You’ve Got a Friend in Me: Authors and Their Pets
Sometimes you want to share your latest story with someone who can't talk back.
Beyond their roles as pets, animals serve as muses, companions, and as Bradford Morrow once said, “spiritual superiors” to writers.
Authors and their Pets
Open Road celebrates pets of all shapes, sizes, and species! Take a look at our collection of authors and their pets.
Author William Styron and his dogs.
Alice Walker writing on the front porch of her California home with her cat sitting in the foreground. In an interview with Shambhala Sun, Walker talks about her cat as an inspiration: “My cat lived a very rough life before she arrived in my home. She has one tooth that?s broken and another that?s kind of long on the other side. . . . But I look at her and see the absolute perfection?the charming perfection?of her imperfection.”
Terry Southern with his dog, Hunter, in Canaan, Connecticut, in the 1980s.
Alan Dean Foster
Author Alan Dean Foster enjoys a moment in the sun with his cat.
Shirley Ann Grau
Shirley Ann Grau?s German Shepherd, Yoshi, the last of a line that have been in Grau?s family since her childhood. He acts as her writing
Author Patricia Gaffney with her husband Jon and dogs Jolene (left) and Finney.
Rebecca West had a number of cats and dogs as pets throughout her life.
Jean Craighead George
Beloved children’s book author Jean Craighead George had over 170 pets in her lifetime. In this photo, she is with Tonka, the newfoundland and Trinket, the mama cat.
Rachel Carson as a young girl with a dog and stuffed bear in the snow. She described herself as a ?solitary girl,? who was always happiest with ?wild birds and creatures as companions.?
This photograph was taken recently at Mary Glickman’s home in Charleston, with her beloved horse, King of Harts.
Author Suzanne Forster at five years old with her beloved family dog, Duchess.
Dori Hillestad Butler, author of the children’s book series The Buddy Files, high-fiving her dog (and muse) Mouse, a shelter dog turned therapy dog.
Bradford Morrow walking with his much-loved Norwegian Forest cat, Woody, on the second to last day of his life, at Morrow’s place upstate. “Woody was like no other being, animal or person, I have ever met. I honestly feel that in many ways he was my spiritual superior. He died on his sixteenth birthday after a life spent teaching me more than I ever taught him.”
This photo, taken around 1994, features Scott Spencer with his Australian Shepherd, named Scarecrow.
Susan Minot as a young girl, participating in a family circus performance.