The Island of Misfit Dogs
While researching my Rocky Mountain K9 Unit series, I was impressed with the talented, real-life K9s working alongside law enforcement officers. It’s amazing what these brave dogs can do.
Photo courtesy of the Rochester Minnesota Police K9 Unit
Here on the Island of Misfit Dogs (i.e. my house), things are…well, a bit different.
Roadie and Wiley are Australian Shepherds. Thinking that they should be allowed to do what their breed was meant to do, I signed up for herding lessons. I quickly discovered that they were not interested in herding sheep. Or goats. Or anything, really. These lessons ended when Roadie, the poster child for canine ADHD, turned away from the sheep to follow a butterfly. Not even a squirrel. A butterfly. Sigh.
Cam, on the other hand, is a Great Pyrenees/Anatolian Shepherd cross. Her ancestors were livestock guardians, bred to hang out with the flock or herd and protect the livestock from predators. At my house, as soon as the coyotes start yipping in the distance, Cam runs inside the house and hides.
It’s not as if my dogs don’t have their own talents. Wiley’s a whiz at obedience, and Roadie kicks some furry butt in agility class. Cam… Well, Cam’s really good at digging holes and taking naps and rolling around in the dirt after a bath.
Sure, they might not herd or guard or be able to detect the twenty-one components of explosives or the faintest trace of cocaine, but they’re good dogs (especially while sleeping).
The first book in my Rocky Mountain K9 Unit series
Available June 6th, 2017
He lost his mentor.
He lost his K9 partner.
He almost lost his will to live.
But when a ruthless killer targets a woman on the run, Theo and his new K9 companion will do whatever it takes to survive—and save the woman neither can live without.
Grieving the death of his partner, Theo Bosco has no room in his life for distractions. Though his instincts scream that he should avoid Juliet ‘Jules’ Jackson, he can’t seem to stay away. It doesn’t help that Theo’s new K9 companion has fallen head over paws with Jules’s rambunctious family.
Or that when he’s with her, Theo finally knows peace.
When Jules rescued her siblings, whisking them away to the safety of the beautifully rugged Colorado Rockies, she never expected to catch the eye—or the heart—of a cop. Yet as Jules struggles to fight her growing attraction to the brooding K9 officer, another threat lurks much closer to home…
And this time, there’s no escape.
“I love Ruggle’s characters. They’re sharply drawn, and vividly alive. These are wonderful escapist books.”—Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times Bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse series