I write romantic suspense and warm, family relationship type novels, often with a touch of humor. Many of my books have featured animals as key players--dogs, cats, llamas, cockatiels, horses...even our son's pet albino corn snake, Sssssid, who appeared in my first Superromance back in 1999.

Animals have been a big part of my life since I was a child. How about you? I hope you'll become a "blog follower" here (see the right-hand column for a place to click) and will come back often. So...let's talk about our pets!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


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Monday, September 12, 2011

NEW ADDRESS--come on over!

I haven't posted on The All Creatures Great and Small blog in a long while--the font colors kept changing on their own, making it difficult to read, and we were also traveling a lot.  With one thing or another, it has been very quiet here.  Not only that, but my quarterly e-newsletter program corrupted.   Not a good summer for communication!  :)   BUT....

The blog is now moving, and  I really hope you'll come along with me and check it out!    As of Wednesday, 9/14/11   it will  be on the home page of my new website at:   www.roxannerustand.com

Please come on over and say Howdy!

Roxanne Rustand

PS:  remember the foal born this May?  His baby photos are further down on this blog.  He has grown a lot!

Friday, June 10, 2011

I've got a new book out!

Just wanted to pass along that I have a new book out in the stores!  Here's the blurb and some sample pages:

ISBN:  978-0-373-87673-0
Love Inspired
June, 2011
Roxanne Rustand

He Was A Challenge She Couldn’t Ignore...
The minute she steps foot in his dark, miserable house, Sophie Alexander knows Josh McClaren is not her usual patient. But the single mom and physical therapist is desperate to make a life for her and her young son. And she’s definitely no quitter! It’s obvious to Sophie that handsome,
cantankerous Josh hides his pain behind a wall of grief. Little by little, Sophie and her son,  Eli, do more than help Josh find his faith again. They make Josh wonder if there’s a family in  his future after all....

Aspen Creek Crossroads:  Where faith, love and healing meet.


Sophie stepped out of her ancient Taurus sedan but lingered at the open door, staring at the massive dog on the porch of the sprawling cabin.  The dog stared back at her with laser-like intensity, head lowered and tail stiff.
It was not a welcoming pose.

 Set back in the deep shadows of the pine trees crowding so close, the cabin itself--with all the windows dark--seemed even more menacing than a wolfhound mix with very sharp teeth. So what kind of person would be sitting in there, in all that gloomy darkness?

 "Don't worry about the dog," Grace Dearborn had said with a breezy smile during Sophie's orientation at the county home health department offices.  "He's quite the bluffer.  It's the owner who is more likely to bite."           

 Sophie looked at the folder in her hand again.  Dr. Josh McLaren. Widower.  Lives alone.  No local support system. Post-surgical healing of comminuted fracture, right leg with a knee replacement.  Surgical repair of fractured L-4 and L-5 lumbar vertebrae, multiple comminuted fractures, right hand.

Had he been hit by a truck?  She shuddered, imagining the pain he'd been through.  The surgeries and therapy had to have been as bad as the injuries. The only other documentation in the folder were scant, frustrated progress notes written by her various physical therapist predecessors.  The last one had ignored professional convention by inserting his personal feelings into his notes. 

The man is surly and impossible

 Ten minutes spend arguing about the need for therapy.  Five minutes of deep massage of his right leg and strengthening exercises before he ordered me out of his house.

And the final note...

 I give up.  Doctor or not, McLaren is a highly unpleasant client and I will not be coming back here.

Sophie scanned the documents again, vainly searching for a birth date or mention of the man's age.  Maybe he was an old duffer, like her grandfather.  Crotchety and isolated and clinging to his independence. 

The job was just temporary--three months covering for the regular therapist
who'd gone to Chicago for some advanced training. But if  Sophie did exceptionally well, Grace would try to push the county board to approve hiring her on a permanent basis.

The thought had lifted Sophie's heart with joy, though now some of her giddy excitement faded.  She set her jaw.  If her ability to stay in Aspen Creek hinged on those stipulations, then no one--not even this difficult old man--was going to stand in her way.   Far too much depended on it.

"Buddy, I'm going to overwhelm you with kindness, and your mean ole dog, too," she muttered under her breath as she pawed through a grocery sack on the front seat of her car. "See how you like that."

Withdrawing a small can, she peeled off the outer plastic storage lid, pulled the tab to open the can and held it high.  "Salmon," she crooned.  "Come and get it."

It took a minute for the scent to drift over to the cabin.  The dog's head jerked up.  He sniffed the breeze, then he cautiously started across the stretch of grass between the cabin and driveway.

