Shiloh Blog

mean dogs

Comment:

Why are dogs mean and why do dogs go after each other do they hate each other what is it I need to know because then I will under stand why dogs are so mean to each other

 

Phyllis replied:

You must have had a bad experience with a dog.  All dogs aren’t mean.  It  mostly depends on the way they were treated, either by their present owner or something that happened to them before.  Some owners, even though they aren’t cruel to their dogs, teach them to be aggressive–doing a lot of swatting and trying to pull things out of their mouths and rough-housing with them, and not a lot of gentle talk and petting.  Keeping a dog chained will make him aggressive because he has to act mean, so that any dog running around free will be afraid to attack him.  Dogs that are treated well by their owners usually grow up to be gentle themselves, just like children.

Posted on: May 21, 2017

Shiloh books and movies

Comment:

Hi I love your shiloh books/movies.

 

Phyllis replied:

I’m so glad you’re enjoying them both.

 

Posted on: May 19, 2017

I love Shiloh

Comment:

Hi my class just finished Shiloh we wanted to know if you can come to  our school.  We really want to meet you and to see the beagle that looks just like shiloh. I want a beagle and my dad said that I am getting one this summer and i am going to name him Shiloh!!!

 

Phyllis replied:

 

There are sure a lot of dogs out there named Shiloh, because I hear about them all the time, and once in a while I even get to meet one!  The real dog that inspired the Shiloh books died in 2000 and is buried in the little community of Shiloh, West Virginia, with a stone marker above the grave.  I hope your new dog turns out to be just as wonderful as Marty’s Shiloh.

Posted on: May 19, 2017

Shiloh and Me

Comment:

Hi.  I love your books.   Can you make one about Shiloh and me and Marty?

 

Phyllis replied:

 

Now that’s the kind of book that YOU should write!

Posted on: May 17, 2017

Could You Write a Fifth Shiloh book?

Comment:

My class is currently reading Shiloh and i was wondering if you can make a 5th shiloh book and it would be shilohs birthday and on her birthday she gets dognapped

 

Phyllis replied:

Wow!   That would be some story!   I think I have probably written all the Shiloh books.  There are just so many other kinds of books I want to write!

 

 

Posted on: May 17, 2017

Shiloh

Comment:

Can you bring Shiloh to my school it is Amity Elementary  in Cincinnati, Oh 45236 I love Shiloh and I really want to meet him!!!

 

Phyllis replied:

I wish I could, but Clover, the dog that inspired the Shiloh series, died in 2000 and is buried in the community of Shiloh, West Virginia.

Posted on: May 17, 2017

Saving Dogs

Comment:

 

Are you involved in any activities or events that help save and rescue dogs?

 

Phyllis replied:

 

No, I’m not at present, except for donations to rescue organizations.  One of my sons, however, rescued several greyhounds after their racing days were over, and they were the most timid, but lovable dogs, I’d ever seen.

Posted on: May 15, 2017

Why did the German shepherd attack Shiloh?

Comment:

 

I am in 4th grade , and just finished Shiloh.

One of my favorite parts in Shiloh is when Marty and Shiloh were taking a walk. I felt calm when they were taking a walk. Another part I liked is when Shiloh felt better. It made me feel happy because I thought Shiloh would die.

I have some questions for you. Why did that german shepherd appear out of nowhere and then attack Shiloh? What is your favorite book you wrote?

 

Phyllis replied:

 

Many dogs, especially in rural areas, are free to roam wherever they like.  Dogs can smell when other dogs are around, and this one obviously smelled Shiloh.  Dogs that are mistreated, like people, often attack others–just to be the bully for a change, not the victim.  It was important for my story to show that everything we do has consequences, and sometimes, even when we think we’re doing the right thing, bad things happen.  If Shiloh had not been penned up in the little shack Marty made for him, perhaps he could have got away from the other dog.  And Marty had to live with that mistake.  But we learn from everything that happens to us in life, especially our mistakes.

 

Posted on: May 13, 2017

Hello and Questions from Nebraska

Comment:

 

Hello, we are a group of third graders currently reading Shiloh. Our teacher is sending these questions on our behalf. Here is what we would like to know. 1. Have you ever considered writing a 5th Shiloh book? We would love to see one with an added dog character that would be a lovable friend to Shiloh. 2. What inspired you to write Shiloh? 3. Out of all of your books you have written which is your favorite and why? Thanks so much for reading this and we hope to hear from you!

 

Phyllis replied:

 

I haven’t considered writing a 5th Shiloh book because there are SO many other books in my head waiting to be written.  I wrote the first Shiloh book because I actually found such a dog in the little community of Shiloh, West Virginia, when we were visiting friends in that area.  Our friends eventually adopted the dog and named her Clover.  All of my books are like children to me: I love them all for different reasons. But there are probably two that stand out–a book for adults called Unexpected Pleasures, about a bridge builder and a young girl, and Shiloh.

Posted on: May 10, 2017

mailing address for my student letters

Comment:

 

My students have written letters to you about Shiloh and they would love to mail them to you. May I have a mailing address?
Thank you,
 

Phyllis replied:

 

Your students may send their letters to me as long as they come in one envelope with the school’s address.  I wish I had time to answer each student individually, but I would probably never have time to write another book.  Please send their letters to me at 401 Russell Avenue, Apt. 713, Gaithersburg, MD  20877.

Posted on: May 10, 2017

 

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