Two Years Without Lucy, the Best Petsetter Ever!

Today marks the second anniversary of the unexpected loss of Lucy, the best petsetter ever! Honestly, I thought today was the third anniversary. It seems like the hole she left in my heart has been there for much longer than 730 days. I constantly relive the shocking moment when she took her last breath and died as I held her. Why won't that memory fade? Do I want it to? … [Read more...]

Remembering Wilkes Bashford

Being that I've only been in the Bay Area a few years, I didn't know the iconic Wilkes Bashford nearly as long or as well as so many of the people whom I'm certain are shedding tears—just like me—as they learn of his passing. Yet in the short amount of time that I've been here, he touched me like few have in my lifetime, for that was the kind of man Wilkes Bashford was—so incredibly kind, giving, loving and downright honest. … [Read more...]

The one-year anniversary of Lucy’s death

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the sudden passing of my pooch Lucy, aka Lucy Loo, Lucia, The Royal Bitch and Lucifer. More often than I know I should, I still replay her final days in my head, wondering if there was something I could have done/should have known about her health. Maybe she'd still be here if I were a better pawrent, I think, though I know I shouldn't have such thoughts. … [Read more...]

Motivated by Moderating Bay Area Authors Speak Out

I don't have any time these days to work on my memoir, Bellini for One, but that doesn't mean I don't have time to participate in an authors' event. I recently had the pleasure of moderating Bay Area Authors Speak Out, an annual panel discussion with local authors put on by the San Francisco Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., at the Main Branch of the San Francisco Public Library. This edition was an exciting one with authors Qiana London, Jewelle Taylor Gibbs, Ph.D and Brenda … [Read more...]

The emptiness of five dogless months

"Where's your dog?" It's a question that's been asked to me quite often in the past five months, ever since my road dog Lucy died suddenly. For nearly 13 years she was like my appendage so, even though we've only been in San Francisco for less than three years, it's still unusual for people to see me without her. Therefore, I understand when people wonder she she is. I'm just sorry for all of the people who I've made feel horrible when I reply, "She died." … [Read more...]

Everybody Loved Lucy

Everybody loved Lucy, my longhair Chihuahua who passed away unexpectedly on Sept. 21 at the age of 13. Attitude. Sass. A sense of self-importance. The aloofness of a cat. Personality up the wazoo. Lucy had it all – along with a healthy dose of cuteness that combined to endear her to so many people worldwide. How my diva dog packed it all into that pint-sized body of hers, I’ll never know. … [Read more...]

A writer’s blood, sweat and tears

I'm writing this blog post on an airplane as I fly from San Francisco to Puerto Vallarta for a four-day stay at Casa Aramara, a fabulous villa that just became available to the public. Well, the public that can afford its $15,000-$30,000 nightly rate. I'm not a one-percenter, but instead a freelance travel writer on a press junket with other journalists whom I will meet when I land. … [Read more...]

Dog Lovers on tour

Kelly E. Carter The Dog Lover's Guide to Travel

Dog lovers get ready! Coming soon to a city near you: New York Times bestselling author Kelly E. Carter, with her jetsetting pooch Lucy, signing copies of her newest book, The Dog Lover’s Guide to Travel.  And maybe not. … [Read more...]

Upstaged by a big dog

Kelly E Carter pet travel expert

Actors know never to work with a baby or dog because they know they're going to get upstaged. Journalists need to be aware also, otherwise you could end up like me and my pooch Lucy. We were upstaged by an unusual-looking, big dog named Bird, whose personality and stature outshines my pint-sized pup's cuteness. … [Read more...]

Glamming it up with Badgley Mischka

Kelly E. Carter, Mark Badgley, James Mischka

Sometimes invitations are just impossible to refuse. Such was the case when I was invited to the fall opening of the American Ballet Theatre in New York.  Not just invited but invited to sit with the dynamic designing duo that comprise Badgley Mischka. Not just sit with them but to wear their couture gown I had recently bought at their Beverly Hills boutique. … [Read more...]