Friday, February 14, 2014

Special Moments for Valentine's Day

   Nature’s Recipe for Moments along with the BlogPaws Community are sponsoring a Blog Hop to highlight the special bond between humans and their pets.  I thought that Valentine’s Day would be a great time to gush over my special bond with Bentley.  He will still be expecting treats and belly rubs to celebrate the holiday.
 
   I have loved dogs my entire life.  I don’t believe there has ever been a time when I couldn’t hear the pitter-patter of four feet.  The dog breeds that I’ve enjoyed living with truly run the gamut of size, temperament, and overall “dogginess.”  We had a Beagle and a mixed breed when I was a child.  Barney the Beagle lived to be almost 20 years old!  Since being a married adult, we have had three cats, four German Shepherds, one insane Schnauzer, a Golden Retriever, and our current love, Bentley the Basset Hound.
   I have had a special connection with each of these great animals.  My heart is crisscrossed with paw prints from them.  Every one of them has affected my life and we all shared so many special moments.  Like most pet parents, I could brag about my fur children for days on end.  Since nobody has time for that, I will share some magic
moments I’ve spent with Bentley.
   All dogs bring certain changes to a family.  Bentley is the first dog in my life to give me a career.  That definitely makes him the dog that has been the biggest influence in my life.  He is the reason for my book series The Returns.  Many authors write about life with their dogs but Bentley doesn’t fall into that group.  In my books, he is former FBI Agent #7 Bentley Clanton.  He arrives in Heaven after an arrest goes bad and discovers he is too early.  The Returns Department sends him back to earth in the body of a Basset Hound.  He still has all of his human characteristics and abilities, just in a short hairy body.
 
Bentley is my cover model
 How did I come up with the idea?  To explain, I need to tell you about my funny Basset.  He is the most human dog I’ve ever seen.  He sits like a scholar, hugs like a man, and loves like a mama’s boy.  There are times when he looks deep in my eyes and I believe he can see all the way to my soul.  He gets the most serious look in his big brown eyes when he locks them on me.  Bentley loves to snuggle and will climb up on the couch to lay his head on my lap or laptop if I’m writing.
   There are many moments that I love sharing with him.  I wake up with a smile every morning because of Bentley.  He sleeps next to our bed and when he wakes up in the morning, he uses his nose to push my covers back.  Then, he takes his ginormous paw to tap my arm.  I open my eyes and he is sitting up staring at me.  As soon as our eyes meet, he puts his paws back on the edge of the bed and gives me kisses.  Now, who could possibly wake up grumpy with that kind of welcome to a new day?
   One of my other favorite times with him is bath time.  He climbs in the tub and after
we brush his teeth, he stands and lets me wash him from head to tail.  Once he is towel dried, I put a towel in the bottom of the tub.  He will sprawl out while I brush and blow-dry him.  He has been known to nod off during this special spa treatment.  When he needs drops in his ears, he will put his head on my lap to allow me to drop the medicine down in his ear canal.  I know that he doesn’t like it but he doesn’t complain or fight the process.  He never fails to give me a hug after anything we do, whether it’s playing, grooming, feeding, and just hanging out together.  Before he goes on to his next activity, I get a hug.  We enjoy our special Mama and Bentley time together.

   He has a perfect number seven on his hip, which is where the story idea originated.  As far as the seven goes, it has always been my lucky number, and he is the seventh dog in our family.  Even though Bentley has a number seven on his coat, he will always be number one with me.

Happy Valentine’s Day!


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19 comments :

  1. Bentley sounds like a wonderful companion! I am amazed to hear about his reaction to a bath time.

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    1. Thanks Mark, He is a sweetheart. It is funny that he enjoys grooming, he doesn't care for that "hound dog" smell! Happy Valentine's Day : )

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  2. Wow what a beautiful story!!! Great to get to know Bentley better!
    He seems like such a loving awesome dog!
    Happy Valentines Day to you and your family!!

    ღღ Husky Love hugz ღღ

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    1. He's my love! I hope you are having a wonderful Valentine's Day too!

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  3. Bentley really does sound like an old soul. Cool idea for a book too. I want to read it but waiting to see if I win it...Happy Valentine's Day!

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    1. Thanks Amy, that is an excellent way to describe him! I'm sorry, but I announced the winner on Monday for the prize. Lisa from Dogs 'N Pawz was the lucky winner. Have a super Valentine's Day!

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  4. OOPS just checked and saw I didn't win! So I'll be getting it for my kindle :)

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    1. I really appreciate it! I hope that you like it and gets lots of laughs!

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  5. Precious Bentley. Our dogs truly inspires us, one of their greatest gifts. Happy Valentine's Day!

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  6. Precious Bentley. Our dogs truly inspires us, one of their greatest gifts. Happy Valentine's Day!

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  7. Precious Bentley. Our dogs inspire us, one of their greatest gifts. Happy Valentine's Day!

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    1. Thanks Sugar! Dogs do make life soooo much sweeter! Have a banana ice cream kind of Valentine's Day!!

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  8. HAPPY VALENTINES DAY TO BENTLEY AND EVERYONE AT YOUR HOUSE!!! HUGGYS!

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    1. Thanks! We hope our besties in Colorado have a spectacular Valentine's Day! XXOO

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  9. What a great story! We thought about doing our special moments post today but this dog ran out of time to get it together. Happy Valentines Day, especially to our long eared friend with the cool name, Bentley!

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    1. Thanks Emma! It is understandable with all of the baking that you've been doing. I'll be keeping an eye out for your Special Moment. <3

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  10. Aw, those are such great moments! It sounds like you and Bentley have a very special bond. I love how he has inspired your books too. Isn't life just wonderful when it is shared with a dog???
    *Cairn cuddles*
    Oz

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  11. Touching, very touching. Like how he was your seventh dog and has that number 7 on him. Hope you have many more years with your love.

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  12. Aw you are quite the lap dog. Heavy one I can imagine!

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