Laurie A. Green Loves Pets in Space® and Hero Dogs 

I think pets + heroes is a pretty cool thing, too!

When I was originally approached about writing a story for the first Pets in Space Anthology, I immediately loved the idea. Pets + space is a super fun concept, but when I learned some of the profits would go to support Hero Dogs, I was all in.

Hero and Hero Dog

Why Hero Dogs? Because the organization places service dogs and other highly trained canines with armed services veterans and first responders who have a disabling condition, and they do it at no charge for approved applicants. These animals become wonderful companions and helpers for those who have proudly served our country. 

I think pets + heroes is a pretty cool thing, too!

So why does supporting our military vets strike a chord with me? Partly because I’ve been “married to the military” for over 30 years, my spouse being a retired active duty lieutenant colonel in the Army National Guard. I also come from a military-oriented family with both my father and father-in-law being combat medics in World War II. My grandfather also served in World War I, my brother was career army, and my niece and nephews all served in the U.S. Army and Air Force. We also have an “adopted daughter,” Megan, (we “adopted” her at age 21) who is a trained combat medic in the Army National Guard.

Thank you for your service

But in addition to my family ties, I’m also about as military as you can get without actually ever having served in the armed forces. My career for over two decades was as a military budget director, working side-by-side with officers and enlisted personnel, many of whom were deployed multiple times. During that time, I saw many soldiers leave for overseas deployments and attended many a yellow ribbon ceremony when they finally—and safely—returned home. Not all came back the same as when they left. I know how much these men and women sacrificed to serve their country, and I love that Pets in Space® 4 will allow me to give something back to our veterans.

Writing SpyDog–a novella about a heroic StarDog and her agent-handler on a critical mission–seemed like a total win-win, and a great way to help support a truly wonderful cause, while also allowing me to expand my Inherited Stars Series. Huah!

Snippet from SpyDog:

Their gazes touched. 

Maura poked her head out with a high-pitched squeak and gave Rigel a happy little StarDog smile. If she could’ve grasped the nuances of a sly wink, she’d probably have done that, too.

“Were you an officer?” Rigel asked. 

She met his eyes briefly. “Junior grade.”

Huh. Something they had in common. He’d served as a young ensign in the Carduwan fleet, until his ego-driven older brother started rising quickly through the ranks. Headed for the top, the rumors said. Potential fleet admiral. 

Rigel couldn’t stomach the idea of being his older brother’s subordinate. He’d requested discharge at the first opportunity and submitted his papers to the Network to join their espionage ring. Knowing Captain—and later, Commodore—Gant personally had been a boon. Though it still galled him that his brother’s connections had helped secure his security clearance. 

Rigel bent to stash his satchel under the bed. He reached out to pat his StarDog where she was squirreling through the covers and got a muffled purr in response.

Sona said, “She’s a trusted companion, isn’t she?”

“That, too,” Rigel answered, choosing his words carefully. “But you saw her capabilities when we confronted those cutthroats in the hangar.”

“Yes. But that’s not what I meant. She’s closer to you than just a pet. Or an—what did you call her?—asset.”

“I work solo, so having a StarDog as a partner gives me an edge.”

“Still not what I meant.” Sona shifted, changing the tilt of her head from left to right. “The work you do can’t be easy. Especially working alone. There must be times you don’t feel so isolated when you have her for company.” 

Rigel thought of the assignment on Parol when he and Maura had taken refuge under a bridge as a winter monsoon dropped torrents of frigid rain around them. She’d fallen asleep cuddled inside his open parka, purring quietly as he stroked her in reassurance and waited out the storm. Without the companionship of his warm little StarDog that night, the cold and gloom would‘ve been unbearable. “At times,” Rigel finally answered.

Grab your copy of Pets in Space® 4 today! For a limited time, Pets in Space® 4 brings together today’s leading Science Fiction Romance authors to help Hero-Dogs.org, a non-profit charity that helps our service veterans and first responders. https://petsinspaceantho.com

Laurie A. Green is an award-winning, USA Today bestselling author, and a science fiction romance enthusiast who founded the SFR Brigade community of writers, which is now over 1,300 members strong. Laurie’s Website 

1 Comment

  1. Pauline Baird Jones says:

    Thanks for your support, Laurie! Glad to have you back!

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