Okay, if you know the history of my romantic life, you know I've been single and continue to be single. The new man in my life is barely a pound in weight and walks on all fours. He is only 7 weeks old, and still very much a baby. But he's stolen my heart completely.
I chose to go with a mixed breed of Maltese and Poodle. I've had 4 Toy Poodles in my home over the years, but I've never tried a Maltese. This little guy really has the look of a Shih-Tzu without the overbite.
It is quite a commitment to take on a pup. We're looking forward to at least 10-15 years of living with this guy, and I want to train him up right. (This is where I send up a prayer for every parent of a human child out there!)
I was wondering if any of you have ever used a name from literature to name a pet, child, place, or such in your own life. Tell me about it in a comment.
After a long list and deliberation, I've settled on naming him Bingley. Yes, it comes from Pride & Prejudice. (I'm an Austen fan!) Truthfully, his name was Mr. Darcy for a few short hours, but after sleeping on it, I decided it was too long, and I didn't like shortening it to Mister or Darcy. So, he's Bingley, because he is sweet, intelligent, and a good companion.
Also, as you write your stories, do you consider adding pets? It seems like most people I know have a pet of some sort. JoAnne has her Shih-Tzu, Susan her turtle, Kelly her dogs and horses, Connie her cats, and so on. Only Annie in our department has willingly avoided the temptation to be a pet owner.
I've read many fun stories using pets as part of the setting and even developing them like a secondary character. Janice Thompson has the memorable Sasha in her Bridal Mayhem books. I recently read an unpublished manuscript that had a dog in the story. IMHO the dog could have been used even more to further the conflict, but I did enjoy his presence anyway.
Pets are a natural part of most settings, and pet owners enjoy reading about pets, so don't overlook them in your stories.