Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Pet Rescue Rides Again!




by Lauren Vancouver, pet rescuer, whose adventures are memorialized in the Pet Rescue Mysteries by Linda O. Johnston


Hello. I’m Lauren Vancouver. I was here on Killer Characters in January, before the first of my adventures, BEAGLEMANIA, was released. The second, THE MORE THE TERRIER, will be available starting this week.

I have to say that I’m not thrilled to be back. Rather, I’m quite pleased to be blogging here on Killer Characters, but I don’t like the idea of having to solve another murder. But an old friend put me on the spot, so here I am.

Here’s a reminder of my background. I save pets. That’s the most important thing to me--except for my two college-age kids, who thankfully understand how their mother is driven to take care of homeless or abused animals and find them new forever homes. And now there’s also my dear dog Zoey, a Border collie-Australian shepherd mix who helps me at HotRescues.

HotRescues is the wonderful no-kill private pet shelter in the San Fernando Valley that I was chosen to run. It’s fortunate enough to have been founded by Dante DeFrancisco, the wealthy magnate who runs the large pet store chain HotPets, so unlike most shelters we don’t lack for funds.

Now, here’s the problem. My dilemma. In BEAGLEMANIA, I had to solve a murder because I was the main suspect. And no wonder. The guy was an animal abuser. But of course I didn’t do it.

At the beginning of the story in THE MORE THE TERRIER, I make a horrific discovery. My old mentor, Mamie Spelling, who also ran a no-kill shelter, has turned into an animal hoarder! I had pretty much lost track of Mamie after Dante chose me to run HotRescues, since she had been miffed that I was selected instead of her. I suppose her heart was in the right place in wanting to save as many animals as possible, but she had way too many to care for adequately.

Of course I made sure that all those animals were taken into custody by Los Angeles Animal Services, as required by law. But my friend Matt Kingston, a captain with Animal Services, promised to let me know if any were in danger of being “euthanized”--a dumb word for the killing of animals just to make more room--so I could make sure that either HotRescues or another private shelter took them in to save them.

And then Bethany Urber was murdered. She was a very nasty and officious pet rescuer herself who started Pet Shelters Together, an organization comprised of a number of private shelters, and she hounded Mamie to stop hoarding and join. Mamie became the prime suspect in her killing.

The thing was, I was upset with Mamie for becoming an animal abuser. But could I let her get railroaded for a murder she didn’t commit? She was aging and confused, but I didn’t think she was a killer. So, as much as I hated getting involved with solving another murder, I stepped in to try to help.

Solving murders is definitely not my favorite pastime. And I most definitely don’t want to get into the position of being a “murder magnet” like Kendra Ballantyne, the lady friend of the HotRescues’ benefactor Dante. I like Kendra, who’s the protagonist in the Kendra Ballantyne, Pet-Sitter Mysteries, but I don’t want to be like her.

Even so, I--well, I think I’ve said enough. I’d suggest that you read THE MORE THE TERRIER if you want to know more.

And, by the way, I wasn’t pleased to learn from the writer who chronicles my stories that another one, HOUNDS ABOUND, is scheduled to be published in April 2012. I suppose that means I’ll have to solve another murder.

Linda O. Johnston writes the Pet Rescue Mysteries, a spinoff from her Kendra Ballantyne, Pet-Sitter Mysteries. Visit her at www.LindaOJohnston.com, and friend her on Facebook.

18 comments:

  1. We were rescued from the streets and kept in a very nice rescue facility until Willow, who owns the embroidery boutique, In Stitches, took us home to Threadville to live with her. Like Zoey, we're supposedly Border Collie/Australian shepherd mixes. We mostly herd each other, but we've helped in murder investigations too. Woof for rescued animals and their rescuers!

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  2. Busy lady. Just read about you at http://dollycas.blogspot.com/2011/10/cozy-wednesday-with-author-linda-o.html

    Hope you can concentrate on rescues, rather than murders, in the near future.

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  3. Sounds like you're doing a good job with both the rescues and solving the murders. Both are worthy causes, although I understand your reluctance to get tangled up in a murder investigation. Good luck with both!

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  4. Loved Beaglemania so I'm looking forward to reading about your latest adventure.

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  5. How great that you were rescued, Sally-Forth and Tally-Ho, and that you also have the opportunity to solve mysteries! Woof, woof!

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  6. You definitely get around in the blog world, Liz V. Thanks for your comments! And I definitely hope to concentrate only on rescues from now on--as remote a possibility as that may be. Lauren.

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  7. Thank you, Erika. Solving murders does cut into my rescue time.
    Lauren

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  8. Thanks, LD. So glad to hear you enjoyed Beaglemania, and I hope you enjoy The More the Terrier.
    Lauren

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  9. Both activities, rescuing animals and solving murders, come from a caring heart!

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  10. Hi Lauren, so nice to have you visiting here! Sorry about the murder, but it makes for good reading for the rest of us:). We have an adopted Australian shepherd in our house--he's very lovable even if neurotic! I'm sure the cat would be glad to tell you all about it...

    Good luck with the book!

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  11. I'm a fluffy big golden mix that was rescued from the streets. I ended up living with the president of the United States, although I just think of him as the friendly guy with the rubber ball. Thank you, Lauren, for everything you do with animal rescue. I wouldn't be where I am today without kind people like you!

    So sorry about the murder. They keep cropping up around here, too. People should spend more time playing with their animal-friends. It would make the world a better place. Woof!

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  12. Hi, Lucy--Good to hear from you. Linda has mentioned you. Your household sounds like fun! And, yes, I'm sorry about the murder, too, but at least something good is coming out of it.
    Lauren

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  13. Hi, Milo--What a great situation you've ended up in! Except for the murders, of course. I'll bet you get lots of treats. And I agree that playing with animals is the way to go. Woof back!

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  14. Truffle and Sweet Marie here. We are from the Charlotte Adams books (should be the Truffle and Sweet Marie books though). Keep up the good work with the dogs, Lauren. We loved Beaglemania. We are not crazy about cats, we suppose you have to do what you have to do.

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  15. Love Beaglemania and looking forward to seeing you solve the murder in The More The Terrier.

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  16. Hi, Truffle and Sweet Marie. Thanks for your comment. We do save cats, at HotRescues. I understand why you may not think so, but they definitely deserve to be saved, too.

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  17. Thanks, Dru. I do solve it, but I'd rather be spending my time saving animals.

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