8/1/16, Puppy Love

Hi Everyone,

At midpoint in the summer, I hope it is turning out the way you want it to. Mine has been a little up and down, with some sad moments (when my ex husband died in June), and some happy ones (a week’s vacation with my kids), real life is what it is, always a mix of good and bad, with hopefully more good in the mix. But on the whole, it’s been a good summer so far, although I’ve done a huge amount of work and have only taken a week off so far. But my kids are busy now, so I limit my vacations to time with them.

We made it through the shock and sadness of another terrorist attack, in Nice. France is badly shaken by the attacks, the high toll it has taken, and the sorrow it causes, and touches so many. And the unpredictability and brutality of the attacks. The most recent one being only last week, the murder of an 86 year old priest outside Paris. This is a sad time for France, with no easy solutions at hand. I left Paris the day after the last attack, and on the first day of a major airline strike in France. I didnt think our flight would get out, but it did after a three and a half hour delay, more than half the crew didnt show up, so they had to cancel passengers, and they only provided limited food for the remaining passengers on an eight hour flight. The joys of modern travel. The whole trip took 15 hours, and was exhausting. But I’m back on American turf, and looking forward to seeing my kids again for a long weekend in two weeks. And in the meantime, I’ll be working.

BUT….I am up to mischief, or thinking about it. Uh oh. Never trust a woman with 9 children (who also loves dogs!!) I’ve been flirting with the idea of getting another puppy for the last six months. It’s working wonderfully with the two tiny teacup Chihuahuas I have, Minnie and Blue. Minnie is the love of my life, a total princess who loves to ride around cradled in one arm, she even sleeps there, her long fluffy white hair draped around her. Her sidekick is ‘Baby Blue”, a total juvenile delinquent, charcoal blue gray with a mischievous little face, she gets into everything. On good days and bad, they bring me unlimited joy. I travel a lot, to my home in Paris, to three cities in the US to see my kids, I live in a suitcase, and the two dogs come along in their travel bags, which was why I got such small dogs. I have four older, bigger dogs in California, who are good companions, but too large and too old to travel. And I have travelling with Minnie and Blue down to a science, I put on their (shocking pink) sweaters, they hop into their travel bags, and off we go. Simple, right? So why mess with success? They sleep the whole way on a flight and never make a peep, and have toys, blankets and food in their bags. But lately, I’ve been longing to add a third one to the group. I wasn’t sure I could, but with such small dogs, the airline would allow it, and I am sooooo tempted. Puppy fever. Like with babies, you forget what a pain in the neck it will be when they’re puppies, and only think of the joys of a puppy. I just found out that the airline would allow it, and now I am wrestling with the idea. On the plus side, with grown kids, living alone, they are such good company. But Minnie would be mad at me for a while, I think Blue would enjoy a mischievous partner in crime. A puppy would be a lot of work, but I am so tempted…..I just helped a friend get an adorable rescue Chihuahua who is sooooo cute……If sanity prevails, I’ll keep it to the two I have, but I don’t know…..I have a feeling I may not be able to resist if the right puppy crosses my path. It has to be love at first sight, and was with these two….Stay tuned. Am I crazy or just love dogs, and need a shot of joy in my life? Don’t answer that question!! Probably crazy to want another dog. My kids all say no, don’t be ridiculous. But ridiculous has a certain appeal to it, and they say no when I want to buy a new fun purse too, so what the hell. And a new puppy is nothing compared to some of the things they do….so we’ll see…..I’m thinking about it.

In the meantime, I hope the world stays peaceful for a few weeks, and no new earth shattering events occur. I hope you continue to have a great summer, and get some time off to relax and have fun. 

And as always, I send you much love, Danielle

P.S. My great niece whom I told you about, who was so severely injured in the airport attack in Brussels 4 months ago, was an avid rider before the attack (and will be again!!). She’s still in the hospital, and they brought her horse to visit her a few weeks ago, they got her up on the horse for a few minutes, holding her, and she was beaming. She still has a way to go, but she is going to enter the Paralympics when she’s better. She is an amazing, AMAZING young woman!!! An inspiration to us all!!!! I cried when I saw the pictures of her, beaming on her horse. That’s really good news and I wanted to share it with you!!!

love, D.

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6 Comments so far
  1. Asavari Sharma August 1, 2016 11:31 am

    Hi Danielle,

    I’m your biggest fan!! I love all your books – and now I’m in love with your weekly blog posts!

    YOU are an inspiration to us all!!

    Thank you so much for sharing instances from your life. They mean so so much!!!

    Have a great week 🙂


  2. Janine Hewitt August 1, 2016 6:50 pm

    Dear Danielle, I would say yes to a third chihuahua, hopefully a rescue, and I am so sorry for your niece but so happy for the healing that riding again will do for her and especially in the exhilaration of competition in the Paralympics! God does turn bad to good for those who love and trust Him! Your niece is an inspiration! God Bless!

  3. Lorraine August 2, 2016 6:52 am

    Thank you yet again for a nice article. God Bless your niece, there are no words to imagine her getting on that horse. The stuff stories are made of.

  4. Marguerite August 2, 2016 12:29 pm

    Dear Danielle,

    I enjoy your posts each week. As another confirmed dog lover who is contemplating getting a puppy (lost my 17 year old corgi last year) I can relate to this blog.

    All best wishes to your great niece on her ongoing recovery and amazing inspiration following her severe injuries. She is surely showing us all that our road in life may not be exactly as we planned but we can also take our setbacks and turn them into a new route to our highest dreams.

    The love of her family makes this reader sure she will accomplish her goal.

    God bless you and your family.

  5. Rob scott August 3, 2016 11:09 am

    Happy Birthday, Danielle!

    Truth, Wisdom, Love and Sincerity, to ALL Mankind.

    Rob Scott
    Oaxaca, Mexico

  6. Late Bloomer August 4, 2016 3:08 am

    Dear Danielle Steel,

    My condolences to you, your family, and your ex-husband’s family on his loss.
    Also, sorry to hear about your niece, I’m glad she’s doing better though. I’m just writing to keep in touch. I try to do so every few months. I’m glad to say I no longer drive (trucks) and I’m no longer working…again! But it’s good though, I can now focus my attention on my writing…once again. I have a beautiful line up beginning next year and I can’t wait!! Unfortunately since I’ve been home (start of last month) I’ve been delayed horribly by websites and their servers, not to mention the lack of information on other sites though their specific purpose is that! Mind boggling. I can’t seem to find strong sites providing good material or reliable material (it’s a writer’s worst nightmare). I’m trying to write short stories till January and I can’t even do that properly. Everything I need to lookup I have to take a 40 minute train ride into the city to the NYPL. CRAZY!!! Not that I don’t mind, but for short stories? But that’s my story for now.
    Hope you’re able to decide on a pup! Good luck and best wishes!!

    Late Bloomer