TABITHA CONALL celebrates Responsible Dog Owners Day! #Snarktember 17th! @TabithaConall #giveaway!
Happy Responsible Dog Ownership Day!
To start off, I have to make a confession: I’m a total cat person. So it may seem odd that I chose to celebrate Responsible Dog Ownership Day for Snarktember, but there is a method to my madness.
I write shifter romance, and the hero of the next book in my White Fir Bend Cult series shifts into a beautiful Alaskan Malamute. He’s a little embarrassed about it, actually, seeing as his friends all shift into apex predators like lions, bears and wolves. Still, Stryker makes a formidable dog, not to mention a very friendly guy.
Speaking of Alaska, I visited there a few years ago, and got to go on a tour of a homestead where they raise sled dogs. We got to see a lot of the dogs–all of whom seemed well taken care of (tying back into responsible dog ownership 🙂 )–and I learned a lot about dog sledding that I never knew before.
For instance, even though that sled looks really heavy, the actual amount of weight that each of the dogs has to pull is quite small. I didn’t write the number down and it’s been a while, but it was like–a pound, maybe. Each. Which boggled my mind until they explained why–once the sled gets moving, the blades of the sled are designed to move easily over the snow and ice. “A body in motion tends to stay in motion” and the weight of the sled actually helps to keep it going. So it only takes a little tug from the dogs to keep it moving at a quick pace.
And the dogs love it. Check out this photo from my trip:
The dogs had been put in their harness but hadn’t been hooked up to the ATV yet. (Since it was summer and there was no snow, they used an ATV instead of a sled.) The dogs were jumping around and barking, and the dogs who weren’t hooked up–and weren’t going to get to go on this run–were also running around in circles barking, almost as though shouting “Take me! Take me!”
These huskies are so active they need to be exercised regularly, which is a little more difficult when there’s no snow. In addition to the psuedo-sled/ATV running, they had a fun treadmill set up:
Yes, it’s true. That dog is running full-out in a huge hamster wheel. 🙂
During the presentation part of our tour, the owners told us several funny stories, many of them designed to show just how little the dogs cared that they were pulling a sled… in other words, if the sled driver happened to fall off, the dogs kept going. Those dogs wouldn’t stop or wait or come back; all they wanted to do was run. If the driver fell off, the driver might have a long walk.
All of the dogs I saw at this homestead in Alaska seemed very well cared for. To celebrate Responsible Dog Owner’s Day, I hope you dog owners will give your dog a hug.
And if you’d like to read more about Stryker, my Alaskan Malamute shifter, his story will be coming soon, but he’s also featured in the first two books of the series – the short story A Minor Shift, which is free, and Shifting Ground.
A Minor Shift
The short story that kicks off the White Fir Bend Cult series…
BBW shifter Eva Ross wants to climb the ranks at the FBI and she’s on her way. A romance could put a huge wrench in her plans, so she turns down lion shifter and Army Ranger Bowie Garrison by telling him she’s already got a date.
She didn’t expect to wake the lion. Now Bowie’s coming for her and it’ll be all she can do to resist him…and her traitorous heart.
They’d never kissed before, not in all the long nights in Afghanistan, not even when Bowie would gaze at her lips longingly while she yearned to get closer to him.
The kiss was better than anything Eva’d imagined on any of those fevered nights. Bowie let go of her arm and threaded his fingers through her hair, holding her head in place while he plundered her mouth.
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The second book in Tabitha Conall’s White Fir Bend Cult series…
Army Ranger and bear shifter Tiger Kane got kicked out of the cult he grew up in when he was fifteen. Now he’s back to rescue his estranged mom from the clutches of the cult leader.
BBW Dr. Piper Holmes thought she was going to be studying dropping fertility rates in a rural shifter town. If she’d known she’d be trapped in a cult compound where grown men married twelve-year-olds and grown women wore bruises, she never would have agreed.
Thrown together, Kane and Piper work to help two women escape the cult. But other forces are at work, and Kane and Piper don’t know who they can trust.
They’re not even sure they can trust each other.
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Tabitha fell in love with love when she wrote her first play at the age of eight. That story involved three princes who fell in love with three princesses. With time, boyfriends and a degree in writing, her stories gained not just deeper conflict but also a lot more flesh. Now she describes the princes and princesses falling in love, all the obstacles they have to conquer, and also what happens when they close the bedroom door. What could be more perfect?
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