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This is the inaugural of Weekend Writing Warriors new 8 Sentence Sunday Blog Hop and I’m so thrilled to be participating!

Thanks to the hosts:

Teresa Cypher of Dreamers, Lovers and Star Voyagers

Marcia Kuma of Letter Go

Dana Renelt of Idiots and Earthquakes

Click on the image for details and to view all participants. Please visit as many as you can and comment on their work. Happy reading!


A little introduction:

I started writing as a child and always dreamed of becoming a professional, even tried to make that happen for several years, as a young adult. (This was back in the 70s, long before the internet.) Discouraged by constant rejection, the need for a steady paycheque and the challenges of life in general, that muse became buried, deeper and deeper, as time wore on. Slowly, and with the help of computers and the blogging world, (which I have embraced wholeheartedly), the muse has returned. Currently, I am writing a multi-part series about the dogs in my care, which will be turned into a book. So far, there are four chapters and these 8 sentences are from the first:

“I first met Luke when he was only 9 months old. What a magnificent dog! A beautiful White Shepherd, (aka Snow Shepherd or Swiss Shepherd), the likes of which I had never seen before. It was my weekly assignment to take him out for some exercise while his owners were at work.

The first day, he was barking furiously and ready to attack before I got through the door!

This was a little nerve-wracking, but I was hoping he would calm down, once he picked up my scent. Our initial meeting had been a few days prior and he had given me a thorough “once over”. With outstretched hand, palm up, I tiptoed in.”

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Debbie D.

Canine Innkeeper in suburban Toronto, Canada, known as “The Doglady”. Writer/website owner, photographer, animal lover, music fanatic, inveterate traveller. History, literature and cinema buff. Eternal “hippie/rockchick”. Binational, German/Canadian and multilingual. Looking for the next adventure!

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48 thoughts on “#8sunday WEEKEND WRITING WARRIORS; FEB. 3/13

  1. Hey Debbie,

    Luke has an awesome proudy look 😉

    BTW I loved the image there of a doggy covered his head with a paper bag 😀

    Last time the 3 blogs you have shared was great. Thanks for sharin’ some again and I’ll try visiting ’em if I able to finish sooner with my catching up Debbie 🙂 HA… Was busy and most of my stuff were automated.


    1. Hello Mayura; Yes, that paper bag image made me laugh. I was trying to find one that would convey shame. Thanks for visiting; I know how busy you are. Glad you enjoy my posts. 🙂 Must learn to start doing automated ones, and generally get better organized. Happy Thursday!

  2. Wonderful to meet you here, Debbie. (Well, I met you on my site first, I guess, and then I followed you here.) You ARE a good writer. So happy to read about Luke. Blessings, Amy

  3. Hey Debbie,
    I would have been scared to death if I had a dog giving me that look like I’m his afternoon treat but like the professional you are you can recognize their barks and behaviors.

    I was looking at Luke’s picture and it looks as though he’s posing. I really enjoy reading your post. I can really picutre what you’re saying and as you described the call about Luke’s passing, I’m reaching out to hug my furbabies. I can’t imagine losing one of them.

    Great post and looking forward to reading the rest.

    1. I was a little nervous, believe me! So sorry for this late reply Corina. My Akismet anti-spam service put this in the spam folder! GRRRR! I will make sure it doesn’t happen again. It’s usually really accurate. Anyway, yes, Luke was a gorgeous dog and losing him was a heartbreak for all. Saddest part about having a furbaby, but, definitely worth it, yes? Have a good week.

  4. Weekend Writing Warriors Debbie! Now that’s interesting and a whole heck of a lot of blogs to visit but since the post are rather short perhaps not so bad.

    Ah, writing about the pets you care for. I got a thought in my head some years back that I wanted to write about my boy who passed away back in 2005. He and I had been together for 19 years but I didn’t have any silly stories to share or stupid things he use to do. I just loved him so much but I guess I could make it into a fiction anyway but I’m not that great with stories. I bet yours will be great. Look forward to reading that one.


    1. Hi Adrienne; Just found this comment as well. Not sure what the screw up is, but, hope it’s fixed now. Anyway, thanks for taking the time to visit. Wow! 19 years sure is a good, long time for a pet, Bet you have some wonderful memories. 🙂

  5. I love dogs. We have one who think’s he’s fierce and protective, but is only really capable of licking someone to death. Looking forward to reading more about how things went with Luke. 🙂

  6. Hey Debbie! This is a really neat excerpt. I imagine it’s a bit nervewracking to have to spend time with an animal who doesn’t know you yet. And dogs have wicked jaws: if he decides he doesn’t like you, you could get more than a little nip! I think you captured that sense of uncertainly very well.

    BTW: Bon Jovi, Buffalo, Feb. 24 – *yes*!! Seats in the nosebleeds but I will *be there*!! Wish you could come with!

    1. Thanks Marcia; glad you enjoyed it. I will continue with this story, next time. Wow! Would love to see Bon Jovi. They come to Toronto a lot, as well, but, I’ve always been busy with other things at the time. 🙁 No matter; I’m going to two great concerts this month! First, there’s Eric Burdon & The Animals this Friday, (Feb. 8). It will be an overnight getaway with hubby, to Casino Rama, (about two hours north of us). Then, there’s The Who (!) on Feb. 19 in Hamilton. So excited!! Nice to know we have so many things in common. Cheers!

  7. I had a dog named Luke growing up, an American Eskimo. Like your Luke, mine loved to bark too. I haven’t really thought about him in years, so thanks for sharing this and stirring up those memories!

