The Patter of Paws at Christmas
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Publish Date: December 2012
(Part of the ‘Puppies at Christmas’ anthology)
GABRIEL MARQUE and INGRID ROSE would never have chosen to work this closely together.
The gorgeous French zookeeper arrived on a short-term professional exchange two years ago and promptly snaffled the job vacancy and career change that vet-nurse Ingrid had been edging her way towards. Now they’re thrust together as the zoo’s first litter of endangered wild dogs is due to emerge from the privacy of the den.
The past one-time-only-lovers both sign on for the intensive seven day watch over the holiday season for very different reasons. Wounded Gabe’s far from home and has nowhere better to be on December 25th, and Ingrid’s desperate to avoid having to choose between her divorced parents and their respective new families–neither of which she fits neatly into anymore.
But looking out for the world’s most caring carnivore over the world’s toughest holiday for loners has an effect on both of them and they realise they could learn a thing or two from the way the dogs work together for the good of the pack and look out for each other at all times. Holed up in a dark monitoring station for days on end gives them plenty of time to renew their acquaintance, work through their issues and realised that the only person making them lonely … is them.