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Interview with Kelly

You can imagine that this was a difficult interview to conduct. After all, Kelly is a border collie.

She's an important character in the Meg Sheppard Mystery Series, and revered by readers.

She wouldn't pose for a photograph. This is the closest likeness I could find, but she is more beautiful. However, this photograph captures some of her spirit.

Q: You're an important and loved character in the Meg Sheppard Mystery Series. How do you feel about that?

A: It feels good. I do my best to help Meg in whatever she's doing. I can't do as much as I'd like because I'm a dog, but sometimes I surprise Meg with what I can do.

Q: How did you come to live with Meg on the farm?

A: I was born on a sheep farm where the owner bred and used working border collies, like my parents, to herd the sheep. But he didn't like my looks or size, so I was a reject. He had his neighbour take me to the humane society. Perhaps it could have been worse. I met Meg there. She took me for walks. One day she brought me to the farm. That was the happiest day of my life. I was sure I was here to stay.

Q: What do you like about living on the farm?

A: I get all the things I need to be healthy and happy. Meg takes me into the fields where I can run and enjoy the smells. I like to watch the horses and to follow Meg around when she's doing barn chores.

Q: What don't you like about living on the farm?

A: I don't like it when it gets muddy or when there are puddles. And I don't like thunderstorms. The brilliant lights and loud rumbles scare me and there's nowhere on the farm where the noise and flashes can't reach me. I can't think of anything else.

Q: Where's your favourite place to sleep?

A: That's easy. On the bed next to Meg.

Q: Has Meg ever lost her temper with you?

A: No. She can be a bit down sometimes. But she's got better recently. It's all explained in the books.

Q: Some people say Meg shouldn't put you at risk by having you with her during her investigations. What do you think?

A: I would be very upset and stressed if she didn't take me with her. I don't like it when she leaves without me. I want to be wherever she is.

Q: But haven't you been in danger and even hurt sometimes?

A: I'm tough. I bounce back pretty quickly and Meg makes sure I get any help I need. I don't want to be left out, and I want to help Meg even if I get into trouble now and then.

Q: You must like Meg a lot?

A: She's the one who rescued me from the kennel at the humane society. And she gives me nice kibble, lots of fresh water and walks. She often talks to me, which makes me feel as if I matter, as if I'm worth caring about. It wasn't nice to feel rejected and I really like being loved. That's why I try to help Meg. She's the best human I've ever met.

Q: I hear there's going to be a fifth book in the series. Are you going to be part of the story?

A: Yes. I'll be at Meg's side.

Vicky Earle Copyright 2021

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