Wednesday, June 20, 2012

A Boy and His Dog


I have a constant writing companion who keeps me in the present, offers positive support day and night, stands by me on the good days when I’m writing like a demon and on those days where I just can’t seem to shift into gear, hangs out with me while I work, takes walks to clear my mind, licks me whenever the opportunity arises and brings toys throughout the day with the implicit contract that I will either: a) hold on to the toy while we growl at each other in a tug of war, or b) throw said toy across the room so she can hunt it down.  Yes, my writing companion is a dog.  A 1 year old English Springer Spaniel named Jazz.  She’s a happy bundle of overflowing energy in a fur coat, always up for walking, running and playing.  And to date, I have not found the bottom of her apparently infinite energy source.  I’m thinking of hooking her up to the power grid to make a few bucks off the utility.

Why Jazz?  I met her when she was a month old and already she had that crazy, creative spirit of improvisation. This girl never plans anything.  She takes live on in the present and makes it up as she goes along. Sometimes that leads to some unfortunate choices.  Besides “here Jazz,” my most frequent comment to her is “leave it.”  And to her credit, she doesn’t always listen to me.  Sometimes I want her to “leave it” because “it” is gross and nasty.  But sometimes I just don’t want the hassle -- a piece of electrical tape, a quarter of a torn up tennis ball, a snail, a clump of grass, a flower -- the list is endless.  Sure, four out of five humans think chewing on a clump of grass will lead to dirt in the mouth and muddy paws in the house. But five out of five dogs know the pure pleasure of sweet grass, musty soil and mud between the toes.

I sometimes think I may have lost my mind to bring a puppy in the house.  She requires lots of attention.  However, I also know having her around keeps my feet on the ground.  Writing can be a lonely business. A little unconditional love from Jazz goes a long way.

Richard's novel, TOXIC RELATIONSHIP, will be released by Champagne Books in August, 2012.  Follow Richard here and at his Blog www.richardhacker.wordpress.com , on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RWHacker and Twitter @Richard_Hacker


8 comments:

Big Mike said...

Curious, does she write any scenes for ya (g).

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January Bain said...

Nice!

Julie Eberhart Painter said...

Animals are wonderful inspirations. I use them in my stories and get to name them in harmony with same. We have a totally black cat now. After three golden retrievers, who never could give up the ball, we have Inkie who brings, drops and fetches. She had to remind us how to play.

Richard Hacker said...

I'm teaching her to type, but she's all paws, so I may just have to have her bark scene ideas into a recorder...

linda_rettstatt said...

My cat, Binky, isn't quite as adventurous at nine as your puppy, but she does provide companionship. She also reminds me when it's time to eat and time to hit the sack.

Liz Fountain said...

In my first novel, coming out next spring, it's the dog who really saves the world. Cuz that's what dogs do!

Richard Hacker said...

Wow, Binky's a pretty cool cat. My kitty (she died after 19 years) had one skill: she did a very good impersonation of a pillow.

Richard Hacker said...

Agreed Liz. I often am reminded to live in the present and enjoy the moment when my Jazz is around.