Sunday, May 18, 2014

My Opinion of Pets


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

I love rescuing pets.

I also love introducing people to their newest family members at HotRescues, the wonderful shelter in the San Fernando Valley of L.A., where I'm in charge. 
 

Why do some people prefer dogs to cats, or vice versa?  I've never been able to figure that out, but I'm sure it's a personality thing. 
 

Me?  Well, even though I love rescuing both, I have to admit dogs are my favorite.  Maybe that's because there are more dogs who suck up to people and want to do what we ask of them.  Cats can be more independent--not a bad thing, of course, but I don't mind at all when a dog dances or rolls around on the floor or brings a toy over for attention.  Cats?  Sure, some do that, but generally they're more independent. 


Plus, I've found lately that I've been solving too many murders of people.  I haven't had any cats assist me with that.  Not many dogs, either, but they're more likely to sniff out--literally and figuratively--stuff that can help solve murders.   Things like the scent of a killer on a murder weapon.  Or even an attitude. 

My own dog Zoey is very smart.  She's a Border collie-Australian shepherd mix.  She's beautiful.  She's wonderful.  And aside from my two kids, she's my closest family member. 

Did she help solve the murder in my latest adventure, TEACUP TURBULENCE?   Well, she at least helped to keep me calm and sane as I tried to figure it out. 

But I'm aware of stories that are memorialized by people other than the person who keeps track of my own adventures, Linda O. Johnston, where cats play a key role in figuring out whodunit.   

What do you think--are dogs or cat better at helping to solve mysteries?
 

 

TEACUP TURBULENCE, the fifth Pet Rescue Mystery by Linda O. Johnston, is a January 2014 release from Berkley Prime Crime.

8 comments:

  1. Sounds like we are alike. Love kitties for sure but must have a doggie in my home.

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    1. Yes, we're on the same page, Darlene!
      --Lauren

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  2. My dogs help sniff out clues, including those related to my cats...

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    1. Makes perfect sense, Willow. And I suspect your cats might try to hide those clues sometimes.
      --Lauren

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  3. There seem to be more cat-centered mysteries out there...I wonder why? I can't come up with anyone who writes about dogs solving mysteries. I loved the dogs I have had with all my heart, but I have almost always had a cat or two...or three...OK, right now I have four! All my pets have always been rescues, even most of the birds.(I rescued two, then one died.I bought another for company; the original died.I bought a friend for the replacement, then the replacement died...this went on for about a decade.Finally, the last one enjoyed a nice, quiet widowhood!)
    Let me know of any dog-detective stories.

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  4. Your household must be fun with all those cats, Tonette! And I do wish that our pets lived as long as we do. I'm still hoping for more info from people about dog-detective stories but always enjoy those mysteries where dogs and cats play starring roles, even if they don't solve the murders.
    --Lauren

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  5. At the risk of being in the minority, I'm a cat herder with a bad boy cat who manages to help solve his share of mysteries. It is true, he's one independent boy, but that goes with the neighborhood where he lives. And ... you are right. There are cat people and there are dog people. Sorry, I'm just a cat person.

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    1. Nothing to be sorry about, Fiona. Cat people are great, too! It's the people who don't like animals I don't understand. And glad your cat helps to solve mysteries!
      --Lauren

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