Friday, January 22, 2016


With Mama Holly

Today is my granddawg Shadow's 15th birthday! As a black-and-tan mini dachshund, he's done a lot of living in his life: he's been the older brother to three human siblings and now three kitty brothers!

Kitty brothers Piper and Aslan

Sleeping with kitty brother Thor

As most know, he's the inspiration for THE DACHSHUND ESCAPADES series, as the books are written from the dachshund's viewpoint and my family members are the characters in Sarge's stories.
Shadow as a pup

I originally began the series as THE SHADOW ADVENTURES, using Shadow's name, but years ago a gentleman threatened my then publisher with a copyright infringement for using the series title. Seems he was planning a TV series entitled THE ADVENTURES OF SHADOW. The publisher didn't need that kind of lawsuit, so we changed the dog's name and the series name to Sarge and THE DACHSHUND ESCAPADES: that's why you might see I AM SHADOW, ONE DOG'S STORY of THE SHADOW ADVENTURES still out there in cyberspace, although it has been out of print for some time now.

Our own doxie Duke is good buddies with Shadow, and although Duke is larger, stronger, and younger than Shadow, he still defers to Shadow when there is a question of whose toy it is. Shadow's philosophy is "no matter whose toy it is, all toys are MINE." Period.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SHADOW! He might be elderly now, but he's still got some life in him, especially regarding food--a true chow hound extraordinaire.

Dachshunds . . . you gotta love 'em.

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