We LOVE Our Furry, Feathered, and Finned Friends!

To round out EMU’s Debuts’ launch of Donna Janell Bowman’s STEP RIGHT UP, we’re posting pics about our fave pets. Be sure to read to the end for a very special photo by the author herself! And, if you add a Comment, you’ll be entered into a drawing for a free copy of the book.

While you’re savoring the photos, let’s remember that Jim Key wasn’t Doc’s pet; I suspect that, given his own history, Doc didn’t even think he owned Jim Key. The heroes of Donna’s book, both two-legged and four-, were partners, which is the way many of us feel about the beloved animals in our lives.

Elly Swartz (whose EMU’s Debut of FINDING PERFECT takes place next week!) says about Lucy, her family’s two-year-old beagle, “We had agreed to visit the pups but not necessarily bring one home that day. Needless to say, an hour later, we had a new addition to our family!”


Katie Slivensky’s Galileo is nine. Darwin (don’t you love their names?!) came along because Galileo’s vet said he could use a companion. “Living with them is like living with Pinky and the Brain. Galileo is a diabolical genius who loves getting into trouble, and Darwin is an innocent snowflake who spends most of his life vaguely confused.”

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Andrea Wang has gone out on a limb and under water with her pets. “At various times I had a parakeet, a gerbil, several fish, and a cat. But I always wanted a dog.” This is Mochi, a rescue from Puerto Rico.

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Debbi Michiko Florence’s pets are definitely unusual. Please meet Darcy and Lizzy.

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And here we have Jason Gallaher’s Pomeranian, Pom Brokaw, and his friend’s French bulldog, Edward. Jason says, “We were discussing men’s fall fashions together.”

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Appropriately, we also have an EMU’s pony, saved by kindness. Hayley Barrett says that Trish “was a true miracle in my life. We bought her from the man who rescued her from an abusive situation. I taught her to trust again. The power of pure, childlike love.”

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Finally, from Donna: “This is Kat, my late father’s King Ranch stallion—a cherished member of our family— “signing” the contract for Step Right Up. It was both a tribute to my roots and to my dad. Kat passed away a few months ago, on the day I learned of the book’s Junior Library Guild selection. He was forty-years-old.”

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STEP RIGHT UP and comment for a chance to win a book!



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13 responses to “We LOVE Our Furry, Feathered, and Finned Friends!

  1. mariagianferrari

    Such sweet Emu-creatures!! I love seeing all of the pictures!

    Thanks for putting this one together, Cynthia!! And hearty congrats, Donna!! ❤

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  2. Jason Gallaher

    I love seeing people with their pets! I’ve been seriously considering taking horseback riding lessons, and I think I have to. Also, I want to get a third dog. This is what happens to me when I see people having so much fun with animals!

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    • Jason, I know what you mean. I want to bring home every animal from the shelters. I love the picture of you reading (is that GQ?) with two dogs in your lap. Good luck with the horseback riding lessons. Let me know if you’d like a few tips:)


  3. Cute pets! Looking forward to reading the Step Right Up

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  4. Cynthia, this is a fun and fantastic post! Our fellow EMUs have adorable friends! To all my fellow EMUs, thank you for making my launch week so special!

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  5. I love seeing everyone’s pets. So heartwarming 🙂

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  6. Congrats Donna–this book sounds amazing! Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy. One for a gift, one for me to read to our 3 rescue cats and our rescue dog from TN…why not? They’re all hanging around/on me while I read anyway…


  7. Such a sweet post! I love all the photos and stories, especially the one of Donna and Kat. What a wonderful tribute your book is to both of them!

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  8. Hayley Barrett

    Kat was FORTY??? That’s an amazing testament to a lifetime of loving care. Lucky horse!

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Cynthia Levinson

    Thanks for participating, EMUs!


  10. Thank you all for an amazing launch week. I love my fellow EMUS!


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