Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Hound

A hound is a type of dog used for hunting or tracking, a person in keen pursuit of something (eg newshound) or a despicable person (you ain't nothing but a hound dog). It can also mean to urge on or nag and to pursue relentlessly. (Sometimes I feel I'm hounding editors with my submissions.)

The dog in the picture isn't a hound, I know but Hev Ock is cute isn't she? She sits on my desk underneath the monitor between a glass goat and a musket ball.

I need a dog, well at least three actually, in the novel I'm working on - Poppyfield Farm. I can't decide on the breed. I want one that seems friendly rather than intimidating and isn't too big. For various reasons it can't be a border collie, Jack Russell or English setter. Any suggestions?

I've sniffed out this competition - don't send them a shaggy dog story!

34 comments:

  1. My Bonnie needs to be in a novel. Is a lab/collie cross allowed?

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    1. For what I have in mind a single breed, rather than a cross, will work best. I could give her a cameo appearance in another novel though if you like.

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    2. The sort who'd steal ice cream from small children?

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  2. I'm awfully fond of Westies (West Highland White Terriers). They look kind of like white Scotties, and all the ones I've known have had sparkling personalities.

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    1. They do look like they have plenty of character, Linda.

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  3. Collies aren't terribly big, and the smooth coats seem smaller. Corgis are super cute and friendly. Cocker Spaniel, Basset hound, or (if you want to get exotic) a Basenji. Those are odd little dogs. :)

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    1. Good suggestions, Rachel. I want something easy to picture, so maybe not anything exotic. Corgies are a possibility.

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  4. Love the cute little dog in the photo. I quite like Westies too or the friendly Labrador.

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  5. I love the dog on your desk, Patsy. The small dog that lives next door to me is a daschund and seems to love everyone she comes into contact with. She is always wagging her tail and trying to press a wet nose into your hand!

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    1. Oooh, daschunds could work, Sharon. They look quite funny too.

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  6. Sorry, the friendliest dog I can think of is big - a Golden Retriever.

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    1. They fit for friendliness, Alex but aren't quite right for what I want.

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  7. Mathair and I have always had an affinity for beagles. They're very loyal, smart and friendly with people. Hope it helps, Patsy.

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  8. How about a spaniel, or a spaniel cross? I've got two spaniel/poodle crosses, and they are very friendly. Westies are lovely too! :-)

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    1. I've looked each suggestion up on Google images, Amanda and just seen some really cute spaniel puppies. Maybe I can have puppies in the story?

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  9. Oh I love your little Scottie Dog. I have a huge soft spot for Scotties as my lovely friend has two and they are such sweeties :-)
    Springer spaniels aren't too big - and they are extremely friendly, not that I'm biased or anyfing ;-) x

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    1. Of course you're not biased, Teresa! They are friendly.

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  10. Hi Patsy .. a King Charles Spaniel, a poodle - not poofed up!, lots of ideas here ..

    Three dogs to chose .. three varieties of Heinz could be an easy way!!

    Cheers - bet you're enjoying your garden, the allotment and all their goodies ripening fast .. Hilary

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    1. Ah, I wasn't clear, Hilary. They're all going to be the same breed. Seeing one is going to remind a character of the others.

      Yes, the allotment is providing bountiful supplies at the moment.

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  11. Cute hound, Patsy. I always have a soft spot for spaniels - with spotty noses and crinkly ears.Thanks for the tip about HP competition - hadn't seen that one!

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    1. They're nice and friendly, Misha. A bit big for what I have in mind though.

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  13. I don't have a hound, but if I did, it would be a chocolate labrador type of hound. Perhaps one day...when I have the time to look after one. :-)

    Thanks for sharing the competition link Patsy.

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    1. Not having the time to look after one is why I don't have a hound of my own, Maria.

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  14. I'd go for Westies too. Cute, not too big and very friendly. But we don't know how they fit into your story, so you are keeping us in suspense.

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    1. Sorry, I've not given you much to go on, Maggie.

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  15. Intriguing story, it seems. Would love to read it one day.

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    1. I hope you'll be able to, Peaches. I'd better get on and write it, hadn't I?

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    1. Funny how biased dog owners are, Vikki! (I used to have a Jack Russell which is why I can't use that breed - there's a scene that I wouldn't be able to write)

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Thanks so much for commenting!