The Dogs of Sherburne : A Great American Dog NOvel by author Tom Mody

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Meet the Dogs of Sherburne
dog Dallasdog Sugardog Scooter
dog Laddiedog Scampdog Sam
dog Hobiedog Generaldog Brandi
dogs Tuffy & Mitsy

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Tom Mody
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Was there a big bay window, Dallas' tower balcony?

Absolutely! Much of his day indoors was spent up there and he was noted among the village for it. He could see everything that took place in Gaines Park and daily would go off in some rant over the people and animals passing by his domain. I don't remember how he first got up there but my fictional account seems plausable.



Was the account of Dallas' first run of freedom accuarte?

No, it was all fiction. I don't know how he evolved from puppy on a leash to a free roamin' dog. As stated, I'm sure it was lazyness on leashing him which probably allowed him such freedom. It was remamrkable how these dogs never got seriously hurt crossing the road and they all could navigate around the village safely. A memorable segment of his escape involved my father kicking the door and damaging it during a moment of displeasure with me. That was a real incident but it didn't occur until I was a teenager. The door never did fuction correctly after that incident.


Did Dallas really tackle Big Lew running for a touchdown?

Yes. That happened when we were very young boys. At least I remember it. I thought that would be a nice finish to his first day of freedom. The time line worked.


Authors Notes:

Though it was never mentioned, Big Lew and Lew were my cousins. I didn't create any fictional friends in the book and tried to use their defining nick-names when possible. Both my cousins probably went by the name Lew so I chose Big Lew for the oldest.

Also of note was the back story on the immigrants living in the "quarter" and how their offspring prospered at one time and moved to bigger homes. The early 70's saw some big leaps for the American Dream among the quarter's next generation including my family, Steven(Abby) and Kyle & Shane (the Lewis').




Was Sherburne really on fire?

It was on our side of the street! The story about setting up the artificial tree and the odd smell was how I remember it. And yes, the row of businesses on East State Street were on fire and all the details about the fire were true.

Did Dallas and Sugar meet and fight at the fire?

Not that I was aware. I don't even know if either dog was even there.


How accurate is the encounter of Sugar finding Master Mark?

Just go to the Meet Sugar section of this web site and read the account in Mark's words.


Please tell me Dallas didn't piss on Quinn's fruit for customers.

Oh, yes he did. Every time he passed the place.


Did Dallas really run around the village in a Superman shirt and cape?

That was all true to the point of me letting him out of the house. What he did from there we'll just have to believe from his heavenly revelation. I did eventually go out a find him all wet and capeless.


Authors Notes:

I can't begin to tell you of the villages love of the Sherburne News. Sadly, much of the paper was modernized a few years back. How we miss the blury pictures and crooked type but the wholesome updates about the surrounding town activities will amuse any college city kid jaded by the negative content of city newspapers.

Captain and Cappy were brothers and good friends. I've yet to show them their mentions in this book but as painful as the fights between them were, they'll probbaly get a barrel of laughs over it now.