  8. Hi Deb, I am new to Weekend Writing Warrior. I didn’t know how to find the blogs of the rest of you, but I found yours! That encourages me. I loved reading your blog and if the other people are anything like you, they are great writers. I have never seen a White Shepherd! I know that Luke is going to love you. already I know that if I needed someone to walk a dog, you would be it. You have captured my attention. I look forward to your next blog. Now, on to finding another blog!

    1. Hi Carol; Thanks so much for the compliment and I appreciate the visit. If you click on the WWW image in my post, it will bring you to their website and the list of all participants. Then you can just click on their links and read their posts. 🙂 I walked dogs all over town for many years, but, the bad weather and my arthritis didn’t get along too well, so I retired from that. Now, I just board dogs in my home. it’s a little “doggie hotel”. Have a great week and enjoy the other blogs. Cheers!

  9. It took me a while to figure out where to click. And sorry, but the red background makes it very difficult to read.

    I like the outstretched hand at the end. I can see the narrator doing it and hoping that Luke will respond. Nice job.

    1. Sorry about that. I made the mistake of using a specific blog post, prior to today, for the linky. Won’t happen again. I did try to make it easier by putting a direct link right at the top. You’re the first one to mention it. As for the red background, nobody else has commented on that either but, I will consider a change if there’s more negative feedback about it. (Going with my favourite colours and I think it pops, but, everyone has different tastes.) My old eyes, (almost 60) can read it well. Glad you liked the actual post, anyway and I appreciate your time. 🙂 Thanks for visiting.

  10. Dogs! I’ll be following your Sunday snippets for sure. I have a website on Shetland sheepdogs and color genetics in dogs. Bounce is a dog, in today’s snippet. I’ve already used her sense of smell in finding and reuniting the group.

  11. Debbie, this eight is perfect. I’ve been there,done that with many dogs including a German Shepherd. Now we have three hand-me-up cats from my daughter, an animal lover, and I say NO MORE. Tired of taking care of everyone while writing books,Romance/Suspense and making an attempt to remain healthy. So thanks a million for your eight.

  12. Love this intro to Luke.
    Like you I had a long break from writing (in the 60’s and 70’s) and only came back to it about 6 years ago when my ‘muse’ eventually returned.

    1. Interesting how the muse can get suppressed and then reawakened, but obviously, writing is “in the blood”, yes? Thanks for visiting, Paula and I’m glad you enjoyed the intro to Luke’s story. 🙂

  13. I’m a animal person too. Right now we have two dogs and two cats. And I’m glad you’re taking advantage of the internet to get your writing out there. It’s a great tool so why not use it?

  14. Hi Debbie!! I like the intro. I’m glad that the internet and the blogosphere open the doors for you to live your dreams of writing. I think I can relate to being discouraged by rejection and the whole concept of the “starving artist” in many ways. 🙂 It’s a lovely idea writing about your experiences with dogs and I’m looking forward to reading more about Luke. Those White Sheperds are beautiful creatures!

    1. Hi Dana. Glad you like the post and can relate to what I went through in those days. Thanks so much for visiting. 🙂 Looks like you’re in Germany. I was born there und spreche auch Deutsch. Have a great week.

  15. Hi Debbie,

    It’s so wonderful that your long-standing desire to be a writer is now achieving fulfilment thanks to the internet – I can really relate to that. I never tried to write professionally, despite gaining a degree in English. I think I was deterred from pursuing a writing career because of the way I was educated, which led me to believe I had no creative talent whatsoever. So I just ducked out and became a nurse.

    I think one of the great things about blogging is the way it provides so many people with an outlet for talents that might otherwise lie dormant.

    I love those eight sentences from Luke’s story, Debbie – a very powerful account of your meeting.


    1. Oh Sue, I think you are an excellent writer! So glad you too are spreading your wings on the internet and helping other people, as well. 🙂 Glad you enjoyed my post today. Cheers!

  16. I just tried to leave you a comment but I don’t think it worked, so I’m trying again. If you end up with two my apologies!
    I love both the premise and the eight sentences and I can’t wait to read more snippets each week. I have my own doggie (a black lab called Marmite) and I can identify with with the mad, barking scramble that precedes you being accepted on entering the house the first few times. I also like the hints of nervousness that push through in your sentences. You’ve met the dog before but you still aren’t sure he remembers that and it makes it very real.

  17. I just tried to leave you a comment but I don’t think it worked, so I’m trying again. If you end up with two my apologies!
    I love both the premise and the eight sentences and I can’t wait to read more snippets each week. I have my own doggie (a black lab called Marmite) and I can identify with with the mad, barking scramble that precedes you being accepted on entering the house the first few times. I also like the hints of nervousness that push through in your sentences. You’ve met the dog before but you still aren’t sure he remembers that and it makes it very real.

  18. Love this, both the premise and the eight! I have a doggie of my own (a black lab called Marmite) and I can identify with the mad scramble and barking that proceeds being accepted as a member of the “pack”. I’m looking forward to reading more of this.

  19. I’ve never had an personal interactions with white shepards, but I’ve always admired their beauty. I think you’re off to a great start. Good luck with your project!

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  21. Nice recount of your first meeting with Luke. I like this “…once he picked up my scent.” Something the average dog lover wouldn’t think of. I look forward to reading more, and gaining insight into the world of dogs. 🙂

    I’m curious how you opened chap 1. The first few are tough. Maybe someday when you’ve tweaked them just so, you’ll share with us. 😉

    Good 8, Deb!

    1. Hi Teresa; Thanks for reading and I’m glad you liked it. 🙂 Dogs have been part of my life since forever, so, I guess I have a little more insight than the average person. That was the first paragraph of Chapter One. If you click on the link at the bottom of the page, you can see all four chapters to date. Happy 8 Sentence Sunday! BTW; enjoyed your post, as well. Cheers!