Alligator Preserves Podcast Episode 4: Pets

In this week’s episode, Laurel McHargue introduces listeners to another character in her life: her dog, Ranger.

Inspired by a man in her writing group who one day told everyone “Don’t get a boat,” Laurel knew she had to write a piece called “Don’t Get a Dog.” She reads excerpts from the piece as she muses about the pets in her life, and shares a confession at the end.

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Show Notes:

  • Story inspiration at writing group meeting
  • Raised by “No pets!” parents, she nevertheless got some free ones along the way
  • After reading 8 books on dog training, found the best one for her new German Shepherd puppy: “The Art of Raising a Puppy
  • Blog post “Don’t Get A Dog
  • Brainstorm about pets and pet owners
  • Storytelling tip: Focus on one character at a time
  • Confession
  • Introduce next topic: Words of Warning Signs


The Art of Raising a Puppy by the Monks of New Skete

Don’t Get a Dog ironic essay and photos

Rudyard Kipling’s poem The Power of the Dog

Colorado Independent Publishers Association (CIPA)

Intro/outro voice by Nick McHargue,
Podcast music from Jamendo Royalty Free Music

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Laurel lives and laughs and publishes and podcasts in Colorado's Rocky Mountains! She has published several multi-genre books and hosts the podcast "Alligator Preserves," where she interviews fascinating people, talks about the human condition, and shares scary stories from her "Dark Ebb" collection.

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