Simon and his brother Peabody live with my husband and me and our three cats in an old, fixed-up city house, the kind with a nice, big front porch. We have just enough yard for Simon and Peabody to explore, and explore they do. You see, they are two curious, mischievous Jack Russell Terrier/Chihuahua mixes who do everything together. They are inseparable. Simon, being bolder, will sometimes get into trouble. Simon closely resembles the Disney character Bolt, minus the thunderbolt, and even has his own super bark that he doesn’t mind using — a lot. He is the subject of two of my manuscripts, Simon Barks Too Much and If a Dog Could Wear a Hat.
Barney was our beloved Shiba Inu who had a heart of gold, especially when it came to our feline family. He so enjoyed playing with our cats that he jumped up on top of our dining room table with them during a rousing game of chase. I wrote There’s a Dog on the Dining Room Table as a love letter to his memory.
Barney is also the subject of my article Once in a Lifetime Dog. He is dearly missed.