Do your characters have pets? Janet Evanovich’s character Stephanie Plum has a hamster in that series. I have to thank her for that. I often listen to the audio version of her books while I’m working out at the gym. Well, hearing all about Rex, the hamster, brought out the kid in me. I had to have a hamster, too.
Now, this need didn’t come out of the blue. I grew up with teddy bear hamsters. Heck, I’ve probably owned a total of 20 or more of the little furry critters with a maximum of three at one time. And now, I have another one.
As for my own work, I have yet to include a pet in a story. When a character doesn’t have an animal to care for, she can be anywhere anytime. But, how would the readers react if my heroine is kidnapped and her dog is alone in the house? Who will let him out? What if he runs out of food or water? The next thing you know, the reader is more concerned with the pet than the heroine. Not good.
What about your stories? Do they have any pets in them? How did this work for you? Have you read many novels where the main characters owned pets? How did the author handle the situation?