My favourite dog, my favourite character

In so many ways, Elliott is the dog I’d love to have – as my companion, as my confidant, as my critic. I think he’d be so much fun.

He’s a mutt, of course, part Australian Shepherd and a mix of other breeds. There’s possibly some Border Collie in there too I guess, because he’s always so focussed and in the moment. His character is both invention and a mashup of some of the wonderful dogs who have shared their life with me.

Elliott is one of life’s observers. Aware of everything that’s happening, and even of some things that are not so visible to most of us.

He’s a bit of a sceptic too. Elliott probably gets that from me. At the same time, he’s an enthusiast in that when he’s given a challenge, he’ll do his best to be brilliant at whatever it is.

Compared to his former life as Barney with Ian, and the tight-lipped Hilary in country New South Wales, Elliott enjoys the stimulation and demands of his new life.  Why? Not only because it pleases Jamie, Penny, Adriana and Paul, but because it gives him a sense of self-worth.

In the process of working alongside Elliott, I’ve come to understand that dogs need and deserve our respect and to have their own sense of dignity too.

Elliott’s not afraid to make fun of himself, like his “gangsta” voice when he talks with Jason, the pugilstic Pug, his admirer from Killcare, who thinks Elliott is a Sydney Mobster identity called Mad-Dog.

Finally, I think it’s probably true that pet dogs today are attuned to our multi-media world and take in a lot from what’s on our screens, including dog TV shows. With technology now that allows us to observe and communicate with them remotely, I wonder if dogs like Elliott will learn to answer back, even when they can’t see us. Maybe I’ll delve into stuff like that at some later stage in Elliott’s stories. We both can have fun with that. Yikes!

Last word: I believe a dog should be referred to as “who”, and not “that”.

All Books

Reality Barks

Reality Barks

Rescue dog faces the reality of his unusual new life.

It’s a humorous Australian rescue dog’s tell-all tale about how he becomes a celebrity and wins their love.

Wagging The Dog

Wagging The Dog

Rescue dog to the rescue!

Being a celebrity dog is sooo cool, thinks Elliott as Jamie leads him out at the Sydney Stadium with all the other TV animal stars

Three Dogs And A Wedding

Three Dogs and a Wedding

The best day to be Best Dog is Valentine’s Day.

Like all dogs, Elliott understands about love, and he’s already helped rescue Paul and Adriana’s romance, but it seems that Adman Jamie can only see the dollars.

Every Which Way But Home

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Prequel to the MUTT TO MEGASTAR SERIES

Curious to know how Elliott (or Barney, as he was in his former life) ended up in Barranyup Dog Pound, way out west in Woop Woop?  For Sydneysiders, Woop Woop is their way of describing anywhere beyond where they are generally prepared to go. For Barney it was also a strange environment, where survival was a matter of life or death. Discover how he learns to deal with it in "Every Which Way But Home". It's the prequel to the Mutt to Megastar series.

Mutt To Megastar Box Set

Mutt To Megastar Boxset

A rescue dog’s funny story.

From Kit James, recognised for his humorous canine dialogue, comes a fun compilation of the first three books in the Mutt to Megastar Series.

Hamish's Love Match