The Writers Circle: Pets, Companions and Sidekicks

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One of our goals here at Today’s Author is to help all of the writers among us to do what we love to do: write. One of the best ways to accomplish this is by talking to each other and learning from each other.  Our Writers Circle series is designed to do just that – provide a chance for us to discuss writing, editing and publishing questions.

This week’s topic is:

In many people’s lives, pets are a large part of every day life. They are our companions, helpers and friends.  How often do animal companions get included in your writing?  What role, if any, do companion animals play in your stories?  What are some examples in popular writing of animals who play a key role in shaping or improving a character’s life?

Let’s discuss this in the comments and see what our community thinks.