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Medieval Monday: Pets

Allison D. Reid

Pets are a common part of the modern lifestyle. We lavish affection on them, share pictures of them with the world, record their antics on our phones, and spend a small fortune on their care, including special food, toys, and treats. I have a house full of animals myself; three cats, two dogs, a lizard, hamster, and sizeable fish tank. Pets amuse us, soothe us, and—usually—keep our blood pressure down. They’re sweet and fun to have around. So I thought for today’s Medieval Monday I would approach the subject of pets from a medieval perspective. In a world where animals were mainly kept for food and labor, did medieval people ever keep what we would consider to be pets?

To answer the question, we must first understand that the concept of a “pet” as we know it did not really exist in the Middle Ages. The idea didn’t become a…

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Kid’s books: Heroes


Pic 1 Hattie and Elliott writing the schedule

Do you love kid’s books where the hero emerges to save the day? Do you know any real-life heroes? If you’ve heard of Riley John from Alaska, you might know why he’s being hailed as a hero. One day, Riley  John and his friend, Seth Gerrin, went out for a walk. But in an instant, they’d know why this wasn’t going to be a normal day, or an uneventful walk. Riley noticed a small boy slipped off the bridge and fell into the water.  What was Riley’s reaction?

“He flew down and I was like ‘Oh my God, that’s a really far drop. He hit a rock really hard. He then fell into the water,” Riley told Inside Edition.  “I really don’t know what I was thinking. I reacted as fast I could.”

Pic 2 Patsy Pig at the grand opening

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*illustrations by Holly Humphrys-Bajaj

copyright 2017: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Monday Funnies…

Celebrate the Small Things

1d1b3-vik2b-2bsmall2bthings2b2Hi everyone,
It’s almost Friday again so the good thing is we can celebrate whatever we want. Hop on over to to see what Lexa and her blogging partners have to say. Here’s what we’re celebrating this week:

  • One of our sons returned safely from a truck competition in Utah.
  • Lots of work was done on my new book. It should be going to the printer’s soon.
  • On a sad note, my friend’s Mom passed away. but we will celebrate the life she had, with many great accomplishments and friends who loved her. The lady who passed away was an accomplished violinist and a chemist. She had many talents.
  • My author friend, Deb Hockenberry, i shaving her first interview this week. Congratulations, Deb.

coming soon!


New video by Rhonda Patton:

copyright 2017: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Rhonda Patton’s Video about “My Life at Sweetbrier”

Please check out this wonderful new video by Rhonda Patton about my new book, My Life at Sweetbrier-A Life Changed by Horses.

My Life at Sweetbrier:                            Coming Soon!

A Life Changed by Horses

by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

What if you grew up on a horse farm and your single passion was to become a champion horseback rider? The problem is, you were born with a disability. Doctors tell your parents you’ll never walk, let alone ride. What will happen next? What does her dad do that changes her life? Will a failed racehorse and a handicapped girl become a winning team? This is the author’s true story of her journey. Even if Deanie prevails, will she find exactly the right horse to help her win?    

copyright 2017: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne   

to be published by Monday Creek Publishing


Celebrate the Small Things

Hi everyone,
Another Friday is almost here so let’s celebrate whatever we can and remember to stop by to see what’s happening there. Here’s what we’re celebrating:

  • Easter is almost here. Happy Easter to all of you who celebrate it. May it be a wonderful new beginning for you and your families.
  • It’s been a disappointing week for us, but we are happy to report one of our sons will be featured in a magazine with his big blue truck! A reporter interviewed him while he was in a competition. Congratulations, Shane! We’re proud of you.
  • My new book, My Life at Sweetbrier-A Life Changed by Horses is almost ready. So excited about that. Thank you to all of you who will be either featuring it on your blog, or reviewing it.
Have a great weekend, everyone and thanks for stopping by.

copyright 2017: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

A must-have for middle-grade readers!

Keeping Captain cover
on April 11, 2017
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
“Keeping Captain” is a beautifully written story middle-grade children are sure to love. Readers will be filled with emotion throughout the story and they’ll be anxious to keep turning the pages to see what happens next. In fact, I could not put the book down. The main character, Carly, loves her horse, Captain. She raised him and trained him to be a talented barrel racer. But trouble is on the horizon when Carly and her family must sell their farm and move to the city to help care for her grandpa. Carly is devastated. She doesn’t want to leave home without Captain, but her parents say she must leave him behind. Carly’s goals change and you may find the ending surprises you. It’s a wonderful story, full of excitement and suspense. I highly recommend it.
Reviewed by children’s author Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
copyright 2017: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne