Wednesday, December 4, 2013

My Bouncy Boo Bear

Today I'm joined by author Delia Latham, whose little Boo Bear has stolen my heart! Tell us about Boo, Delia:

At the risk of being shot at or spit on, I have a confession: I've never been a pet person…until Boo Bear—my terribly spoiled Pomeranian.

When we got him, he was barely weaned, and just a tiny little ball of fur—as was his sister, Willow, who claimed my son's heart and also came home with us.

But Willow and Obie have their own home now, and Boo…well, he has the run of our home, and thinks he owns it.

Maybe he does. I'll have to re-check the deed…

Our routine has changed in a number of ways since Boo bounced into our lives.

For example, my husband and I never liked the idea of pets on our bed, but Boo doesn't give a fig what we like or don't like. He has claimed our bed as his own—at least at night, when he bounces up beside me and curls himself into an itty bitty ball right behind my knees.

He's quite the gentleman though. If I come to bed after he and hubby have already burrowed in, he politely jumps off and waits until I get settled before coming back up and staking claim to his chosen spot. During the day, the guestroom bed is his, no matter how hard we try to keep him off it.

Seriously, shouldn't I just run him off? Naw, he'd just come back! In the words of an old song by Susan Wray, "What'cha gonna do with a dog like that?"

Boo's a dancer. When he's showing off for the neighborhood kids, all of whom think he's just the cat's meow (sorry, Boo!), you'd think he was on stage. Those cute little front paws fly high and swat the air with amazing grace, and he struts around like some kind of doggie star. He does the same thing when he's excited…or just walkin' in tall grass and feelin' the joy of life. It's way too cute!

I used to laugh and tease my brother-in-law for turning into an "old softie" when he got his little chihuahua, Angel. But it seems the old adage that states "what goes around comes around" is still true. Even when applied to pets. If you don't want to be wrapped around a little furry paw, don't get a puppy—especially a gentleman dancer of a Pom! (Hmm…maybe we should have name him Astair! Naw…I like Boo.)

Boo's turned both my husband and me into "old softies." But he's worth it.

Delia Latham is a born-and-bred California gal, recently transplanted to Oklahoma where she lives with her husband Johnny. She’s a Christian wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend—but above all, she treasures her role as child of the King and heir to the throne of God. She enjoys big, loud, happy family gatherings. When she’s not writing, she loves to play piano and sing, read, enjoy nature’s beauty, and design marketing products for authors.

At twenty-one, Lea Dale is well-adjusted and happy, despite the facial scars she's carried since infancy. She has friends in the highest of places, possesses colorful vision (since for some reason she can see auras around folks), and her family and friends adore her. Corrective surgery is a possibility, but not one Lea has felt the need to consider…until wealthy investor Laren Meadows walks into her life and turns it upside down.

Suddenly, Lea is painfully conscious of her lack of perfection, given Laren's flawless looks and ultra-charming personality. What a blessing that he's attracted to her despite her scars—and even her special angel seems to approve of the match.

Then a secret from Laren's past threatens to destroy any hope of a future for the two of them. Now there's only one way for Lea to know if Laren's love is true, but taking that action could mark the end of their relationship.

Can love survive such a tangled mess of physical and emotional scars?

13 comments:

  1. Maria, thank you for hosting Boo and me! We're excited to be here.
    Just for the record, I failed to get you an updated bio. For the readers' benefit, we lived in Oklahoma for five years, but are now back home in California, living in the beautiful little mountain town of Tehachapi. :)

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    1. Loved your story of Boo. I'm trying to decide what puppy I want for Christmas. She has to be non-allergenic. So much fun to decide!.

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    2. I'm not sure about non-allergenic, Anne...but I do love my Pom! :D

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    3. Cute Dog! They do steal the house, don't they? Anne, we have a Labradoodle, medium sized--No shedding!

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    4. The house, along with everything and everyone in it! lol

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  2. What a beautiful dog! We met his cousin over Thanksgiving. A friend, a massive oilfield worker with an intimidating stance and permanent glare, has Toby, a blond pom that's just as cute as he can get. Hearing Carlton sweet-talk that dog floored me faster than a one-two punch to the jaw, but now my husband wants one. A pom--not the punch.

    Good story, Delia!

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    1. There's something about seeing a big ol' guy cuddling up a tiny dog, isn't there? I love watching my husband with Boo! Thanks for stopping by, Linda!

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  3. Great and fun post, ladies! Delia, Boo seems to be the perfect name for your love bug. I agree re: the husband cuddling with an animal. After growing up with only dogs and saying he never wanted a cat, my husband is perhaps the funniest to watch cuddle with our newest family member, Brady the Cat (totally rules the household). Thanks for sharing. I can always feel your smile and warmth shining through in your posts. Blessings to you and yours, including Boo, during this most precious season of the year!

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    1. Love it, JoAnn! Men and cats is even more uncommon than men with tiny dogs. That's very sweet! :) Thank you for stopping by - and blessings right backatcha for Christmas!

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  4. Thank you for stopping by, Delia. I loved getting to know Boo.

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  5. Thanks for having us, Maria! We had a blast. :)

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  6. Boo is such a sweetheart! I'm a head over heels dog lover and so appreciate getting to see everyone's furry babies.

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    1. Well, as I have confessed, I haven't always been a dog lover...or cat lover...or any other kind of animal lover. lol But once one of the little critters gets hold of a heart, you're sunk. :P Thanks, Terri - I appreciate you coming by.

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