The Blessed Ben

I’ve told you about Saint Timmy. This is The Blessed Ben.

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He is always interested in what I’m doing. I look down to see this:

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Or this:

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He demands, needs, loves cuddles – and as writing is a very solitary occupation it is nice to have a little dog to give a hug to when your rhymes aren’t working, or your plot is in a muddle.

It can be a bother when he leans his head on the keyboard. Or when he crunches up your pens, or lies on your manuscript.

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But it is great when he makes you take him for a walk, because sometimes you just need to get out in the fresh air and get some exercise. And I have some of my best ideas when I’m walking.

And he and St. Timmy are best friends.

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And here are 3 other literary dogs who inspire me:

Plum – who inspires the wonderful Emma Chichester Clark. I am delighted to read that  a book about her will be published soon. I love reading her adventures! http://emmachichesterclark.blogspot.co.uk/2013_09_01_archive.html

Dixie O’Day, the wonderful creation of Clara Vulliamy and Shirley Hughes. How gorgeous is this !

http://www.dixieoday.com

And Claude, the great friend of Sir Bobblysock, and the creation of the lovely Alex T Smith

http://claudebooks.blogspot.co.uk

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