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:

Wendy's Writing said...

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

Linda G. said...

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.

Rachel Schieffelbein said...

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. :)

Rosemary Gemmell said...

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

Sharon Bradshaw said...

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!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

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

Anonymous said...

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

Amanda said...

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

Teresa Ashby said...

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

Patsy said...

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.

Patsy said...

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

Patsy said...

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

Patsy said...

They are nice and friendly, Rosemary.

Patsy said...

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

Patsy said...

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

Patsy said...

Another good suggestion, thanks.

Patsy said...

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?

Patsy said...

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

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

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

Patsy said...

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.

TracyFells said...

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!

Wendy's Writing said...

Ooh yes...remember she's a BAD dog!

Misha Gericke said...

Can't go wrong with Labradors. :-)

Patsy said...

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

Maria said...

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.

Maggie May said...

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.

Peaches Ledwidge said...

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

Vikki (www.the-view-outside.com) said...

Well, im bias, has to be a Pug :)

xx

Patsy said...

They do have nice ears, Tracy.

Patsy said...

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

Patsy said...

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

Patsy said...

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

Patsy said...

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

Patsy said...

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)