Behind the scenes: Our cast of characters

Willow is The Best Dog There Is™ – a sweet, loving animal who understands what makes us happy. She loves to snuggle and stays close when we need her to stay close.

And then there’s This One, Dejah, the maniac who runs around the yard and eats things she shouldn’t and seems at any moment to dash off somewhere dangerous.

The rebel. The untamed. Her own dog. We love her, too.

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Dejah is the inspiration for the character of Goombah, the narrator of my Myke Phoenix story The Puppy Cried ‘Murder.’ After calling this dog a goombah, what I thought was an imaginary word meaning “crazy dog,” it occurred to me that I should see if it’s a real word. 

It turns out to mean “close friend or associate, especially a member of a criminal gang,” more precisely an Italian-American criminal gang of the Godfather sort. I guess that also works; she certainly has a lawless streak.

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WarrenBluhm

Wordsmith, journalist and podcaster, Warren is a reporter, editor and storyteller who lives near the shores of Green Bay with his wife, two golden retrievers, and a couple of cats.