Talk About a Writing Distraction!

Meet Luna (formerly known as Queenie), a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel/Pekinese. As if I don’t have enough writing distractions, right?

Luckily, Luna is mellow mellow mellow and happy to snooze near my desk while I’m working.

She may be a stuffed-animal-sized canine cyclops, but she still knows how to turn on her cute face.






Despite the name change, she’s a queenie at heart. She’s not too keen on the riff-raff in the dog park…







 But she enjoys her chauffeur-driven outings.


The dog formerly known as Queenie quickly usurped the cat’s bed.







And now, check out the cat’s scary stalking behavior — on Luna’s blind side, no less. He looks like a cross between Munch’s “The Scream” and some creepy entity out of a Pang brothers horror flick.






Unfortunately for Luna, true queenliness requires good hygiene.








Her story:

She was found at the beginning of May, a stray with her eye hanging by its optic cord. A Good Samaritan paid for emergency care but didn’t keep her. Luna ended up in animal control, where her eye became hugely infected. She was about to be euthanized when a rescue organization called OFOSA (Oregon Friends of Shelter Animals) re-rescued her and ensured proper vet care. Now, she bumps into things every now and then, but gets along just fine. Thank you, OFOSA!

And her new name? In true geek fashion, I browsed my reference books. Apparently, in western symbolism, the left eye is passive and lunar (versus active and solar for the right). Plus, she sports a nice little moon-face.

0 comments on “Talk About a Writing Distraction!

  • Congratulations Lisa!!!
    Luna is such a cutie pie:-) I’m so glad she’s still around to tell her story. What a great match for you–as you’ve got a bounty of verrry interesting stories to tell as well.

    Excellent pictures too!


  • Thanks! She has an endearing personality.

    At the moment, however, it’s my cat that’s cracking me up. On our morning pee breaks, he stalks us up and down the street. He acts like we can’t see him.

  • Well bless your sweet heart! Luna is just darling, and she looks like she is a force to be reckoned with–your cat will just have to adjust. Hee!

  • She is too cute, that’s for sure. She woke up all of 20 minutes ago and she’s already back to sleep again…She’s a perfect starter dog for me!

  • She is a love 🙂 And good for you for rescuing her …she’s a lucky girl.

    My two furry babes give me great joy, and are actually quite good writing/reading companions.

  • Becca, thanks! I haven’t written for the last few days (getting the hand of the dog), but tomorrow I get back to my regular writing schedule — I’m sure with my new mascot keeping close!

  • What a doll of a dog! The picture of the cat stalking her (on her blind side) is priceless. I’m sure she will NOT be a distraction to your writing; au contraire, with that little face, an inspiration don’tchathink?

  • I’m hoping she’s more inspiration than distraction! One good thing: She’s similar to me in that she’s not lively in the mornings (when I’m most likely writing).

  • I think a writing dog is a great addition to any novelist’s career. My old golden retriever often listens to passages and makes wise, encouraging sighs. So far he has never said, “Now WHAT was it that made you think you could actually become a writer?”

    I do need to warn you, though: the definition of a door is the thing that a dog is on the wrong side of. So you may find yourself getting a lot more exercise during your writing time than you ever did before.

  • Hi Sandi,

    110% sighing (or in Luna’s case, snorty) writing support, that’s the ticket! The way Luna stares at me, I’d like to imagine she’s thinking, You go, girl; you got the goods!

    Yeah, I’ve already noticed the exercise, which is actually good. Plus, last night a friend said my hair looked nicely sun-tinted!

  • Utterly and totally precious! Oh, I envy you! Thankfully, my time’s coming soon!

    How great of you to give her a home and OFOSA? Wonderful! Every time my sister releases a book, she donates part of her royalties to Wolf Creek Weimariner Rescue in Knoxville. She has three Weims, two black Labs and one Australian Blue Healer of her own. Most of her books include a dog in one capacity or another and in her next one, Zeus, the heroine’s Weim, is the real hero in the end!

    I think Luna will be more of an inspiration than a distraction for you. I’m sure there will be times when she interrupts your thoughts, but I don’t think you’ll mind very much. Can’t wait till I go to the shelter and adopt two of my own!

  • My WIP includes a dog too, so I must have been thinking of owning one for quite awhile (somewhere in my brain)! That’s so great that you’ll be adopting soon! There are so many great adoptable pets out there needing homes, poor things.

  • Luna sweet nature shines through in her images that you have posted. Cavaliers often have just what it takes to make wonderful therapy dogs! Thank you for opening your heart and your home to her.


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