What Unending Devotion Means to Me and a great book release

Happy Release Day to  Jody Hedlund for Unending Devotion!

If you like historicals, you’ll love this one!

High-Stakes Drama Meets High-Tension Romance

In 1883 Michigan, Lily Young is on a mission to save her lost sister, or die trying. Heedless of the danger, her searches of logging camps lead her to Harrison and into the sights of Connell McCormick, a man doing his best to add to the hard-earned fortunes of his lumber baron father.

Posing during the day as a photographer’s assistant, Lily can’t understand why any God-fearing citizen would allow evil to persist and why men like Connell McCormick turn a blind eye to the crime rampant in the town. But Connell is boss-man of three of his father’s lumber camps in the area, and like most of the other men, he’s interested in clearing the pine and earning a profit. He figures as long as he’s living an upright life, that’s what matters.

Lily challenges everything he thought he knew, and together they work not only to save her sister but to put an end to the corruption that’s dominated Harrison for so long.

Author Bio:
Jody Hedlund is an award-winning historical romance novelist and author of the best-selling books, The Preacher’s Bride and The Doctor’s Lady. She received a bachelor’s degree from Taylor University and a master’s from the University of Wisconsin, both in Social Work. Currently she makes her home in Michigan with her husband and five busy children.

To celebrate the release of Jody’s book I’m paying tribute to my dogs who have given me their unending devotion in exchange for so little—food in their bowl and a pet on the head or rub on the belly every now and then.

My love affair with Old English Sheepdogs began with Obadiah  who never quite understood he was a dog.

My daughter treated him like the little brother she never had.

Next came Micah.

A furry bundle of energy for Christmas.

He joined my granddog Bernie, a terrier mix, who came to live with us when our son went off to seminary. Rhinestone was our rescue OES.The three of us made quite a spectacle walking in the neighborhood.

Micah, Bernie and Rhinestone

As happens with large dogs, Micah’s hips played out. We lost him and Bernie (at age 17) about the same time. Rhinestone became even more attached to me. When we emptied our house to have hardwood floors installed, I worried the stress would be too much for her.

She went to live with my sister-in-law who had never married.

Two lovely ladies who found one another.

 The two became best buds. I wrote about their story in The Dog Next Door.

For the first time ever we were dog-less.

I hated it.

It was love at first sight.

 So we found Tobias (Toby).

Helping me write.

A couple of years later Buster, a twelve pound Maltese, came to live with us.

And once again we’ve become a big happy family.

You can read all about a sister’s uneding devotion in Jody’s book. Available on Amazon.

What about about you? Do you give or receive unending devotion for someone or pet?

8 responses to “What Unending Devotion Means to Me and a great book release

  1. My dog Burnsie showed up at just the right time in my life. Both kids are teenagers and way too cool to cuddle, but Burnsie will! I SO needed a little bundle to love…without the diaper changes. ;)

  2. Aw, love your sweet tribute to all of your dogs! They hold such a special place in our hearts, don’t they? We have one big Golden Retriever, and just adopted a couple of kittens from the Humane Society. I guess our family just isn’t complete without our pets! :-)

    So glad you enjoyed the book! Thanks for the wonderful post!

    Blessings,

    Jody Hedlund

  3. Oh Judythe, your dogs are so cuddly! One of them looks just like my Sandy who is a golden doodle. Thanks so much for spreading the word for Jody.

  4. Who wouldn’t love an English Sheepdog named Toby?

  5. Hi – Will you please post a link to your Blog at The Old English Sheepdog Community? Our members will love it.
    Members include: OES Owners, Breeders, Rescues and Lovers.
    It’s easy to do, just cut and paste the link and it automatically links back to your website… a win win.
    You can also add Photos, Videos, Rescues and Classifieds if you like. It’s free and easy.
    Email me if you need any help or would like me to do it for you.
    The Old English Sheepdog Community: http://www.vorts.com/old_english_sheepdogs/
    Thanks,
    James Kaufman, Editor

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