If you all remember I had spoken about how Gary’s dog Penny inspired me by planting a story idea in my mind. I have started working on that story and have written several chapters. I have managed to nail down the pampered cat’s voice (hopefully, I have got it right). The cat’s parts were not too difficult to write. I have named the cat Brunella.
Now I need to start working on the chapters which feature the dogs. This is where the difficult part starts. I am petrified of dogs. If I see a dog, even a tiny pup, I start running like an Olympic medallist. To counter my lack of knowledge about dogs, I am studying dogs from the safety of my car. As my book is about street dogs, every time I see the street dogs my nose is pressed to the car window. I am studying their body language, how they interact with each other, how they bark etc.
I had planned the book title as ‘It’s a dog’s life.’ Then I thought of ‘Doggy Days’. Which do you all think is better? Or perhaps you have a better title in mind.
Now, I need a favour from you all. Do you all have any tips for me regarding a dog’s behaviour, mannerisms, etc? Any books I can use as reference? Any dog names that you can suggest? Remember, these are all street dogs. So they will be rough and tough, both in looks and behaviour. Any help is welcome.
Pictures Courtesy- Birgitte Necessary. Both the pictures are of her pets.
P.S. I didn't want to put any street dog's picture and scare you all.