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WRITER'S BLOCK, Vol. 4, Issue#: Updates
August 01, 2018
How I Got This Way...
"PASSING IT ON"
For the past twenty years or more the coveted Laura and I have had Australian Cattle Dogs. The first was a blue named Digger. My bride rescued him at six weeks from a puppy mill mostly because he kept sitting on her feet and wouldn’t leave her alone. A few years later came another cattle dog puppy named Clancy, the runt of a littler of twelve, living in the bed of a pickup truck. Laura saved her, too. During Clancy’s first night with us, she curled up in a sleeping bag with me, and Laura and Digger were tucked away in a sleeping bag beside us so we all wouldn’t freeze to death as we endured the great Kansas City ice storm.
Playful with Laura and me, Clancy was suspicious of everybody else on the planet, ready to do battle at the drop of a Milkbone. It took her some time to figure out people were okay, and there would always be enough to eat. When she did, while still very protective of Laura and me, with the proper introduction she could make a new friend in a heartbeat. She became the most understanding and loving dog I have ever known, and she and Digger were true pals. As time went on, Digger lost his sight and Clancy became his Seeing Eye dog, carefully guiding him around the house and yard so he wouldn’t run into things or lose track of where he was. She dedicated herself to be his caretaker and when Digger died, she missed him horribly. Some time after Digger’s death, Clancy developed a tumor in her left side. The vet said it was inoperable and that there was nothing he could do. She only had a couple of months to live. Laura and I decided to get a puppy.
In many ways, the new dog was also a rescue. He was another cattle dog, a red heeler to be exact. We got him from a litter of six at nine weeks of age, and Laura named him Jethro. Neither he nor any of his siblings had been handled by people. He’d never been in a house, never been petted, never had a bath, never been loved on or tickled or played with. The result? Lots of band-aids for bleeding hands from needle-like teeth and a great deal of frustration. Then Clancy stepped in. She needed a cause, and Jethro needed a mom.
Clancy taught Jethro manners, now and then putting him on his back while she held him by the throat until he settled down. She showed him the fun of chasing a Frisbee and bringing it back for more. She civilized Jethro and, nearly a year later when her job was done, Clancy gave into the mass growing in her side. We had no choice but to put her down. It was one of the saddest days of my life. But, Jethro took over.
Jethro is quite large for a cattle dog, nearly as big as a German Shepard. He’s never met a stranger, has a tail that can clear a coffee table in one swipe, and is one of those dogs who will put a foot on your knee, while you’re sitting in a chair, and stare at you, trying his best to get inside your head.
Recently a friend came to visit us for a few days. Brenda has been our pal for thirty years or more and wanted to bring her new dog with her, a six-month old crossbred Boxer who Brenda had just found at a no-kill shelter. The dog, Tonks, had been in a kennel since she was just a puppy. But, she and Jethro met and became immediate friends, playing together and such...until Tonks would get a little too rough. At those moments, Jethro would gently settle her down before resuming their activities.
As I watched the two of them play, it occurred to me that there were actually three dogs in the room.
Through Jethro, Clancy was patiently teaching Tonks how to behave with both love and discipline. It was truly wonderful to feel her again.
Trail series Updates:
Dakota Trail AUDIO update: On June 23rd, David started recording DAKOTA TRAIL. It's going to be a slow process, though. Marion's and Homer's voices play havoc on David's throat. (We reckon Marion and Homer just wants to keep David challenged.) But, David is a tough ol' bird and has gotten about 1/4th of it recorded.
As far as the 10th book in the TRAIL series goes...well, it now has a possible title that we aren't ready to reveal yet. AND, the word count is now up to 27,883. (That's 18 chapters!)
We still can't give you a release date. Between needing to do more research and David's struggle with his new medications, things have slowed down. However, the doctors have said that the side effects will lessen in the next month or so. After that, David and the boys should be able to hit the trail hard.
We sure do want to thank everyone for being so patient and understanding while David is working through his health issues. All the kind words and encouragement has helped so much. Thank you.
Dakota Trail, the ebook,...
now available at most major distributors!
Marion, Homer, and Ruben are dispatched to Sioux Falls in the Dakota Territory to investigate the disappearance of another Federal Marshal, James Jacklin. While trying to gather information on Marshal Jacklin, the men come face to face with an entirely new situation that might be related…the kidnapping, selling, and forced prostitution of young Chinese girls. With the support of a determined and wealthy woman, the boys set out to find Marshal James Jacklin and to investigate a brutal market of slavery. Saddle up and join the marshals as they take to the Dakota Trail.
Here's the Amazon link to Dakota Trail:
We named the channel David R Lewis. So, you can just type in David's name, and the YouTube search engine will pull it up, or you can click on any of the links below.
AND, HERE'S A DIRECT LINK!
The Crockett Series
The CROCKETT series:
Remember: eBook #1 of the CROCKETT series, FEAR OF THE FATHER, is still free everywhere. Here's the links:
As we have mentioned, David has written a total of 8 Crockett books. At present, all 8 have been released.
Take to the TRAIL
DEER RUN TRAIL is free on Amazon and other distribution sites in eBook format. DAKOTA TRAIL was released on April 27, 2018 That makes 9 books in the TRAIL series.
Passing that information on to all your friends would sure be appreciated. Below, we've included a few of the links.
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