Hey there. It’s me, Melinda Langston. We haven’t met yet. I’m filling in for my cousin, Caro Lamont. You know, the pet therapist. I talk to my bulldog, Missy, but I’m no animal shrink. I’m more about pampering our furry friends. I own Bow Wow Boutique an upscale pet shop in Laguna Beach.
I love the holidays. Especially, Christmas. Not just for the obvious reasons: the uptick in business, spending time with friends, scrumptious food, Christmas music twenty-four hours a day, the crazy light displays—including inflatable lawn ornaments. Shouldn’t everyone have a six foot snowman in their front yard? I also get a kick out of helping my quirky customers find that special item for their four-legged fur baby.
Sometimes it’s as simple as a new leather collar, pup perfume, or a fabulous couture outfit. Other times it’s about finding the perfect Swarovski-studded cat flap, a gold-threaded mattress, or a luxurious dog carrier. If you think I’m making it up, check this out: Ridiculously Expensive Pet Products.
You’ll notice I didn’t mention family. Not because I’m alone. I’m engaged to a wonderful guy, Grey Donovan, and even though cousin Caro and I aren’t on speaking terms, we will always have each other’s back.
I love my family, but... Well, it’s my mama. She’s a complicated woman and our relationship isn’t exactly Dr. Phil approved. She makes me crazy with her drama demands, but I do love her. So in a moment of weakness I sort of promised her I’d come home to Dallas for Christmas. When I made that promise, I intended to keep it.
That was before Dr. O’Doggle was found dead in front of my boutique. After that going home to Dallas was the last thing on my mind. You can read all about it in Yip/Tuck.
What about you? What’s your favorite part of Christmas?
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