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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

#WednesdayWordswithFriends Welcomes Wendy Kendall @wendywrites1

Good Morning,

Well, we've made it through Lent and half-way through Holy Week. Have you succeeded in fulfilling your Lenten promises to God? Have you learned something new about His love, grace, mercy or wisdom? Are you a changed person? Will that change last? These are all questions I ask myself and in many ways I can say YES and yet, in others, my conviction isn't that strong. But, as they say, God's not finished with me yet.

HE's not finished with you either so don't give up! Stay faithful, stay positive and continue to show up for your life and watch Him show up and show off for you!

Today's guest, Wendy Kendall has shared words with us and been in our spotlight before, so without much further ado, I'm going to turn the blog over to her. Take it away, Wendy......

            Thanks so much for this opportunity to share Words with Friends this Wednesday. As a mystery author, a very important word for my writing is - research.

            In my cozy mystery Kat Out of the Bag, purse designer/amateur sleuth Katherine Watson sometimes steps on the toes of Jason Holmes who is a cop. Jason is partnered with his K-9 Hobbs. I researched police dogs for my book. What amazing, smart animals. I have such great respect for all service animals. My research included a ride along with a K-9 patrol. What an experience! I've included so much from this adventure in my novel.

I won the ride along in a raffle and it completely hooked me on having K-9 police partners in the book. I love having the dog in the book – he's a whole additional character. So is Katherine's pampered cat Purrada, but the dog Hobbs is so very different with his loyalty to Jason, his playful side, his training, and because he has a job. 

The ride along shift was 7:00 pm to 5:00 am. One of the major advantages of a K-9 officer is they can see in the dark, unlike their human partner. The German Shepherd responded to commands given in German, to reduce the possibility of civilians confusing the dog with their own instructions. Their job is chase and search immediately on the scene. Once done they must hand off the case to a detective. You can imagine, that can be a little frustrating to hand the investigation over. When in the chase, the best chances of following the scent is in the first 4 hours. What the dogs are tracking are the dead skin cells that people shed all the time. Where I live, in the Pacific Northwest is surprisingly an excellent place for tracking. The drizzling rain and small puddles are places where the dead skin cells float on top and are easier to track. The biggest problem for this type of tracking is wind. The dogs are tracking suspects, or evidence and any clues they can find.

            Sometimes the human checks on a situation on his own, like a domestic violence call. He leaves the K-9 in the car. If the situation escalates and he needs his partner, the officer clicks a switch on his uniform vest that automatically opens the door for the dog to run out and join him in a hurry.

            This working dog had a lot of personality, and whenever the man reached for the radio to talk with dispatch his dog wanted to talk too, and he did always share some choice, and loud dog words. After his shift, the dog understands he's off duty and at home with the officer and his family he becomes a loving pet. 

I learned so much on my ride along and it's fun to incorporate it in the mystery plot. If you'd like to

know more about the ride along, you can hear about it on my YouTube podcast Kendall and Cooper Talk Mysteries.

In Kat Out of the Bag, Katherine Watson is opening Purse-onality, a women's history purse museum. Purses show amazing insight into the lives of the women who carried them. At Katherine's gala opening, the town mayor is murdered.  Working to solve the mystery, Katherine matches wits with local cop Jason Holmes and his K-9 partner Hobbs. They disagree often, but discover an undeniable attraction. Katherine's mother and grandmother provide helpful perspectives into clues. Young college student Amber who manages the museum gift shop, aids in the investigation. They'll have to focus their efforts and combine forces to find that killer before Katherine becomes the next knock off.

Kat Out of the Bag can be purchased at Amazon Barnes & Noble,   Google Play,   Kobo

Bio:  Wendy Kendall has a passion for purses and stories of the women through history who carried them. Her cozy mystery Kat Out of the Bag is the first book of the In Purse-Suit Mystery Series, introducing Katherine Watson an international purse designer/sleuth. The prequel novella is Purse-Stachio Makes A Splash. Wendy is a blogger, editor, speaker, project manager, and syndicated columnist. Catch exciting author interviews on her YouTube podcasts—A Novel Talk.and also Kendall and Cooper Talk Mysteries. There are also fun topics on her two YouTube podcasts – Wendy Kendall In Purse-Suit of Fashion and when she joins other authors on The Cozy Mystery Quartet. She's a hiker, biker and avid reader and loves her two sons, Alex and Brad and her Purrada cat.

Web & Contact Links: 
Twitter - @wendywrites1
Instagram – wendyekendall

What a great story, Wendy! My husband was a cop and I, although we didn't own one, I knew all about those K-9 dogs! Beautiful and smart animals. THANKS for sharing. We certainly wish you the best of luck and God's blessings with Kat Out of the Bag!

Hope you enjoyed our guest today, friends and that you'll check back weekly for Wednesday Words with Friends and Saturday Spotlight.

Until next time, take care and God bless.


Kathleen Neely said...

I would love to do a ride-along. That must have been fascinating. Thanks for sharing.

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Congrats on your new novel! Books like yours that are well-researched are the best. I believe in doing research for my own novels as well. We had a neighbor who trained police dogs and were impressed.

D. V. STONE said...

I'm always amazed at how intelligent and trained. Best wishes for your books.


Your ride-along sounds so interesting! My daughter went on one as part of her policing class in college and she loved it as well (although it wasn't a K9 unit). Best of luck with the book!

Maris said...

Interesting blog. I love stories that include dogs working and acting as they actually do (or are trained to do). And I love it when a writer gets it right. Sounds like a good book.

Alicia Dean said...

Fascinating! I've always wanted to do a ride along. Very cool! I so love this fabulous book. Congrats and best wishes!

Carol James said...

Oooo! I’d really love to do a tide along with a K9 officer. Congratulations!

Alina K. Field said...

Dogs are so amazing! Loved the post, and the book sounds great!

wendywrites said...

Kathleen and Carol - it really was such a fun experience. It's amazing how research is not only interesting but can be exciting and fun. Police stations and police foundations can be very generous with their time, so you may want to pursue your interest and check with them to maybe meet the K-9's and their partners or also go on a ride along. If you do, let me know all about it. I'd love to hear it.

Jacqueline - thank you for your compliment, and now I'm intrigued to take a look at your books

D.V. Stone and Maris - thank you both and I agree, I have so much respect for these, and other, service dogs

Jennifer - thank you. How great to hear that your daughter had the opportunity to do a ride along. I bet she also has some very interesting stories.

Alicia - thank you so much, I really appreciate it!

Mary Preston said...

A ride along would be fascinating.

Kara O'Neal said...

Gosh, I'd be scared to do a ride along! It's really cool that you got to do one.

wendywrites said...

Hi Mary and Kara, thank you both for commenting. It was such an incredible experience. As soon as I got home I spent that day writing so many notes about the whole time. I also got to meet and talk with officers and administrators, and the police chief that evening and on other occasions too with follow up questions and topics.

Valerie J. Brooks said...

So informative and interesting! I'd love to do that. Dogs are amazing friends and creatures. So smart. What was the one thing that surprised you about K-9 patrol? Thanks, Wendy!

wendywrites said...

Valerie, thanks for the question. So many surprises, I had no idea how little I knew. One thing was how vigilant the K9 is at all times while on duty. Constantly watching his partner when left in the car while the partner is investigating. The K9 is obviously tensed and alert and ready at any moment if called upon and cannot be distracted