From Dorothy St. James’s Flowerbed of State (White House Gardener Mysteries)
Everyone keeps telling me that I’m just a pup and that I don’t know better. I don’t know much about that. I’ve seen quite a lot in the past few months. My earliest memories are of life with my brothers and sisters living out on the streets. When it rained, we got wet. When it was cold, we shivered.
I thought this was going to be my life until a nice lady picked us up one day. Well, I didn’t think she was very nice at the time. She put us all, Mamma included, into a cage! I don’t like cages. Never have. Never will. Don’t care that it was warm and dry in there. Or that the food never ran short. Cages are cages. I wanted out.
The nice lady assured us that the cage was just a temporary thing. You know what? She was right. It didn’t take long before I was adopted. On the day I was let out of the cage, the lady patted my head and told me that I was the embodiment of “the American Dream.”
I don’t know what she meant by that. All I know is that now here I am, lounging in the Oval Office while my master, that’s Mister President to you, deals with what he calls “steak” business. It sounds delicious to me, but despite all the work he does in that office, no steak ever shows up. I think he should give up on that and spend more time playing with me.
It’s not too exciting in the Oval Office. I only stay there when I need a rest. My master rarely has time to toss a ball around. Fortunately, there are plenty of other happy hands in the White House for me to entice.
Let me tell you a secret way to get lots of attention around here. Dig up a plant. When no one is willing to pay any heed to me, all I have to do is find my way into a garden and dig something up. That really gets the people excited around here. I take the plant in my mouth and run as fast as I can. You should see how many people I can get to join in the fun!
Games like that can really get my tail wagging.
Do you have a favorite pet? Where did he (or she) come from? What games does he (or she) play with you?
Dorothy St. James writes the White House Gardener Mysteries for Berkley Prime Crime. Flowerbed of State is the first book in the series. Be sure to grab your copy while they're still available! Visit with Dorothy on the web or at Facebook. Or follow her on Twitter.
"Credible characters, a fast-paced plot, and a light look at political life in Washington, D.C., will delight cozy fans." ~ Publishers Weekly
"This spunky new romantic suspense series is an obvious pick for readers who enjoy Julie Hyzy's "White House Chef" series (Buffalo West Wing), but also think of gardening mystery series such as Rosemary Harris's (Slugfest)." ~ Library Journal
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