Your Dog can be Famous—or Infamous

 By Starring in One of Margaret Brownley’s Books


First, a Few Fun Facts About Man’s (and Woman’s) Best Friend 

  •   Just as cowboys avoid wearing belts when working, cowdogs don’t wear collars. Belts and collars could cause injury.

  • A good cowdog can do the work of six cowboys

  •   The U.S. has the highest dog population in the world (You knew that, right?)

  •   Up until the late 1800’s, Collies were known as Scottish Sheepdogs

  •   All dogs are direct descendants of wolves (yes, even your sweet, cuddly Chihuahua)

  •   Davy Crockett had a dog named Sport

  •   Three dogs survived the sinking of the Titanic – a Newfoundland, a Pomeranian, and a Pekingese

  •   The name Fido is derived from a Latin word meaning faithful

  •   The name Rover is thought to have come from the Bible verse that begins, Moreover, the dogs…

  •   The Poodle was originally a water dog.  The ribbon commonly tied onto a poodle’s topknot wasn’t always for decorative purposes.  It’s thought that the original  purpose of the ribbon was to make it easier to find the dog in water.  



I’m looking for a dog—and it could be yours–to star in book 2 of my Brides of Last Chance Ranch series scheduled for publication 2012 by Thomas Nelson. 


Tell me why your pooch will make a great furry sidekick for Dr. Caleb Fairbanks of Arizona Territory in 1896 in 200 words or less and your dog could be sent on a Wild West adventure—literally speaking, of course.  (No dogs will be hurt during the writing of this book.)


You’ll first meet Caleb in A Vision of Lucy, the third and last book in my Rocky Creek series to be published in June.  He’s Lucy’s sixteen year old brother and he wants to be a doctor.  He’s charming and funny and I hated to let him go. Through the magic of literary time I decided to age Caleb fifteen years and make him the hero of his very own book.  Since he’s an animal lover he’ll naturally need a furry companion to take on his rounds.  The good doctor will also need a love interest but I’ve got that part covered.   


Tell me what traits, quirks and good or bad habits your dog has that I can work into the book.   The breed won’t be mentioned unless it’s compatible with the times.  Caleb is one smart fellow but he probably wouldn’t know what to do with a Labradoodle or Shepogo.


Proceeds will go to Have a Heart Humane Society in Tehachapi  CA for the emergency vet care of homeless, abused and abandoned pets.  This is a non-profit organization.  Entries must be postmarked by midnight August 31th, 2011.  The winner will be notified by September 30th and will be required to sign a release giving me permission to use the dog in my book.


To submit your furry companion go to or


Dogs are owned but cats have staff.

Any dog stories you want to share?


A Vision of Lucy (A Rocky Creek Romance) 


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19 thoughts on “Your Dog can be Famous—or Infamous”

  1. Hi Margaret,

    Those are some interesting dog facts! I had no idea. Caleb’s story sounds wonderful, and I love the idea of you featuring someone’s dog in your book.

    I never got to have a dog growing up because my two older sisters had had two pets that had gotten run over, so by the time I came along, my parents had decided that cats were the only way to go, pet-wise. I’ve had some pet dogs since I’ve been an adult, but the one I’ve gotten the closest to is not really mine–he’s my granddog. LOL My daughter Jessica got him from a shelter when he was just about 8 weeks old. He’s an Anatolean Shepherd/Great Pyrenees mix, but has the bearing and markings of the Great Pyrenees breed. They named him Embry at the shelter, and we kept it since he was already responding to it. He is now 2 years old and weighs about 100 pounds. This breed is mainly for herding animals, and very protective. Which is good someetimes and bad other times. He’s a great watchdog for Jessica, but because of that, we don’t let him around other people because of his unpredictability–which I suspect has to do with his battle with menengitis. Last year at this time, we were on the verge of losing him. None of the local vets here knew what was going on with him, and as a last resort we took him to Stillwater to the OSU teaching school for veterinary medicine. They diagnosed him with “steroid responsive menengitis”–gave him massive doses of steroids and kept him for about 5 days. It was amazing! The doc there that treated him said that they didn’t know what caused it, but he had seen three cases of it that year–not real common, but thank God he knew what it was and how to treat it. Now, Embry is back to his old self–the most loving dog in the world with our family, but very very protective. We are so very thankful that we found a vet that knew what was wrong. He still has to take a steroid pill every day. He has been such a gift to our family, and we spoil him more than we probalby would have otherwise, since he had been so near death only a year ago. We are so thankful for his recovery, and we are all just silly over him.

