We named Henry after the Secretary of State Henry Kissenger. He is a German-born American writer, political scientist, diplomat, and businessman. In 1973, Kissinger, while serving as the United States Secretary of State, accepted the Nobel Peace Prize for the Paris Peace Accords of 1973. We recommend his book Diplomacy (1994).
Our Henry now lives near Washington DC and competes in gun dog competitions in the Eastern United States. As we get more news of Henry’s competitive exploits from time to time we will up date his efforts.
We named our Lawrence after Thomas Edward Lawrence known professionally as T. E. Lawrence. He was a British Army officer renowned especially for his liaison role during the Arab Revolt against Ottoman Turkish rule of 1916–18. We enjoy "Lawrence of Arabia’s" published letters.
Our Lawrence now lives on New Jersey.
Beverly Cleary is one of America's most successful living authors. She wrote some of the best known children's stories including Henry Huggins (1950) and Beezus and Ramona (1955).
Our Cleary has a strong hunting instinct and makes her home in here in Vermont.
Richard Russo is an American novelist, short story writer, screenwriter, and teacher. Two of our favorite books by Russo are Empire Falls (2001) and Bridge of Sighs (2007).
Our Russo makes his home in North Carolina with his brother, Mel.
Herman Melville was an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, and poet. He is best known for his novel Moby Dick (1851). We enjoy Moby Dick and dog-friendly Nantucket where the Essex hales.
Our Mel lives with his borther, Russo, in North Carolina.
Ernest Miller Hemingway was an classic American author and journalist. We've all read The Old Man and The Sea (1952).
Our Hemi spends his days with a nice family in North Carolina.
James Fenimore Cooper was a prolific and popular American writer of the early 19th century. His historical romances of frontier and Indian life in the early American days created a unique form of American literature. Cooper's most famous novel The Last of the Mohicans (1826) became one of the most widely read American novels of the 19th century.
Our Cooper makes his home in Maine.
Eleanor Porter was an American novelist who mainly wrote children's literature, adventure stories and romance fiction. Her most famous novel is Pollyanna (1913).
Our Porter is our daughter Lauren's favorite pup. Lauren would sneak her into her bed early in the morning and Porter made herself right at home. Porter’s personality fits the quote from Pollyanna: "It's funny how dogs and cats know the inside of folks better than other folks do, isn't it?" Porter could sense how you feel before you know it yourself. Porter makes her home here in Vermont.
Holly Black née Riggenbach is an American writer and editor, best known for writing the children's fantasy books, The Spiderwick Chronicles (2003).
Our Holly is a princess at her home in New Jersey.
Ayn Rand was a Russian-American novelist, philosopher, playwright, and screenwriter. She is known for her two best-selling novels The Fountainhead (1943) and Atlas Shrugged (1957) and for developing a philosophical system she called Objectivism.
Our Tiny Aynie is full of personality too. She was the smallest in the litter, but the first to tackle her larger siblings for food, toys and affection. Ayn makes her home in Miami, Florida.
Irving Jr., aka Mr. Diddles, was named after Irving Sr. who was not an author but one of the first Braque Français to immigrate to America. Irving Sr. was named after John Irving the author.
Irving Jr. lives a charmed life with us here on the farm.
Annie Proulx is an often read contemporary writer known particularly for her prize winning short story Brokeback Mountain and novel Shipping News. She lived many years here in Vermont though at present she makes her home in Wyoming.
Our Annie is an energetic one and fills her days chasing her father, King, and exploring our farm. Her free spirit inspired our Rail Dog name!
Our daughter Lauren enjoys Eleanor Porter's work so much that she named this puppy from the second litter after her too. She was an American novelist who mainly wrote children's literature, adventure stories and romance fiction. Her most famous novel is Pollyanna (1913).
Our Ellie makes her home in Northern California where she lives with a professional soccer player and his lovely wife.
Lucy Maud Montgomery was a Canadian author best known for a series of novels beginning with Anne of Green Gables (1908).
Our Lucy makes her home in North Carolina.
Daniel Yergin is best known for The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money, and Power (1991), a number-one bestseller that won the Pulitzer Prize in 1992 and the Eccles Prize for the best book on economics for a general audience. Mr. Yergin followed up The Prize with The Quest. Both are important books on world energy and should be read by anyone wanting to understand the world’s energy reality.
Our Daniel is also known as Danny-boy and makes his home in New Jersey with a fine family.
Who doesn't love the works of Charles Dickens. Enough said.
Our Dickens fits his name as a pup - always full of mischief and mishap. He lives in Tacoma, Washington now.
This pup is named for Ian Fleming, the author of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1964) and is also the creator of James Bond (1953).
Our Ian is strong like his father, King, and lives with his sister, Annie, in New Jersey.
CS Lewis is a poet, novelist and academic. Known for fiction such as the Chronicles of Narnia (1950) and for non-fiction such as Mere Christianity (1952). He was a good friend of J. R. R. Tolkien. Both men served as English faculty at Oxford University.
Our Lewis makes his home in New York.
Roald Dahl was an incredible man and author. Maybe he’s best known for many childrens’ books like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964) and many short stories for adults.
Our Roald is makes his home in Wisconsin.
Like many of the authors here it’s impossible to give Samuel Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, justice with just a quick paragraph. He's known for the Great American novel – The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884). Twains last work – his autobiography – was published 100 years after his death.
It is fitting that our Samuel makes his home on a small farm in Missouri.
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was an English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor, best known as the author of the classic high fantasy works The Hobbit (1936) and The Lord of the Rings (1954-1955).
Our Tolkien makes his home in Connecticut.