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What Inspires You? I’ve Got Hairy Bookends!

Posted on Feb 9, 2011 by Lisa Ricard Claro   21 Comments | Posted in dogs · dragons · penny · rigby · woodspirit

Not long ago I posted about my writing muses, Wood Spirit Walt and a trio of dragons named Edgar, Allan and Poe.  (Here’s the link to that post, if you’d like a look at Walt and his winged cohorts:

Yesterday my two Lab (okay, Lab-ish) pups curled like breathing bookends on the daybed in my office, and I realized I omitted them in my previous post about muses. How could I forget Penny (black female) and Rigby (yellow male)? These two hairy kids keep me company every day. They mosey over for a belly rub right about the time my brain is deep-freezing on a plot point or my memory faltering on proper syntax. How do they always know the perfect time to offer encouragement?

These faithful pups wait with Zen-like patience for me to abandon the keyboard and scratch their ears or reward their adorable hairiness with rawhide treats.  They also bark to warn me of horrible threats to my safety, such as a leaf falling from a tree in a neighboring county or the miniature Chihuahua peeing on a bush three houses down.

Okay, so admittedly their danger assessment skills are lacking, but Rigby and Penny excel at other things. They imbue my world with an abundance of positive juju, and they love me with unwavering fervor whether I’m putting the finishing touches on a story or wading neck deep in the swamp of a mucky first draft.

And let’s face it. When it comes to inspiration, it’s hard to beat a wagging tail and wet nose.

Til next time —

P.S.  Thank you so much! To everyone participating in my February blog contest.  If you haven’t yet entered, please do!  For details on how to enter and what you could win click on this link: “February Blog Contest” or click the contest tab located at the top of this blog.

21 Responses to "What Inspires You? I’ve Got Hairy Bookends!"

  1. Comment by Madeleine
    February 9, 2011 at 7:12 am  

    Awh I love your bed bookends. I had sofa bookends in the form of my cats, too. My cats have been a great inspiration for some of my writing. Your pups look so adorable. :O)

  2. Comment by 5thsister
    February 9, 2011 at 7:45 am  

    I have a black lab named Daisy. Labs are the best aren't they? Daisy does the same thing to me when I am at my computer. Oh, and I love Penny's li'l white toes! Too cute. And not to leave out Rigby…what a handsome boy!

  3. Comment by Debra Mayhew
    February 9, 2011 at 8:59 am  

    I am trying to convince Nathanael to let me get a dog. It's time, I think. It's between a german shepherd or a lab, maybe a husky…I'm guessing you'd recommend the lab?! Yours are adorable.And congrats on 75 followers!! That's awesome. So excited to see what the numbers will be at the end of your contest!

  4. Comment by K9friend
    February 9, 2011 at 9:02 am  

    Rigby and Penny look like superb inspiration! (In addition to being quite adorable, too!)

  5. Comment by Linda O'Connell
    February 9, 2011 at 9:58 am  

    I have a little paper monkey that I cut from a card. It hangs by its tail out of my tissue box on a shelf on the computer desk. It is my reminder to quit monkeying around and get going.

  6. Comment by Jim
    February 9, 2011 at 10:00 am  

    Speaking of contests, Lisa, Congratulations! You have won my "Count the Dog Biscuits in My Jar Contest!" Your guess of 200 was 'closest to the pin (a golfing term for the best chip of the match)' for the correct answer of 216. I had dumped the whole box in after doing the math, starting with counting how many were in one ounce.I like your book ends. Adi is my blogging buddy, she is always laying close to keep my thoughts calmed down.Lastly, I do hope you have a good vacuum cleaner. Our dogs and the cat leave a lot of hairs around. The furniture is 'off limits.'..

  7. Comment by Eric 'Bubba' Alder
    February 9, 2011 at 10:48 am  

    Penny and Rigby are adorable!(Your Beatles obsession is showing!)Thanks for your nice comment on my "Gem Cutter" piece. I can think of no greater compliment than to have my words repeated. 🙂

  8. Comment by Bookie
    February 9, 2011 at 11:57 am  

    On my desk are a Southwestern Madonna, hands clasped in prayer…snapshot of of Native Dancer in full regalia who moved me years ago at a PowWow…and the tiny oil can my dad oiled my bike with years ago…wish I had a dog at my feet because I so miss my previous animals.Snowing like crazy here since 3 am….grrrrr

  9. Comment by Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy
    February 9, 2011 at 12:59 pm  

    Hi Lisa, they are sweeties! I'm sure they appreciate the shout-out by their Mom. Have a wonderful day!

