Friday, October 16, 2015

Dear Abby - When Are You Ready to Adopt a Dog Again?

Dear Friends,

I have a wonderful question from my friend Barbara, who is owned by my dachshund buddy, Oz.  She asked how long one should wait before rescuing a new dog friend after a beloved furbaby passes on.  

Barbara sent along a few photos of Oz, above and below.  Oz is such a handsome doxie!

Here is Oz with Barbara's son, Patrick:

 Oz met Santa Claus!

This is a great question!   I do not think there is any time frame.  If you feel ready to adopt a new fur-friend, then you absolutely should.  I am a believer, as my Momma is, that there is a thread of love with pet adoptions.  You loved your pup who passed on, and you know what wonderful companionship you and your pup found together, so you want to share love again with another pup.  So the love from one dog carries on to the next, and it is good.

I know that people can sometimes offer lots of opinions about this, just as they do with other pet issues.  But these choices are up to the pet-person to make, in the best interest of their family and the pets.  And as I see it, how can it ever be a bad thing to share a loving home with a dog who needs rescue?

We have thought about this a lot here.  Momma is not ready yet to adopt a new friend after my beloved brother Barney Fife passed on last year.   There will be a time, and there will be a dog who needs a rescue ... maybe a stray, or a dog who needs to be rehomed, or a dog at an animal shelter.  That time hasn't arrived yet, but we will know when it is right.  And that will be good too.

I hope my answer was helpful ... and Barbara, I am so happy that you adopted Oz, who is so blessed to have your family!

This is the last question that I have for my Friday blog posts, so I am looking for new blog questions to answer.  They can be about dogs, pet issues, or just for fun questions.  Any are welcome!  Please leave any questions in the comments section below.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

With love,
Abby xoxoxo

Book Review and Giveaway - Death on the Prairie by Kathleen Ernst

Death on the Prairie
(A Chloe Ellefson Mystery)

6th in Series
Cozy Mystery
Paperback: 360 pages
Publisher: Midnight Ink (October 8, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-0738744704

Chloe Ellefson and her sister, Kari, have long dreamed of visiting each historic site dedicated to Laura Ingalls Wilder. When Chloe takes custody of a quilt once owned by the beloved author, the sisters set out on the trip of a lifetime, hoping to prove that Wilder stitched it herself.
But death strikes as the journey begins, and trouble stalks their fellow travelers. Among the “Little House” devotees are academic critics, greedy collectors, and obsessive fans. Kari is distracted by family problems, and unexpected news from Chloe’s boyfriend jeopardizes her own future. As the sisters travel deeper into Wilder territory, Chloe races to discover the truth about a precious artifact—and her own heart—before a killer can strike again.

My Review
From the moment I first heard about Death on the Prairie, I was eager to read this book.  I am a lifelong Laura Ingalls Wilder fan - primarily the books, although I did enjoy the tv series as well.  (I know the tv series took liberties, but I still enjoyed it, primarily because of the warm characterization of the Ingalls family.)  I have to admit that I chuckled at the conversation in a book that included the line "Are you a book person, a TV person, or a truther?"  One of my dreams is to visit all the Laura sites, so it was a joy to read a cozy mystery that involved  Laura Ingalls Wilder history and the sites associated with her life. 

I really liked the character of Chloe, with her kind nature and fascination with Laura history.  I also enjoyed her relationship with her sister and  her boyfriend.

The mystery started with a death early in the book and it deepened as the book continued, with mysterious happenings at the various Laura sites.  It was very well written, and moved at a pace that seemed perfect for a cozy with rich historical details.

Of course, all the Laura lore was fascinating!  I loved the details about the historical sites, the quilt, and the Laura Ingalls Wilder quotes that started each chapter.  

I loved the conversation in the book about "WWLD?" ("What would Laura do?")   That has always been something I've thought about in times like ice storms, power outages, etc.   I was tickled to see a reference to others thinking the same way.

This is my first book in the Chloe Ellefson series.  I enjoyed it and picked up with the characters easily.  I did have some confusion about the time setting.  There were a lot of references to pay phones  (and no cell phones in emergencies), so I am assuming the books must be set in an earlier time. 

I have already enthusiastically recommended this book to friends who are interested in Laura Ingalls Wilder, children's literature, and history.  I am personally looking forward to reading the rest of the series as well. 

About The Author:
Kathleen Ernst is a former museum curator who remains passionate about history!  In addition to the Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites series, she has written many books for American Girl, including nine about the historical character she created, Caroline Abbott. Over 1.5 million copies of Kathleen’s 33 titles have been sold. The Chloe series has earned a LOVEY Award for Best Traditional Mystery, and several of her mysteries for young readers have been finalists for Edgar or Agatha awards. 

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