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

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  3. Jacqueline says:

    Hié How is the book coming. I so much want to read the end…. I loved the first 14th chapters.

    • Thanks Jacqueline. I’ve been waylaid on a certain plot point that cropped up during the writing of the novel that wasn’t in the original outline. Not sure how to resolve it, so I’m praying for inspiration!

      • Jacqueline says:

        It happened to me when I wrote my novel. And I also know the blank page syndrome. I am sure your imagination will step in and we will read the full novel soon. Good luck.

  4. Carol Ryder says:

    Just connected via Linked In and took a look-sounds great. Alas, no time to read a novel; I became an attorney later in life, after years as a Wall Streeter and animal rescuer, because I couldn’t stand what I knew. Pension funds were losing lots of money due to issues with mortgage backed securities, among many other frauds. Ironically, I do foreclosure defense because I can help underdogs and pay the bills.

    However, I love helping the ultimate underdogs, animals, and others who are underdogs and have pets, Therapy Animals and Service Animals (three different categories, legally). This includes disabled, discrimination victims, esp with companies such as Verizon, older folks, and veterans/service members.

    Thus, having said all this, I fully understand the costs of wanting to help any way I can. However, I know I must avoid looking at the animals’ faces since it keeps me up nights, then my day is not as productive, and I have 2 jobs (paying cases and animal law work), and distracts me from the goal of attacking abuse at its core. This means laws and enforcement of laws, and working with folks who provide synergy and support, such as anthro-zoologists (human/animal connection) who attack the issues a slightly different way, and, of course, direct rescuers who join with our legal work on top of directly handling the horrors of saving individual animals. We know this is especially tough caring for the half-dead ones that come to them from abuse and/or neglect, including the losers in animal fights and/or discarded bait dogs.

    We get a lot of those from an area that has become animal fighting/drugs/guns/gangs central. It has a lot of empty homes from foreclosures AND lots of empty space, woods, marshes-great places to stash contraband and dump dogs when they are done with them. We all support lawmakers and/or those who are potential lawmakers, running for office, who walk the walk with animal law, support bills and even write them, getting on lawmakers’ tails, working to get enforcement, a big issue even if we had great animal laws, and getting animal rescuers to band together to do all of the above.

    So, I can fully understand wanting to save every single one that comes into my hands, and thus, automatically into my heart, no matter what the “cost”. Only keeping my head together by sticking with the law and supporting direct-rescuer saves me.

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    • Patron Saint,
      Thank you for your kind words u left 4 me on April 24, 2014. I’m getting closer to the truth but as patience, temperance, dedication to seek justice not just 4 (changing his name) aka ♡Beau (protecting his identity)♡I’ll c how to edit my 1st writing.
      How’s the novel coming along? Are you almost done w/ it? I am waiting for so much to calm down before I can really try 2 relax & focus on a good book.
      ☆Happy Memorial Day everyone!!☆

  6. I found you on Twitter & asked to follow you. You accepted. I felt a kinship in your passion & dedication in saving all abused animals & our commonality in putting their needs before our own even our own safety at times just to get that dog, cat or any animal away from that p.o.s. abuser following up to bring them to the highest power to be punished. I’m so heart broken over so many recent unneeded murders by the high kill shelters that I openly embrace in reading your book. I’m looking forward to the day where I myself can be blessed by an angel who is willing to help me w/ a new home & sum land to open a dog/cat animal sanctuary. This no these animals far & wide are my hearts desire and passion beyond the love for them all. I myself adopted 1 dog last Nov/Dec 2013 from dying that night in Nov 2013 Ollie is his name. He’s a yellow lab who is the most angelic mannered boy I’ve been told. He was in San Antonio Texas shelter SAPA and thru the transport company paws & tails project in SA. TX their volunteer drivers free of cost started his journey here to boise idaho to me. His adoption paperwork was all with Ollie in transport but once he got to Colorado springs, Colorado was the last communication from Ray wager I had ever received about my Ollie. Sapa paws & tails project SA Texas even all the volunteer drivers and the last known place Ollie was dropped off at in Colorado have all blocked me off fb so I have no idea where my Ollie is at or who has my fur baby. I still to this day am looking for him & will never give up on bringing Ollie home. I’ll never rest until I get to put my arms around him to hugv& kiss my Ollie.
    Thank you for your book.

  7. Just popping by to say Happy Valentines day!
    ღღ Husky hugz ღ ღ

    frum your pals at love is being owned by a husky

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