"Does he do any tricks?" Rachael asked.
"Just walking and barking." He looked at her. "And those are not always easy for him, but you cannot discount barking. It's better than whining."
"You've taken on a commitment to him. And you chose an animal that is in advanced years and you have added staff to care for him."
"I thought you'd be pleased." He scratched Scamp under his chins and the dog grumbled again. "That's his most pleasant noise."
"You have a companion that hardly demands anything of you at all. Just staff."
Previously, I wasn't sure about adding pets for my characters. But sometimes it seems to just happen. The same way you might step out a door and find a stray animal with no home—or, as I once did, two miniature burros who've wandered from their owner.
The two horses who meandered into my field had to be returned, too...in the snowstorm. And the five cows that visited...well...
And the beautiful dog, Maple, who showed up for a visit, was so endearing I had to force myself not to become attached, but she had to go back to her rightful owner, much like Scamp did.
Just as Rachael and Devlin found their happily-ever-after in A Cinderella for the Viscount, so did Maple, Meriwether and Lewis (the burros) and the horses, whose names I didn't get. The cows may not have had such a happily-ever-after, as they had a run-in with law enforcement. They escaped in a wooded area, and were not seen by me again—although soon after, another neighbor did visit and ask if we were missing a cow as he had found one.