Thursday, January 9, 2020

Pets..... by Christine Bush

Family.  To me, family a vital part of life.

Families come in many different varieties, and get formed in many different ways.  What’s your family like?

 My family is big.  And when you add “extended family”, it’s actually enormous. It’s often noisy. And it joyously includes all types of people.  

And pets.

Pets are an important part of my family.  Taking an informal roll call the other day, we have included cats, dogs, hamster, fish, chickens, birds, turtles and an iguana. Most have come the rescue route.

Currently I have cats, rescued years ago from a young family whose toddler had developed severe allergies.  And I seem to have part time custody of my daughter’s retired service dog, who likes hanging out at our house (despite the cats).

What is it about our pets?  They are comforting, entertaining, and a heartwarming presence.  They don’t care about politics, ugly gossip, or keep count of the number of Christmas cookies I’ve eaten. They just love. We should all take a lesson from this.

The grand  kids buy them Christmas presents, talk to them like they are going to talk back, and instinctively cuddle them on the couch. It feels great to see this.

Somehow, pets seem to bring out the best in us.  Warmth, care, companionship.  So it breaks my heart when I hear of animals abused or neglected. And there are so many who need help.

My newest novella, “Hannah’s Heart”, deals with the loving folks who word tirelessly with animal rescue. And of course, find love along the way! It’s a story close to my own heart.
I hope you love it.  And I hope you continue to be inspired to do what you can, when you can, to help those animals at risk find their ways to a loving family. It’s important.

I’d love to hear about the pets in your life!

Christine Bush is a USA Today Bestselling author of romance, romantic mystery, and suspense.  She can be found living in the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania with her husband and 2 lazy cats, and spending time with her 14 grandchildren.   When she’s not writing, she’s teaching Psychology at a local college, and working with clients in her private practice as a Marriage and Family Therapist. She loves to hear from readers and writers!

Christine's  “Hannah’s Heart” is available in ebook and print!


  1. I'm allergic to cats, but love dogs. And I adore writing books about pets.

  2. I love your post, Christine, especially the line about our pets not keeping count of the number of cookies we've eaten. We have a shih tzu, and his name is Henry. He is definitely a part of our family.

  3. Love the post. I've always had pets usually dogs until a stray cat adopted me. From him we took on two more stray cats (book on months old).

  4. One of our cats lost his battle with multiple health issues last month. We still have other sweet cats here who are also adjusting to their missing friend. All are rescues, including a purebred who came from a breeder who had to close her cattery quickly due to family health problems that frequently kept her away from home. A good mutual friend arranged for me to take one of the cats. Yes, pets are family - the Siamese mix in my lap fully agrees with that statement! (If any of mine are keeping a cookie count, it would have to be my red tabby. He would be counting one for you, two for me!

    1. Sorry about your kitty loss! Glad you have a brood!

  5. Over the years we've had dogs, cats, hamsters, birds, and fish as pets. The last time we had a pet was 7 years ago. We gave our daughter back her cat when we moved to AZ. We'd had him on loan for 12 years. He lived almost another 5 years, and we got to visit him or cat sit when they went on vacation. Now the granddaughters are begging for another cat, but their dad became increasingly allergic to the cat over those 5 years. So they have lots of stuffed ones, and we have no pets now because we travel a lot.

    1. Yes, it's hard when you're a traveler. Different phases of life!

  6. We have the sweetest little Maltese named Halo. My husband is allergic to dogs but does great since she doesn't shed. She is definitely part of our family. :)