For the first three years of his life, Koko, a small breed of dog called a Shih Tzu, lived with a little old lady he called Mama. One day Mama became very sick and was taken to the hospital. She left a large sum of money to her great nephew, Stewart, to take care of Koko if something should happen to her. But when she passed away, Stewart abandoned Koko in a park. This is the story of how Koko was suddenly forced to tackle life on his own -- with no food, water, or shelter. He met lots of dangers along the way, like mean dogs, vicious coyotes, scary dogcatchers, and even life-threatening injuries. Sometimes Koko made friends, but, as time went by, it began to look like nobody would ever give him a good home...
J.R. (Randy) Hardin was born in Rome, Georgia, attended Berry College, and has lived in either Georgia or North Carolina all his life. He currently resides in Gainesville, Georgia. A true Southern writer, J.R.'s books are flavored with the unique characters and settings of the South.
I selected part of the introduction. I would have liked to have added the back cover of my book because it had my wife's picture on it holding Koko and standing next to me.
My wife, Bobbie, was the one who first wanted Koko, so I felt her picture should be on the book.
Koko adored Bobbie and followed her around the house. Whenever Bobbie was in the bathroom, Koko was resting outside the door. The little dog didn't want to go for a walk without her. Bobbie passed away four years before my book was published. She never saw any of my books in print. It made me feel good to have her picture on the Koko books.
The Adventures of Little Dog Koko
Although most of this story is fiction, some of it is based on true events. The inspiration for this book is my little dog Koko. He still lives with me, although he’s a lot older than he was at the time my wife and I adopted him from an animal shelter. When we first saw him, he was very thin, his teeth were yellow, and he was blind in his left eye. I don’t know how long Koko had survived on the streets, but it was obvious no one had taken care of him for a long time when he was captured.