When two people share the same dog, there’s bound to be trouble
The Twelve Brides of Summer collection has just been released. My story The Dog Days of Summer Bride features a cow dog, which is just another name for a herding dog. I’ve always loved border collies so that was my breed of choice. Since the dog in my story has the annoying habit of disappearing every week for a couple of days, the independent nature of these dogs was a trait that served me well. His herding instincts also made him the perfect matchmaker. I mean, if a dog can herd sheep and cattle, he can bring people together, right? Here’s a short blurb:
Music teacher Marilee Davis and blacksmith Jed Colbert don’t realize they’ve been sharing the same dog until…it digs up a stash of stolen loot. The reward will go to the dog’s owner—if only that can be determined.
Border collies have an interesting history. In the 19th century a Northumberland man created the ideal herding dog by combining several breeds. This particular dog was especially suited to herding sheep along the border dividing Scotland and England, which is how it got its name. Collie is a Scottish dialect word to describe herding dogs.
Scottish sheepherders immigrating to America brought their border collies with them. Some of these same sheepherders were lured west during the California gold rush, dogs by their side. It didn’t take long for cattlemen to note the value of these black and white dogs and this led to a whole new way of herding.
A good cow dog can do the work of seven cowboys. (Today workers are replaced by machines and robots; back then it was dogs.) By the end of the nineteenth century, border collies and Australian cattle dogs were a familiar sight on every working ranch and cattle drive.
The dog in my story has the annoying habit of disappearing each week. Tell us about a habit (annoying or endearing) that your dog or a dog you know has, and you could win a copy of The Twelve Brides of Summer and a dog toy made by yours truly. (Note Giveaway Guidelines apply.)