By Kevin Edwards
BC Staff Writer
Pets can be wonderful companions and an inspiration, which is something a Rosedale native has discovered.
Sharon Liner has decided to use her writing talents to tell young children about her pet dog, Samson.
Liner works in the DeKalb County School District in Atlanta and has enjoyed writing for a long time.
“I was probably like seven or eight when I started actually kind of writing and putting stuff together,” Liner said. “And as I got older, I became more interested in poetry and I started writing poetry.”
Liner’s interest expanded to plays, skits and songs and she has now published two books based on her dog.
The first, “Getting to Know Samson,” was released in November 2018. The second, “What I Am Not,” was released in May.
Liner is currently preparing for the release of “Samson Opens The Christmas Gifts” for this holiday season.
Liner adopted Samson, a Cavachon in 2014 and was inspired to write her stories because of personality.
“This dog is just like a human,” Liner said. “I don’t have kids of my own, but I might as well have kids because he’s just like two kids. And he does stuff on a day-to-day basis that just gives me books and books and books to write about.”
She said Samson would often take his desire to play into his own hands, or paws, and plays with any object he can get ahold of.
“He loves to play. He loves to play ball. He’ll go and get the ball and he will put it in his mouth and take it to me. He’ll take his paw when he wants me to rub him and try to take my hand.
“He acts like a kid that’s attached to his mom. He doesn’t play with other dogs. I took him to a doggy birthday party, and he stayed in my lap the whole while.
The Cavachon is a hybrid dog, created by mixing a Bichon Frise and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Spunky and full of fun, they are small dogs with soft, silky coats, which have slight waves.
They are friendly and loving dogs and make great family pets. They get on well with children and with other pets and while they do bark at strangers, they could never be regarded as watchdogs because of their size.
They don’t shed a lot and are relatively easy to train, responding best to positive reinforcement.
They are good inside dogs and adapt well to apartment living.
Liner said that writing the books came easy for her, and while publishing for the first time was difficult due to her lack of experience, she said the process has gotten easier with each subsequent book.
“I just love writing,” Liner said. “I guess you could say it’s my passion.”
The books are intended for an audience of about two to eight-years-old.
Liner said she has two or three new ideas for Samson based books and she would also like to write pieces for older audiences in the future.
Liner’s books are available on Amazon.