Fiction Furbaby: Meet Tacos from Don't Forget the Dog by Linda O'Connor @LindaOConnor98 @RobsRescues #RLFblog #PetsLinda O’Connor, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! We support all furbabies, real life or fictional. We want to know all about your Fiction Furbaby, but first, please tell us about Don’t Forget the Dog.

Don’t Forget the Dog by Linda O’Connor

Genre Medical Romantic Comedy

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG

Dr. Brogan Corkie is happily semi-retired from medicine and now has time for other hobbies. Her passion for food is second only to her skill at matchmaking!

Blaine McKinnon, owner and executive chef of an upscale restaurant in Mapleton, has an adorable Old English sheepdog named Tacos. Brogan is roped into dog-sitting Tacos at Blaine’s house. The upside is the spectacular kitchen at her disposal.

Dr. Sabrina Langfield, a newly minted doctor, is in a bind when her mom, Rue, falls and fractures her wrist. Brogan offers to help and does double-duty looking after Tacos and Rue.

Blaine and Sabrina were high school sweethearts but parted ways when Blaine pushed Sabrina to pursue a career. Sabrina hasn’t seen him since, but Rue is a huge fan and frequents his restaurant. Rue’s biggest regret is her part in Sabrina and Blaine’s break-up, and with Brogan’s help, she’s determined to get them back together. It might not be that easy – Sabrina is wary of Tacos and, more pressing, she’s decided to move a four-hour flight away to do five more years of training in emergency medicine.

Will meddlesome matchmaking, Blaine’s persuasiveness, and – don’t forget the dog – Tacos’ sweet nature be enough to convince Sabrina to stay?

Meet Tacos from Don’t Forget the Dog

Full name: Tacos
Gender: male
Species: Old English sheepdog
Physical description: white fluffy fur
Relationship to main character: Blaine’s dog
Where this furbaby came from: Tacos was rescued by Blaine when Blaine was in high school. He’s been loved wholeheartedly since then and was named after Blaine’s favorite food.

What inspired you to create this character?

The premise of the Dr. Brogan Corkie Matchmaking Doctor series is that Brogan, doctor-turned-chef, cooks up romance and fun when two people are thrown together after she’s offered to help them out. When I plotted Don’t Forget the Dog, I thought it would be fun to have Brogan look after a pet instead of a human. The pet’s pa, Blaine McKinnon, became the sexy, talented hero of the romance. I needed a reason for Brogan to get involved, so I came up with the idea of Blaine having a high-maintenance dog – one that didn’t like to be left alone. Old English sheepdogs have long fur that sheds a lot, and they need to be brushed every day. They also tend to drool – which I thought was the perfect excuse for Brogan to look after Tacos at his own home instead of taking him into hers. Plus I think their fluffy fur makes them look adorable!

What does the hero think about this furbaby?

Blaine loves Tacos – he rescued Tacos as a puppy, and they’ve been together since Blaine was in high school. When Blaine designed his house, he included a special heated anteroom with a doggy door and area to shower and groom Tacos. Tacos has is own spa!

What does the heroine think about this furbaby?

Tacos is trying to worm his way into Sabrina’s heart, but it’s tough going. Big, hairy, slobbery dogs aren’t really her thing.

How do other characters react to or interact with this furbaby?

Sabrina’s mom, Rue, loves Tacos – and has since Blaine first rescued him back in high school when Blaine used to hang out with Sabrina’s brothers. Of all the children, Tacos is Rue’s favorite. Dr. Brogan Corkie wasn’t a dog-person, but she’s charmed by Tacos sweet, playful nature. He’s the perfect gentleman, just like his pa (unless you ask Sabrina – she’ll tell you both of them have a ways to go there – especially the pa).

Describe a humorous incident involving the animal character.

Blaine knew he was going to be busy at his restaurant during the hectic week around Valentine’s Day and had made arrangements weeks in advance to have someone look after Tacos. That person backs out at the last moment and Brogan is caught in the cross-hairs (or shaggy fur so to speak) and ends up “volunteering” to help out. It’s one of my favourite scenes in the book. The upside is that she’s babysitting Tacos at Blaine’s house and, as a chef, he has an awesome kitchen she can use!

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Award-winning author Linda O’Connor started writing romantic comedies when she needed a creative outlet other than subtly rearranging the displays at a local home décor store. Her books have enjoyed bestseller status. When not writing, she’s a physician at an Urgent Care Clinic. She shares her medical knowledge in fast-paced, well-written, sexy romances – with an unexpected twist. Her favourite prescription to write? Laugh every day. Love every minute.
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Shout out to Rob’s Rescues – founded by a 9-year-old animal activist

Rob’s Rescues is a non-profit organization in Georgia helping people in need care for and feed their pets. It was founded in 2014 by a then nine-year-old boy. Rob’s Rescues is dedicated to collecting pet food for people in need to reduce shelter surrenders, and to advocating for the adoption of shelter pets. Rob writes monthly articles advocating for shelter animals in the Around About Local Media magazine publications. His column was first published in 2014. He also has pet food collection sites for people in need in the community and interviews amazing people. His interviews appear online once they are published in his column.
Rob volunteers for Pet Buddies Food Pantry, the Cherokee County Animal Shelter and Cobb County Animal Control and collects pet food for these organizations and the communities they serve. He also wants to bring attention to smaller, rural shelters. Mostly he wants to get kids to be Rob’s Rangers to teach kids that they can help shelter animals. Rob has also talked to kids in a classroom setting.
Rob’s Rescues is a Non-Profit Corporation and all donations are tax deductible.