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Working Dog: Rise of the Riesenschnauzer


Photo courtesy of workingdog magazine. STL Joseph Garcia and one of his working dogs. STL stands for Special Team Leader.

When Pat designed our website, she said I could have my own blog. I did post a few articles, but being Darcy’s canine sidekick is a full-time job. And life is about to become really hectic as Pat, Darcy, and I embark on a new adventure in CLON-X—book four in the Darcy McClain and Bullet Thriller Series. I’m still trying to catch my breath from Genocide, and here we are—off again.

I’m writing today’s post to dispel the idea that I’m starring in a cozy mystery series. Some prospective readers thought, “Dog on the cover—cozy.” I love a good cozy, but the only time I’m cozy is at night when I want to hog the bed or if I need attention. Then I’ll cozy on up to you. That said, when you think GIANT schnauzer, think WORKING DOG!

Most breeds were created for the express purpose of performing a specific task, which means canines are designed to have jobs, even if that job is cuddling! Since I’m a rescue and Darcy isn’t that familiar with me yet, she has no idea how talented I truly am. Only Paco, my former owner, knew I had the ability to become a great detection dog given the right handler. In CLON-X, Darcy’s best friend Sam, who has some experience in scent detection, will take my skills to the next level, helping Darcy to realize just how smart I can be…with the right handler.

I thought about doing other tasks such as service or assistance work, but I’m not patient enough. And can you imagine a giant as a guide dog? I could excel at herding, agility, or even water rescue, but I ruled them out along with being a show dog. My real interest lies in detection. Training for search and rescue piqued my interest, and I can certainly imagine myself tracking a missing person—picking up a human scent, sniffing the air as well as the ground, following the person through the wilderness, braving hazardous weather, swimming through debris-infested water… Sorry, I digress. With my keen sense of smell, I can definitely see myself as a detection dog, especially a cadaver detection dog.

So while Pat and Darcy work on plot points, I’m dividing my time between reading workingdog magazine and watching videos of STL Joseph Garcia train his Riesenschnauzers. Rise of the Riesenschnauzer. Love it. Check out this link to see what real working dogs look like: https://www.facebook.com/STL-Joseph-Garcia-393921155117/

These days, my favorite motto is: Throw me to the wolves and I’ll come back leading the pack—Sinead Imbaro: https://www.facebook.com/SineadImbaro

Now that I’ve explained what a working dog is, let’s tackle BBD. Black dog syndrome, or big black dog syndrome, is a disputed phenomenon in which black dogs are typically passed over by adopters in favor of lighter-colored animals. I’ll tackle BBD in a lighthearted way in next week’s post via a guest spot by Emily Bruer.

Next week: Black Dogs.



A Southwest Glossary: Geographical Terms M to T

In Spanish, the word means “table.” A mesa is an elevated area of land with a flat top and steep slides. Mesas rise sharply above the surrounding landscape, and the top of the hill is usually capped by a rock formation. Photo: Abiquiú, New Mexico.

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Nancy Hilgert Fine Art

As far back as 2014, when Fiona Raven and I began working on the cover design for Brainwash, I entertained the idea of replacing the iStock images of Darcy and Bullet with artist-drawn ones, with the notion that one day I might decide to trademark them. Continue reading