Dog Days of Winter

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Anyone who knows me can tell you, I’m an absolute sucker when it comes to puppies.

My niece recently posted a picture of a puppy she adopted from a shelter.  She named her Sadie.  Sadie is adorable.  She’s cute, and chubby, and she’s the reason I almost got in my car and drove through three states to adopt one of her siblings. (don’t worry, they all found their forever homes!)

(not Sadie but she looks almost like this!)

Not that I don’t adore my adult dog.  I love him to pieces.  But there’s just something about puppies that makes me go all warm and gooshy inside.

Maybe it’s the new-puppy smell, or the big, warm eyes in those sweet, little faces.  It might be the licks and wriggles and mouths that always look like they’re smiling at you and bright little eyes that say “let’s play.” Whatever the reason, puppies are my kryptonite.

Hi, my name is Nika and I’m a puppy addict.  (But honestly, if there’s a cure, I don’t want it!)


Okay, as promised, I’m doing another




This time around, I’m giving away a signed print copy of my debut novel What the Lady Wants to one lucky U.S. reader (should the winner live outside of the contiguous 48, I’ll substitute an e-book version instead).  To win, here’s all you need to do:

  • Sign up for my newsletter
  • Comment below about your favorite pet, or just animals in general

That’s it!  Easy peasy.

And if you’ve already signed up for my newsletter, no worries, just tell me so in your comment.

 Giveaway will stay open through Saturday, March 19th.  Winner will be announced the following day.  (Make sure you’ve click on the Dog Days of Winter blog heading to be where the comments section shows up. In the unlikely (I hope!) event that the comments section does a disappearing act like it did in the middle of my last giveaway (Nika + technology = chaos), just leave your comments on the “contact” page instead and you’ll still be entered to win.)

16 thoughts on “Dog Days of Winter

    linda romer (@romer_linda) said:
    March 7, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    These puppy’s are adorable ♡ I have a wonderful companion named sheba, we found her at about 6 months old and she is now going on 12 years.
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      nikarhone responded:
      March 13, 2016 at 4:12 pm

      My mother had a dog named Sheba, and my husband and I had her siblings, Zeus and Apollo. Loved those dogs! Thanks for sharing!


    Jolyse Barnett said:
    March 8, 2016 at 12:51 am

    Such cute puppies!! ♡

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      nikarhone responded:
      March 13, 2016 at 4:14 pm

      Kittens are cute, too, but hey, I’m a dog person. 😊


    Mona Kekstadt (Ramona) said:
    March 13, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    Oh my gosh…I’m a sucker for puppies to. Every time I see them at a pet store. I went with my friend when she got her golden…love that boy. We have a pup 1 1/2 mixed pit. He looks like Petey from the little rascals or the Target dog. Yup. He’s a charmer my Louie….he just thinks he’s a lap dog at 57lbs now. He’s a rescue, best dog..still learning. Me I’m still leaning the puppy ways. It’s not easy when our other rescue was 4 when we got him. Love this page…was sent by Jeannie Moon to your blog. ❤️ Signing up for your newsletter and checking out your book. Congrats on your release..

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      nikarhone responded:
      March 14, 2016 at 1:31 pm

      Thanks so much, Mona! Jeannie is a real sweetie, isn’t she? And I know what you mean about the big lapdog thing. Our 70+ pound rescue, Rebel, has those same illusions. Or would that be delusions? *g*


    Kaylee Nizza said:
    March 13, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    Love dogs and cats. I have 3 fur grand dogs and 3 grand cats with 5 4 day old great grand cats.

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      Nika responded:
      March 14, 2016 at 1:34 pm

      4 days old? Oh, the must be absolutely adorable!


    Kim Sykes said:
    March 13, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    I am a puppy junkie as well! Thankfully I teach puppy kindergarten and become the “aunt” who spoils the puppies! Consider volunteering with a local positive dog trainer to get your fix on a regular basis!

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      Nika responded:
      March 14, 2016 at 1:47 pm

      That’s a great idea! Although I worry that it would just make me want one even more, kind of like just having one Girl Scout cookie. 😉


    Anna Hartt said:
    March 13, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    I am completely with you on the puppy addiction. I have two dogs, Summer is 10+ yellow lab, and Buster is a 3 year old Black Lab/Heeler mix. If I could do one thing, that would be owning a dog rescue. It is hard work, and your heart breaks daily, but it is worth every minute to give a dog a chance at life. Yes, I COULD be a dog hoarder. Kisses and unconditional love are awesome!

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      Nika responded:
      March 14, 2016 at 1:50 pm

      Our 10+ mix is a shelter dog, and I wouldn’t trade him for the world. The hardest part when we got him was only coming home with HIM, and not four more as well. When we have more land (one day!) we hope to have a small herd of rescue dogs. Well, I do. My husband just nods and smiles and walks away. *g*


    Marea said:
    March 13, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    Don’t have any pets. Puppies are just so cute, cuddly, fun and everything else. At least until they make a mess and you have to clean up after them lol

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      Nika responded:
      March 14, 2016 at 1:52 pm

      I agree, the housebreaking part is the least fun of having a puppy. We got terribly lucky with our dog, Rebel. He picked it up within a few days. Huge relief!!


    Shari said:
    March 13, 2016 at 6:32 pm

    Love puppies!!! We have two dogs, are best friends!

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      Nika responded:
      March 14, 2016 at 1:56 pm

      It’s great when they get along so well. I sometimes feel bad only having one dog, worrying that he’s lonely without a brother or sister, but he’s far too used to being king of the castle now (he’s 10) to bring another dog into the mix so we just spoil him rotten to make up for it. 🙂


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