Hickory Doc’s Tales by Linda Harkey
His official name is Chicoree’s Hickory Doc. Folks just call him “Doc.” He can trace his family tree back to a sapling in Germany. The oldest and wisest of five, he lives at The Lazy Dog Hacienda Kennels on Shorthair Boulevard in Oklahoma.
In Hickory Doc’s Tales, Doc shares a host of humorous stories from his important role as a hunting dog. He narrates what life is like at the kennel. He tells tales about his adventures and mishaps with porcupines and cactus and of relationships with humans, other animals, and his tight-knit family of dogs.
The book is geared toward elementary school readers, Hickory Doc’s Tales helps youth transition to chapter books, and it encourages a host of creative writing opportunities and exercises.
MEET THE PACK
· Doc – German Shorthaired pointer — All German Shorthaired pointers have docked tails. The oldest and wisest of a family of hunting dogs. His coat is brown with a stripe of white on his chest.
· Zeke –German Shorthaired pointer — Doc’s younger annoying brother. His coat is a ticked color (brown and white small spots).
· Rush – German Shorthaired pointer — Doc’s adventurous son. His coat is white with large brown spots.
· Patch – German Shorthaired pointer — Doc’s daughter. She’s known as the best hunter in the pack. Her coat is brown with a stripe of white on her chest.
· Newt – Labrador Retriever — Newt’s coat is solid black. He’s always happy, wagging his long tail.
· Sadie – German Shorthaired pointer — Sadie likes her chow in separate compartments. Her coat is white with large brown spots.
· Rock- German Shorthaired pointer — Rocky loves chow and people food. He’s not afraid of anything. His coat is white, with large brown spots and freckles on his face.
· Deacon – German Shorthaired pointer — Deacon loves to eat the binding on books. His coat is white with large brown spots. He’s the fastest dog of the pack, even though he only has three legs.
· Willie – A black crow — Patch’s best friend. Willie has terrible eyesight and is very clumsy. Patch is always coming to his rescue.
· The Great One – The dogs’ human hunter and owner.
· The Food Giver – The hunter’s wife.