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How cute is Harley!!?

Dog Sitting a Hamster

My own baby, Gordon Labradoodle, passed away Dec. 6, 2017, which I never mentioned because I’m still a disaster over losing him. So, for over a year now, I’ve been getting my dog-fix by smothering every random pooch I pass with kisses, my voice rising to squeaky levels I think maybe only dogs can hear.  (We’re going to get a new baby, but at first it was just too hard and now we’ve been in transition planning our move to Florida so we’re holding off a bit.)

My realtor and now bestest-buddy here in Florida, Jill Geraci has helped me ease my dog-jonesing by letting me babysit her hamster, Harley. (She says it’s a dog but I don’t believe it.) Harley is about one full pound of adorable though. She’s like a mini-Muppet came to life!

It’s nerve-wracking having something that tiny tottering around the house. She slept between Mike and I and we both lie awake all night, staring at the ceiling, terrified one of us would roll over in our sleep. But I’ll gladly take a sleepless night to have her around!

My favorite parts were when she growled at something she heard with that ridiculous little voice of hers that made her sound like an angry Gizmo mogwai from Gremlins, and when we put an ice cube in her water to keep it chilled for her. She decided the cube had to come out and Mike put some music to the whole ordeal…


Another Interview!

Cathie Martin of WGRT 102.3 in Port Huron Michigan and I had a lovely chat the other day! Hopefully I was able to warm up a few people with my Florida books up there in chilly Michigan. Thanks for the opportunity to talk Cathie!

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DYING FOR A VACATION: A Traditional Mystery

By Donna Huston Murray

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Writer’s Digest Award Winning AuthorWho could refuse a two-week stay in a chateau perched on the edge of the Mediterranean? Certainly not Richard, who was fed up to his easel with the damp London weather. Babysitting a treasure-filled museum while his old Sorbonne roommate honeymooned in Spain was the least he could do. The vandals who’d been plaguing the chateau wouldn’t dare return, the repairmen Tom hired would be completely trustworthy, and ‘murder’ was only found in something by Agatha Christie. Richard might even meet a woman, someone capable of surprising him like never before. He should go. He really should. He was dying for a vacation.

Amy Vansant

9 Responses

  1. Leigh

    So sorry to hear about Gordon passing away! He brought some joy to all of us through your stories about him.


  2. Jeanie Jackson

    I am so glad that you are getting regular doses of love. That hamster is adorable but I too would worry about rolling one her or stepping on her. The pain of the passingof a furbaby never goes away, but a new on can fill your moments with a new joy. I am glad that you are willing to fall in love again in spite of the pain.


    • Kerry Gochnour

      Cute pup. I prefer my dogs a bit bigger like a Collie or Great Dane though we don’t have any right now.


  3. Tanya

    (((((( Amy & Mike )))))), I’m so sorry to hear of Gordon’s passing. He was so young, may I ask what happened?
    If you do decide to get a small dog, don’t worry about stepping on them or rolling over on them. They can wear a bell on their collar, and for the other problem, they usually take up most of the bed ❤️


      • Tanya

        Gordon certainly did not look his age. Did you adopt him when he was older? He always looked liked a big fluffy puppy.
        Again, I’m so sorry for your loss, I’m a dog lover and have gone through this many times and it never gets easy or hurts less. Each dog is special and a family member, the joy and companionship they give is priceless. ❤️?❤️


  4. James

    This piece was really brilliant. The writing was really entertaining and it showed a wonderfully beautiful worded sentiment. There is a lot of thought that goes into a pet and they are really loved when it is treasured like that.


  5. Amy Shojai

    So sorry to hear about Gordon. My heart-dog Magic passed too early (degenerative myeolopathy) and it nearly killed me since he inspired my thrillers. But–last April, we found Bravo! He’s just over a year now, and 107 pounds (not a hamster, maybe a pony?). He brought joy back to the house–but it took time for us to be ready (you’ll know when the time is right). Harley is quite a character!



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