She stayed in the lee of her open car door, ready to leap back inside at the least sign of aggression.  But by the time the dog reached her front bumper his tongue was lolling and his tail wagging.

She grabbed a plastic spoon on her dashboard--a remnant of her last trip to a Dairy Queen--and scooped up a chunk of the pungent, pink fish.  She dropped it on the grass and the dog wolfed it down, his tail wagging even faster.  "Friends?"

She held out a cautious hand and he licked it, his eyes riveted on the can in her other hand.  "Just one bite.  When I come out, I'll give you one more.  Deal?" 

His entire body wagged as he followed her to the cabin door and watched her knock..
No one had peered outside.  No lights shone through the windows.            What if...what if the old guy had passed on?  Her heart in her throat, she framed her face with her hands and pressed her nose to a pane of glass, trying to peer into the gloom.  Knocked again.  And then she tentatively, quietly tried the door knob.

It turned easily in her hand.  She pulled the door open, just an inch.  "Hello?  Anyone here?" She raised her voice.  "I'm from the home health agency."

No answer.

Thundered rumbled outside, heavy and ominous.  A nearby crack of lightning shook the porch beneath her feet.  She opened the door wider, then bracketed her hands against the inner screen door and tried to look inside.  "Hello?"

 The dog at her side shoved past her, sending the door swinging back to crash against the interior wall.  So much for subtlety.

 "Hello," she yelled.  "Are you here?  Are you okay?"

 If the old fellow had died, she had no business disturbing the scene.  The sheriff should be called, and the coroner.   If he was in there with a shotgun, she sure didn’t want to surprise him. But on the other hand, if he needed help, she could hardly walk away.  Steeling herself, she reached around the corner and found a light switch.

Only a single, weak bulb came to life in the center of the room, leaving most of it dark.  A figure suddenly loomed over her, making her heart lurch into overdrive with fear.  Tall.  Broad shoulders.  Silhouetted by the faint light behind him, she couldn't make out his expression, but his stance telegraphed irritation. 
This definitely wasn't some old guy.

Raising her hands defensively, she backed up a step, but then she saw the dog amble over and sit at the man's side.  He rested a gentle hand on the animal's head.

"I-I'm sorry," she faltered, searching his face. He didn't look disabled...but then she saw the telltale signs of tension in his stance, as if he were guarding himself against injuries that probably still kept him up at night. 

He said nothing.

"You must be Dr. McLaren. I thought...I thought you were old," she stammered as her eyes adjusted to the gloom. "When you didn’t answer, I...um...I was afraid that you might be dead."

 "Unfortunately, no," he growled.  He glanced at her upraised hands, then met her eyes with a piercing stare.  "So who are you, and why are you threatening me with that can of salmon?" 

Do Not Reproduce without  permission.

This book is available at :

and fine  bookstores everywhere. 

Author  Roxanne Rustand can be found at www.roxannerustand.com 
and at her blog, The All Creatures Great and Small Place,  at  http://roxannerustand.blogspot.com

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Thursday, May 5, 2011

An adorable dancer....with paws

This link was on my daughter's fiance's FB page...and it's so adorable.  What a sweetie!


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A new baby at our house...and it nickers!

Here is Susie QT Streke's new foal, born 5/3/11.  In this first photo, she is checking him out for the first time while his navel is being treated.

 Look at that fifth photo down, and how big he is compared to his mom.  Ouch!!

She didn't want to get up for a good 45 minutes afterwards.  She started cramping, but luckily the neighbors, who raise paints, had IV Banamine on hand. Not long after she had a dose, she was on her feet and we were able to take her and the baby up to barn because--despite that pretty sunshine--it was c-c-cold, and the foal was shaking.

In the last photo, he's gotten himself dead-ended in a corner and has no idea how to go in reverse.  :)

Isn't he colorful?  What do you think would be a good name?

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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Dog lover? You've GOT to watch this!

This is just so fun to watch!!  My friend Cindy forwarded it, and I think I've watched it five times, now.   Take a look...
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PS: the dog in this post is our dog Harold, a golden oldie of thirteen, who sleeps with a paw over his ear.  I wonder why?!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Hawaiian whales, chickens...and wild hogs.

We just got back from two weeks in Hawaii...a wonderful, first time vacation there for the two of us.  What a beautiful state!  The long plane ride was at the upper limits of my tolerance for tight spaces (claustropobia, anyone?!) but every minute was worth it. The incredible flowers, the ocean, and those yummy coffee glazed macadamia nuts made every day a joy.

