|The 1st Rosco--a beagle? Really?|
But when it comes to Levi's German shepherd Rosco, it's a different story. The Roscos are real. So here's the story.
I've always been a dog person--my wife Valerie, too. When my wife and I first met, we rented. I was really looking forward to getting into a house, and getting back to being a dog owner. I even told my daughter Jaclyn that one day we'd buy or build a house, and then we'd get a dog we would name Rosco.
A few years went by, and we finally built that house--by then Jaclyn was a teenager. Before I had the chance, Jaclyn went out and got a Beagle. You'll never guess what she named him. Rosco! She stole my dog name! So my daughter actually owns a dog name Rosco and I never have . . .
|"Rosco the Lethargic" from the novel One Last Shot aka Roxanne|
Roxanne has been such a good dog, we realized as she grew older, we should probably get another dog so when the inevitable happened, our youngest daughter Katie might adjust better. I worked that into the second book--without spoiling anything lets just say there was a new Rosco puppy in my book. There is also a new German shepherd puppy in the Creason household--we named her Gracie.
|"Rosco the Explorer" aka Gracie (she's about a year and a half old now and 85 pounds)|
The real Rosco is still around, too. Jaclyn spells Rosco incorrectly with an e (Roscoe). I won't even get into the number of arguments we've had about that--you'd think the daughter of a writer would know how to spell. Roscoe is an old beagle now, too--just a little younger than Roxanne.
And Gracie? Remember how I said Roxanne was such a good dog. Lets just say I'm not prepared to say that about Gracie yet--perhaps when she stops chewing up my socks and drinking out of the toilet. If you'd like to know a lot more about that crazy pup, you'll just have to read my next novel A Beer and a Shot due out in late 2016 or early 2017. She plays a pretty critical role in that one.
So it is true--sometimes art does imitate life.
~Todd E. Creason