About The Patron Saint of Dogs & author Colleen MacDougall

About the novel:

The Patron Saint of Dogs portrays an animal rescuer named Grace who has dedicated her life to saving abused and abandoned animals — if only she could save herself.

Roaming back alleys with her canine partners-in-crime, she searches for animals to help and tries to bring justice to their abusers.

Bullied as a child, Grace prefers pets to people. She’s done with romance but isn’t short of suitors. Traumatized by tragedy and mourning the animals she can’t help, she sacrifices herself for her cause. Struggling with depression, anxiety and her impulsive nature, Grace is her own worst enemy.

When a series of dog poisonings and dognappings strikes close to home, she’ll need help to confront her toughest challenges.

But as Grace fights to save neglected animals, she’ll be forced to confront her own negligence — and the family she’s turned her back on.

(No animals are seriously harmed in the story. I can’t read that stuff or write it)

Click the links under Chapters to read the first half of this novel free before it is published

About author Colleen MacDougall and fund raising:

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 heartaches and victories I experienced on the job and trying to rescue animals are shared in this fictional tale. 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.

Colleen MacDougall lives and writes in Brampton, Ontario, Canada with her psycho Kitty and phobic golden retriever, Boxer. The Patron Saint of Dogs is a work in progress but is © Copyright protected and all rights are reserved by the author. You can contact her at thepatronsaintofdogs@gmail.com

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71 Responses to About The Patron Saint of Dogs & author Colleen MacDougall

  1. Gaia warrior on twitter. Leanneleobadger on fb says:

    This is fantastic and I gather all readers will see themselves in the character ( I certainly do) . I have been animal lover all my life and spend every day protesting and being a voice for the voiceless. My greatest achievement was last summer when I managed to rescue 2 beautiful puppy’s from Romania and bring them to the UK to live with my family and 3 cats. I wish you all the best with the rest of the novel and lots if luck for your future endeavours x

    • Thanks you so much Leanne. It is really important for me to get feedback from animal rescuers like yourself to ensure the novel honours your amazing work.

      I had no idea that you rescued two dogs from Romania, that’s awesome! They are lucky pups! Bless you!

  2. Hi there! What a great story! I wish you the best of luck! I liked your face book page and I am subscribing here as well! (I’m from twitter @markandjenna01)
    What your doing is so great!!
    ((Husky hugz frum da pack))

    “Love is being owned by a husky”

  3. Just got your twitter message! Dakota’s blog is below!

  4. I came across your blog recently (because I started posting on wordpress and you liked one of my blog posts), and I have to say that I look forward to cozy nights in bed having your story read to me just as soon as my ma gets the chance to buy your book! I love what you’re doing!!!

  5. Keep on keeping on with your beautiful work, Colleen.

    • Thank you so much for the support. And encouragement.
      Sorry I missed your comment and did not reply sooner – I thought I had replied, but sometimes my tablet says it has completed a response but cyberspace ate it!

  6. Hi Colleen
    Love what you’re doing – what a fantastic idea to help out all those poor animals in need. We recently lost one of our dogs to illness so I completely understand that you still miss your dog. Will have a read through of your work asap and let you know my thoughts. Good luck with it!

  7. genevieve says:

    I love what you are doing! I shared your work with my readers. (http://littlebuddyreviews.com/patron-saint-of-dogs/) I look forward to finishing the book 🙂

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