Friday, March 27, 2015

Just a pinch of murder! ASSAULT AND PEPPER #bookgiveaway

By Sam, known to his sisters as Win and to his mama as Winfield Robinson III, from the Spice Shop Mysteries by Leslie Budewitz

ASSAULT AND PEPPER, March 2015

This dog and me, we been together a good while now. Not exactly sure what he is—some folks say Airedale terrier, but that don’t mean much to me. I just call him a mutt. He looks like that dog in the Little Orphan Annie comic strip. You remember that? Nah, you’re too young. These days, you’re all too young.

That’s one reason why I like dogs. They don’t care if you remember summit or not, if you talk proper, if you’re following the rules. They just want eat, drink, poop, and be petted. Can’t beat that, now, can you?

I like living in the Market. Best part of Seattle, you ask me—not that anyone does. I hear the Spice Shop’s got a new owner. Hope she don’t try to run me off. I never pester nobody. The dog and me, we just like to hang out, and if folks want to give us something, we don’t say no. I like that corner, there where Pine Street runs down the hill into Pike Place. Nice view, nicest people. Officially, they say no dogs in the Market, but I ‘spect they’re just coverin’ their backsides in case of trouble happening. Nobody ever looked this dog in the eye and say nothing but how do there, that be a fine-lookin’ dog, he one of them Airedale terriers, what’s his name?

His name’s Arf. That be the name of the pup my daddy brought home for my sisters and me some sixty years ago, and I been wantin’ another dog a that name ever since. And now I got me one.

Life is good.

Do you have a favorite breed of dog? Or is a mutt the king of terriers in your book? 

Leave a comment and your email address by midnight Saturday, March 28 to be entered for a chance to win a signed copy of ASSAULT AND PEPPER!

 #bookgiveaway #mystery #cozy mystery 

Leslie Budewitz is the national best-selling author of DEATH AL DENTE, first in the Food Lovers' Village Mysteries set in northwest Montana, and winner of the 2013 Agatha Award for Best First Novel, and the sequel, CRIME RIB (2014), from Berkley Prime Crime. ASSAULT & PEPPER, first in her Seattle Spice Shop Mysteries will debut in March 2015.

Leslie is the first author to win Agatha Awards for both fiction and nonfiction. For more tales of life in the wilds of northwest Montana, and bonus recipes, visit her website and subscribe to her newsletter. Find her on Facebook  or on Twitter.

111 comments:

  1. The dog in my life is a Border Collie mix. Lots of energy and we are ready to get back in the walking habit. It's been too cold here in Northern Indiana for long walks or even playing in the yard. At least the snow has disappeared. I also have a cat that gets along great with the dog. They don't cuddle, but they do sleep together. Looking forward to reading the Spice Shop book.

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    1. oops at 2:30 a.m and I forgot my email lizstraw at sbcglobal dot net

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    2. Oh, Liz, love those Border collies! We had two -- littermates. Their best qualities were their loyalty, their intelligence, and their energy. Their worst qualities? Their loyalty, their intelligence, and their energy! Have fun walking!

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  2. The fur baby in my life right now is a Maltipoo which is a crossbreed (Maltese and Poodle). She is friendly, playful, and enjoys walks. She even has a toy collection, and she is always delighted to add to her toys.

    Assault and Pepper sounds like an excellent book. I am looking forward to reading it. Thank you for the giveaway.

    myrifraf(at)gmail(dot)com

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  3. Our Pep the Pug of course. He's an old guy now - 12 - with arthritis and vision loss, but still a loyal, lovable sweetie. And as neurotic as ever.
    sallycootie@gmail.com

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  4. My current dog is a husky shepherd mix ! I prefer mutts all but one of the dogs I have had in my life where mutts! ! I would love to read this book! Thanks for the chance!
    edtercross7304@yahoo.com

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    1. Isn't it funny how that muttness seems to create such sweetness? We had a dog who was probably half Retriever, half Samoyed -- we called her a Remoyed -- and oh, such love!

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  5. I always like cocker spaniels until we had a Sammy. Now that's my favorite. grammyd01@comcast.net

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    1. Plus all the birds in the neighborhood can feather their nests with his fur!

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  6. We had a beagle who lived for 18 glorious years—I will always have a soft spot for beagles!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

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    1. Eighteen? Wow -- you must be great dog parents! My first pup was half beagle, half basset -- we called her a bagel!

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  7. We don't currently have a dog in our family (our cat is too territorial to allow it!), but my favorite breed is the Boston Terrier.
    eeyoregirl2009 AT aol DOT com

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    1. They are cute, aren't they? And boy, can I relate about the cat!

