Meet the K-9 Team
Kathleen’s inspiration for her K-9 character, “Juniper,” came from working K-9s for Sherlock Hounds Detection Canines—a private narcotic dog business. Here’s a little background on her current team.
Willie, aka Willow, partnered with Kathleen in 2016. Willow is all business when she’s working, but loves attention and belly rubs when she’s off-duty. Willow has been known to make appearances at writers conferences to demonstrate her skills and help writers learn more about the K-9 world.
Gracie partnered with Kathleen in 2013. A high energy girl, Gracie loves her job and is enthusiastic about going to work. She not only loves keeping schools safe, but Gracie also loves all the attention that comes with the job. When she’s not working, Gracie can be found rolling in the grass and playing with her best friend, Boomer.
Kathleen found Boomer at the Lab Rescue Oklahoma. They teamed up in 2019 and Boomer has proven he loves his job and is excellent at sniffing out contraband. His talents also include leaning on people for lots of love and attempting to eat things he shouldn’t. When he’s not working, Boomer loves playing with his best friend, Gracie, and running around the yard as fast as he can.
Sparky retired from Sherlock Hounds in 2016. While he’s retired, Sparky still considers himself in charge of keeping the other dogs in line and overseeing operations by traveling with the crew to schools. During his working years, Sparky was considered the Sherlock Hounds “undercover agent.” When he’s not traveling with the labs, Sparky can often be found napping in the sun or playing with his toys.