Do Meow and Romance Mix? ~ Sandra Owens

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Cute title for this post, right? I’ll admit I had fun coming up with it. While working on my third book in my men of K2 Special Services, it struck me that animals have shown up in all my books. It wasn’t anything I planned, they just decided to nose their way into the story.


Dogs are adorable, and loyal, and all that, but I’m a cat person. They’re sneaky, sometimes peculiar, other times disdainful, but I love the little devils. They make us laugh with their silly antics.


Embracing Romance - Peggy
In THE LETTER, my hero, Michael, had a three-legged cat named Peggy. He also had a few imaginary felines, but it would take too long to explain the reason for that. You’ll just have to read the book if you want to know. Peggy and friends played a role in reuniting Michael with his lady love, and Peggy even attended their wedding wearing little kitty clothes.


A person’s reaction to animals gives us insight into their character. It tells us whether we can trust them or not. Is he uneasy around the dog, does the animal raise his hackles or give a low growl when he’s around? Nope, we can’t trust that dude, can we? Does her cat curl up on the hero’s lap, purring louder than the rumble of a Harley while he strokes kitty’s spine with long, elegant fingers? Yep, that’s the man we want.

In THE TRAINING OF A MARQUESS, it was horses, in CRAZY FOR HER, due out September 1st, it’s killer Dobermans that turned out not to be so vicious after all. For SOMEONE LIKE HER, coming early 2015, it was back to cats, a fat, gray and white cat named Mouse.

Cat - 1

(In memory of my own fat, gray and white furry Mouse.) In book three of the K2 Special Services series, it’s a battered kitten with a bent tail and part of an ear missing that my heroine found in an alley.


I already know what kind of animals will be in book five. My hero will have military dogs he managed to bring home from Afganhastan, and my heroine will have cats. Uh oh, I see some fur flying in that one.



Baby Alpaca

That leaves me with book four. Although I’ve not decided, I’m thinking something different…a bunny or talking bird, or maybe this little cutie. I do know I’ll probably never be able to write a book without an animal of some kind in it.

Before I go, here’s a silly dog.


Do you like animals in your romance novels? Do you have a favorite romance book you loved that included an animal character? I’d love to have a list to add to my TBR pile.


Romantic Pursuit Trivia Question – What secret does Logan Kincaid, my hero in CRAZY FOR HER, hold close to his heart?
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31 Responses

  1. Kai W.

    Logan Kincaid is in love with Dani Prescott, his best friend and SEAL teammate’s wife.

    • Sandra Owens

      Kai, if you check back by, click on Home at the top to refresh the page and you’ll see a form where you can enter the answer so you’ll get into the drawing. 🙂

  2. allybroadfield

    Fun post, Sandra! I have dogs in all of my books. Kristan Higgins has a dog (or occasionally a cat) in her books and I love them all.Julia Quinn has a dog in The Viscount Who Love Me. There are more, but I can’t remember them right now. 🙂

    • Sandra Owens

      I’ve read Kristan Higgins books, and love her animals, Ally. I’ll check into The Viscount Who Loved Me. Thanks.

  3. Maggi AndersenM

    Great post, Sandra. I always have animals in my books. Spot, a disreputable dog and Jet the escape artist cat feature in my new book.

  4. carolcork

    I enjoyed your fun post, Sandra and I’m a cat lady too. Regrettably, we no longer have a cat as we live in a rented apartment where pets aren’t allowed. I loved Dodger, the weasel in Lisa Kleypas’s Married By Morning.

    • Sandra Owens

      Carol, I no longer have a cat either. My daughter-in-law is terribly allergic to them, so when Mouse died at the ripe old age of 16, I didn’t replace him. Thanks for the recommendation. I’ve read most of Lisa Keypas’ books, but I don’t remember a weasel Dodger, so maybe I missed that one.

    • Sandra Owens

      Frances, cat gifs and pictures are my downfall. Can’t resist them. The crazy dog would be great added to a book.

  5. ki pha

    Oh, those gifs are just the cutest!!
    I’m having trible remembering all the cute animals in my lived books but I really love the pup in Tessa Dare’s A Lady By Midnight. Just so adorable!

    • Sandra Owens

      LOL, Ki, that dog would certainly drive me crazy. 🙂 Just added A Lady By Midnight to my list. Thanks!

  6. Hanny

    I love this post. And I’m ‘afraid’ to tell you The Letter is my favorite romance with a pet in it. So, nothing new here 😉
    On FB I wrote about Rosehaven (Catherine Coulter). You read it many years ago. But can you remember Trist, the marten? Not everybody liked the book, but I loved Trist. Maybe you like to read it again…

    • Sandra Owens

      LOL, Hanny, I so enjoyed writing Peggy the three-legged cat. 🙂 It has been a long time since I read Rosehaven so I really should read it again. I just added to the list I’m making from everyone’s recommendations.

  7. pattymvanhulle

    I love people you are Animal folks! If you are mean or cruel to animals, I don’t want you in my universe! Love your animal pic and videos! You warmed my heart!

    • Sandra Owens

      Patty, I’m 100% with you on not wanting anyone near me who is cruel to animals. The cat on the bed video cracks me up every time I watch it. 🙂

  8. Collette Cameron

    Sandra, I have a 3-legged cat in a story too. I always tell everyone that my dachshund, Paddy, picked my husband. She adored him from the moment she laid eyes on him.

    • Sandra Owens

      Oh, Collette, I should introduce Peggy to your three-legged cat! 😀 That’s sweet that Paddy picked your hubby…Ah, love at first sight.

  9. ellaquinnauthor

    I do like animals in books. The first series doesn’t have much more than horses, but the second one starts out with two Great Danes. Tweeted and shared.

    • Sandra Owens

      Ella, Great Danes are awesome. A customer used to bring his in to where I once worked, and he’d said there (the dog 😀 ) with his chest puffed out and just looked majestic. Thanks for stopping by!

  10. NancyS.Goodmann

    I love animals in stories, they add so much. Yes-put a bunny!! I had one for 7 years. They are fun pets, quite a bit like cats.

    • Sandra Owens

      I am leaning toward a bunny, Nancy, but to make it unexpected, I’m thinking my hero owns said bunny. 🙂 You can be my go to person for bunny research.

  11. Barbara Monajem

    What fun! I love animals in books (and have put them in a few of mine). Jennifer Crusie often has dogs in her books.

  12. Romance Reader Girl

    I love animals in books. It’s great to read how character interact with them. I am a dog person, well, really, a pug person but I feel animals add depth to a story.

    • Sandra Owens

      That’s what I like about animals in books too, Romance Reader Girl, how the characters interact with them. BTW, I’ve seen pictures you’ve posted of your pugs, and one in particular would make a great addition to a story…that tongue! 😀

  13. Violetta Rand

    Really enjoyed the post. I do love furry friends in any book. I often name characters after my pets, past and present, as tribute .

    • Sandra Owens

      Love that you sometimes name characters after pets, Violetta. Now I’m tempted to name one of my characters Mouse. 🙂