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Vicki Lewis Thompson | The Truth About Cats and Dogs

February 19, 2010

VICKI LEWIS THOMPSONBLONDE WITH A WANDI’m absolutely thrilled to be here today! Picture me as a cocker spaniel dancing around in total excitement, tail wagging, ears flopping, big smile on my face.. But don’t picture me piddling on the floor, which sometimes happens with excited cocker spaniels.

I was lucky to grow up with both dogs and cats, so if you’d asked me as a kid whether I was a dog person or a cat person, I would have said both. But now I’ve changed my mind. I still love the doggies, love their eternal optimism and undying affection and loyalty. But these days I’m drawn to cats.

I heard someone describe them as living sculpture, and so they are. My all-black cat Eve seems to know exactly how to drape herself over the furniture or curl up on the bed so that she’s part of the décor.

Eve’s her own person . . . um . . . her own cat. She greets me at the door when I come home . . . most of the time, if she’s not napping or otherwise engaged. She’ll sit in my lap if she feels like it, but sometimes she’d rather not. And that’s okay with me. We respect each other’s space. I think that makes me a cat person.

Don’t get me wrong. I still love dogs, and one in particular. Serra is my daughter Audrey’s Rottweiler mix, and Serra visits me regularly. I have a bed for her and treats in the cupboard. But whenever I’ve considered whether to adopt a dog of my own, I’ve always decided not to, because I really am a cat person at heart.

That’s one reason I had such a ball writing BLONDE WITH A WAND (out now), in which my heroine Anica is definitely a cat person. The fun begins when she turns the misbehaving hero Jasper into a black tomcat. What a blast to write from the viewpoint of Jasper as a cat!

Chick with a CharmAnica’s sister Lily, however, is a dog person. So in CHICK WITH A CHARM (out March 2) Lily uses her magic to transfer her Golden Retriever’s devotion to Griffin, the guy she’s crushing on. My role model for that dog was the lovable Serra, which is why I dedicated the book to her.

So, would you say you’re a dog person, a cat person, both, or neither? Are you sharing your life with any furry friends now? I’d love to hear your pet stories, and at the end of the day, one lucky commenter will win an autographed set of both books!

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