Lessons Learned from the Halloween Hound

By Jeanine Englert

Earlier this year in my February blog, I wrote about the death of one of our beloved rescue pups, Chloe, to cancer and how she had come into our lives back in 2011 on April Fool’s Day, as an unexpected gift, one of the best we’d ever received. Well, we had another unexpected gift come into our lives in late October: our little 3 month old Halloween Hound, Bella. She’s a rescue and a mix of hound, dachshund, and a smattering of other things. And she has taught me about the beauty of the unexpected all over again, and reminded me of lessons still timely as we near the end of 2020.

Our Halloween Hound: Bella

Here they are in no specific order:

  1. The importance of stating clearly what you need and when you need it.
  2. The beauty of naps at any time of the day.
  3. How routine and structure really do breed success.
  4. That saying you’re sorry (when you really mean it) matters.
  5. That risk sometimes leads to rewards, while at other times . . . it just doesn’t and you fall flat on your face.
  6. When you fall flat on your face, you shake it off, and you charge headlong into the next adventure.

So, as you army crawl to the finish line of 2020, keep in mind these lessons learned from our Halloween Hound and remember #6. Don’t let anything or anyone keep you down for long. Shake it off and charge headlong into the next adventure . . . even if that next adventure is just 2021.

Best wishes to a safe, healthy, and happy holiday and a joyous New Year!


Jeanine Englert is a Golden Heart ® Finalist, Silver Falchion Award Winner, and Daphne du Maurier Award Winner in historical romantic suspense. After years of writing in secret, she joined Romance Writers of America and Georgia Romance Writers in 2013 and has been an active member ever since. She writes Scottish Highland historicals and historical romantic suspense novels.

When she isn’t wrangling with her characters on the page, she can be found trying to convince her husband to watch her latest Masterpiece or BBC show obsession. She loves to talk about books, writing, her beloved pups, and of course mysteries with other readers on Twitter @JeanineWrites, Facebook, or at her website www.jeaninewrites.com.

Where you can find me:

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6 Responses to Lessons Learned from the Halloween Hound

  1. sueberger3 says:

    Thank you. I am wishing the same for you and yours and for all of us. I am part of an audiobook giveaway that last till December 14 anybody wants any audiobooks. There are all kinds of genres and give away the hashtag is #snowaudio2020

    • jeaninewrites says:

      Thank you for stopping in, Sue. I appreciate your well wishes! Good luck with your giveaway. I am sure you will have some eager takers for them!!

  2. Tanya Agler says:

    I’m so glad you and Bella found each other! And those are wonderful lessons.

  3. Especially but not exclusively, our four pawed friends are what get us through the hard times. Thanks for sharing your adorable new member of the family.

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