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Hi everyone –

This blog post is selfishly personal and but I suffered a loss last night that is acutely painful and I need to get this out for myself. If you’ve ever loved a dog like your own fur-kid, I’m sure you’ll understand. And if you haven’t, although it’s painful to let them go, it is SO worth it to have them in your life and your heart.

Yodette was born October 24th 2000. This was the day after she became a member of our family…

I’d always wanted a Boston Terrier and I named her Yodette, like Yoda, but she was a girl. At the time we had a kitten named, Seymour and they became fast friends!


Shortly after that picture was taken, Yodette was playing on the stairs with Seymour and let out a horrible yowl. She’d broken her front elbow joint. She wasn’t even old enough for her 10 week old vaccinations. Poor baby! But she was a trooper, got pins placed in the joint and came home in a cast. I was supposed to keep her immobile for 8 weeks. A puppy!

I bought a playpen and she stayed in it with her cone on her head and her cast on her leg. She looked like a peg-legged pirate. I’ll never forget the day I picked the kids up from school and we opened the front door to see Yodette and Seymour on the stairs!!! They looked at us with “uh-oh” looks on their faces, and my little puppy happily peg-legged down the stairs and ran to meet us…

To this day I still have NO idea how she climbed out of that playpen in a cone with a peg-leg!

I was sure she’d have an S-curved leg when the vet took that cast off, but she ended up with full mobility in her joint and was fine for over 14 years. Tough little cookie, my Yodette!

Then I started writing, and Yodette was my constant companion, snoring at my feet or even beside me, and occasionally jumping up to remind me she hadn’t had a treat in a few hours…

She was very proud of every book release and posed for a picture with every new book I had published.

She also loved holidays. She attended our local 4th of July parade every year…

And she was a fan of Halloween too!

She had her own stocking at Christmas and Santa never forgot to fill it! J

And during New Year’s Eve Yodette could party with the best of them!

She also loved sitting in the passenger seat for car rides… She had the best smile in the world…

I miss you already Yodette, but I’m SO grateful you came into my life and that I got to love you for almost 15 years… You’re the best!

Writing books without you is going to feel so weird…

I love you!


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