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April 17, 2014

 

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An Interview with Catherine Mann

 

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1. Tell us about your pets?  Are they all rescues?

Do you have a couple of hours for me to list them all?  LOL! Just joking – sort of. I have four dogs and a cat. All rescues. My pug/beagle/Boston Terrier mix Sadie (a total diva dog!) was adopted as a puppy from a shelter in Alabama. She was in a foster home setting, which inspired our family to expand our shelter volunteer work into fostering as well. We also have a yellow lab mix Sam (a mellow soul) we adopted from my local shelter in the Florida panhandle. Toby is a 13 year old beagle we adopted 3 years ago when he came into the shelter as a stray with a torn ACL. He was microchipped, but his owners refused to get him. Their loss, because he’s an amazing fella! It’s our joy to have him as a part of the pack. We also have a cat named Cooper, adopted about 12 years ago in Ohio. He thinks he’s a dog and refuses to allow other cats in the house. And lastly, we recently adopted one of the puppies I fostered. Her name is Faith and she’s an American Bulldog/pointer mix. She and her littermates were extremely ill with pneumonia – 3 of the 7 didn’t make it. It was a heartbreaking time in the foster journey, but also so very rewarding to rejoice over the ones who, against all odds, survived. Faith in particular stole her way into our hearts and she’s here to stay.

2.  What made you want to become a rescue volunteer?

We’ve long been supporters of local animal shelters & rescues, but it because an

intense calling for my whole family when we fostered about six years ago. We expected it to be a one-time thing, but quickly found it brought us all together in a beautiful way. And seeing the joy the rescued puppies brought to their adoptive families made us all the more determined to continue. Most of my extended family has ended up adopting one of my fosters at some point. It makes family reunions all the more fun – and noisy!

3.  What is your favorite rescue story?

There are so many …. But one of the more recent rescue dogs that particularly touched my heart was a boxer mix puppy named that I named Bingo. He was found in a ditch, only 3 weeks old and nearly dead, with abscesses all over his face and a temperature of only 94 degrees. When the shelter asked me to foster him after surgery, I thought for sure he was simply being sent with me so he could die knowing the warmth of a loving home even briefly. Bingo surprised us all with his determination to live. He made it and is now a huge, healthy, happy fella in a great home. Here are Facebook photos from his journey:

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4.  What can we do to help?

Thank you for asking! Truly, that question brought tears to my eyes. There are so many ways to help, it’s just a matter of finding which suits you best – foster, volunteer, donate. Most shelters have wish lists posted on their website for everything from a bag of food to old towels. No gift is too small. And lastly, please adopt, don’t shop. There’s a great resource called Petfinder.com. You type your zip code into the search engine along with what type animal you want to adopt, and you’ll get a hefty list of shelter and rescue homeless pets in your area. Thank you again for asking!

Today is my blog tour stop during the blog tour for One Good Cowboy by Catherine Mann. This blog tour is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The blog tour runs the whole month April on weekdays only, you can view the whole tour schedule here.

OneGoodCowboyOne Good Cowboy (Diamonds in the Rough #1)
by Catherine Mann

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age category: Adult

Blurb:
From Ex to Eternity?

To inherit his family’s empire, Texas cowboy-turned-CEO Stone McNair must prove he has a heart beneath his ruthlessly suave exterior. His trial? Finding homes for his grandmother’s rescue dogs. His judge? Johanna Fletcher, the woman whose heart he broke.

Sure, Johanna can handle a week traveling the country with her ex-fiancé to fulfilll his dying grandmother’s request. She and Stone want different things—plain and simple. But there’s nothing plain about Stone, or simple about the heat that still flares between them. One week may not be long enough.

You can find One Good Cowboy on Goodreads

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Do you like books with an animal rescue theme? Keep an eye out for Shelter Me by Catherine Mann, it’s being released on August 5, 2014. It’s a heartwarming novel about a returning soldier, the daughter of his fallen commander, and a very special dog with a mission.

