Character: Liam

Who doesn’t love pets???

Growing up, we’ve had an assortment of pets from dogs, cats, rabbits, and a few wolf crosses. Of course, living on a farm lends itself to a whole slew of animals.

Well…I have to be honest with you all. I’m not much of a pet person. *gasp* I know. I really want to be…but…when a cat looks at me, I start wondering what its thinking, if its planning to kill me in my sleep or something. Dogs…just don’t lick me, please? I know, horrible, right? But I LOVE the relationships I’ve seen people with their pets. As a kid I even tried to do the whole Sheena-fingers-on-the-nose thing just hoping to communicate with them. And I might have tried to pull a Crocodile Dundee on a cow once or twice. Yeah, didn’t work. Don’t get me wrong. I really, really would like a pet. And maybe someday when the kids are older and I’ve moved beyond the hey-we-survived-don’t-judge-me-I-pick-my-battles stage, then maybe we’ll get a pet. Unfortunately, my hubby and son are allergic to cats. Boo!

So I think this desire to connect deeply with an animal may have oozed into my subconscious as I was writing Secrets Kept. Probably because I’ve read one too many books like The Black Stallion series, Where the Red Fern Grows, and such. I mean, who wouldn’t want a “pet” like Lyra had in The Golden Compass?

Thus born out of my subconscious, Ayianna has a pet wolf. Her name is Liam. When Ayianna’s father uprooted their family to live among the humans, Ayianna’s brother found a wolf cub and gave her to Ayianna as a gift. Since then, she’s been Ayianna’s faithful companion. A much needed one at that.

What is your favorite story that includes pets?

Do you have a pet? If so, tell me about them! Unfortunately, we have no pets at this time.