Eclipse, the bus-riding dog, died in October 2022. Here are some memories of my visit with her.
The inspiration for book topics can come in surprising ways. When U.S. Navy Seals Team Six killed El Quida leader Osama bin Laden, the crew included a military working dog. When people learned a dog was involved in the raid, they wanted to learn everything about it–what breed, gender, and what work such dogs do.
Author Dorothy Patent and photographer Bill Muñoz follow golden retriever Irah as he learns how to be a service dog and then a Guide Dog for the Blind.
Dogs and people work together to achieve many different goals using the dog’s amazing sense of smell. They find trapped earthquake and avalanche victims, stashes of dangerous drugs, nasty invasive weeds, and more.
Learn how humans developed different kinds of dogs for different jobs, how dog and human brains and hormones work together to bond us, and how new helpful jobs for dogs have come about.
I recently made an appearance at the beautiful new Billings, Montana, public library to talk about the dog books I’ve written for children. The first, “Maggie: A Sheep Dog,” about a sheep guard dog, came out in 1986, and my next book, “Dog on Board: The True Story of Eclipse …
The American Kennel Club website can be a great resource for dog lovers. If you’re like me, you mainly think of the club in terms of dog shows and breed requirements, but the site offers so much more than information about shows and pedigree registration. Here’s a sample of the …