ShelterMeCoverShelter Me (Second Chance Ranch #1)
By Catherine Mann

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Category: Adult
Release Date: August 5, 2014

Blurb:
Staff Sergeant Mike Kowalski wants only one thing after he gets home from Iraq: to sleep in a king-sized bed with clean sheets. But first, he has to hand off his fallen commander’s dog, Trooper, to his family without handing off his heart to Sierra…

Sierra McDaniel needs a break. Her family life is crazy, and when she’s not mucking out kennels, she’s slogging through grad school. Sierra certainly doesn’t want another dog, especially one that reminds her of her father. And she definitely doesn’t want to see Mike with that charming smile of his…

But Trooper has a mission of his own. Before too long Mike is moving to the ranch to lend a hand—and hoping for his own second chance with Sierra.

You can find Shelter Me on Goodreads.

You can view the book trailer for Shelter Me on Youtube.

About the Author: CatherineMannHeadshotB2014
USA Today bestseller Catherine Mann and RITA Award winner, Catherine writes contemporary romance for Berkley, Harlequin, and Sourcebooks, With over two million books in print in more than twenty countries, she has also celebrated five RITA finals, three Maggie Award of Excellence finals and a Bookseller’s Best win. A former theater school director and university instructor, she holds a Master’s degree in Theater from UNC-Greensboro and a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts: Theater (with minors in both English and Education) from the College of Charleston. Catherine and her flyboy husband live on the Florida coast where they brought up their 4 children – and still have 5 four-legged, furry “children” (aka pets). Catherine is an active volunteer with her local Humane Society, serving on their Board of Directors and fostering puppies and special needs dogs (she stopped counting at a hundred). She recently checked off a major item on her “bucket list” by completing the hands-on training for the Florida State Animal Rescue Coalition. Catherine enjoys hearing from her readers and can be found online daily. To receive an autographed bookmark, send a SASE to: P.O. Box 6065, Navarre, FL 32566

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Dr. Linda April 17, 2014 at 10:11 pm

Catherine,
It takes a special heart to give the love needed for just a short time so that another person can have the lifetime love of that animal.
Cooper really needs to learn that another cat would be great to have in the house… but I doubt that will ever happen. LeRoy says hello.

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DeeAnn Kline April 17, 2014 at 12:02 pm

Reading this really touched me and I looked through the pictures you posted of the rescue dog, Bingo, and his journey to health and happiness. I never knew much about rescues until several years ago. I don’t even remember when I joined a rescue group’s site and would look through the pictures at all the beautiful babies and even adult dogs that people would throw away or mistreat. It’s hard to believe people can be so cruel. My youngest daughter has a dachshund, Augie, that I fell in love with. One of her good friends was breeding and she had asked for one of the puppies. Well, when my daughter moved out she didn’t take Augie because she knew how attached to Augie I was and loved his companionship. She kept saying I should find a dog of my own because she felt guilty taking her dog from me and really missed him. Eventually, I saw a dachshund on the website that pulled at me but was adopted quickly. I just continued looking at the all the beautiful animals and months later saw the dog I had seen months earlier. I immediately filled out an adoption form and Rembrandt “Remy” came for a house visit. I wanted to make sure he got along with Augie and my grandchildren. Remy never left and has been with us for over 2.5 years. We decided not to change his name because he had been through so much I hated to change his name too; he responded to that name. He needed to be in a home where someone was home most of the day because he has separation anxiety. He is the most loving, devoted and sweet dog and we feel blessed to have him in our family now. Every person who meets him falls in love because of his sweet disposition. He loves to be affectionate and give kisses (sometimes he is a little overboard with the kisses).

Reading what you wrote touched my heart and I always enjoy reading/hearing about other people’s adoption stories. I really was shocked by how many animals are abandoned (people pick up and move and just leave their pets), drop them off somewhere like they mean nothing or abuse them. There are so many who need a loving home and I always think it is better to adopt than shop and the animals love you so much and are grateful for the good home and family they get. A friend told me I should help at the shelter but I know I couldn’t do it because it hurts me so much to see the sad faces posted on their website much less seeing them. I’d want to save them all. If I lived in the country, I’d build a huge kennel and foster dogs but Remy doesn’t like to share the love and attention and lets Augie share with him because Augie was first. My daughter was very happy to get her dog back and now he comes to visit grammy often. 🙂

I am definitely going to read your new book and go order Shelter Me. I look forward to reading them both. God bless!

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Catherine Mann April 17, 2014 at 7:39 pm

Hi DeeAnn! Thank you so much for the lovely comment – and for checking out Bingo’s rescue story. He’s a special pup. My whole family feels lucky to have been a part of his journey to a healthy, happy life. 🙂 Thanks again and happy reading!!

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