  2. Cheryl, I know something cool about Anatolean Shepherds. They’re being used in a cheetah conservation program in Africa. Given to local tribes, the dogs keep the livestock safe and keep the cheetahs away. This also protects the cheetahs from having to be killed.
    Great story about Embry.

  3. OH, how COOL Elizabeth! Thanks for telling me that, I will tell my daughter. She is such an animal lover. I think between the two of us, we have spent about $3000 on vet bills over the past 2 years on Embry, but we agree he is worth every cent. Like she said, “He’d do it for us.” LOL And that is so true–a dog like that is so loyal and loving. As for cats–they do train us, don’t they?LOL I am a huge cat lover, too, and would love nothing more than to own a piece of land to just have animals on.

  4. Margaret, What a fun idea! And how wonderful that you are helping to raise funds for the Humane Society. I know a couple of likely candidates for the job of Caleb’s devoted companion.
    I must admit the singing cowboy and his friend are dead ringers for my husband and our “little girl”. He has taught her to “sing” on demand and “encore!” produces one last howl, I mean song.
    I think his next project is teaching her to answer the phone. Yes, DH has all his marbles. Why do you ask? He married me, didn’t he?

  5. Cheryl, that you for sharing your story about Embry. He sounds like a great dog! We have a “protective” dog in our family–a labradoodle. She belongs to my son and was trained to work with blind children. However, she failed her final test and that’s when my son acquired her. Whenever my grandkiddies and I take her for a walk she keeps circling us to herd us together. When we get to a crosswalk, she won’t let us walk; she insists upon running. So if you ever see a woman being dragged across the street by a huge brown dog you’ll know it’s me.

  6. Judy, I love singing pets. the before mentioned labradoodle loves birthdays. As soon as we light the candles on the birthday cake and start to sing, she joins in. We have a howling good time.

  7. Margaret, what a fabulous idea! I love dogs so much. Over the last few years, all our Labs returned to the Lord, and I miss them so, so much. My Marley was SUCH a sweet, precious nut. Tawny was perfection and knew what you needed before you did. (She would have been an awesome service dog.) And Seau, my sweet boy, helped inspire Redeeming Daisy.

    I did know that about poodles. When they aren’t all tarted up, I think they’re wonderfu-looking dogs, especially Standards.

    Like Cheryl, I wish I had a small ranch or farm so I could keep close all the animals I want. Sigh. Not in this lifetime.

    Awesome post, awesome idea to help out the Humane Society.

    Good job! oxoxox

  8. Tanya, isn’t it fun when a beloved pet inspires a story? I’m hearing so many wonderful and amazing dog stories lately, I’m sure to end up with emough inspiration to fill a library.

  9. We currently have three dogs, all with their own personalities and all rescue dogs. Every one of the many dogs we have had have been rescue dogs.

    We have a sweet old lab mix. Olivia is now 15 and still as much a love as always. We did foster care for the local animal shelter for many years and she is from the first litter we raised. She is good natured and she adores my husband. Come to think of it, all our dogs have and there have been many over the years. She has been great with the children and a good watch dog. Of all our dogs she and our first one, a beagle, have been the best. She is failing, and it will be hard to loose her.

