|My best friend|
Dogs are truly man’s best friend. Nothing else gives you the same unconditional love or accepts you as you are—tall/short, fat/thin, ugly/amazing—nothing matters if you care about the dog. That’s all he asks. I’m a dog lover, always have been, always will be.
I’m also fond of heroes. So when I found Kevin Hanrahan’s blog about Military Working Dogs (MWDs), it seemed perfect. He has wonderful true stories about these heroic dogs and the work they do in
Afghanistan, Iran, and other areas. They’ve
saved many lives and, just as our military men and women do, often give their
lives. Many suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). For many years, they were euthanized after
their service was over. President Clinton made them eligible for adoption, at
least those with the right temperament.
|Kate, Muffet, Misty|
At the same time, I was having trouble bringing one of my characters to life. As soon as I read about Anax, Jax sprang into my heart. He became Connor Moran’s dog in my new book, Time of Death, giving life to both of them. Jax is a hero in his own right, one of my favorite characters.
I have pictures of most of my characters, and I wanted one for Jax. His real name is Zakhar, but he’s my Jax. I fell for the alert, caring look on his face.
Here’s Jax’s history as told by Connor, from Time of Death.
“Were you in the
How about you? Do you have dogs or memories of your best friend from childhood?