#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Fashion Advice from a Dog

Mowgli, my year old pup, has made his opinion clear: I wear too much black.  To make his point, he got hold of one of my favorite slip-on sneakers while I was nearby, innocently enjoying a bubble bath, and chewed out the toe.  The little stinker.  And after I was careful enough to make sure my closet door was always closed, too.  :)  Fortunately, I have another pair.  I saw no point in scolding him, though I did, of course, take away the shoe.

If you’re thinking Mowgli is a bad boy, you’re right.  Fortunately for him, I happen to love bad boys, at least, those of the canine variety.  Mowgli’s brother, Tule, at 5, is a gentleman, except when he and Mowgli get too excited when they’re playing their favorite game, wolves in the wild.  They sure keep me busy, these two.

I’m revising the third story in the Carson series, “Forever a Hero”.  Once I’ve finished, I’ll be returning to “North of Eden”, my Civil War book.  

Mom will be moving soon, and I know life is going to be a lot easier for her once she’s made the transition to the new place.  I’m happy because I’ll be able to see her a lot more often.  My brave stepmother, Edith, is in rehab, recovering from a fall that left her in a neck brace.  She’s 91, so it’s a serious injury, but she’s in good spirits, pioneer strong.  Some of the bones in her neck were fractured, and she’s decided she doesn’t want to live alone in her big house anymore.  Needless to say, we’re all both stressed out and grateful that we still have them both.  

Prayers welcome.


36 comments to “Fashion Advice from a Dog”

  1. Theresa
      · March 8th, 2016 at 7:43 pm · Link

    Prayers on the way!!

  2. Gloria
      · March 8th, 2016 at 7:46 pm · Link

    Will pray.

  3. Patricia McLeman
      · March 8th, 2016 at 8:00 pm · Link

    Prayers on the way for both Mum and Stepmum. Our Queen has often said of her mother’s generation “they made them tough in those days. Now she’s nearly as old herself
    Thanks goodness you have your naughty critters to take your mind off things. Sound like a couple of rascals. Plus I do like you in red.

    • linda
        · March 9th, 2016 at 7:41 pm · Link

      I remember the Queen Mother with tremendous admiration. She was a brick during the Blitz, refusing to remove herself and the princesses to safer places. Instead, she had the many windows at Buckingham Palace blacked out, and said, if the people of London had to stay and endure the constant attacks, the royal family would stay, too. Class and courage, in one tiny lady. And her daughter is much the same.

  4. Ruby Norwood
      · March 8th, 2016 at 8:01 pm · Link

    My thoughts and prayers are coming your way!

  5. Virginia Horton
      · March 8th, 2016 at 8:21 pm · Link

    Prayers on the way for your mom and stepmom hope everything goes well with the move. So glad you have naughty dogs to keep you in line. Pets are great thing to help keep your mind off of problems.

  6. Pat Parker
      · March 8th, 2016 at 8:30 pm · Link

    You will know that the prayers are out there.

      · March 8th, 2016 at 8:39 pm · Link


  8. Melaine
      · March 8th, 2016 at 8:53 pm · Link

    I’ll definitely have your mom and stepmom in my prayers. And, you as well, Linda. We can all use as many prayers as come our way.

    Have a great week!

  9. Melaine
      · March 8th, 2016 at 8:53 pm · Link

    I’ll definitely have your mom and stepmom in my prayers. And, you as well, Linda. We can all use as many prayers as come our way.

    Have a great week!

  10. Teresa F
      · March 8th, 2016 at 8:54 pm · Link

    prayers for all involved in recovery and transitions

  11. Melaine
      · March 8th, 2016 at 8:54 pm · Link

    I’ll definitely have your mom and stepmom in my prayers. We can all use as many prayers as come our way.

    Have a great week!

  12. Pamela Devereux
      · March 8th, 2016 at 8:58 pm · Link

    Prayers coming your way. I hope your mom settles in at her new residence. As for your stepmother, I hope she heals and can find a new residence. It is not easy growing old. Lots of love coming your way also.

  13. Caryn Horn
      · March 8th, 2016 at 9:50 pm · Link

    Do be grateful you have both your mothers. I lost my mom in January. She was 95 and still going strong but I think the small stroke in November took her will to live. She knew she wouldn’t be able to live at home, or the still active life she had, even though I was her driver. Losing my son in July and her in January has been tough. And I understand your stress! The stress will go away, but the gratitude stays forever!

    • linda
        · March 9th, 2016 at 7:42 pm · Link

      I am so sorry for your losses. How kind of you to think of others when you are grieving yourself. Thank you.

