About 8 years ago, my husband and I rescued a Schipperke mix from an animal shelter in Florida. Today, Sparky is still an important part of our family. When our elderly neighbor was sick, Sparky cheered him up. When my dad was confined to a hospital bed with ALS, Sparky jumped up on the bed and livened things up with his sparkling personality.
I decided to interview Sparky because the Schipperke in my debut suspense novel, Dog Tags, is based on him.
Ruff, Ruff* (I enjoyed it and am hoping I make it into a few scenes in upcoming sequels.) *For ease, all of Sparky’s responses have been translated to “human speak.”
HOW HAS CELEBRITY STATUS AFFECTED YOU AT ALL?
My sister, Cocoa, a Chihuahua, is a bit jealous because she’s not in the story. Also, I think one of the neighbor dogs has been eyeing me a bit more. I hope to get enough courage to talk to her through the fence next week.
LIKE THE DOG IN THE STORY, HAVE YOU EVER BEEN ON A BOAT?
No, but I’d like to ride on one someday.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE ACTIVITY?
Chasing squirrels. Definitely. And chasing my tail.
SO HOW CAN READERS GET THEIR HANDS ON A COPY OF DOG TAGS?
A release date has not been set yet; however, the book will be available through Harbourlight Books.
To learn more about the Schipperke breed, please visit http://www.barkbytes.com/history/schip.htm