Charlaine Harris and Her Dogs

October 30, 2009 by  

harrisShapeshifter Sam Merlotte usually transforms into a collie because people like dogs, so it should be no surprise that Charlaine Harris, author of the Sookie Stackhouse series, is a dog lover. In an interview with the blog, “Coffee with a Canine,” Charlaine shares stories about her dogs, Rocky, Scrunch, and Oscar.

All three are adopted. Rocky is an 8-year old boxer-spaniel mix who came from some lady’s car trunk. Scrunch, a 3-year old terrier, was kicked by a horse, crushing her hip. Charlaine adopted her when the former owner didn’t seem to want to deal with all the surgeries Scrunch needed. Oscar is a dachshund from a local animal shelter. Charlaine isn’t sure how old he is but says he’s “a grumpy old man.” One time, her kids tried to dress Oscar in a sweater and he wouldn’t take a step, just falling to the ground–“Passive resistance at its finest.”

Charlaine is very close to her dogs, and they are very loyal, always following her around at home:

“Every day is Take Your Dog to Work Day at my house. They’re my constant companions in my office, and the dogs and a cup of coffee are the way I start my day.”

She says that they influence her writing by being a “constant interruption.” On an ordinary day, they do the usual dog things, plus barking at the enemies that threaten Charlaine’s home, like the UPS guy and her goose. When asked what are the best qualities in her dogs, she responds:

“They can’t talk, and they love us. Oscar sticks close to home, Scrunch is very loving, and Rocky has a very soft coat.”

That’s all you could really want in your furry, four-legged friends.


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