Guest Post: NOTHING REMOTELY FAMILIAR by Donna McDonald

Therapy dogs of all sorts are miracle workers of the best kind. When my mother was hospital bound for months in 2018, it was a therapy dog coming to see her twice a week that kept her from sinking into depression over being so ill.

Having grown up with two large dogs in the house, I am a confirmed dog person. I don’t have one at the moment because I don’t have a lifestyle that allows proper care of a pet, but when I do get one again, it will likely be a large breed that can almost look me in the eye. I’m five feet tall. I’ve been thinking about something like a giant Poodle (not at all like the small ones) or an Irish Wolfhound. I can’t seem to stay away from German Shepherds because they’re so smart. But I want something big. I want a companion who’s nearly my equal. That’s how I roll with pets.

Here’s something else you may not know about me. I’ve spent forty years of my life being married to military men. My first husband was in the Army and my first job was running the Stars and Stripes bookstore on the base where we were stationed in Germany. I was nineteen back then. Fast forward about twenty three years. Suddenly I’m divorced and a single mother of three older teenagers.

After my divorce, I thought I was leaving military men behind but a headstrong Marine got in my way. So here I am many years later and still a military wife. Friends call my Marine a Vet Whisperer because if there is another military man nearby my husband will find him and make a connection. He worked at a local college for years. We collected younger veterans—younger than our children—who’d been damaged by their service. They seemed perfectly normal until a car backfired near them or they saw a car wreck on the road. Not all damage is visible or obvious. I have cousins who served in Korea and Viet Nam. All of them have problems from their service. Well into their sixties now, the issues are still there. One of them ended up with cancer caused from exposure to biological weapons of their time.

There are not enough words in the English language for me to describe how important it is that America’s military men and women are given the tools they need to heal from the price they paid while in service to our country. I have a romance author friend, J.M. Madden, who wrote an incredibly sexy romance series featuring wounded vet heroes. The first one is in a wheelchair for the rest of his life. Several of stories point out just how important a trained therapy animal can be to a military person living with acute PTSD.

Organizations like Hero-Dogs.org are making a difference to our veterans in a profound way. Pets in Space® 4 anthology will release on October 8th, 2019 and once again, 10% of pre-orders and the 1st month’s royalties go to Hero-Dogs.org who raise, train & place support dogs with U.S. veterans. I am so very happy to be included in this year’s version of the anthology and to be able to contribute to such a wonderful charity.

Want to help us support Hero Dogs? You can be a hero yourself for the small cost of $5.99 and you get the PISA 4 anthology with lots of wonderful, fun science fiction romance stories that include pets the authors created.

Click here to pre-order your copy: https://www.petsinspaceantho.com/

Contributing authors to the anthology this year are S.E. Smith, Anna Hackett, Tiffany Roberts, Veronica Scott, Pauline Baird Jones, Laurie A. Green, Donna McDonald, Regine Abel, Alexis Glynn Latner, JC Hay, E. D. Walker, Kyndra Hatch, and Cassandra Chandler.

Therapy dogs of all sorts are miracle workers of the best kind. When my mother was hospital bound for months in 2018, it was a therapy dog coming to see her twice a week that kept her from sinking into depression over being so ill.

Having grown up with two large dogs in the house, I am a confirmed dog person. I don’t have one at the moment because I don’t have a lifestyle that allows proper care of a pet, but when I do get one again, it will likely be a large breed that can almost look me in the eye. I’m five feet tall. I’ve been thinking about something like a giant Poodle (not at all like the small ones) or an Irish Wolfhound. I can’t seem to stay away from German Shepherds because they’re so smart. But I want something big. I want a companion who’s nearly my equal. That’s how I roll with pets.

Here’s something else you may not know about me. I’ve spent forty years of my life being married to military men. My first husband was in the Army and my first job was running the Stars and Stripes bookstore on the base where we were stationed in Germany. I was nineteen back then. Fast forward about twenty three years. Suddenly I’m divorced and a single mother of three older teenagers.

After my divorce, I thought I was leaving military men behind but a headstrong Marine got in my way. So here I am many years later and still a military wife. Friends call my Marine a Vet Whisperer because if there is another military man nearby my husband will find him and make a connection. He worked at a local college for years. We collected younger veterans—younger than our children—who’d been damaged by their service. They seemed perfectly normal until a car backfired near them or they saw a car wreck on the road. Not all damage is visible or obvious. I have cousins who served in Korea and Viet Nam. All of them have problems from their service. Well into their sixties now, the issues are still there. One of them ended up with cancer caused from exposure to biological weapons of their time.

There are not enough words in the English language for me to describe how important it is that America’s military men and women are given the tools they need to heal from the price they paid while in service to our country. I have a romance author friend, J.M. Madden, who wrote an incredibly sexy romance series featuring wounded vet heroes. The first one is in a wheelchair for the rest of his life. Several of stories point out just how important a trained therapy animal can be to a military person living with acute PTSD.

Organizations like Hero-Dogs.org are making a difference to our veterans in a profound way. Pets in Space® 4 anthology will release on October 8th, 2019 and once again, 10% of pre-orders and the 1st month’s royalties go to Hero-Dogs.org who raise, train & place support dogs with U.S. veterans. I am so very happy to be included in this year’s version of the anthology and to be able to contribute to such a wonderful charity.

Want to help us support Hero Dogs? You can be a hero yourself for the small cost of $5.99 and you get the PISA 4 anthology with lots of wonderful, fun science fiction romance stories that include pets the authors created.

Click here to pre-order your copy: https://www.petsinspaceantho.com/

Contributing authors to the anthology this year are S.E. Smith, Anna Hackett, Tiffany Roberts, Veronica Scott, Pauline Baird Jones, Laurie A. Green, Donna McDonald, Regine Abel, Alexis Glynn Latner, JC Hay, E. D. Walker, Kyndra Hatch, and Cassandra Chandler.

October 6, 2019

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