    We have a 2 year old pit bull. She was hit by a car, it broke her back and paralyzed her. She has recovered amazingly well – well enough to race the cars along the fence. The vet can’t believe it. I think our son stayed up with her every night for over a week when we brought her home. She is pretty good natured and protective. Loves to play catch, but mostly plays “what can I chew and shred today.”

    We have a 10 year old terrier mix (from our last foster litter). She looks like a Cairn, just a bit bigger. She is a goof. Noisy terrier bark, hyper, loving, and loves to play.

    Our first love is our first dog, a beagle mix we got over 30 years ago. She was the best dog. Found her on a farm, the shy one in a litter of 9 kept out by the barn. We took her home and she was house broken almost immediately. She traveled well, no bouncing around the car which was appreciated on all our moves (NY to Colorado, to California, to Washington DC, to TN). She was great with kids and tolerated more than most dogs would when playing with even the little ones. What really surprised us was how protective she could be. We were out walking in the woods one Fall. My husband was grouse hunting and had gone off in another direction leaving me with the kids and dog walking the path. He was coming up the path to rejoin us, but was still a ways off when she spotted him. Not knowing who it was, she planted herself in front of me on full alert. The hair was up on her back and she had a low growl in her throat. She didn’t move or let down her guard until he was about 10 feet away and she could tell for sure who he was. It was the only time the “need” to protect us ever arose, but she was instinctively ready to do it. She was 17 when she got so ill we had to have her put to sleep. Even though we knew it was for the best, it about killed my husband to take her in. That was 15 years ago and I am crying now thinking about it. We have had several beagles since and hounds do make great pets.

    My son just informed me we will be getting another dog in a month or so. He is the one who brought the pit bull home. He has friends moving to Florida and they need someone to watch their dog until they find a place to live that takes pets. My son assures me the dog is a sweetheart and good with everyone. I hope so. This dog is a male who has not been neutered and we have had mostly females, all fixed. Better yet, he is an albino great dane. He can step right over the electric pet fence we have keeping our dogs in and others out. I hope they come back to get him, but you know how that can go. We just took 2 cats and the 3 dogs to the vet last week and spent a fortune just for regular checkups and shots. All I need to do is add a dog the size of a pony to the mix.

    Good luck choosing a dog to star in your next book. They are the best companion you could ask for and will steal your heart. You have chosen a good charity to support. It is a shame more people aren’t responsible pet owners.

  10. Great idea. One book I just sent out, has a Tibetan Mastiff in it. He didn’t pass his last test as a guard dog. This breed came to me out of the blue. Never heard of them. I had to look them up. Right now, we have cats. The owner of the house has a cat that adopted me. My daughter and I have two adult female cats and we feed all these plus the neighbor’s ‘outside’ cat.
    Our past dogs have been Australian cow dogs. They are the best. We have had Dingo cross with Queensland that are also great. My daughter and I just turned into cat people. I guess the older we get, it’s quieter this way.
    Still love a good loving dog. My son had an Australian Shepherd who sang everytime we sang ‘Happy Birthday’, too. We always said that she sang because it hurt her ears…

  11. Patricia, I love that you’ve given a home to so many rescue dogs. The economy has taken a toll on cats and dogs in my area. Families losing homes often leave pets behind. Thank God for people like you!

  12. Margaret,

    What a great post. Okay I am going to tell you of my very first dog. He came to me from a litter that he was the only pure white one. He was a Husky and he was all white, pure as snow. I called him Snowball. He had sky blue eyes and his fur was as soft and white as snow. He loved only me. He would growl and fuss at everybody else.

    His heart was for protection of me. He sadly got run over and killed. I have never forgot this dog and I feel he would be he perfect one for your book. But of course I would

    The most important part was to me as as child, Snowball was very sacred and spiritual. He was here to protect children. He was sent by the Creator and he is sorely missed

    Thank you Margaret for a great post and for letting me talk about Snowball

    Walk in harmony,

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