Hello, my name is Bailey. I am a yellow labrador and one-half of the
writing team that produced the novel, Good Neighbours. How, you
may ask, could a dog help to write a book? I'm glad you asked because
my contribution to the novel was indispensable and great. You see, I
am a writer's dog and with that position comes certain responsibilities.
Before I go into that, I'll tell you a little bit about my writer.
She is the alpha female of the pack and I have heard her called by
many names: Beth, mom, honey, Bailey's owner, and "hey you", but
these words mean little to a labrador. I know her by her scent which is
an admirable mixture of cooking smells, tea, perfume that smells of
summer flowers, soap, and those funny wintergreen sweets that I
hear her crunching on as she works. And so in these articles I will call
I love Wintergreen just as I love Strong Coffee (the alpha male), Sweaty Athletic Trainers (the female cub) and Orange Juice (the male cub). Together we are a close and happy pack and we live in a house near many fine parks and woods where I can run around and smell things.
But writing requires a lot of time spent indoors and for humans it can be an isolating pursuit. That is where I come in. When Wintergreen has packed the cubs off to school and Strong Coffee off to work, I am her main companion as she sits typing away. Throughout this series of articles I'll recount for you the time we spend together and, in doing so, give you a picture of what life is like when you're a writer's dog.
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