When I didn't have a dog, I dreamed about the days when I finally would. I pictured long walks to far flung parks where I would spend an afternoon reading and dozing in the sun with my beloved pal resting against my legs. Or maybe a chilly fall evening, fully content with a steaming mug of tea in one hand, a book in the other, and my dog curled up on the rug at my feet. Hours of bliss while chipping away at my TBR pile with my loyal companion by my side. So cozy, so peaceful, so naive.
I think that's what many of us book folk imagine when we think about inviting a pet into our lives. The coziness, the peace. What we don't imagine is pushing the cat off our open book for the 23rd time, or removing books from the bottom shelves of the bookcase to save them from sharp and unforgiving puppy teeth. And we definitely don't imagine a hungry cat pulling books off a shelf at 5 AM trying to wake us up, or having to trudge out into a cold, rainy December night to walk the dog. Decidedly not cozy on the couch, decidedly not reading a book. And don't even ask about what dog vomit does to the pages of the brand new hardcover you just splurged on.
When I first got my dog and the scales fell from my eyes, I thought I would never read another book again. I would forever be chasing her around the house, trying to stop her from peeing on the floor, licking electrical outlets, bothering the cat, and eating EVERYTHING. But time does pass, the days of puppyhood are behind us and while I have managed to sneak a book or two in between walks (and cleaning), I'm nowhere near the voracious reader I once was. And that's fine with me because those few moments when she's actually snoozing with her head in my lap while I'm reading are worth all the completed TBR piles in the world.
In honor of those far too few moments of quiet reading and warm furry friends, we present the pets of Third Place Books, and their book matches. And if you thought this post was nothing more than an excuse to show off pictures of our beautiful babies, you're absolutely right. - Erin
Olive & Why Will No One Play With Me?
Matilda (Tillie) & Cat Tale: The Wild, Weird Battle to Save the Florida Panther
Babu & The Very Fluffy Kitty, Papillon
Bookseller Spencer (his partner Kate's dog):
Nora & Separation Anxiety
Coco & Olive, the Other Reindeer (because Coco clearly thinks she's a reindeer)
Scully (the chicken) & The Communist Manifesto
Calypso & Late to the Party
Buttons (McFuttons) & The Queen of the Stacks Puzzle
Wallace & Diary of a Man in Despair
Minnow & The Secret Fawn
Angel & Let's Make Dumplings!
Geezer & Appetites: A Cookbook
Tony & Mother Bruce
Bennet & Gaston
Koby & Boy Swallows Universe
George & The Wallflower Wager (this book features a three-legged cat just like George!)
Bookseller Sarah B:
Bean & Sleep Like a Tiger
Bookseller Sarah R:
Marmalade (Mars) & Love and Fury
Alacrán (scorpion in Spanish) & The House of the Scorpion
Roman & Rosemary's Baby ("He shall overthrow the mighty and lay waste to their temples. He shall redeem the despised and wreak vengeance in the name of the burned and the tortured." - Roman Castavet in Rosemary's Baby)
Olive & Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams
Edited by Nicole R.