In the third book of the Love's Compass series, Finding Courage, Duke and Avalon decide to get a dog. They go to an animal shelter and after much deliberation, choose a German shepherd puppy to adopt. They name their new dog Khanrad.
I wrote this dog after a special guy that my husband and I adopted the year we got married. Almost all of the stories about Khanrad in Finding Courage are true, and that's not even half of them!
We've had a number of dogs during the course of our fifteen years of marriage, but Khanrad still stands out among the rest.
He and I didn't always get along. Ha!
When we first got him, we lived in an apartment on the second floor. There was a staircase down to the sidewalk and you could see between the stairs. Khanrad refused to step a paw on them. So many times a day, I would cart this dog down a flight of stairs. We'd walk and wait and he rarely would do his business.
Finally, I'd get tired and carry his body back up the stairs. He'd take two steps into the apartment and pee on the carpet.
Yes, that was the start of our relationship.
Khanrad was definitely my husband's dog. He was devoted to him and saw him as the leader of our pack. I'm pretty sure he considered himself next in line and I landed way at the bottom of the totem pole.
Khanrad was a loyal dog who was with us from the time we adopted him in June of 2000 until he passed away in February of 2013. We still miss his presence in our family very much.
I look forward to you all reading about his antics in Finding Courage. I will also be sharing some of the other stories that didn't make it into the book over the course of the next month as we wait for Finding Courage to be released.
Do you have a dog that's unforgettable? Any funny stories to share? I would love to hear about them!