It’s been a very very long year. And a long seven months since we started the Heart of Dog journey to fund Connery’s health journey.
We’ve come a long way. The book and your help with spreading the word have gotten us through consultations, testing, and finally–although we never pinpointed a diagnosis other than generalized inflammation caused by his ongoing autoimmune issues–a treatment.
The good thing is, we’ve eliminated conditions that would have been devastating prospects. The difficult news is, the expensive treatment is nearly as bad as the problem, and we’re having a very hard time walking the line between the two. I can’t say that Connery is doing well; he’s clearly not thriving. But I can say that he’s in less pain, and he’s cheerful.
It really sucks when an author has to wait a year to be paid for her work. It sucks even more when a pattern of such delays add up to create the death of a thousand financial cuts…and when the little person who takes the brunt of that is a dog of huge heart and terrible luck.
But it’s a privilege to be part of a community that’s done so much to help me spread the word about Connery’s anthology. The truth is, I’m terribly proud to have such a stellar collection of stories donated to Connery’s welfare; it’s more than a book to help a dog, it’s a collection of stories that deserve to be read. (I get to say that, because there are so many stories that aren’t mine!)
Because you’ve all been such a big part of this, it’s time for an overall update. His timeline is below, with the newest entries at the top. This timeline is also always available at his Update Page. And if that all looks a little overwhelming, the gist of it is…we’ve gained some ground, we’ve lost some ground, and we’re still trying to make things right.
(I had all the progress notes here, but some folks were having issues with the site, so I removed the notes in case there was some silly leftover code from when I snatched it from my web site. They’re HERE, though.)
Sixteen stories, award-winning authors, and help for a sick dog…
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Award-winning author Doranna Durgin has over 30 published novels and another 19 short pieces. Now her dog-themed stories are collected in THE HEART OF DOG, along with those by other award-winning authors: Jeffrey Carver, Julie Czerneda, Tanya Huff, John Mierau, Fiona Patton, Jennifer Roberson, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, & John Zakour.
“If you’ve ever loved a dog, you will love this book…”
~The Book Faerie
I’ve had “Heart of Dog” almost since the day you announced its presence in ebook form, and just today I really looked, for the first time, at the cover. I’d always thought it was a dog with ears like a Papillon, and I just today figured out what the photo really was.
What kind of hound is it?
I wasn’t going for breed with that cover, but for the feeling of it. 8) It would be a Beagle, if I had a choice! We pondered putting Connery on the cover, and maybe we should have–I have a ton of great photos of him–but thought it unbalance things; I really want people to enjoy this book for what it is, as well as what it does…
As far as I can tell, that’s an American Bulldog. 8)