Christmas Paws Blog Hop!

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Welcome to the Christmas Paws Blog Hop! Thanks to BTS Magazine and Wild Child Publishing for putting together a celebration of the ones we love. πŸ™‚ Click the Christmas Paw button to stay on the hop. I’m giving away a $5 Amazon gift card, and did I mention there is a Grand prize of $200?

Remember to leave a comment about your loved ones, whether they are furry, scaley, winged or slimey, we want to hear about your lovable pets!

The Story of Khan

Two years ago, a Siberian Husky was born in Iowa. He had an adventurous spirit and loved to explore. I hear he was sent to the barn on more than one occasion for being such an escape artist and oh, how he howled. He just wanted to see the world. One day he said goodbye to mom, dad and his sister and traveled to his new family, who had waited two long months for him.

This furry ball of energy was promptly named Khan. He quickly discovered that his new family were suckers for a handsome mug and big blue eyes and he wasn’t above striking a pose to get an extra treat. Khan also discovered his family loved to play ball. He was happy to catch it for them but would never give it back. πŸ™‚ Needless to say, he won most ball games.

As Khan grew … and grew … and grew, so did his appetite. It wasn’t long before he was using those baby blues to get out of more serious offenses like chewing the sofa down to its frame. πŸ™ Β It was time for training.

Training

At first, Khan didn’t know why he was stuck inside a round with a bunch of other dogs and their humans when there was a big yard outside with balls and lots of rope-thingies to chew up. He really wanted to roll in the grass. These humans wanted him to sit quietly and listen to them?Β All he wanted to do was play and they wouldn’t let him go out until he gave them ‘Paw’ and the ball. It was just too much to ask and he thought they were crazy. He tried everything to get out of it but not even his signature howl – the extended version – made the humans take him outside to play.

Tough love, Mom says. Whatever,Β Khan thinks.

And then something interesting happens.

What’s this? A treat for giving you a slick-with-saliva, canine-punctured ball? I’ll take it, Khan thinks, this isn’t so bad after all.

That’s when Khan settled into training and after six months he graduated! Now, he doesn’t hog the ball anymore but gives it back. But the very best thing is our new sofa has lasted two years and counting. πŸ™‚

Graduation Day

Graduation day

Fun Fact: Β Our Khan is the inspiration for another beloved pet; In my paranormal romance Love Entwined, Roman Cardiff’ has a loyal dog named Khan who roams the forest in the wilds of Yorkshire.

Have a very furry Christmas!

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48 thoughts on “Christmas Paws Blog Hop!”

  1. One look at Kahn’s eyes and I see mischief afoot! As I said in Immortal Relations, “Dogs are God’s gift to mankind to teach us about love and loyalty and they deserve the same in return!” I’ll bet Kahn is a great teacher of that fact and that you respond in kind! (-;

  2. Khan sounds like he keeps you on your toes. Our house is ruled by our 100lb Akita, Kodi.
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  3. I have four demon dogs. They all need doggy training. After my beloved and very well behaved Yorkie died of a massive brain tumor, I lost all will to train my dogs. I just want them to feel loved and happy. I know now that my next set of doggies will feel loved, happy, and be well behaved, too. *sigh* However, I do so enjoy the company of my babies. Their ongoing, unconditional love can rejuvenate me on days when I feel like simply giving up. Thanks for a beautiful post. Khan is a gorgeous pup.

  4. I have a zoo at home. My home consists of 2 small dogs, 4 cats and 2 sugar gliders. They are all very spoiled, loving and they all get along. They are also all rescues. (That’s important to mention!) I love my fur family!!

  5. I have a black cat, Princess who fits her name to a T. She cuddles up on our pillows , staking claim and if we dare try and move her she hisses LOL.

    anovelgathering2013(at)gmail(dot)com

  6. Khan is adorable! I’m living vicariously through my brother’s Bernese mountain dog these days…

  7. 19 years ago this Christmas my (now ex) husband took me to the closest shelter. We found two sisters that were 6 weeks old (born beginning of Nov). The sweetness of their smiles & the sounds they made as they purred made us christen them Mercedes & Jaguar. We called them “high performance kitties”! After my split with my ex we came home and the three of us and my sister have lived together ever since.

    The cats have been the light of my life and the protectors of my sanity in the years since the moment they came to me. I have had health issues for years and on my worst days there was always one and sometimes two kitties cuddled up in bed with me. Heaven forbid my computer ever rest on my lap – that’s prime kitty territory!

    Jaguar had a tumor start in her cheek/jaw in Oct last year and one cold Tuesday in January she had had enough. She gave me “that look” and I knew it was time. we had said goodbye to her that night.

    Mercedes is the grand old lady who absolutely runs the household with a regal paw and a howl that seems to get shriller as she gets older. She is in her early 90s and I dread the day we say goodbye to her.

    1. I know what that feels like. My 17 year old cat passed away a year ago. He was just the greatest. Your kitty is in heaven now with mine. πŸ™‚

      1. Yup they are playing string with my Dad whom we lost just over 3 years ago. He sure became a cat person over the years we had together.

  8. First, I love the name Khan! So cute and it seems so fitting. πŸ™‚ As for our loved furry, we have a little corgi that certainly doesn’t know his height! Its fun to watch him run and zoom around on those short legs; he loves to herd cows and is fearless with them! Thanks for the giveaway! ghwasd at gmail dot com

  9. Khan is so adorable! I love huskies πŸ™‚ We have two fur babies now…Jazz (Black Lab Mix) and Absynthe (Border Collie / German Sherpherd mix)…ohhh and all the fish too πŸ˜‰

    Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

    Stacey
    staceyprice(AT)gmail.com

    1. Thanks! I’m picturing your furries now and my son would love a border collie. My family had a German Shepard when I was a baby. We’d have a farm if I let it happen!

  10. I have a rat terrier named Skip, a black kitten named Warlowe, and a guinea pig.
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  11. I love my rescued pit mix Rocket. He knows a lot of tricks including jumping in my arms when I say “launch.” Thanks!
    katieamanda1(at)yahoo(dot)com

  12. I have two mini doxies, one mini doxie/min pin mix, and one dog that looks like Snoopy:) Three small and one medium–two boys and two girls. They love each other and are total lapdogs!

      1. Wellll, on most days it’s happy but our Snoopy gets a tad bit jealous and sometimes pushes the minis aside to get some attention just for himself;)

  13. I love dogs that look like wolves, like your Khan:) But I love cats even more:)) I’ve got two girls right now.

  14. I have a weakness for blue eyed animals, especially dogs β™₯ I like your Khan, he is beautiful!
    I have five dogs, four Chinese crested dog hairless and one Chinese crested powder puff. Love them! and my oldest one is my four-legged soulmate, can’t imagine a life without her…

  15. My dream dog! For now I have 2 adorable cats that make us smile every day. Even when they are trying to rest on my arm while I try to work..or avoid work. Whichever πŸ˜‰ It’s sunday night, work can wait!

  16. I’m the proud owner of a fluffy, non-princessy bichon frise-poodle mix. She’s very intelligent; unfortunately, combined with a very stubborn temperament, it means she’ll try everything to get what she wants. πŸ™‚

  17. I have a Maltese and she’s demanding when it comes to food.
    bituin76 at hotmail dot com

  18. Merry Christmas Everyone!

    Thank you all for joining us on the Christmas Paws blog hop. It is such a wonderful cause to spotlight our beloved pets in this season of giving.
    Khan also sends a warm, furry greeting to all of your cuties, furry or otherwise. πŸ™‚

    We have a winner!

    Congratulations Trix! you won the prize for this hop. Enjoy πŸ™‚

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