Happy Mutt’s Day!

Photo of medium-size black and tan mutt standing in grass
Paisley, a mutt with (probably) Rottweiler, hound, and whippet in her. Copyright © 2013 Elizabeth West

I’m a sucker for dogs, particularly mutts. There’s nothing like a good mixed breed dog to make life interesting and become a loyal companion. So today, I’m celebrating Mutt’s Day along with my own mutt, Paisley. If you have a mixed breed dog, whether it’s the result of two breeds or twenty, celebrate your canine friend today. Our mutts deserve recognition for the great animals they are!

This is also a good day to remember that while most people think of labrador retrievers and golden retrievers when they hear the words service dog, not all service dogs are purebreds. There are some amazing mutts out there who help their disabled humans in numerous ways.

Want a peek at what a mutt can be trained to do? Check out Imperfect Beauty and Jordan’s Battle, both of which feature mixed breed service dogs helping out the heroes of the stories.

Imperfect Beauty cover artBlurb:

A visit to the Highland games goes awry for Alasdair Buchanan when his cousin abandons him in the crowd. His guide dog is terrible at describing the sights, but he does a great job of finding the river. Too bad Alasdair has no clue where that river is in relation to his cousin’s apartment.

When Trisha Wright stops to speak with him in her angelic voice, Alasdair is certain his cousin did him a favor by abandoning him. Trisha loves the Scot’s flirtatious ways and basks in his compliments, but she can’t shake the fear that he’ll hate her when he learns the truth about her—a truth everyone can see but him.

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Imperfect Beauty is available from Astraea Press, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other online retailers.

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Jordan's Battle cover artBlurb:

Computer programmer Alaina Howard has a new office mate, and she couldn’t be happier that he’s handsome and unattached. Although initially uncertain of his position in the company, she quickly realizes that he’s good at his job and a valuable asset. If only she knew why the seemingly non-disabled man needed a service dog, things would be perfect.

Army veteran Jordan Blake is thrilled to get a job that allows him to pursue his dream of learning web development. The position is even sweeter thanks to the beautiful woman he shares an office with. The only drawback is that she seems suspicious of his need for a service dog to assist with an invisible disability.

Will Alaina’s suspicion and Jordan’s reluctance to talk about his disability keep them from developing the relationship they both desire?

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Jordan’s Battle is available from Astraea Press, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other online retailers.

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