  10. Comment by Tammy
    February 9, 2011 at 9:03 pm  

    Hard to find bookends that are more distracting than the books….I believe you've done it.

  11. Comment by Sioux Roslawski
    February 9, 2011 at 10:32 pm  

    Wet noses and wagging tails might lead to richer tales…Sometimes I drink a lot of water while I'm writing, so I have to also get up frequently and pee. But warm puppies are much better…

  12. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    February 9, 2011 at 11:05 pm  

    Hi Madeleine – I have cats, too. We're a zoo at my house! LOL Cats provide a different vibe than dogs…not better or worse, just different. My daughter's kitten, Luna, likes to curl up behind the laptop where it is warm. She peeks out and bats at the screen images. :)Hi Polly – Yes, Labs rock! Great personalities and so loving. Ours are mixes. I bet your Daisy has at least 10-20 pounds on my furry kids!Hey Deb – Yes. I would recommend a Lab or a Golden Retriever. Both are wonderful family pets and terrific with kids. Let me know what you decide. Hi Pat – Yes, they are wonderful muses. You have your Indy and so I know you understand!Hey Linda – Your monkey sounds cute; whimsical, like my dragons. Don't know what I'd do without them. 🙂

  13. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    February 9, 2011 at 11:13 pm  

    Hey Jim – Woo-hoo! Great news! I can't believe I won. I really thought I might have guessed too high. Thanks so much!You're right about the shedding. That hair gets into everything!Hey Eric – You are only the second person ever to notice the Beatles connection. Abbey would be too obvious, don't you think? Maxwell might have worked, though. 🙂 Hi Claudia – You have numerous items to keep you inspired, and each so different from the other. I love the oil can. :)More snow? Oh my goodness. You must be completely tired of the white stuff by now, no matter how pretty it is. Stay warm!Hey Kathy – Alas, they care not a whit for their internet exposure. Belly rubs and Milk Bones, baby…that's what they yearn for! Hi Tammy – You're right! Sometimes I stop writing just to go love on them. They're just so darn sweet.Hey Sioux – LOL There's a story in there somewhere. . .

  14. Comment by Karen Lange
    February 10, 2011 at 10:32 am  

    Hi Lisa,Gave your contest a mention on today's post. Congrats too, on winning the book! Will be sending it out soon. :)Blesings,Karen

  15. Comment by Ellie
    February 10, 2011 at 4:08 pm  

    Bless – you kind find two cuter book ends!

  16. Comment by BECKY
    February 10, 2011 at 4:31 pm  

    Oh Lisa,your doggies are just adorable!! I think I'm getting to the point where I MUST get another one. I miss my Tiger-Gal so much…..

  17. Comment by anita
    February 10, 2011 at 6:31 pm  

    I love your puppies and the names of your dragons. I have lost all hope of ever writing anything again — maybe a muse is what I need. My cat sits on top of my laptop, when it's open, or pushes at it to get onto my lap. She's not exactly inspiring!

  18. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    February 10, 2011 at 9:04 pm  

    Hi Karen – Thanks for the shout out! And I'm thrilled I won your contest. I'm really looking forward to reading the book I was fortunate enough to win. I LOVE blog contests! :)Hi Ellie – You're right about that! They are a joy, even with all the shedding. LOLHey Becky – Your Tiger would want you to have another pooch to love; you have a lot of love to give, and somewhere out there is a deserving hairy kid who is about to get really lucky. :)Hi Anita – You'll write when you're ready. Perhaps read a book about writing, like Stephen King's "On Writing" or the amazing "Bird by Bird" by Anne Lamott. I promise you'll find inspiration in both of these. As to your laptop kitty, well…LOL…a cat is a force unto itself. Maybe write about that. 🙂

  19. Comment by Lynn
    February 10, 2011 at 11:50 pm  

    Cute book ends! People inspire me–like you!

  20. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    February 12, 2011 at 10:00 am  

    Awww…thanks Lynn! Back atcha!

  21. Comment by The Words Crafter
    February 13, 2011 at 7:34 am  

    How cool, I have a daybed in my office too! My kitties sleep on it at night and I get to use it in the evenings. Sometimes :PYour lab-ish pups are beautiful.

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