Dog lovers, you are in for a treat! Amigo is here sharing about his day. Amigo is in Alexa Verde’s new book Heart Unbroken! More about that book later – and make sure to check out the awesome giveaway!
One Day in the Life of Amigo
Thank you so much for having me on your blog, Jessica Baker! It’s an honor to me to be featured on A Baker’s Perspective. And I’m happy to introduce One Day in the Life of Amigo. Amigo is a Labrador, hero’s dog in my new release, Heart Unbroken. But I’ll let Amigo tell you about his day.
Woof, woof! So humans can understand dogs? Awesome! (Barking loudly).
Right now my owner, Rodrigo Ybarra, is on a vacation. Yay! Okay, he thinks he’s my owner, but most of the time I rule the house. He just doesn’t know it.
Early morning… What time? I’m a dog. How am I supposed to tell time? Anyway, before I was rudely interrupted… Early morning, I wake my human up, and we go to the beach. There we meet sunrise and I chase seagulls to my little heart’s content. Yay! (Wagging his tail).
But Rodrigo is always sad. His wife died two years ago, and he’s still grieving her. I lick his hands and do what I can, but it’s not enough.
(Whining softly). I miss her, too. Corina was great! She was the one who rescued me. See, once upon a time I lived with a different family, with two children, a boy and a girl. I thought I did well. Okay, maybe I misbehaved sometimes, chewed on furniture a little, or hid in a basket of laundry. But what puppy or a young dog doesn’t? Right? Woof, woof!
Then one day we all went for a ride. Before I knew it, I was dumped on the side of the road. I ran after the car for a long time but couldn’t catch up. People say dogs don’t cry. I cried silent tears two days in my life. That day, and the day Corina died.
Oh, I was supposed to tell about my day, not my life’s story! Oops.
After a walk on the beach… What time? Again? Anyway, after a walk on the beach, Rodrigo feeds me before going out for breakfast himself. (Barks cheerfully). I’m that important to him. But I know he needs somebody else.
Somebody like Corina. Okay, there’s nobody like her. Maybe some beautiful woman with a soul in need of loving. While helping someone Rodrigo could forget about his grief. We, dogs, gotta help our humans, you know.
So a few days ago I sniffed out a woman who smelled like the ocean, violets, and sadness. The main things, she didn’t smell like a cat. That’s important, you know. I walked near her, and Rodrigo followed me. She stared at the ocean, and he stared at her, and half of my job was done. Yay! They even went fishing yesterday. Her name is Emma Hughes, and she’s a co-chef at a local restaurant. Yay! She makes a mean Salisbury steak, which happens to be my favorite food. Fish I could totally live without.
While Rodrigo is having breakfast at the restaurant where Emma works, I guard the house. Then my human comes back, and we jog at the beach. I like fresh breeze, but one can’t eat the breeze. So I lead him back to the bungalow we’re renting, and we have lunch there. He tells me he’s going to have a picnic with Emma in the evening. Yes, he talks to me, though sometimes it’s difficult for me to understand English. But I can tell by the tone of his voice, he’s excited. I’m invited to the picnic, too, of course.
Then I take a nap while my human chats with friends on the phone. I wake up, see him working out, and take a nap again.
In the evening, it’s time for the picnic with Emma. No, I can’t tell time, but I can guess by the way he dresses up. There’s a new light in his eyes, and he smells like hope and expensive cologne. Probably, too much cologne for my strong sense of smell, but I can’t tell him that. Gotta be gentle with my human.
I decide to test Emma. Right before their date, I sneak outside and scurry away. Sure, I can find my way back easily, but I wanna know what she’ll do.
Yes! She joins him in search for me. That woman is a keeper.
I wag my tail and head back to them.
Rodrigo drags a basket to a nice spot on the beach, and she takes out the food from the basket and places it on the blanket. Delicious scents drift to me. Yay! I sprint to them, and Emma throws me a stick to catch. I know she’s just distracting me from all the food I could try, but I’m up to the challenge. Almost got that stick.
Hmmm. Upon a closer sniff, I’m not sure I chose the right woman for my human. There’s something off about her. Now I’m worried. Woof! Woof!
Later I hear their conversation. What? She’s a former drug addict! I don’t know much about drugs, but I heard Corina was killed by a junkie. (Growling). Uh-oh. Did I mess up? I’m about to howl.
Rodrigo often talks about praying. I know he’ll be praying a lot for Emma. Not only because he already likes her, but because that’s the kind of human he is. Faithful, strong-willed, caring. Maybe he and Emma will have a second chance… Just like I got a second chance. I’d even give up the most delicious biscuits for that.
Oh, giveaway! Yay! Somebody who says that she wrote my story is offering 1 ecopy of the winner’s choice of her books to one randomly chosen commenter to this post. Giveaway closes at 9 p.m. three days after the publication of this post.
We, dogs, are smart. But we didn’t learn to read yet. So I suspect this post will be read by humans. I’d love to know, do you have pets? What’s his or her name? It’s okay if it’s a cat. I only pretend to hate cats, you know, to uphold the image. Or if it’s a bird. I just chase after seagulls for fun. Oh, and do you like to read about pets in books?
Heart Unbroken by Alexa Verde:
Can a widowed sheriff and a former drug addict believe God has the power to mend all
broken hearts, even crushed ones like theirs?
Now a Christian, former drug addict Emma Hughes is back in the small town of Rios Azules. She’s desperate to regain the trust of the son she once abandoned and change her life.
Meeting a vacationer, Rodrigo Ybarra, she fights her attraction to him. Even with her newfound
faith, the risk of a relapse is too high.
On the two-year anniversary of his wife’s death at the hand of a junkie, Sheriff Rodrigo Ybarra comes to the ocean to mourn her. Romance is the last thing on his mind, but he’s drawn to a beautiful stranger who frequents the same spot. When he discovers her past could destroy his
career, he struggles to guard his heart.
Then Emma’s life is threatened. Rodrigo won’t let her push him away or allow concern for his career to hold him back now. Will he once again lose the woman he loves? Or will faith and trust bring them safely to a future together?
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Alexa Verde writes sweet, wholesome books about faith, love, and murder. She penned her first literary masterpiece, a rhymed poem, at the ripe age of eight, and since has had 200 short stories, articles, and poems published in the five languages that she speaks. She has bachelor’s degrees in English and Spanish, a master’s in Russian, and enjoys writing about characters with diverse cultures. She’s worn the hats of reporter, teacher, translator, model (even one day counts!), caretaker, and secretary, but thinks that the writer’s hat suits her the best. After traveling the world and living in both hemispheres, she calls a small town in south Texas home. The latter is an inspiration for the fictional setting of her popular series Rios Azules Christmas and Secrets of Rios Azules.
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