Friday, January 9, 2009
Sarge (Sergeant Russell)
Sally's People are characters I invented for books, short stories and poems. Their creation spans the last three decades of the 20th Century and (so far) the first of the 21st.
Sarge is an old-school country copper, a friendly, laconic bloke who takes his job of policing Doggeroo quite seriously. The thing is, he takes it seriously by NOT taking it too seriously, finding it better to blend in as a friend of the townsfolk rather than look for trouble. Sarge first appears in "Dog Den Mystery", Book #1 of the Jack Russell: Dog Detective series. At the beginning of that book, Sarge and his dog, Jack, are transferred from the city to Doggeroo. Sarge likes his new posting and so does Jack, especially when Sarge's Auntie Tidge moves into the same street.
Soon Sarge is part of the town, playing steward at the dog show, helping out at thye Dog and Sausage day at the school, teaching kids about road safety, and catching the odd crook along the way. He makes friends with Caterina Smith, the wealthy owner of Uptown House. Soon romance is on the horizon...
Sarge is pictured by Janine Dawson as a happy-looking bloke, especially when he's mucking in with his friends and the dogs. The Jack Russell: Dog Detective series is published by Scholastic.