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    1. And do you have the sheep to go with it? :)

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    2. And do you have the sheep to go with it? :)

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  9. We don't have a dog right now. Our fur baby is a cat. But I used to have a wonderful cute little mutt!

    sharonbabyme@yahoo.com

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    1. Nice to be able to get a little dog love on the page, isn't it?

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  10. I love dogs of all kinds. Mutts, purebred, big and small. I do have a certain fondness for minature schnauzers. We have an older on named Pepper. We lost her best buddy and my sweetheart - Hannity about a year ago. So we got Max who is a Pomeranian and he has become my best friend. We also have a schnorky - schnauzer/yorki mixed. We rescued him - we are his 3rd family and I'm determined to love him into being a good dog. He's very sweet and he's very cute, but he just can't seem to help getting into trouble. bevarcher AT me DOT com

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    1. Sounds like a full house! So sorry about Hannity; our little friends leave such big holes when they go. Good luck with the schnorky! (I love saying that word)

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  11. We don't have any pets right now.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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  12. Our dog is a Corgi Mix rescue who stole my heart. She's very smart and funny. scesjps@yahoo.com

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    1. And does your Corgi think she's a big dog? I love their bright spirits!

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  13. No pets at this time, although we did have 2 dogs and 1 cat while growing up in the 40s/50s and many cats in the 60s-80s.
    kpbarnett1941[at]aol.com

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    1. Fictional pets are great -- you never have to walk or feed them, or clean their box, and you can pick them up to play any time!

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  14. I love mutts! My dogs have always been rescues, so, if they were purebreds, I didn't know (or care). patucker54 (at aol dot com)

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    1. Isn't it great to see the growth of rescue operations, beyond the local animal shelters, in recent years, to keep these critters safe?

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  15. I love all dogs, but Pembroke Welsh Corgis hold a very special place in my heart. We've had the pleasure of sharing our lives with three so far, and they are treasured. dmskrug3(at)hotmail(dot)com.

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    1. Daniele, you've found true love! I know one Corgi fairly well -- what lively spirits they have!

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    2. Daniele, you've found true love! I know one Corgi fairly well -- what lively spirits they have!

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  16. A small mix who is smart and a sweetheart who was obtained from Lap Dog Rescue. love him to bits. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  17. When we were growing up we had an adorable dog, a farm dog, who lived 18 years. Ginger was a loved dog, short, and lively. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  18. Ginger -- the perfect name for a Spice Shop dog!

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  19. I don't have a dog, but I think pedigree or mutt can be a great family member.

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    1. You're right -- no matter who or what they are, they become part of the family!

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  20. I fell in love with beagles 40 years ago and have had beagles ever since. Right now the two loves of my life are Angie and Benton.
    Thanks for the contest.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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    1. Forty Years of Beagles -- great title for a book!

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  21. I fell in love with the breed Japanese Chin 20 years ago. We got a female Chin for our first one when he was older and although he had health issues, he rallied for her for another year. Then because she was saddened by the loss of her mate, we got another male Chin to keep her company. Then a year later, we adopted another young male Chin just because. The female passed away recently, but we still have the two males, now aged 10 and 9. They really are a fun and loving breed. Kuzlin at aol.com

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    1. Had never heard of them -- had to look them up. So cute -- impish faces! Do they shed much?

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  22. I love them all, but mutts have a special place in my heart. (But please--no yappy ones)
    libbydodd@comcast.net

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  23. We had a golden retriever, Taffy, for 11 years. He was the most gentle dog. I had never touched or held a dog before getting him ( I had been knocked over by a dog as a young child and was terribly afraid of them ) but the breeder put him in my arms when we got him and it was love at first sight. ruthmazur46@gmail.com - Ruth Lyons Mazur

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    1. Oh, Ruth -- love that! Such sweetness they can bring.

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  24. I love Pembroke Welsh Corgis. You know, like the Queen's dogs.

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    1. And they're clearly popular here today!

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  25. agavigan@cox.net
    Pembroke Welsh Corgis are the best.

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  26. He is so cute! The light of our life is a beagle--never knew how much fun she'd be. Just as mischief filled at ten as she was at one. My son loves her soft ears too. Thanks for the chance to win Assault and Pepper, I am looking forward to reading it.
    JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Ah, yes, the softness of a dog's ears -- throw blankets are nothing in comparison!

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  27. I adore my Sheltland Sheepdog, of course, I have three mutts to go with him. llcejka at gmail dot com

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    1. You just need one more for a full house -- oh, wait, add in the humans and who knows what you've got!

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  28. I have had Boston Terriers, a Basset Hound, and all around Heinz 57 mutts. They all are just as lovable whether there was a pedigree or not. It all depends on the pups personality. robeader53@yahoo.com

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    1. And haven't you found, Robin, that the rescues are sometimes the most loving? They know; they know.

