In the words of one of America’s bestselling novelist’s, Agnes Sligh Turnbull… “a dog’s life is very short, their only fault, really.”
I was saddened by the passing of Legends Aussies’ Shopes Goodnight Bandit. The dog for whom I’ve based the hero of the book. Bandit’s official registered name is: HOF VCH WTCH CH Shopes Goodnight Bandit CDX RTDsc HAs HXd.
If you know anything about dog titles there is very little that Bandit hadn’t done. As I began putting together the story of Bandit and the Wolf, I took great inspiration from my friends Judie and Walt Manual who own Bandit’s champion son, “Warner” who is also known as CKC CH Legends Be Forewarned CD STDc OTDds DNA-VP. Besides being a full fledged working dog, Warner has followed along in his father’s footsteps on the road to fame. And Warner’s daughter, Amistad’s Falen, is growing up to be ever as great as her ‘old men.’ In fact, because of her very special place in my heart and the hearts of my family, Falen plays a supporting role in Down from the Mountain as well.
With all their greatness and acclaim, just as Ms. Turnbull said “A dog’s life is short,” which is too true and too sad, actually. Just when they get us nearly fully trained, they’re called home again to be fully reunited with the 'Spirit of the Day and Night.'
Many of our beloved family pets’ lives are shortened by cancer. It runs as rampant in dogs as it is does among humans, and that’s why we are planning to donate a portion of the profits from the sale of the books to TWO very worthwhile organizations. One is dedicated to researching and eradicating cancer in animals...the National Canine Cancer Foundation. And the other organization, Australian Shepherd Health & Genetics Institute, dedicated to the increase and diffusion of knowledge of genetics in the Australian Shepherd, and the inherited diseases to which it sometimes suffers.
I wish a single book’s profits could eradicate cancer and other inherited diseases in animals, but I am reminded, that nothing can be done overnight. But every little effort takes us forward. Slow and steady wins the race, isn’t that right?