A New Leash on Death by Susan Conant

By Susan Conant

Holly Winter's existence goes to the canines, yet that is simply high-quality together with her. She's a feisty, 30-something dog-lover, and her services within the breeding, education, and taking care of dogs is only one of her inbred skills. She's additionally a grand champion at monitoring down criminals of the two-legged sort. whilst a puppy proprietor is murdered at a coaching consultation, Holly enlists the victim's vast Malamute to discover the killer.

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She’s on the small side for a shepherd, and she’s mostly light tan with only a few dark markings on her face and back, but like India, she’s amazingly sensitive and intuitive. That night, she melded herself to Barbara’s left side, and her big, gentle eyes never left Barbara’s face. We must have hung around for at least an hour. A couple of officers took down our names and addresses. People smoked. The floor is so worn that its finish is completely gone, and in some places, the parquet has crumbled, so Gerry lets people smoke.

Don’t get the idea that Diane is rich. Dogs get paid a flat fee with no residuals for commercials. Diane earns her living as the office manager of an auto body shop. Curly’s work doesn’t pay much, but Diane gets a kick out of seeing him on TV, and so does the rest of the club. Dog trainers are a diverse group. About all we have in common is dogs. One of the complaints some people made about Margaret Robichaud was that she preferred the idle rich to the rest of us. I never noticed it, but, of course, she would have carefully avoided offending someone who writes for Dog’s Life.

He was so good that I left a few crusts and put the plate on the floor. One of the many sad things about losing Vinnie was the absence of someone to lick plates and bowls and pans. Every time I had to rinse the egg off a plate, or scrub baked-on cheese off a casserole dish, or lick a bowl myself, I missed her, not that she had much appetite at the end. There’s nothing unsanitary about letting a dog prewash the dishes. If you don’t mind having your friends eat from your dishes, you shouldn’t worry when a dog does.

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