In the very beginning of A Coventry Wedding, two strangers are brought together when they both try to help an abandoned dog. She’s described later by the local vet as a mix of bulldog, boxer, and American Staffordshire terrier, and her new human companion names her Sue because of the black ring around one of her eyes (like a Black-eyed Susan flower). In the acknowledgments, I thanked Jess and Laura for lending me their dog Sue as the model for my fictional Sue.
Jess and Laura got their Sue, an American bulldog, as a puppy.
Then she grew some more.
I always loved dogsitting Sue and her brother Seig because it was understood: When Aunt Becky’s around, you may get crated when she’s gone for a while, but you always get to sleep in the bed with her at night. This was a novelty for Sue, who sometimes had a little trouble hefting herself onto the bed (but I taught her a trick or two to make it easier). I loved her big, slobbery smile.
When Sue knew she was in trouble, she’d always give you a wide berth and the side eye, as if to say, “I have NO idea what you’re talking about, and you’re very, very mean to scold me.”
But mostly, she just liked to relax in the middle of chaos, knowing her favorite people and dog buddies were all around her.
Everyone at The Compound is very sad for Jess, Laura, and Lila that Sue has gone to join Seig at the Rainbow Bridge. It’s always painful to lose a beloved dog; their family has lost two within two months. We will miss you, Sue, and we send you on your way with lots of love and gratitude for good times we had with you.