Hi, everyone! Zuzu here again!
Stealing the laptop from Mom again to bring you an interview with two of my favorite friends/celebrity crushes. The “crush” thing may be why I dusted off my glamour shot up there, taken by my Uncle Josh. I wanted to look my best today for Kate James’ dogs, Harley and Logan.
We know it was heart-wrenching for Mom and Dad when they had to say goodbye to their last three dogs. They didn’t think they were ready to add to their family again so soon, but we proved them wrong.
We were fourteen (Logan) and sixteen (Harley) months old when we first met Mom and Dad. We overheard them saying that we were intelligent with great temperaments, and we had those adoring chocolate-brown eyes that they couldn’t resist.
Although we’d been cared for and never abused, we’d lived our entire lives in kennels. In fact, the first time we met was when Mom and Dad decided to adopt us both. It was scary at first when we went home with them, but then we had great fun exploring the big, wide world around us and learning new things—like not running off the property and not eating toilet paper. What mattered most was that we’d found our forever home, and we make Mom and Dad happy!
Hi, Harley and Logan! I see pictures of you all the time so you guys are kinda like my celebrity crushes!
Logan: We see your pictures, too, Zuzu, and we’re thrilled to have this chance to chat with you!
Harley: And not just because we get to use Mom’s laptop.
Zuzu: That does have its perks though… *closes Petsmart online ordering window*
Mom starts all of her guests with a fast four. So I came up with my own, too!
Bones or Chew toys?
Logan: You mean you have to make a choice in your house? So, we have to ask you, why?
Harley: This is just part of our stash. Then again, we saw the picture below and thought Mom and Dad should get us each one of these…
Zuzu: That’s like … a dinosaur bone. Is that even legal?
Logan: We’d need your help, Zuzu, if we wanted to bury it. But do you bury bones? Why do dogs do that? We don’t. You can’t play with it, if you do. Then again, no one tries to take our stuff, and if they did (refer to the first picture above), we probably wouldn’t miss one or two items.
Zuzu: I bury bones in my blanket or under the couch with my sock stash. But why would you bury it in the ground? I don’t understand that at all.
Frisbees or Tennis Balls?
Harley: Tennis balls in the summer and Frisbees in the winter.
Logan: The reason is simple. The tennis balls go further when thrown from a Chuck It™. That means they’re more fun to chase, including when they, oops, accidentally, roll down into the forest at the back of our yard. In the winter, though, tennis balls disappear in the snow and we have to dive after them. We can catch Frisbees right in the air, so we don’t have to worry about shoving our heads in all that cold, white stuff.
Harley: In case you’re wondering why we have soooo many Frisbees, we like to be prepared in case Mom lets us have friends over.
Logan: That includes you, Zuzu!
Zuzu: eep! *whispers to Mom* They just invited me to THEIR HOUSE!! trying not to fangirl… Ahem. *scratches nonchalantly behind the ear* That sounds great! I’d love to come visit. But can I come during winter? I love snow and I hear you get a lot of it.
Dogs or Cats? (I mean…. Seriously…. Why does she ask this question? I’m not even going to insult you by making you give me the OBVIOUS answer.)
Psst, this is Harley. I don’t like to snitch on my brother, but he does have a C-A-T friend. Mom’s editor has two cats, and Logan regularly e-mails with his feline namesake Logan, or FL for short.
Zuzu: I’m not even sure what to say now…
Logan: This is FL’s sister, Sabrina. You must admit, she’s cute as far as cats go.
Harley: Enough said.
Zuzu: Yes… let’s move on as quickly as possible. I need to process this new information…
SQUIRRELS OR BIRDS?
Harley: Squirrels. Most of the ones around here have black fur, like us.
Logan: Well, except for that gray one with the red tail.
Harley: Yeah, it’s true! As for why, birds are interesting to watch, especially when we’re indoors and a little bored, but we prefer squirrels because they’re fun to chase.
Zuzu: The squirrels here are peanut-butter colored, like me.
Behind-the-ear scratches or Belly Rubs?
