Sometimes Your Life Goes to the Dogs
As for me, of course, I’d like to hear a little about your pets. I have a dog and two cats. All three extremely spoiled. How about you?
Hey there, sugar. I’m Caro Lamont and I have to tell you my life has definitely gone to the dogs. Literally.
If you want to see what I’m talking about, take a gander at some of my clients: YouTube-Desperate Housedogs (http://youtu.be/J8pCb3ED-rY)
You see in Laguna Beach, it’s pretty much all about the dogs, or the beach, or the art. Most days all three come into play.
Now I’m not originally a California girl, I’m from the great state of Texas. And I probably should mention that I didn’t start out to be a pet therapist either.
But after what Mama refers to as “The Big Mess” I’d needed a fresh start. A very nasty and publicly humiliating divorce had cost me my therapy practice and my trust in humanity. However, since I’ve always been an animal lover, I turned my love of animals and my human psychology education into a pet therapy practice.
I absolutely love my job. Most days I’m busy with disobedient dogs and difficult kitties, and oft times uneducated owners. I can handle that, but lately I’ve been learning more about murder investigations than a pet therapist should need to know.
First one of my clients was found dead and my best friend was implicated in the murder. Then my next door neighbor was mysteriously shot, and most recently while I was attending a greyhound rescue event, one of the attendees was killed under suspicious circumstances. See what I mean? What’s a pet therapist to do? Well, if she can help…
Y’all may have figured out by now, I’m not much of a bystander. I’m more of a take action sort of gal. If there’s someone in trouble, furry or human, if I can help, I will.
Sometimes that gets me into hot water.
And speaking of trouble, there’s no trouble like family trouble, and I have to tell you my family is the poster child for dysfunctional. My cousin, Melinda, is also a Laguna Beach transplant and owns the very successful Bow Wow Boutique here in town. Mel is one smart cookie and has done some darn good sleuthing of her own. So you might think it would be a good idea for us to work together, and if we were speaking we would. But we’re not.
Seems one of us was a little too outspoken and opinionated. I’d be willing to forgive and forget if she’d apologize, but I’m very much afraid Mel probably feels the same about me. So we’re at a stand-off. Oh, and there’s this other little issue with a brooch our Grandma Tillie left to her favorite granddaughter. You see the problem there, don’t you? I think that Grandma meant the brooch for me, and Mel thinks it was meant for her.
But family feuds aside, I think I can speak for us both in that we hope you’ll check out some of our adventures. I star in the odd-numbered books (Book 1: Desperate Housedogs, Book 3: Kitty Kitty Bang Bang) and Mel is the lead in the even-numbered books (Book 2: Get Fluffy, Book 4: Yip/Tuck). We have a lot of fun, we solve some crimes, and you never know which one of us will end up with Grandma Tillie’s brooch.
Sparkle Abbey is actually two people, Mary Lee Woods and Anita Carter, who write the national best-selling Pampered Pets cozy mystery series. They are friends as well as neighbors so they often write at ML’s dining room table or at the Starbucks up the street. If they could write anywhere, you would find them on the beach with their laptops and, depending on the time of day, either an iced tea or a margarita. When their publisher, Bell Bridge Books, asked them to choose a pen name, they chose to use Sparkle Abbey because they liked the idea of combining the names of their two rescue pets – Sparkle (ML’s cat) and Abbey (Anita’s dog). They are members of MWA, RWA, and Sisters in Crime. Readers can contact them through their website at: