So where's the snow?

Muddling through in Austria; God, life and a small black dog


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Swingle is Five!

Can’t believe where the time has gone. She’s such a gentle but NOISY dog! We took the hedge down on our garden and it’s taken her all summer to realise she doesn’t need to bark at everyone.

This years’ disasters have been eating a long-dead, shortly defrosted Wühlmaus (Gopher) in spring which made her incredibly ill and several trips to that nice man with the needles. Eye infection. Another stomach bug from eating fresh slurry!

She sadly lost her bestie, Bella this summer, and her new bestie, Kira is eating for about 10 due in November. Even Dave has vaguely muttered about a second dog, but he won’t put it in writing!

She’s as greedy as ever, and we know definitely her Dad was a labrador. Her only playthings are fluffy cushions, keeps us poor as she’s always breaking the zips and un-stuffing them!

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Bella and Swingle’s holiday

For International dog day!

Bella came to stay for a few days and we had a ball!

Paddling was best in the hot weather.

Plenty of games of bitezes!

I even let her sleep on my favourite bit of the sofa!

In the woods was fun too.

Bella fell in the pond once, I did warn her! Oh it was fun!


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Guest Post; Paulette Mahurin

Paulette is a fellow author in Mom’s Favourite Reads, she’s a dog lover, and I love her books!

First let me say a heartfelt thank you for inviting me over to your great site. I’m truly grateful. I live with my husband, Terry, and our two dogs, Max & Bella, in Southern California. In a beautiful small tourist town that I sometimes incorporate into my fiction writing. I love to write and do volunteer work to help rescue dogs plus I am also a mediator in the Ventura County Superior Court. My profession before retiring was a health care provider. I continue to use my medical experience to counsel women with cancer. All my work is pro-bono.

As far back as I can remember, I wrote. At first on scraps of papers, I jotted down storyline ideas. That progressed to journaling and diary writing. And when in college, I wrote and published short stories. Later on in life, while nearing my retirement age, I took up writing. Now, after seven novels, it’s in my blood: the joy of watching stories unfold before me, the anxiety of publishing, the agony and ecstasy of feedback with reviews, and the incredibly wonderful friendships with authors like you all around the world.

As a writer, I’m a morning person. And very organized. I usually put in time in the morning and stay with it anywhere up to 4 – 7 hours, depending on my energy level. I’m a bit of a type A personality and unfortunately sometimes push myself beyond my body’s protest and discomfort. But I love to write, love to sit down and vomit out stories, and be a witness to what the characters want to have happen. I don’t always agree with them but they certainly have a voice in what I write.

Overall ideas come to me. I’m very interested in intolerance: racism, homophobia, anti-Semitism, women abuse, etc. and have written most of my stories around these issues. I have also ventured into a couple of literary fiction stories. The ideas flow spontaneously chapter to chapter, sometimes multiple chapters at a time and I have to make a little outline to remember what came up.

Favourite book?Way too many to pick from. I have loved so many stories. From some of my indie friends to Steinbeck, there’s a lot of talent out there. I just couldn’t pick one.

Paulette’s dogs; Max, a three-paw (born that way) rottie, on top and my Bella, rottie-sharpie, on bottom.

Again, thank you so much for having me here. As a final note I wanted to also thank you on behalf of all the dogs I’ve helped rescue.

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One of the saved dogs

All profits from all my books go to help get dogs out of kill shelters. My concentration is where I live in Southern California, which has a very high population of “throw-away” dogs waiting to either meet their sorrowful end or wag at the chance at a new beginning and wonderful life. Dogs are my passion and I’m fortunate to be able to be in a position to help, fortunate that I’ve been lucky with the books I’ve written in that several have made it to international Amazon best seller.


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Snow rolling!

Swingle’s favourite winter hobby, apart from eating anything dead she can find……


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Two mates in the car!

Kira is Swingle’s best friend at the moment because poor Bella is unwell. I took these pictures of these buddies waiting in the car, what a pair!

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The Baize door is published!

I’m soo excited!  You can’t imagine the buzz from having a book on Amazon. Do have a look and maybe have a read!! It’s what I call rural romance, with countryside, romance, horses, equine assisted therapy, of course, dogs and Christianity!

Joanna has been sleepwalking through life living in her family’s ancestral manor house and running the Hazeley horse show.

Then a childhood friend, Diane, reappears, ruining the glorious isolation Joanna and her father have created. Diane opens a riding stable literally on Joanna’s doorstep.

So begins Joanna’s descent into a life of pain and frustration but then two totally disruptive puppies enter her life, and she needs Guy to help her with their training. They seem ill-suited until a tragedy sparks something more.

It is when Diane commits the ultimate betrayal that Joanna realises she must radically change her life.

But how?  Is there a way to reconciliation with Dianne? Can horses help? Will she finally overcome her past and pain to build a new life built on faith and love?


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Dog coat of arms

Saw this on the side of a building in Tamsweg. Must have been a hunting family. Anyone know dogs mean in heraldry?