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  29. We only do used dogs and our dog is call ed Poya and everyone in family, the vet and groomer all have a different ideas what she is. We are her fourth home and we love her.I want to find a French bulldog for me. Ruth Nixon ruthenixon@sbcglobal.net

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    1. "Used dogs" -- cute phrase. Our niece has a French bulldog named Nacho -- wild and fun, she is!

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  30. As to dogs I had while growing up and dogs since we have been married. I think that my two favorites for sweetness and best natured were our Scottish Terrier, Maizie, and our daughter's Siberian Husky, Picabo, that we took care of many times over the course of her lifetime of 15 years. Our Scottish Terrier got cancer and we only had her 7 years, but she was adorable. Our doxie. Gracie was so cute too but not quiet as cuddly as these other two doggies. We have also had many many cats that have been wonderful pets too. Sorry dog lovers, we share our love. :) Thank you. Cannot wait to order this book and get it read and reviewed.
    Cynthia
    ceblain(AT)tmlponline(DOT)net

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    1. Thanks, Cynthia! You know I share my love, too -- the Food Lovers' Village Mysteries feature a Burmese cat, a Scottie, and assorted others in and out, with more to come in this summer's installment, BUTTER OFF DEAD!

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  31. I like all dogs. I do not have a dog, but I have cats. Mutts are fine with me, too. But if I were to adopt a dog, it would probably be a pit bull, because they get a bad rep, and can be the sweetest things, wcich is true of most dogs.
    Your new book sounds like a great read. Thanks for the chance.
    Jen Frederick
    jen.frederick@yahoo.com

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    1. Thanks, Jen! My heart does bend for some of those hard-to-adopt breeds; the problem is more often the humans than the critters, isn't it?

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  32. It's hard to have just one favorite breed - there are so many to choose from! I guess I would pick the ones currently in residence here - Dutch Shepherd, Scottie (rescue from the local shelter) and Staffy mixes.
    I really enjoyed Assault and Pepper. I have never been to Seattle before but the description of the Market, makes it a spot on my "someday" list. From the cover, I thought Arf was a Lakeland or Welsh Terrier but his description is certainly Airedale!
    Val Rogalla - valrogalla@gmail.com

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    1. They do all look a lot alike, don't they? I met a Welsh and an Airedale on the same day last summer -- at an Arts Festival -- and only the size distinguished them. An artist in a nearby booth told me she'd had both and found them very similar in temperament as well.

      So glad you enjoyed ASSAULT & PEPPER, Val!

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  33. I don't have a favorite breed of dog, maybe just that it would be a friendly dog. I will look for you, Sam and Arf, the next time I get to Pike Place Market. I really enjoyed reading about you in the book!

    ElaineE246(at)msn(dot)com

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the book, Elaine! I can promise you, Arf plays a very important role in Book Two, GUILTY AS CINNAMON (Dec 2015).

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    2. I will be anxiously for that treat!

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  34. I have a little dachshund and she rules my world

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    1. :) They have a way of doing that, don't they!

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  35. I'm a cat person but I love Jack Russels.

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  36. Looks like great cozy mystery.

    xzjh04@ Gmail.com

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  37. I have always loved Bernese Mountain dogs and had a Bernie mix jump in the back seat of my car at a gas station years and years ago. He lived to be a month or 2 shy of 21 years, my sweet Sammie. Rufus was my service dog/partner, bestie for almost 14 years. He was a yorkie(not those tiny ones but a real one, lol) and passed last February. Now I have my sweet Tyler. He is a mutt for sure. We thought he was part schnauzer and yorkie. However his dna says a lot more, standard schnauzer, australian shepherd, long haired chihuahua, min pin, pom, and the really weird one Anatolian shepherd. I love dogs!! And Tyler is a true sweetheart mix breed!! kayt18@comcast.net

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    1. Oh, gosh -- sounds like the mix gave that Bernie a long, sweet life; I understand from friends with Berners that getting one to 10 years is a coup. Sorry about Rufus; our little friends leave such big holes when they go. But Tyler sounds like a real find!

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    2. CONGRATULATIONS, Kay! Ruff the Cat and the Random Number Generator chose you as the winner of a signed copy of ASSAULT AND PEPPER!

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  38. Ours was an insane Bichon Frise....controlled the household, had a few issues that included not liking grass but loving carpet, loving me and hating my husband.... oh well... good luck with the new series. Debra DHG@DebraHGoldstein.com

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    1. Sometimes you have to wonder what goes on in their minds!

