TABITHA CONALL celebrates Responsible Dog Owners Day! #Snarktember 17th! @TabithaConall #giveaway!

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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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Shifting Ground

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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  • I locked myself out of the house. Sent Rory through the door flap. Most useful fetch ever.

  • I just remember being about 6 or 7 and holding my puppy Shelly for the first time. I never wanted to let her go. She felt so soft and cuddle. She even slept with me. To this day when I hold a puppy, I think of Shelly.

  • my dog bandit after my ex and I broke up. my ex went to my mom’s to get some of his stuff and Bandit growled at him. didn’t want him near my mom. he hit me a lot and took me awhile to get out.

  • playing with a friend’s dog

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  • I gave two. One is my neighbors dog teaching my son to play soccer in our front yard. My son was 5 at the time and pax my neighbors dog would come over everyday and they played soccer for hours. Next one is my dog after I had my motorcycle accident in 20 11 I was in a wheelchair for about 2 years and when I was in the house she would sit under my wheelchair liking my bad leg. We got so close during at time

  • Raising four Maltese puppies when we lost the mother on the table at the Vet clinic I managed. The doctor said it would be impossible and so did the Veterinary School close to Houston and the owners didn’t have the first clue what to do but someone needed to stand up or the pups were going to die. So our clinic had an old baby incubator from a hospital and I carried them from home to work for the first three weeks daily and I tube feed them until they were strong enough to take a bottle. I brought all four through with flying color the girls were all tiny but I have to admit the one boy was the size of a Lab puppy at eight weeks (lol) It is a memory that always makes me smile.

  • Arriving home to Ireland after living in England, and aware my little sister had acquired a little puppy – Sailor – expecting a bundle of fluff, I was assaulted by a large, ebullient Golden Retriever and ended up in the bush by the front door suitcase and all !!! Well I didn’t know he would be so large at four months old !!

  • My fondest memories of our dog Starbuck is just watching my boys play with him. There is just something about a boy and his dog that is so incredibly sweet.

  • The way my brother-in-law’s late dog, Jasmine, used to fight everyone else to get her ball, but she would always give the ball gently to me.

    I firmly believe that Jasmine could sense/smell that I was seriously ill (I have an ‘invisible’ illness) and behaved accordingly. Jasmine only had one eye due to an accident when she was a pup but, my God, that girl enjoyed life in the fast lane!

    She may have been only a wee thing, but in my eyes she was a giant. Miss you Jazzy.

  • Had a cinnamon/white border collie named Cocoa that was so smart she picked up sign language and some spelling as my niece is deaf…really miss her…

  • I grew up in a very small town, he’s long gone now, but Rasto (get it, The Jetsons), would walk with us to school each day, he’d be out side the door at each recess and lunch time, and he would be waiting to walk us home each afternoon. He’s long gone now, but sometimes I still really miss that goofy dog!

  • When I was a kid, we got the cutest Beagle puppy. My parents let me name her Josie, after one of my favorite cartoons at the time. So when she had puppies, we got to name the rest after the whole gang of Josie and the Pussycats. Yes, I know they weren’t cats, but I was only 7/8, so they humor end me!😊

  • We had a German Shepard named King and he would follow us everywhere, fishing, hunting, just playing in the yard! If it was one thing us kids could count on, it was that King was right there with us!😄😄😄 Thanks for reminding me of that wonderful time in my life!

  • When I would lay down and she would jump up on the bed and sleep with me

  • I have loved all of my dogs. They have been companions to me through some rough times and I am very appreciative of them.

  • My mother’s dog usually ignores me except when I sit down at the table to eat, then I suddenly become very interesting to him.

  • I had a long haired dachshund growing up and he was the best dog ever. When I got my driver’s licence, I would always take him for a drive and we would stop by a burger joint and I would get him a plain hamburger to eat during the ride. He loved it.

  • I kept telling the dogs that there was nothing out side so stop barking but they kept at it so I looked out side and there was like 5 horse running around the house! somebody’s horse’s must of got louse and was running around are yard making a mess of I said OK you wore right there is something out side to the dog’s.

  • My husband and I used to have a Rottweiler named Dexter and he was so my dog. I never noticed this till hubby pointed it out. If hubby and I were having a loud discussion or argument Dexter would come sit next to me and stare up at hubby like I dare you to touch her. Once hubby pointed it out to me it was hard to not laugh cause I caught myself watching Dexter and sure enough he would stare at my hubby with eyes that said it all. I miss that dog daily, he got cancer and died peacefully in his sleep.

  • everyday with my dog jack is a great day. Boston terrier. he’s just getting over being sick. so right now everything he does is precious.

    I remember one time, jack got mad at my mom and while she was away he left her a little present in her shoe. good dog.

  • My dog followed me everywhere. He was truly my best friend. Sadly he is gone now but I think of him often.

  • My little dog lock me out of car with push lock on the door. she was stand look out the window at me then finally got her step on the lock get the door open.

  • My fondest memory is having to bottle feed him because he was only three weeks old when we got him. He was the runt and his mama would not let him feed.

  • I went to pick my daughter up from a golf meet last night and my little luna who is a Pomeranian puppy was sitting in my cup holders of my car. Pictures are posted on face book at and on the wolf pack site.

  • My favorite memory of my husbands dog is when we would both come home and I would get greeted first and more enthusiastically than he did. 🙂

  • When I was little I woke my dad up because he heard noises at 1am and found me in the shower with all the puppies jumping on and around me as I was eating dry cereal out of the box. I was having a great time, my dad not so much.

  • My favorite memory involving a dog involves my parents dog, which is a teacup poodle. He loves catching balls or frisbees and bringing it back to you. So I love just throwing it to him over and over again.It’s great exercise – for both of us!

  • And we have a winner! Kay Smillie has won my giveaway of a $5 gift card and an ebook copy of Her Forbidden Alpha. Congratulations, Kay!

  • WOW!!! Thank you very much Tabitha! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Just lost our Ozzy at 14 years but I have lots of lovely memories of him lying against my back when I have been in great pain. The shared bodyheat was so soothing. I miss him.