Wayne Simmons leads a charmed life. Still he maintains a relentless, unfulfilled dreamthat of owning a truly exceptional hunting dog. At last, the bird dog of his dreams arrives, but instead of greatness and majesty, the man discovers a skinny foundling of questionable pedigree to agonize over. The Story of Jules Verne is a story for dog lovers. It is a true storythe experiences, the characters, even the rocky start of a very special relationship. The story, with paintings and illustrations by the author, recounts a young man's journey with his hunting dog over a ten-year span. In many ways, the book is a compilation of closely related short stories, written in sequence, about an ordinary guy and his "once in a lifetime" hunting dog.
|Publisher:||Highlander Farm Press|
|Product dimensions:||8.60(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.50(d)|
About the Author
Wayne Simmons has been an artist most of his life. Sporting art, portraits of people, people and their pets, wildlife, and landscapes all have their place in his art, but it's his dogs and their antics afield that offer recurring themes throughout his work. He was born and raised in the South. He attended the University of Mississippi at Oxford and graduated in 1970 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and art-extended. After moving to Shreveport, Wayne pursued a career in advertising. In 1976 he opened Simmons Advertising/Public Relations, which he operated until 2006. Today, Wayne operates Simmons Studio/Gallery on their farm near Ellison Bay, Wisconsin.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
By Andy at Upland Equations. Many of you will remember Jules Verne, the noted author of the book, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, but you may have not yet heard of Jules Verne, the bird dog. In The Story of Jules Verne: A Watch Pocket Dog, Wayne Caldwell Simmons shares the story of his beloved dog. Like the dog's namesake, this book reaches depths that many such books in this genre never fathomed. From his mysterious vagabond beginnings, Jules Verne, a Brittany, at first appears to the reader as a small, no-account mutt that no one wanted (including the author). To everyone's surprise, Jules turns out to be the proverbial diamond in the rough that out-hunts pointers and setters with well-known and respected pedigrees. Despite the expressed criticism of his pointer and setter loving friends, it does not take Simmons long to realize just how lucky¯or better yet, blessed--he really is to have Jules, his own "watch pocket dog" (which is a term coined by one of Simmon's pointer-loving friends because of Jule's diminutive size). Along with the intriguing story of Jules, this book celebrates the traditions and ethics of Southern bird hunting. As Simmons so aptly points out: "In the vernacular of the Southern Sportsman, the term "Bird Hunting" can refer to only one thing: the Quest, preferably with the use of a fine double-barreled shotgun and a brace of well-trained pointing dogs, of that elusive and noble Southern Gentleman himself, Mister Bob White Quail." The story of Jules Verne is a classic in and of itself, but this book is also packed with numerous color prints of the author's own beautiful artwork, which elevates this work into a masterpiece of a talented wordsmith and artist. In short, this book is a celebration of everything bird hunters love about the uplands, the birds we pursue, the hunting companions with whom we share our days afield, and the special dogs that better our lives. It's hard to believe that a short book about a watch pocket dog can pack in so much depth and do it so well. However, Wayne Simmons has not only pulled it off, but made it look easy. And that is the essence of good art whether it stems from the pen or paintbrush. Just as the one-time skeptic Simmons quickly learned to love Jules Verne the dog, the reader will quickly cherish Jules Verne the book.
This is a wonderful tale for anyone who loves dogs or loves to hunt with dogs. You will laugh aloud and probably shed a tear or two as Wayne chronicles the relationship he had with Jules Verne. Wayne "paints" a story that many of us are familiar with. It is well worth your read.