I don’t know if dogs have some magical power or something, but I was diagnosed with MS right after I got my Westie, Macdudly. And what that dog was and did for me during those first few months of crap… Yeah, he might not have been magic, but sure he was special.
My Irish Dog by Douglas Solvie released in March in the Suspense (Psychological) genre.
Spencer held on to the faintest of hope, but still he knew the trip to Ireland had almost no prospect of remedying his internal dilemma. Then again, he never imagined that a chance meeting with a lost and dying dog named Shandy would change his life forever.
Step into the small Irish village of Galbally, where the unwitting Spencer stumbles headfirst into a parallel world that will test his will, sanity, and even physical well-being.
Time and promise are running out. Will unnatural forces and events scare Spencer away before he can connect again with the mysterious dog? Will he find his way forward before Shandy meets her inevitable fate? Or will suspicious locals and a nefarious Dublin innkeeper force Spencer from the village before he completes his life-altering mission?
Follow Spencer as he races to save a little Irish dog named Shandy. If he only realized that it is Shandy who is trying to save him…
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“You should not be here,” said the old man.
“What? What do you mean?”
“You should not be here,” the man repeated without the slightest emotion.
“What are you talking about? The sign over there clearly says that public fishing is allowed here.” Spencer set his fishing rod on the ground and pointed in the direction of village, not remembering exactly where he had read the information.
He studied the odd fellow. The man wore an old woolen trench coat that hung to the top of his thighs, and underneath a tattered brown sweater. Rubber boots extended to his knees, the kind of boots a farmer trudging through the mud would wear. His beard was an unruly mess of gray whiskers that encompassed the lower half of his weather-beaten face, and on his head sat a tweed cap. Everything about him was dirty and unkempt.
His dog didn’t look much better.
The man spoke again. “Everything you say is nothing. Everything you think is nothing. Everything you believe is nothing. You are just a bystander; you are just a voyeur. You do not belong. You must leave.”
Spencer took a quick look around the area, thinking this crazy man’s caretaker surely would soon be coming to the rescue. “What are you talking about, old man? Do you know me? What do you mean I must leave? You mean I must leave this area, this village? Why?”
“Can’t you see that it resides around you? It is there around you and inside you. It is shallow, and ugly, and hollow. You must leave.”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
My Irish Dog is the debut novel by Douglas Solvie and was motivated by a trip taken to Ireland and the chance discovery of a lost dog there. After spending most of his adult life living and working in Japan, Douglas is currently living in his home state of Montana. He hopes to make a new career out of writing and to travel the world, looking for inspiration for that next book, perhaps another set in beautiful Ireland. My Irish Dog is, after all, a story with a lot of unanswered questions.
Does Shandy represent something? Is there some hidden meaning to her existence and her role in Spencer’s life?
My Irish Dog is a dog story, but it’s really not, or maybe it is. Perhaps it depends on your perspective. The true premise of the story is about the protagonist, Spencer, and his fight with mental and emotional distress, with a life that has no meaning for him. He is a man who simply cannot figure himself out, no matter what he does or how hard he tries.
So he takes a trip to Ireland, hoping it will give him some insight, but really knowing it likely won’t. That is until a dog enters his life. In the beginning, the dog (her name is Shandy) seems to be like any other dog, just an animal that appears unexpectedly. And that is all she is to Spencer, at least in the moment, but he soon decides that perhaps fate is involved (or at least he forces himself to believe such).
Does Shandy represent something? Is there some hidden meaning to her existence and her role in Spencer’s life? Many people will tell you that a dog can change someone’s life, sometimes in the subtlest of ways. In Shandy’s case she plays a role she was meant to fulfill, sent by otherworldly forces or by we don’t know what. But she is most definitely sent to help Spencer, to help him find himself.
As the novel progresses, this is never clear to the reader and certainly not clear to Spencer. Still, he holds to his belief, hoping this dog that has come into his life, in the most implausible of circumstances, for a reason. Shandy does not directly solve Spencer’s internal turmoil (how could she?), but she is a messenger and a catalyst of sorts. She purposely keeps Spencer in a small village until he finally receives the epiphany for which he has been searching his entire life.
Perhaps the most important element Spencer learns from Shandy is how to force change and how to love and care, to love and care so much that he’s willing to face almost any obstacle. In the end perhaps it is Spencer’s relationship with Shandy that allows him to finally recognize that life can be sweet, if one lets himself free from the demons and other negative thoughts that can destroy lives.
This post is part of a Tour. The tour dates can be found here: https://goddessfishpromotions.blogspot.com/2020/04/nbtm-tour-my-irish-dog-by-douglas-solvie.html
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