The Lochranza Story

Written by Ron Hevener

THE MAKING OF A NOVEL or "How I Wrote The Blue Ribbon"

Ron Hevener

Changing your life is easy. All you have to do is write a novel. Of course, you have to live a little before you've got anything interesting to say. Which means, you could end up with a house full of heartache and lots of gray hair byrepparttar time you've got enough to tell a story. In my case, it took 443 pages and every one of them felt like a year.

"The Blue Ribbon" isn't a novel that happened overnight. Much of it was lived byrepparttar 125826 characters before anyone knew a novel was being hatched. If I remember right, an imaginative dress designer andrepparttar 125827 richest girl in town getting to know each other wasn'trepparttar 125828 start ofrepparttar 125829 story at all. The story behindrepparttar 125830 making ofrepparttar 125831 paperback novel that's creating such a buzz right now goes way back to a hot afternoon on July 8, 1945. That's when a plump, dark-haired young bookkeeper named Jackie Kauffman got off a bus and walked along a dirt road to a farm house in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and got herself a Collie puppy. Me? Forget about me. I wasn't even born yet. Jackie and I wouldn't meet for another twenty years and that's getting ahead of our story.

Jacqueline M. Kauffman grew up in a big Victorian house onrepparttar 125832 edge of a town called Manheim. There were two Kauffman girls: A glamorous one who looked like a movie star and a plain one who would spend her life working at a dull job in a big company and never marry. The plain one was Jackie, later to becomerepparttar 125833 wealthy Esmeralda in "The Blue Ribbon."

She was quite a romantic, this unmarried woman. Her rambling house was filled with paperback novels and there were lists of sensual names forrepparttar 125834 many puppies she registered overrepparttar 125835 years. The name "Lochranza" was selected from such a novel. She said it wasrepparttar 125836 name of a retreat forrepparttar 125837 Scottish monarchy.

The Kauffman girls didn't have a father at home and I know Jackie grew up missing her Dad. But, Mother, a bitter, scowling woman, had chased him off and never liked men much after that. She ruined a love affair for Jackie by sendingrepparttar 125838 police afterrepparttar 125839 man and catching them. If I tell you Jackie was in her Thirties atrepparttar 125840 time, it might give you an idea ofrepparttar 125841 power exerted by Mother Kauffman. Maybe that's why Jackie's heart went out to Collies: They're always cheerful. Maybe that's why she took off for dog shows almost every weekend: To get away.

Lochranza Kennels was a perfectly maintained enterprise advertising in allrepparttar 125842 right magazines and winning top honors when it was my turn to look for a puppy. I rememberrepparttar 125843 clean, beautiful dogs;repparttar 125844 flowers everywhere;repparttar 125845 carefully mowed lawn andrepparttar 125846 freshly painted house. I remember Mother Kauffman, much likerepparttar 125847 character Dorothy Jacobus inrepparttar 125848 story none of us knew I would one day write, busying herself as she sweptrepparttar 125849 porch - listening to every word.

Buying my first purebred puppy that day, I didn't know I was meetingrepparttar 125850 one who would take me intorepparttar 125851 world of purebred animals where I would "make my name." I didn't know I would be trusted to handlerepparttar 125852 Lochranza Collies inrepparttar 125853 show ring for Jackie, help to developrepparttar 125854 bloodline and that, one day, Lochranza Collies would be known throughoutrepparttar 125855 world. I just knew I had found a friend.

Jackie liked to read to me. She read every one ofrepparttar 125856 Albert Payson Terhune books to me as I brushed and fedrepparttar 125857 dogs. And she liked to cook good, old-fashioned Pennsylvania Dutch pot pie. Oh, I miss that! Mmmm!

Asrepparttar 125858 years went by, she would call me torepparttar 125859 kennel every time a new Collie magazine arrived. These were my lessons. And she was tough! We would sit at her kitchen table and go through those magazines page by page, studying every picture and reading every article.

"What do you think about this dog?" she'd ask.

"I like him," I'd say.

"What! Can't you see how long he is inrepparttar 125860 hock? You'd better take another look!" she'd scold, real stern. And then she'd laugh.

I think she liked me.

Asrepparttar 125861 years went by, I married and moved away. I had daughters of my own and lost touch with Jackie. One day, on an impulse, I thought I must go to a dog show again. It was Mother's Day and I remember seeing a familiar woman walking acrossrepparttar 125862 field. Beside her was a Sable Collie with a huge coat; obviously her treasure. "Jackie! Jackie!"

So You Want a American Pit Bull Terrier?

Written by Jason Mann

You've made up your mind, it'srepparttar American Pit Bull Terrier you want as your companion. Are you ready for this breed? Read this article and then decide if you want to go ahead with your decision.

Does your lifestyle fitrepparttar 125824 ***American Pit Bull Terrier lifestyle?

These dogs are packed with energy from head to toe. Craving a good run like a champion athlete. Exercise is critical to a heathy, happy bulldog. High energy is their middle name and is a large part of their personalities. Play, work, and activity is something you must be able to give these dogs

If you're a couch potato you should find another breed to live with.

Do you haverepparttar 125825 security?

American Pit Bull Terriers arerepparttar 125826 Houdini's ofrepparttar 125827 canine world. Able to leap tall fences with a single bound, dig under them with amazing speed and stealth, and unlock gates that adult people would have trouble with. Escaping will happen if you don't takerepparttar 125828 precautions to secure their living area.

You should have 6' privacy fence, beware of dog signs, hot wiring atrepparttar 125829 top and bottom ofrepparttar 125830 fence, out door housing that keeps them out ofrepparttar 125831 sun (even if they live indoors), and supervision are required for these dogs. You can't leave them alone for long outside because one of two things may happen:

1. They escape. 2. They're stolen.

Are you prepared forrepparttar 125832 scrutiny of neighbors and friends?

American Pit Bull Terriers are notorious. They have a bad name andrepparttar 125833 misinformed public is out to get them. It seems like everyday another "Baby mauled by pit bull" story runs, diminishing your choice of breed.

People will dislike you for your choice. Some may even try to kill your dog. Others will direct comments at you, vulgar, hateful comments, and friends and family may also be in conflict with your choice.

Be prepared for some rude behavior and protect your dog by teaching food refusal from strangers.

Can you train your dog?

There are two methods of training. One is to train your dog by showing it how to sit and lay down and then quitting. The other lasts forever. Real training is life long training that starts whenrepparttar 125834 puppy arrives at your home and ends with death.

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