Thursday, November 12, 2009

My Four-legged Babies


Missy Tippens here. I was blogging on Wednesday at Novel Journey, and I talked about my writing partner, Duke. He's the black and white spotted baby sitting by my feet in this photo. He always sits curled up beside me while I work on my laptop in the family room. And when it's cool, he likes to sit right on top of my feet! It's so nice to have a writing buddy. It's also nice to have warm feet. :)

I also have a chocolate lab, Libby. She's not as clingy as Duke but makes an appearance when she's hungry.

I adore being able to work at home. I hang out in my p.j.'s and pray no one rings the doorbell! :) I can also eat at my computer during lunch if I like. And I have flexibility in my schedule if my kids have appointments or events at school. This career is my dream come true! I think the dogs like it, too.

Speaking of career... I have a new book out now! A Forever Christmas. Here's a back cover blurb:

Sarah Radcliffe’s quiet Christmas back in her hometown will be lost if she agrees to direct the church’s Christmas pageant. But when she meets two little boys determined to gain their father’s attention, Sarah agrees to help. Then she discovers that the dad in question is Gregory Jones, the man she loved and lost.

The single dad is working himself to the bone to give his boys the Christmas of their dreams, when all they want is some family time. Time that includes a new mommy. If Sarah can learn to open her heart, she may receive the most wonderful present of all—a family of her own.



Okay, your turn! Do any of you work at home? If you're retired, do you have pets who keep you company?






17 comments:

PamelaTracy said...

I was thinking more about your dogs than my career. The male is clingy; they female is not. Right. My cat Aquila was clingy. He would pace the window waiting for me to get home. His favorite spot was in my lap. Priscilla his wife slept while I was at work. Her favorite spot: on the floor. I actually had a basket on my desk for Aquilla because I was trying to control the shedding.

EllenToo said...

I am retired and stay at home (except when I take long trips to places I want to see) but I have no pets because I am allergic to them. And also because I like to take off on trips with no warning and I couldn't do that with pets. My family always had dogs when I was growing up however they were outside only dogs.

Missy Tippens said...

LOL, Pamela. It's true. My female dog is the alpha dog. :) Of course, she's older. She was about 2 or 3 when we got Duke as a puppy.

Missy Tippens said...

Ellen, having pets really does make it difficult to travel. You have to plan ahead. No spur of the moment getaways.

My husband's parents are probably not going to get anymore dogs. Their cats make it easier for them to travel.

Missy Tippens said...

And Pamela, we got a cat bed hoping to keep the cat from getting so much hair on the corner of my son's comforter. But our huge lab has taken it over!! It's hilarious. I should share a photo of that another time. She weighs about 90 pounds and sleeps on that silly cat bed! [grin]

CatMom said...

Thanks for sharing the pictures of your adorable four-legged babies, Missy - - sooo cute!! ~ I love being at home now (since I retired from teaching). My 6 cats give me lots of company....they also give me lots of work,LOL! Sometimes I refer to them as my "toddlers in fur" because 3 of them (the youngest ones) are almost always getting into something. But they're so sweet, and when I'm writing there are usually at least 4 kitties around me! Hugs, Patti Jo

Melissa said...

Wow, Patti Jo! 6 kitties! Please tell me they're not all indoor cats (with litter boxes to deal with!). :)

Missy Tippens said...

That Melissa was Missy. I was signed in under the wrong name.

Lyn Cote said...

My cat V-8 always wants to lie on my lap when I'm typing on my laptop. It wouldn't be so bad if he didn't need to lay his head on my right arm!

April said...

Great post. I had to retire from nursing{a career I loved} due to disability{had to have a spinal fusion which included 8 rods & 16 screws)unable to bend much so had to give up career. Enough of me. I have a black cat some call a demon cat, cause he is so mean,but he is also very loving. I raised him from about a week old, his mom was killed. He loves to lie at your feet a night,also likes to bite your feet. Blessings
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PamelaTracy said...

Hmmm, my female was older. She was a rescue. My male came to me at five weeks, and boy did my female hate hate hate him. She literally beat the snot out of him once. I called the family that gave me the male and said if she didn't stop beating him up, I'd have to give him back. Lucky for him and me (I loved Aquila) she stopped.

Missy Tippens said...

Lyn, that would be hard to type! :)

Missy Tippens said...

April, he sounds like a charmer! :) I'm sure it's nice to have him at your feet as long as you don't have to move them. I bet he attacks moving things like my cat does. :)

Missy Tippens said...

Pamela, we had to have our older cat put to sleep a few months ago. Back when we got our younger cat, our older one hated the new cat to death! They fought all the time...until we got the first dog! LOL Then they were best friends up at arms against the new puppy who only wanted to play. ;)

Missy Tippens said...

I should also say we have 2 guinea pigs in the Tippens menagerie of pets. And Duke is scared of them!! LOL He won't go near the cage if they're squeaking. He glues himself to my legs and shivers. :)

CatMom said...

Missy, Yes....my 6 kitties are all indoor kitties! (2 of them go outside, but only for a little while during nice weather, then they return inside). My husband is actually embarrassed for anyone to know I have that many (he's afraid people will think his wife is the "crazy cat lady" LOL). But when a stray calico gave birth at my front door last year, I had to keep her and 3 kittens (was only able to find a good home for the 4th kitten). Since I already had 2 older cats, adding those 4 made 6. Somedays I feel I'm constantly cleaning litter boxes, but they're worth it! ;) Hugs, Patti Jo

Missy Tippens said...

LOL, Patti Jo. We don't think that! I can't keep up very well anymore, but my sister has 3 dogs and 2 or 3 cats. You're like her. Strays are drawn to you because you're so compassionate! :)