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Thursday, November 14, 2013
1:19 pm est
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.
J. McInerney, the host of this Literary Blog, is
an author, poet, and librettist. Her currenty published works include a novel, a book of spiritual inspirations,
volumes of poetry, stories
for children (of all ages) and
a variety of children's musicals. Her titles include:
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
of Oreigh Ogglefont
The Basset Chronicles.
Cats of Nine Tales
Water: A Collection of Poems
Exodus Ending: A
Collection of More Spiritual Poems
We Three Kings
Beauty and the Beast
Peter, Wolf, and Red Riding
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 fourth novel.