Today I stopped by a friend’s home and discovered that they have a new addition to their family: a 7 week old puppy. The family was really excited about the little tike, and like all puppies he was just too cute for words.
While I was there, we took the little guy outside to do his business and a little exploring. Once he realized that he (still no name yet) was free to roam the huge yard, he took off like an arrow being released from the bow. His short little legs stumbled in the taller grass, but once he made it to the freshly mowed lawn area he was free. Rolling in the grass, chasing his short little tail, and running from us when we called; it wasn’t long before he worn himself out. Looking up at us, he gave a wide yawn and simply took a nap right where he sat.
Picking the puppy up, we went back inside to visit. Before long the school bus stopped out front, dropping off my friend’s son from school. With barely a hello to me and just a wave for his mom, her son had only time for his dog. Laughing, she told me that all anyone in the family wanted to do when they came home was check in on the puppy. This tiny ball of fur had become the center of the household in a very short time and now there was no problem keeping her family home in the evening, spending time together.
Now my dog is no longer a puppy, but he is still an important member of our family. His personality and actions give us plenty to laugh and talk about. In my writing, I always include animals; either cats or dogs. In the Citrus Beach Mystery Series, the main character has a Beagle puppy that plays an important role.
When I go to purchase a book, if there is a dog or cat on the cover, then that book gets more of my attention and a greater chance of my purchase. If you go to Amazon and look in the kindle books under “Cozy Mystery” you will find that there is a sub-heading for animals.
So, I guess you can reason that having a puppy on the cover helps sell books! And since the cover is the window to a book, you can honestly ask
“How much is that doggie in the window?”