Friday, January 08, 2010

Coffee with a canine: Doranna Durgin & ConneryBeagle, Belle, Jean-Luc, and Kacey

The current featured pack at Coffee with a Canine: Doranna Durgin & ConneryBeagle, Belle, Jean-Luc, and Kacey.

Durgin, on how she was united with her dogs:
Kacey was my first Cardigan. She was pure pet quality (badly put together in ways that shortened her life), but pure genius. She was a companion for my then Blue-Tick/Beagle WonderHound, Strider.

Jean-Luc arrived after Strider passed and Kacey needed a companion, and a breeder friend had a brain-injured young dog in need of rehab. Jean-Luc was a tremendous project with body, coordination, sensory, and obsessive issues, but he went on to earn agility titles no one ever expected of him. He's retired now, but sometimes he comes out to gambol around.

Belle is Jean-Luc's niece, and she showed such talent for agility from the very start that her breeder gifted her to me with that in mind, and since then she's gone on to earn the highest AKC agility title available to her running class, as well as obedience and rally titles. She is a princess who tries very, very hard to be perfect.

ConneryBeagle is a force of nature. He earned his breed championship with four high-pointed majors and, in spite of several brutal attacks by giant breed dogs, has recovered enough confidence to rediscover his glee in the performance ring -- he has obedience and rally titles, and has earned the highest AKC agility title, the MACH -- the 20th Beagle to do so. I get an endless kick out of him. On the agility course he's known for his Song of Self at the start and finish line (not to mention the tipping point of the teeter). On occasion we get a spontaneous human sing-along...[read on]
Dun Lady's Jess, Doranna Durgin's first published fantasy novel, received the 1995 Compton Crook/Stephen Tall award for the best first book in the fantasy, science fiction, and horror genres.

Durgin now has
over twenty novels on the shelves and more on the way.

When she's not writing, Durgin builds web pages, wanders around outside with a camera, and works with horses and dogs.

Doranna Durgin's website and blog.

Writer's Read: Doranna Durgin.

Read--Coffee with a Canine: Doranna Durgin & ConneryBeagle, Belle, Jean-Luc, and Kacey.

--Marshal Zeringue