  14. Doris Ellis
      · March 8th, 2016 at 10:10 pm · Link

    Prayers for you and family. I haven’t a Mother or Mother-in-law left in this world and I miss both…Love and Hugs.

  15. Fran F
      · March 8th, 2016 at 10:22 pm · Link

    Hi Linda,

    Will keep your Mom, your Stepmother and you in my thoughts and prayers.

    Fran F.

  16. Marcia
      · March 8th, 2016 at 10:24 pm · Link

    Prayers for all of you. Change can be difficult for all,l not just those directly involved. We realize life doesn’t stand still. We all age and with age comes frailty and decisions and adjustments that have to be made.

  17. Roberta Giordano
      · March 8th, 2016 at 10:28 pm · Link

    Prayers for your mom,step mom and you ! And hugs to those cute little doggies !

  18. Clara Watt
      · March 9th, 2016 at 3:45 am · Link

    My thoughts and prayers for you and your family.

  19. Linda Solcich
      · March 9th, 2016 at 6:12 am · Link

    Prayers are one thing we can do, and will pray for both Moms.

    How well I know how pups will be pups. My “Taco” chewed the wires off both trucks and both trailers. We then actually cut PCV pipe and kept on them at all times they were not in use.

    He is 3 now and doesn’t do that anymore. He does chase and sometimes catch small critters though. Right now we are dealing with his sister having been skunked.

  20. Andrea Lammly
      · March 9th, 2016 at 8:34 am · Link

    Oh how our pets keep us entertained! Little stinker! Glad to hear your mom will be closer to you so you can visit her more often and that your stepmother is recovering. Sending prayers to both of them and to you as well. Have pre-order my book and can’t wait until it arrives. It is going to be one of my beach reading books on our Mexican vacation.

  21. Dixie Hadley
      · March 9th, 2016 at 9:19 am · Link


  22. Lynn Hill
      · March 9th, 2016 at 10:01 am · Link

    Oh don’t you just love the training stages of new puppies??? LOL Here are some prayers for your Step-mother for a speedy recovery. Bless her heart.

  23. Rhonda Dickinson
      · March 9th, 2016 at 10:09 am · Link

    Praying for you all Linda! Have fun with your critters! Ya gotta love ’em! 8)

  24. Lois Rotella
      · March 9th, 2016 at 10:34 am · Link

    Your fur babies sound like a lot of fun. Never a dull moment. It has to be hard for you and the family with your mom moving and step mom in rehab. Pray for both of them. Have a great week.

  25. Linda Wilson
      · March 9th, 2016 at 10:43 am · Link

    Prayers to you all.

  26. Lauri Claes
      · March 9th, 2016 at 1:14 pm · Link

    I have pups as well. They love to chew on all kinds of things. And I hope all will be well soon. Prayers for your family

  27. Juanita Rice
      · March 9th, 2016 at 3:42 pm · Link

    Hope all family issues turn out for the best.

    Happily awaiting for the release of Once A Rancher…. and thank you for the nice little surprise that came with your March news letter. Love book coupons. :)

  28. linda
      · March 9th, 2016 at 7:43 pm · Link

    Thank you all for your prayers and your kindness.

  29. midge watkins
      · March 9th, 2016 at 9:07 pm · Link

    God is blessing you and your “Moms”, even as we speak. I had
    a fractured neck (cours I was 20 and a bit sturdier) and IT WAS
    NOT FUN!!! Mowgli reminds me of a teacup poodle I had once,
    called Schoch who dragged all the shoes our of my closet and
    piled them in a neat pile in the middle of the bedroom when he
    was ticked off by me. Only thing he chewed was the bottom of
    my beautiful suede coat and left it hanging in the closet. I didn’t realize it until I was heading out to my car and it felt very breezy behind me! It’s spring. Time to brighten up the

  30. Leanna
      · March 9th, 2016 at 10:50 pm · Link

    You leave one thing out and they will find it. I have 2 one year old puppies so I know what you are going through.

  31. Nadine spradlin
      · March 10th, 2016 at 6:38 pm · Link

    PRAYERS GOING UP, for you & your family.. We’ve been where you are now ..

  32. Debbie Bleege
      · March 10th, 2016 at 7:58 pm · Link

    I will be praying for you and your moms and family and great to hear about your four legged boys. I love animals. I have two dogs Lola and Bear they are like family!

  33. Dona Kutska
      · March 11th, 2016 at 1:00 am · Link

    My little shiz zu terrier mix can be a bad girl too, but, she’s a sweetie and I can’t be mad at her! My mom 85 years old moved closer to me, too. It’s easier.

  34. Diana E.
      · March 12th, 2016 at 1:53 pm · Link

    Prayers for both your mother during her move and for your mother-in-laws recovery. Blessings.

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