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Debbie Burns | My 5 Favorite Activities with My Dogs + Giveaway!

Love at First Bark
Debbie Burns



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Rescue Me

August 2019
On Sale: July 30, 2019
352 pages
ISBN: 149267284X
EAN: 9781492672845
Mass Market Paperback
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Also by Debbie Burns:
Head Over Paws, May 2020
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Love at First Bark, August 2019
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My Forever Home, December 2018
Sit, Stay, Love, April 2018


There are so many things I love to do with my dogs, it’s hard to pick, but snuggling definitely tops the list. I have two rescues, Hazel (9) and Nala (3), and their personalities couldn’t be more different. Hazel, the border collie mix, is independent and task-oriented. Nala, who was DNA tested and found to be a mix of pit bull, Basset hound, Rottweiler, and Newfoundland mastiff, is a 55-pound, squat-legged companion dog…and the family snuggler. As soon as one of us sits on the couch, she’s up there with us and as close as can be. She doesn’t understand boundaries…at all! She sleeps on my bed most nights, and once in a while, I will wake up to find she’s using me as a pillow. Experiencing that quiet, unspoken trust makes my morning.

My second favorite activity is the twice-daily walks around the neighborhood or to the park with Nala and Hazel. Sometimes we all three have different motivations—Hazel is on the lookout for squirrels and rabbits, Nala is all about other dogs and people, and I’m always hoping to work in some real cardio. We each make concessions, and I find these walks to be disjointedly peaceful. Any wandering thoughts or worries are interrupted enough to keep me centered at the moment, and for the most part, our walks are twenty or thirty minutes of each morning and evening that I spend being very present—with myself, with the dogs, and in the world.

Tying in the last three places on my list of favorite activities with my dogs are: visits to the dog park, around-the-house roughhousing, and trips to the playground. They’re all three so fun! Now that she’s older, Hazel has lost most of her interest in play. Nala, however, is all about it—with our family, our two cats, and with other dogs. Not a single day goes by that she isn’t up for some roughhousing, and we try to mix it up for her. The most unusual activity is our trips to the local playground. Nala loves going there! She’s very athletic and spry and will climb up (or be lifted) onto the equipment for a chance to slide down the slides. Sometimes she’ll go down the slides tandem with my teenage son, but she also has fun going down on her own. She’s also great on the agility equipment at the dog park. Watching her unencumbered exuberance always makes my day.

LOVE AT FIRST BARK by Debbie Burns

Rescue Me

Love at First Bark

When young, widowed mother and animal artist Mia Chambers is
hired to create a mural for the High Grove Animal Shelter,
the work is a welcome distraction. She doesn't expect to
help rescue a stray mama border collie and her pup—both of
them deaf—and open her home to them.

Nor does she
expect the undivided attention of Ben Thomas, an
accomplished architect, introverted genius, and friend of
her late husband. His support brings healing to her wounded
heart. Before long, Mia wonders if Ben—and these
life-changing dogs—might help her find the kind of love and
loyalty she never thought would be hers...

Romance Contemporary [Sourcebooks Casablanca, On Sale: July 30, 2019, Mass Market Paperback, ISBN: 9781492672845 / ]

About Debbie Burns

Debbie Burns

Debbie lives in Saint Louis with her family, two phenomenal rescue dogs, and a somewhat tetchy Maine Coon cat who everyone loves anyway. Her hobbies include hiking, gardening, and daydreaming, which of course always leads to new story ideas.

Rescue Me





20 comments posted.

Re: Debbie Burns | My 5 Favorite Activities with My Dogs + Giveaway!

Holly, my dog, is a major diva and does things usually when
she wants to do them. My favorite thing is when she jumps
on the couch and put her paw over my leg and "owns" me!
(Anna Budziak 11:32am July 30)

i would love to read this
(Vickie Couturier 3:06pm July 30)

I believe dogs make your life better and you live loner they say. he has us wrapped around his paw and uses too
(Jennifer Beck 7:32pm July 30)

Dogs can be such an important part of our lives. We have had about
10 dogs over the last 40 years not counting the litters we fostered
for the animal shelter. (I will never take a liter of 9 terriers and their
mom again. Longest 6 weeks we ever had. They are the yappiest
little things. They did all get adopted out.) We are currently down to
just two, both our son's, but they have been with us their entire 10
and 7 years. Both are pit bulls and like all our other dogs, rescues.
When we are ready to get our own dog again, it will likely be a lab
and or a beagle. They were our favorite dogs and both plus one
other made it to 17 years old. In the meantime, we will keep our
son's dogs until he is ready to move them to his new house and
hope they get along with his new wife's 2 dogs. If not, they are
ours a bit longer. I will have to be happy with visiting and
volunteering at the animal shelter.
"Disabled" dogs present their own special challenges (one of our
son's has a broken back) but they can make the extra care so worth
it. They just need to find that special person who is waiting out
there for them.
(Patricia Barraclough 8:50pm July 30)

I love the stories that incorporate dogs and other animals,
especially if they end up being part of a healing process
for the characters.
(Sharlene Wegner 9:27pm July 30)

I love books which include dogs. We have two grand puppies
who are fun to be with
(Maryann Skaritka 11:44pm July 30)

I loved reading about your Hazel & Nala.
(Jana B 1:21am July 31)

I enjoy stories that include dogs. The one I have gives me oodles of love.
(Anna Speed 3:54pm July 31)

I love dogs, I grew up with them always in my homes.
(Cynthia St. Germain 4:38pm July 31)

I enjoyed learning of this author and her dogs.
(Angela Saver 1:05am August 1)

I love dogs. I have a boxer name Louie and he is
my baby. This book sounds great. Can't wait to
read this one.
(Lynne Brigman 1:35pm August 1)

I love stories with pets in them! Look forward to reading
this one!
(Tamara Kasyan 4:49pm August 1)

I love stories with dogs or other pets.
(Denise Holcomb 4:55pm August 1)

I love stories with animals in them thank you for the chance!
(Sarah Taylor 6:01pm August 1)

Happy 1st Of August hope you are having a fun summer
(Emily Stemp 9:12pm August 1)

Thanks for sharing about your dogs. I enjoy reading stories
that include animals.
(Tina Rucci 3:29pm August 2)

Rescue dogs and romance, what more do you need!
(Kathryn Plitt 1:53pm August 3)

I love reading books with dogs in the stories I know I would like this book.
(Jackie Wisherd 8:01pm August 3)

Love any book with a dog on the cover!
(Margie Takala 8:33pm August 3)

I live in St Louis too and love dogs. I'll bet the book is great.
(Lori Byrd 7:31pm August 7)

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