Charlie Bear, our adopted rescue dog, came into our serene, middle-aged lives like a whirlwind, wreaking havoc with every spin and growl. We found ourselves mystified at some of his headstrong behavior, but that cute face and endearing demeanor (when not being a Chucky) quickly captured our hearts. His story of abandonment, rescue, and then search to find a forever home begged to be told, so I wrote a book: Charlie Bear: What a Headstrong Rescue Dog Taught Me About Life, Love, and Second Chances. 

Charlie Bear likes to post once or twice a week and, now that he’s almost four, he has a lot to say. He’s calling his new posts Y2K Year to Know-it-all and you can find them under the Charlie Chat Category.

We also like to provide you with dog-related posts (everything from puppyhood to older dog issues to rescue and beyond), along with periodic book reviews/comments, and a little bit about writing (my other passion besides dogs).

Since I’m a writer, can you guess what I love to write? Dog-lit. It’s like chick-lit but with a twist–hopeful, romantic, and inspirational reads for dog lovers.

My first novel is about a 32-year-old divorced young woman who’s searching for love and the capricious rescue dog that helps her find it. Working title: Fortune Puppy. It’s loosely based on the tale of Rex, the big dog.

In another novel an adorable Cocker Spaniel plays an integral role.

To see books currently available, click here: http://www.amazon.com/author/bjtaylor

I also enjoy writing inspirational stories for all sorts of magazines and compilations, most notably Guideposts www.guideposts.org and Chicken Soup for the Soul www.chickensoup.com.

In addition to writing, I like golf, swimming, walking, working out, and traveling. Keep coming back to visit, and please feel free to comment on any blog posts. Charlie Bear and I love that.


7 Comments Add your own

  • Hi, I log on to your blog regularly. Your writing style is witty,
    keep doing what you’re doing!


  • 2. Fanny  |  August 3, 2012 at 4:25 am

    i loved your intention to help people by writing these posts, thanks for it.http://www.acertemail.com


  • 3. Pam Locke,formerly Edwards  |  July 14, 2011 at 10:40 am

    I read the story on Rex, and the great love that was felt for him. I am crying, as I try to type this. I too am a dog lover, and have had to make a similar decision with a 9 year old black lab/Golden Retriever mix. It all happened one weekend, when I was by myself. He went down hill very fast. I took him to the emergency hospital open 24 hrs a day. They had to come get him with a gurney out of my car,because he couldn’t walk. They did some tests, and came out and told me he had cancer,that was fast moving. They told me he was in a lot of pain. I made my decision to let him go,because I couldn’t stand that he was in pain. They brought him out on the gurney to say goodbye. I am crying so hard, I am making a lot of mistakes. I still remember them taking into the back room to put him and his head was raised looking at me when they took him away.

    I didn’t know how I was going to make it. My kids are grown, so it’s almost like losing one of your kids.
    We ended up getting a new Vizsla puppy shortly after that, when he was weaned. I’ve had dogs around all my life,so I couldn’t stand being without my buddy, and companion.
    My Vizsla dog is now 7 years ol, and I am already worrying about when I will lost him. I am by myself now, and divorced recently. My husband left me 5 yrs ago (didn’t want to be married anymore.) So Rebel and I have been by ourselves for a long time.
    I know that you understand the unconditional love that is given to us by our companions.
    A love that only God can give above them.
    I am so sorry, that I have been so long winded, I’m afraid that I relived that horrible time as I described it to you.
    May God Bless You,


    • 4. bjtaylorblog  |  July 14, 2011 at 11:23 am

      Dear Pam,
      Your beloved black lab/retriever was very loved. Your kinship with him shines through in the message you sent and your heartfelt words. You understand how quickly these things can happen and it is a blow to our hearts when we lose them..

      I had a thought recently too about my new rescue Charlie Bear and how I might have to say goodbye too soon. BUT…I told myself not to think of that yet. Not to worry. Not to wonder. God provided and put him into my life at the right time and for the right reason. Just like your Vizsla. We don’t know how many days or weeks or months or years any of us have here on earth, so it is our job to love them as they love us for as long as we have together.

      Blessings to you, Pam.
      Love and hugs,


  • 5. cubalibre  |  September 28, 2010 at 9:42 am

    Please change it to cubalibre for blog names. Thank you!


    • 6. bjtaylorblog  |  September 28, 2010 at 10:08 am

      Deleted the other comments…now anything you comment on will be under cubalibre as you requested. Hope this helps you. And thanks for being a friend. Hugs, B.J.


  • 7. bjtaylorblog  |  September 16, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    If you subscribe to the blog you’ll be the first to know about book giveaways! Or just watch for announcements. Glad you love dog books like me. I loved “Art of Racing in the Rain” too.



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