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  39. I am rather fond of the mutt.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  40. I am a dog person who has cockatiels because I couldn't afford the monthly apartment fee for a dog. Sigh! But when I was growing up the neighbor's husky and I loved each other. He walked with me to school, later on my closest girlfriend had St. Bernards. Her little brother would pull Han's tail and he would turn around and lick all of his face! I would love a little dog but I think that Great Danes hug the best! CarolNWong(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. When I first met my husband, I had a cat who distrusted men. He pulled her tail, and she fell in love! Thanks for stopping by!

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  41. I've always loved dogs. Growing up and early in our marriage we always has rescues, primarily collie mixes. Since 2002 our home has been blessed with 4 remarkable Golden Retrievers. As wonderful as every rescue has been, none have compared in temperament to our Goldens. I can't imagine life without one now. servedogmom@yahoo.com

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    1. Four Goldens makes for a full -- but happy -- house, doesn't it? I honored a few I've known -- Louis, Otis, and others -- with Duke, in CRIME RIB.

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  42. I'm a Poodle girl. They are so sweet and loving.I have always had a Poodle and sometimes two the last 57 years. I lost my little 2 lb teacup poodle last summer and now have a black toy and white toy. My husband got me into Shitzus about 20 years and both breeds get along good. A Shitzu and Toodles!!!

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  43. Sorry forgot email
    Oneponychick66@hotmail.com

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    Oneponychick66@hotmail.com

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  45. I currently have a dachshund and bull terrier mix, and a dachshund and rottweiler mix! Both are females that I adopted after fostering them through Paws! Little Bit and Baby Girl have since re-payed me many times over with unconditional love and endless entertaining antics. They are my guardian angels and I have been SO blessed to have them in my life!

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    1. Smiling at the descriptions of those combos, and their names! A blessing indeed!

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  46. I am on my second Portuguese Water Dog. My Halla passed at 14 and my rescue Rottie Lacey the same year at 10. It nearly killed me. I now have Jayna who is 10 this Nov. And Mocha the $700designer mutt who was and is always going to be my only male dog. He is a Shit Tzu poodle cross with all the wrong parts. My little buddy who fights me for the blankets. He is 9 in May. He is also the only one I got as a puppy. The 2 Porties came to us at 2 years and Lacet was rescued at 8 months.funny I thought I would never have dogs as they terrified me, but now I canno imagine my life without them. Thank you for running this contest. Kkleeband@gmail.com

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    1. I had never heard of Portuguese Water Dogs until the Obamas got one, but gosh, they are cute. Laughing at your description of Mocha as having all the wrong parts! Such love!

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  47. I've always had a dog but now I have a person disguised as a mini schnauzer. She is so much fun and even at 10 she acts like a pup. She understands everything and is the most social animal I've ever had. She's my BFF. kphans08@gmail.com

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    1. Don;t you wish you could bottle that youthful energy? Love your description of her!

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  48. I didn't have pets until after I got married. My husband grew up with German Shepherds. Our last dog was a shepherd who loved him. Looking forward to reading this installment. cheers@marjimmanor.com

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    1. Aren't they a wonderful breed? Alas, my husband sees patients at home and German Shepherds may be too territorial for that. But a few walk regularly on the nature trail, and I love seeing them.

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  49. We have two dogs right now one is a papilion who barks all the time and a ridgeback/cathula(sp) who is hyper. The best dog I ever had was our pitbull. alh693 at att dot net

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    1. Dog love is good love! Thanks for stopping by!

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  50. We have both a rescue border collie and a Standard Schnauzer..... but we love most of them....
    afarage(at)earthlink.net

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    1. My two Border collies were my first dogs as an adult, and they will always hold a special place in my heart. Thanks for stopping by, Alicia.

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  51. I like Labs, my son has a Lab and she is just wonderful with his three children.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Around here, people refer to the black Lab as the state dog! What a special thing for kids to have a dog who loves and watches over them!

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  52. I really love Boxers because we have 6 kids and 2 grandchildren and they've always been great dogs for our family however a few years ago we adopted a Beagle and she is our special baby and so smart :)
    Lori

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    1. I've never known a Boxer up close and personal -- good to hear they're such good family dogs!

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  53. I really love mutts, mix it up!

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    1. Mutts are getting top vote here, followed by Corgis!

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  54. Don't have any dogs right now, live too close to the highway and would have to keep it penned up all the time and already had one bad experience with that. We had at one time a sheepdog who we are not sure was all sheepdog. He was a wonderful pet and basically watched out for all the animals on our farm we had.

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  55. So sorry, Nancy -- we lost two cats that way in another house -- dreadful experiences. Sounds like your sheepdog was a great guy to have around!

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  56. CONGRATULATIONS to Kay Bennett! Ruff the Cat and the Random Number Generator chose Kay as the winner of a signed copy of ASSAULT AND PEPPER!

    Thanks to all of you for participating and for sharing the stories of your four-footed loves!

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