forces me to notice I need a break, and possibly some head clearing fresh air.

2. She gives me a warm shoulder to cuddle up to when I'm feeling frustrated and my writing isn't working.
3. When I want to read my story out loud to check the rhythm, I can pretend I'm reading to her. So then it seems like I'm a weirdo that reads to dogs, not a weirdo that reads to nobody. Why aren't the kids around when I need them?

4. If I hide a dog treat inside an old rejection letter, she'll rip it to shreds for me. I haven't actually tried this, but it might be fun.


  1. I love this! I, too, rely on my dogs for all the things you do. Not only that, no matter what I read to them, they have never said an unkind word about my writing! They are very supportive! And on cold days they keep my feet warm :) You can see them on my website ( if you scroll down to the bottom of the "Bio" page. They are both shelter rescue dogs of exceedingly indeterminate breed and the best dogs ever!

  2. Love #2. That's so sweet.

    Sigh. I wish I had a dog...

  3. #3--I read to my cat :) Sometimes he flounces out of the room looking annoyed...sigh


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