A Shot in the Bark: A Dog Park Mystery by C. A. Newsome

By C. A. Newsome

Artist Lia Anderson loves to begin every day with a visit to the Mount ethereal puppy Park along with her rescues. Then her boyfriend's physique turns up, bringing the eye of Detective Peter Dourson. Lia struggles with grief and her growing to be appeal to the good-looking detective whereas Dourson suspects all isn't really because it turns out with the tightly knit workforce of park regulars. As Dourson's research uncovers well-kept secrets and techniques, a killer lurks within the guise of a chum.

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He let me crash in the back room for two weeks, while I figured out how I was going to cross over. I remember it rained nearly every day, but every day, I went out and studied the situation at the border. I wanted to save my hundred dollars, so I tried to cross by myself—tried three times and failed. After about two weeks, I was getting ready to try once more. It was about eleven o’clock at night: rainy, cold, and windy. ” I told him I did. He said, “Okay. ” A chill ran through me. How amazing was it that he wanted the exact amount of money that I had with me?

And I knew that the only way to get there was through Tijuana. My mother argued with me, pleaded with me. But I can’t explain it— the urge to go to the United States that moment was totally overwhelming to me. I knew I had to act on it. It’s been published elsewhere, and I am not ashamed to say it: I came to the United States illegally. I now have my residence card, have paid a large fine for crossing illegally, and am applying for full citizenship status. There’s no country I’d rather live in than the United States.

It was my first glimpse into the American attitude toward pets. When I was in Mexico, I had heard that Americans treated their pets like human beings, but now I was actually seeing it in action, and at first, it really blew my mind. Apparently, nothing was too good for the dogs in America. As foreign as the concept of a “grooming parlor” was to me, when I first started working there, I loved it. The women couldn’t have been kinder to me, and I quickly developed a reputation for being the only one who could soothe the more difficult dogs—the stronger breeds or the ones that would cause everyone else to throw their hands up.

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