We spent two nights on Oahu so we could have a day at Pearl Harbor as my husband is a real WW II history buff, then four nights each on Maui and Kauai. Because it will probably be a once-in-a-lifetime trip for us--there are still so many places we want to see--we were busy sightseeing every day.  Volcanoes, waterfalls,  whale watching, a couple of luaus, a helicopter tour of Kauai and a day in catamaran going up Kauai's inaccessible coast... wonderful memories, now, which will remembered through the 1000+ digital photos I took.  But some of the most vivid memories are the animals!

That lovely snout, above, belongs to one of Kaua's wild hogs.  Isn't he sweet?  (LOL!)  And the chickens--oh, my.  They are beautiful, and  they are everywhere--in the parking lots, the roadside ditches, around the beautiful pools at every hotel we stayed at.  Everyone we asked said that they are treated as sort of a state pet--no one eats them; they are just on the loose.  We loved the chickens!

And the humpback whales...oh, my.  This was still the season for them to be lingering around the warm waters of Hawaii before heading up to Alaska's rich feeding waters for the summer, and we saw dozens of them while on a whale watching boat---not to mention all of the ones  we could see from the beach in front of the hotels we stayed at.  Take a close look at this photo and tell me---do you think that guy in the water is even aware of how close those two whales are?!  The humpbacks wouldn't eat him--they consume vast quantities of krill (tiny shrimp) once they get back to Alaska, and don't eat anything at all while wintering in Hawaiian waters.  But, I still wouldn't want to be close if one of them decided to breech or start tail slapping!

The animals in Hawaii  surprised and fascinated me.  What are some of your interesting animal discoveries while traveling?

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Monday, March 7, 2011

Should You Become a Vet Tech?

by Tina Marconi
It’s a good profession if you like animals, or more specifically, if you enjoy working with animals; however, that’s not all being a vet tech involves. When you choose to become a veterinary technician, you should remember that like any job, it has its pros and cons; and when you weigh the advantages against the disadvantages and see which side comes out on top, you know whether you should become a vet tech or switch to some other career.
Vet techs don’t have to attend years of school like a veterinarian – in fact, you can start working and earning enough to support yourself as early as two years after high school. You can choose to earn either a two-year associate’s degree or a four-year bachelor’s degree, after which you must appear for and pass the Veterinary Technician National Exam which allows you to qualify for a license to practice in your state. However, it is better to opt for a two-year degree program, find work as a vet tech, gain a few years of experience, and then go back to school for another two years to become a veterinary technologist. This opens up more opportunities, allows you to earn a higher salary, enhances your skills and repertoire, and lets you climb up the professional ladder.
Nature of the job
As a vet tech, you will be dealing hands-on with animals. Your primary job is to assist a veterinarian in all aspects of their practice, so you’ll be taking care of sick animals, liaising with their owners, advising in their care and diet, assisting vets with surgeries, and even treating minor injuries and suturing up small wounds. You must have a way with animals if you’re to taste any kind of success at this job, and you must be prepared to work with even the most aggressive ones and know how to calm them down and get them to accept your touch. On the downside, you could end up with vets who push you to the limit and dump work on you, you could be forced to deal with unpleasant pet owners who make unreasonable demands on your time, you could be bitten, scratched and injured in other ways by the animals, and you could get too attached to your patients and feel a deep sense of loss when you lose them or have to put them to sleep.
Perhaps this is the biggest disadvantage of being a vet tech – salaries are very low, and even the best in the business can make only around $35,000 a year. You could go higher if you specialize in one particular aspect of animal care and if you work in research or in private industries in any other capacity. However, with further education, you could become a veterinary technologist and earn much more by working in biomedical, wildlife and diagnostic facilities, and in drug and food manufacturing units. This will remove you from direct contact with animals, so if you’re in the job for the proximity to pets, you’re better off as a vet technician than a vet technologist.
Work hours
As in any medical field, the hours are long and erratic, and you could be called in to help with sick animals at any time of the day or night, and even when you’re off duty. You would be spending lots of time on your feet, so you must be physically fit and strong enough to help restrain larger animals. Vet techs must work hard, but there’s an innate satisfaction to the job because the animals you treat and care for respond with affection and trust.
Prospects for advancement
Join the National Association of Veterinary Technicians for more career options, networking with fellow vet techs, and opportunities in continuing education. You could choose to move into research and development options in the field of veterinary science if you want to make more money, and if you’re employed in a private practice where there is a shortage of vets, you could take on more responsibility and enhance your skills. With further education, you could become a veterinary technologist and move into a laboratory or factory setting where you would be responsible for diagnostic procedures and quality control.
This guest post is contributed by Tina Marconi, she writes on the topic of online vet tech . She welcomes your comments at her email id: tinamarconi85[@]gmail[.]com.