Logan: Need I say more?
And now for some questions that (mostly) matter….
Harley: Ummm….so, the ones we just answered were supposed to be the fast questions?
Logan: Okay. We’re ready!
Zuzu: Yeah…. I’m not sure what Mom is thinking sometimes…
Mom says that reading is her superpower and sleeping is mine. If YOU and YOUR MOM had superpowers, what would they be?
Logan: Ours is sleeping. We can do it anywhere, anytime, although it’s best if we’re snuggled together.
Zuzu: Sleeping is the best superpower to have. It really is an art form. I don’t have a sibling to snuggle with though, so I usually lay right up against (or on) Mom or I burrow under blankets with my squirrel. It’s all good.
Harley: I know! I have a superpower that Logan doesn’t. I chase butterflies!
Logan: Yish! If you ever caught one, THAT would be a superpower, but spinning around and crying like a baby when you see one is not a superpower in my books. Now, for something really cool, I can get multiple bones in my mouth at one time, and I’ve trained Mom and Dad to put peanut butter in the ends whenever I do!
Harley <grudgingly>: Yeah, that’s true. You’ll have to teach me how to train them to do something. As for Mom, she never seems to stop or run out of energy. Her superpower is that she’s like the Energizer bunny!
Logan: Did you say bunny? <running to window> Where?
Zuzu: Oh hey! If the bunny’s name happens to be Hopper, will you tell her hi for me? She was my friend on the corner but we’ve lost touch.
I recently heard this Colonial American Proverb – You will always be lucky if you know how to make friends with strange cats. What are your thoughts on this controversial statement?
Logan: Since Mom’s an author, she’s taught us words like tautology.
Harley <nodding>: Ha, ha! Yeah, that means saying the same thing twice with different words! Like “strange cats!”
Logan: But we digress. To answer your question, let’s just say that to make friends with cats takes true emotional intelligence.
Harley: Hmmm…can they help me catch butterflies?
Zuzu: Harley, my friend… I wouldn’t get your hopes up 🙂
You guys are brothers and you seem to get along well. I’m an only dog so I don’t really know what’s it like to have siblings. Though… my best friend Nici has two brothers and she complains to me about them all the time. Anyway… what do you like best about being brothers? What do you like least? Has your mom written about siblings in any of her books?
Harley: Oh, wow! You need a brother or sister, Zuzu! Doesn’t your mother know that we’re pack animals!
Zuzu: Well… I do have my bestie Nici next door. And I’ve got a cousin Kota. She’s chocolate and I’m peanut butter. (See pic below) There’s also her sister Bella… but …. we call her “Bella from hella” so the less said about her the better.
Logan: So, what I like best is never being alone and always having a soft pillow!
Harley: We have twice as many toys!
Logan: And twice as much fun! What’s not to like?
Harley: You can be our honorary sister, Zuzu.
Zuzu: Yay! Thanks, guys!
Your mom writes books. My mom reads books. If you were going to write a book, what would you call it & what would it be about?
Harley: If I was to write a book, it would be about learning to trust in love. It took me a while to truly believe that I have a forever home with Mom and Dad and Logan, they will love me no matter what, and it’s okay for me to relax and love them back. I’d call it Home to Stay. Oh, wait. Mom already used that title!
Zuzu: Awwww, Harley! That’s beautiful!
Logan (snuggles up to Harley and licks the inside of his right ear): Aww, we’ll always be here for you. So, Zuzu, I would write a book about how to train our humans. I’d call it Human Training for Dummies!
Zuzu: Can I cowrite a chapter or two? I have some insight.
Speaking of writing books, your mom has one coming out soon, doesn’t she? What’s it about? And the most important question – is there a dog in it and is the dog in danger? (Sometimes I have to cover my eyes with my paws!)
Logan: Mom’s next book comes out on March 1st. It’s called Sanctuary Cove and it has three main dog characters in it! Here they are:
Harley: Zuzu…psst…notice that there’s three of them? They’re a pack…or will be by the end of the story!
