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Dear reader and listener (and Santa),

I’m Dave Donelson, the author of Hunting Elf.  Some might think I am also Dan McCoy, and they’d be partly right, since most of the things Elf does to Dan in the story have been done to me by one dog or another. My wife, you see, breeds and shows dogs and so there are always a bunch of them around the house, mostly under my feet. 

Let me hasten to add that my wife is not June—really—nor is she Selena Kisco, Marie Carcioma, or any of the other wicked, demented dog people that populate the story.  Really.  I wouldn’t lie about that. 

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There is an actual live Silky Terrier named Elf, as genuine as a hernia, and the dog story Hunting Elf is based on the true tale of how he came into our lives.  We did really buy him as a present for my mother-in-law one year for Christmas, I came home from a business trip and let the little son-of-a-gun out to pee, and he ran away.  Just to give you the short version, we gathered a posse of neighbors, searched the woods nearby for two days and nights, and he finally came home of his own accord on Christmas Eve.  It was a miracle.  Or an omen.  After a few weeks, my mother-in-law decided she didn’t want Elf and he went to live with some nice Silky Terrier fanatics in Connecticut somewhere.   

Elf and our other dogs notwithstanding, I’m a writer and sometimes-illustrator who earns his living freelancing for magazines and newspapers.  If you’d like to see some of my other work, visit me at www.davedonelson.com

I hope you have as much fun listening to Hunting Elf as I had writing and recording it.  If you’d like to share your thoughts—good or bad, witty or otherwise—about the story, about dogs, or about life in general, drop me a line at dave@huntingelf.com.   I’d love to hear from you. You can also visit me at Amazon, MySpace, and Facebook.

Thanks for listening, 

Dave Donelson


A note for parents: Hunting Elf contains a little semi-strong language and some allusions to adult activity, so you might want to listen to the podcast before sharing it with children.

If you’d like to read Hunting Elf, the paperback version is now available at Amazon.com or your favorite bookseller.

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