About The Patron Saint of Dogs & Author Colleen MacDougall
About the novel The Patron Saint of Dogs:
What would happen to someone if she tried to save every abused or abandoned animal she met?
Plagued by a tragic past and the ones she couldn’t help, Grace is tormented by her rescue work and psychotic cat. Sacrificing herself personally and professionally for those who cannot help themselves, she battles depression and anxiety over every lost cause.
When a string of dog poisonings and dognappings shakes the city, she’ll need the help of a building full of eccentric seniors to confront some of her toughest challenges. But as Grace fights society’s apathy towards abandoned pets, she must confront her own negligence closer to home. The novel is a fast paced adventure, a drama and a dark comedy.
I PROMISE no animals are seriously harmed in the story. I can’t read that stuff or write it!
About the author, Colleen MacDougall:
I’ve dreamed of being a superhero – Animal Avenger! – who rescues dogs and cats and brings justice to those who do them wrong, but I don’t know if I could handle the tragedies.
Which made me wonder: what would happen to a soft-hearted soul like myself if she was obsessed with saving every abused or abandoned animal she met but knew she couldn’t? Would she still try to make a difference, or would she be haunted by the ones she couldn’t save?
That dream inspired this novel. I spent 11 years as a dogwalker (see avatar and cover) and learned a lot about pets and their people along the way. Many of the animals I knew, loved and tried to help — and their true stories — are included in the novel. Some of the encounters, conflicts, heartaches and victories I experienced on the job and trying to rescue animals are shared in this fictional tale. The character Jules is inspired by my dearly departed dog, and Psycho is based on my hellion of a cat. See my slideshow, Dogs and Cats We Love, to view their pictures.
Writing this novel is my way of saving as many animals as I can in the real world. The Patron Saint of Dogs is dedicated to raising awareness and funds for homeless animals. Enlightening without being preachy, once published, a portion of every sale will be donated to rescue groups and shelters in Canada and around the world. See my page — A Promise – above for details. You can also follow me on Twitter @PatronSaintDogs
The first half of The Patron Saint of Dogs will be available for your reading pleasure free of charge on this website. Once completed and published, donations will be made from all royalties earned to help animal rescue organizations.
Colleen MacDougall lives and writes in Brampton, Ontario, Canada with her psychotic kitty. The Patron Saint of Dogs is a work in progress but is © Copyright protected and all rights are reserved by the author, Colleen MacDougall. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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