by Betty Foxx from the Pampered Pets Mystery Series written by Sparkle Abbey
Is anyone out there? It’s me Betty Foxx, Cookie’s right-hand Gal Friday at the Bow Wow Boutique. I’m checking in to see if you’ve heard the news.
See, there’s been a lot of scuttlebutt around town the past few weeks about the upcoming annual Laguna Beach Pet Parade. What? You’ve never heard of it? Well, it’s a big fundraiser for the local animal shelter. The truth is, the parade is a really a pet contest with prizes for the most handsome, prettiest, and best costumed pet. I was thinking about entering my own Raider boy in the parade. As a St. Bernard, he drools…a lot. Some people don’t find that as adorable as I do, so I decided against the handsomest category, and am going with the best costume group.
Anyway, back to the gossip. The first time I heard this little gem, I was sitting on the patio at my favorite coffee shop drinking an iced caramel macchiato, minding my own business, when I overheard two women whispering about the parade. I had to lean in a little bit to hear them, but I swear they said they were on the parade committee and needed another judge. You’ll never guess who they were thinking about asking. Cookie!
Well, when I heard her name I may have shouted, “no” and startled the one little gal enough that she spilled her coffee. I offered to buy her a new one, but she wasn’t interested. I asked if it was true, about Cookie, but they wouldn’t confirm nor deny.
Don’t get me wrong, Cookie would make a great judge. That’s the problem. This type of gig is right up her alley. If she agreed to judge, she’ll never vote for me and Raider for the win. I can hear her already touting ethics and integrity, and ensuring there isn’t the slightest appearance of partiality. Ugh! We’ll never stand a chance.
So now I’m on a quest to dig up the truth. No sense in wasting time picking out a costume if we don’t have a shot at winning.
One last piece of gossip. I heard the authors of the Pampered Pets Mystery series are giving away a copy of their latest book, Raiders of the Lost Bark. All you have to do is leave a comment on what type of costume you think would be best for a St. Bernard puppy for a chance to win. Don’t forget to include your email address or they won’t have a way to notify the winner!
Sparkle Abbey is the pseudonym of two mystery authors (Mary Lee Woods and Anita Carter). They are friends and neighbors as well as co-writers of the Pampered Pets Mystery Series. The pen name was created by combining the names of their rescue pets--Sparkle (Mary Lee's cat) and Abbey (Anita's dog).
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