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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Cousin Lucie

I have a niece...or, more accurately, FrankieBernard has a first cousin named Lucie. And, like my bright-eyed beloved brainiac of a Basset, this equally as smart mostly Rhodesian Ridgeback mixed-breed has written a book. In fact, it is a diary, entitled Lucie's Letters: Diary of a Rescue Puppy, with help from her human companion, Linda Uzelac.

Let me explain...

Linda and I have been such close friends since we met on the first day of college, all these so many years ago, that we are practically like sisters. We are very much alike in spirit, heart, and mind. We even, as the urban legend goes, share common ancestors; so we are, in fact, related. And just like sisters who are also close friends, we share the same interests, which include our great general love for animals and, more specifically, dogs.

However, I never would have thought throughout all these years that Linda and her husband, while enamored of my dog, would actually parent one themselves until I got a phone call a little more than three years ago to tell me that they had adopted a rescue puppy—Lucie. I was shocked, surprised, and more than well-pleased! If there is, was a more loving home to take in a rescue pet than the Uzelac's...well, I'll eat three of Frankie's favorite gravy biscuits!

Lucie, indeed, who was a stray literally picked up off the streets of a large city by a friend of Linda's, has more than just a few stories to tell. And she does tell them—with great, unabashed wit and humor in her diary, the first volume of a three-book series. Number two about the "teenage years" is due to be released, hopefully, in time for holiday gift-giving, if not shortly thereafter. Not only is this dog bright, she is also prolific! 

Now available as an ebook on both www.amazon.com and Barnes and Noble (www.bn.com) I downloaded a copy of the first of Lucie's Letters onto my HD ereader last week and spent a most delightful evening "visiting" with my dear friend and her cherished canine companion as Lucie tells her tails, er, tales about life as a rescued dog.

I laughed and I cried as I read Lucie's words out loud to FrankieB sitting attentively next to me. He howled, snorted, and slobbered—which, needless to say, resulted in having to frequently wipe off my device. But we just could not stop reading until the very tail, er, tale end. It is, as my hound barked to me later, a virtual happy romp that depicts from Lucie's point of view her antics, her "difficult" training, her various "jobs" helping her "Dad" around the house, and, of course, her devotion to her "Mom" who has so patiently and lovingly listened to Lucie and skillfully “edited” her words.

This semi-fictional "autobiographical" account of a dog's early years is a charming, heartwarming, clever endeavor...a "must have, must read" that should be adopted, along with its two equally entertaining successors, into the home of every dog-loving family.
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June J. McInerney, the host of this Literary Blog, is an author, poet, and librettist. Her currently published works include a novel, a book of spiritual inspirations, two volumes of poetry, stories for children (of all ages) and a variety of children's musicals. Her titles include:
Miss Elmira's Secret Treasure: A Novel of Phoenixville during the Early 1900s
Colonial Theatre: A Novel of Phoenixville during the Roarin' 20s 
Phoenix Hose, Hook & Ladder: A Novel of Phoenixville during World War I
Columbia Hotel: A Novel of Phoenixville during the Early 1900s
the Schuylkill Monster: A Novel of Phoenixville in 1978
The Prisoner's Portrait: A Novel of Phoenxville during World War II
Rainbow in the Sky
Meditations for New Members

Adventures of Oreigh Ogglefont
The Basset Chronicles.
Cats of Nine Tales
Spinach Water: A Collection of Poems
Exodus Ending: A Collection of More Spiritual Poems

We Three Kings

Beauty and the Beast


Noah's Rainbow

Peter, Wolf, and Red Riding Hood



Originally from the New York metropolitan area, June currently lives near Valley Forge Park in Pennsylvania with her constant and loving companions, FrankieBernard and Sebastian Cat. She is currently working on her sixth novel.

June's novels can be purchased at amazon.com, through Barnes and Noble,
at the Historical Society of the Phoenixville Area,
the Gateway Pharmacy in Phoenixvile, PA

For more information about her musicals, which are also available on amazon.com,