Sunday, August 03, 2008

Newsfoundland dogs feature in novel

A pair of black Newfoundlands feature in my latest novel, The Condor's Feather.
I named them Byron and Bella, after Lord Byron and his wife.
Lord Byron's beloved dog which came from Newfoundland was called Boatswain.
When Boatswain died in 1814 Lord Byron had him buried in the grounds of his home at Newstead Abbey.
I chose Newfoundlands to include in my novel because of their size, strength and endurance particulalry in the water.
Did you know they have webbed feet?

Photo: Fiction author Karen Mercury with her 'bronze' Newfoundland, Ishmael.
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