Logan: Sanctuary Cove is about Emma, who used to be a communications executive in New York. She finds her personal and professional life in shambles, and she retreats to her lakefront cabin in the Adirondack Mountains. When she stops to help an injured dog at the side of a rain-drenched road, she meets veterinarian Joshua Whitmore. You can read more about the story at the bottom of this post, but I wanted to make the point that it’s really a dog that get these two together.
Harley: Although there’s tension and conflict—as Mom says there has to be in a good book—Zuzu, I promise that Max, Theo and Winston have their own happy-ever-after ending!
Logan: Yeah, Mom can’t even watch an animal in the movies get injured; there’s no way she could not give the dogs in her stories a happy ending! Just read the first chapter really fast.
Zuzu: Oh yeah…. Mom warned me about that first chapter and told me just to cover my eyes and snuggle closer if I have to but to trust your Mom! I always do 🙂
You may know that I’ve read and reviewed your mom’s books. She captures a dog’s character and personality quite well. Do you consult with her to ensure accuracy … and if so what do you charge? (I’m asking for a…friend.)
Logan: Of course we consult, although Mom might not call it that. Sometimes we have to get a little insistent for her to listen to us.
The following picture is blurry because I had to work extra hard to get her attention. It’s an action shot! Also, I thought if I gave her some toys, she might let me do the editing.
Harley <Snickering>: “Insistent” like the time Logan really sunk his teeth into it!
Logan: I try to be a little subtler these days.
Zuzu: shaking my head… *pauses to ruffle ears*… Boys.
Harley & Logan, thanks so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you. What’s on your agenda up there in Canada?
Harley: Spring. And butterflies!
Logan: Yes, spring so our outdoor playtime is not limited because our paws get cold, and we can chase tennis balls again!
Harley: Zuzu, thank you for inviting us to your blog (we know it’s really yours; you just let your Mom use it!) and for all your wonderful support of us authors’ dogs. We’d love to have you visit us, but between us, you might want to wait until it’s spring.
Logan: And tail wags to everyone who stopped by! We’d love to hear from you in the comments section below.
Now that the fun is over, here’s Mom’s important information!
Kate James spent much of her childhood abroad before attending university in Canada. She built a successful business career, but her passion has always been literature. As a result, Kate turned her energy to her love of the written word. Kate’s goal is to entertain her readers with engaging stories featuring strong, likable characters. Kate has been honored with numerous awards for her writing. She and her husband, Ken, enjoy traveling and the outdoors with their beloved Labrador Retrievers, Harley and Logan.
Kate’s upcoming book, Sanctuary Cove, releases March 1 from Harlequin Heartwarming!
Can his safe haven be enough for her?
Emma Meadows never imagined that sticking to her principles against an act of corruption by a New York senator would cost her job as VP of communications. Heartbroken, she retreats to her cottage in the Adirondacks and, in the process, rescues an injured dog that only Josh Whitmore can save.
The veterinarian works diligently to bring dog and woman back to full fighting form, until allegations against the senator become more serious. Seeing Emma’s reaction to the increasing pressure, Josh realizes that inevitably she’ll find a way back to the top…and he’ll likely lose her for good.
Here’s my Mom’s endorsement for Harley & Logan’s mom’s new book!
Once again, Kate James brings us a story rich with great characters (of both the two and four legged variety), vivid setting, nail-biting suspense, and tender romance. The chemistry between Josh and Emma is instantly palpable, and their romance is exquisitely sweet without straying into “sappy” or away from “sizzling”. This may be my favorite Kate James book yet! I’m looking forward to a return to Sanctuary Cove to catch up with these characters who already feel like friends.
Harley and Logan’s mom Kate James is giving away a copy of her book When Love Matters Most AND a K-9 series tote to one of my mom’s readers! This giveaway is open to US and Canada only. Giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies. You can check out my thoughts (and my mom’s) on When Love Matters Most here if you want more info on the book!
What about you? What questions or fun pet stories do YOU have for Harley and Logan (or their mom?)