A Hickory Doc’s Tale

Linda Harkey
Linda Harkey Author Interview

The Remarkable Story of Willie the Crow: A Hickory Doc’s Tale, follows the unusual friendship of a puppy and a crow that causes concern with the other dogs in the pack. What was the inspiration for your story?

A friend told his true story to my husband and myself of a crow that befriend his family.

Thirty years of having hunting dogs always proved to be a challenge between dogs when another one entered our family.

What were some goals you set for yourself as a writer in this book?

To present teachable tales to elementary school children on the lives of hunting dogs, other animals in nature, their habitats, and life lessons involving—family, friendships, bravery, diversity, and problem solving.

What scene in the book did you have the most fun writing?

The pool scene. We had a wonderful German Shorthaired pointer named Rush that was the only one that would get in our pool—but he would not touch the water—only jumping in on one of our pool rafts. We would take him around the pool while he sat with his chest out as if saying “Look at me! I’m swimming.” The other dogs totally ignored him when Rush was in the pool.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

Desert Friends: Travels with the Pack (Archway Publishing)
It will be available in the Spring of 2022.

Author Links: Twitter | Facebook | Website

The pack at the Lazy Dog Hacienda in Oklahoma includes five dogs: Doc, the oldest and wisest; Zeke, his annoying younger brother; Patch, Doc’s daughter; Rush, Doc’s son; and Newt, a black Lab who is part of the family.
One day, when Doc and Patch are napping on the porch, a young black crow swoops down and lands on Patch’s head. This is how the dogs meet Willie, a crow with bad eyesight who becomes the particular friend of Patch. Although the other dogs don’t like Willie very much, Doc knows Patch can learn a lot about birds by playing with the crow. Then one day, Patch accidentally falls into the swimming pool and isn’t able to get out. Doc and Zeke can’t swim, so Willie is sent to find Newt to rescue Patch. Will he make it in time?
Featuring fun color illustrations, this children’s story shares how a pack of hunting dogs and an extraordinary crow become friends and learn from one another.

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