I Couldn’t Have Written a Book About My Dog Without My Day Job

The story behind “Pepsi the Problem Puppy”

Sandi Parsons
Inspired Writer

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Dog wearing reading glasses with a book
Image by Jan Steiner from Pixabay

Pepsi bounced into my life, a bundle of energy full of mischief. Her behavior was (mostly) my fault. I couldn’t help but spoil her and laugh at her antics. The previous year was tough, and Pepsi was the perfect dog to help my recovery.

I’d undergone major surgery — a double lung transplant — and my body was slowly healing. Pepsi kept me active and focused during the many months I spent at home, avoiding the germy world as much as possible while my body adjusted to being immunocompromised.

As Pepsi bounced about with great abandon, I noticed that I was saying a few phrases on repeat:

  • Pepsi Parsons went past fast
  • Pepsi Parsons peed
  • And the dreaded — Pepsi Parsons pooed.

All the alliteration caused my writerly senses to tingle—a picture book concept formed in my mind, complete with pictures of my prancing, dancing puppy.

All too soon, my stay-at-home days ended, my medical team cleared me to go back to work, right into the heart of a germy cesspit — the school library. Between work and managing my health, the days rushed by quickly. All the while, Pepsi continued her shameless shenanigans.

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Sandi Parsons
Inspired Writer

Sandi Parsons lives & breathes stories as a reader, writer, and storyteller📚 Kidlit specialist, dipping her toes in the big kid’s pool.