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011


Hello! I’m excited to be a guest blogger today on “All Creatures Great and Small”. I’m equally excited to share a story or two of the adorable pets I’ve been fortunate enough to have known and loved.

Let’s start with the large.

Norman was big even for a Newfoundland dog, the fourth largest breed in the world.  He had a coat of long shiny black hair, loved humans, and we loved him right back. He was a big, goofy kid disguised as a dog, and he lived to chase anything that moved.

We were never quite sure if it was his puppy enthusiasm that caused the collision, but when we were playing tag one warm summer’s day Norman ran head first into a full grown maple tree. In my mind’s eye, I can still hear the thud of his skull smacking against the trunk. Everyone stopped running. Had he hurt himself? Not a chance. The impact dazed him for all of a few seconds, and then he resumed the game!

Another time we were tobogganing and Norman, being Norman, wanted in on the fun. The only
problem was he was far too big to fit on the Crazy carpet, and there was no way he could fit on my lap. Undeterred, he raced down the hill alongside me. Halfway down he grabbed the back of my jacket in his teeth. Stopping dead in his tracks, he yanked me off the carpet and whipped me around in a circle. Fun for Norman. Kinda scary for me!

Next on the list is the medium.

Peter, a white and black mutt, was born when I was two. He was the runt of the litter and to this day I still cheer for the little guy!

In the 1950s there was no special formula dog food. (Not that we could have afforded it even if there had been.) Peter ate table scraps and what he could forage from our garden. He was particularly fond of green peas and on those rare occasions when he did receive a bone, his tail never stopped wagging.

He spent his life outdoors except for those winter nights when the temperature dropped below freezing. It took forever for my father to coax Peter inside to sleep in the basement. Later, he built him a dog house, but most nights Peter still preferred the top step of the front porch.

Never a cuddly, lap dog, Peter was a true and loyal companion who lived 16 human years, which as you know translates into a very long life in dog years.

Last but not least is the small. Literally. The Chihuahua is the smallest breed of dog, but many claim pound for pound they rate the biggest in personality.

Meet Peanut.  She may be fictional, but she’s very real to me. She plays an important role in my debut inspirational romantic suspense novel. In true Chihuahua fashion, she’s a bold and brave little watchdog. There’s nothing Peanut won’t do to protect her owner. Or her unborn pups. But wait, I don’t want to giveaway all of the story!

I do, however, want to give away a pdf copy of DEFENDING GLORY, first book of the Piedmont Island Trilogy series.

To enter drop by my website -http://www.AnneKAlbert.com and leave a comment that you saw me on Roxanne’s All Creature’s Great and Small blog. I’ll pick a name at random on March 1st, and announce the winner the following day on my blog - http://anne-k-albert.blogspot.com

Thanks so much, Roxanne, for giving me the privilege of being your guest blogger today. I’ve enjoyed every single minute, and so have Norman, Peter and Peanut!

Anne K. Albert

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Thursday, February 3, 2011

PW --"Beyond The Book" Blog

I was so delighted  this morning, to learn about a review this month on my book, Fatal Burn, which was a Steeple Hill Love Inspired Suspense from February, 2010!

It's at the Publisher's Weekly  "PW-Beyond the Book" blog at:

What a lovely surprise, on this bitterly cold, post-blizzard day.

I hope you're all keeping warm!

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

A musical schnoodle!

Have you seen this darling video?!  My friend Judy sent me the link, and it's so cute that I watched it twice!  :) 

Thanks, Judy!!

Friday, January 7, 2011

A free book by Lyn Cote!!!

A free book to enjoy---by Lyn Cote!!! Friday, January 7, 2011 - 7:47 PM
Here is a wonderful chance for you to read a FREE book, in serialized form, by a very popular author!!

Can the beautiful daughter of a French courtesan find a love that will
last in early America?

Lyn Cote is posting this never-before published book, section by section, on her blog. She started posting just before Christmas, so you can read the previous entries to catch up, and then continue to follow this wonderful story. She plans on posting 2-3 new scenes each week till it's done. Tell your friends too--so they can enjoy LaBelle Christiane making her debut in the world!

You can find the story at Lyn Cote's blog:

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