Dean Koontz Talks About His Dog’s Death

Author says he faced writer’s block for the first time ever after his beloved dog Trixie passed away.

Posted: December 1, 2007, 5 a.m. EST

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Koontz with Trixie © Jerry Bauer

Dean Koontz says he found himself at a loss for words when his dog Trixie died in June.

“Never in my life have I faced writer’s block, but I couldn’t write a word for a month after she died,” the author told USA Today.

Koontz had adopted Trixie, a retired service dog, several years ago. The Golden Retriever often sat in his office as he wrote, and served as inspiration for the dog in his latest novel, “The Darkest Evening of the Year,” which tells the story of a woman who rescues a dog with mystical qualities.

Does the author think all dogs possess special powers? “There is a deep mystery in dogs,” Koontz says. “I saw it in Trixie. Dogs are open to things we’re closed to. They see things we don’t see.”

Koontz says Trixie certainly performed magic – on him and his wife, Gerda. “She taught [us] to enjoy life more,” he says. “Dogs are fascinated by the minutiae of life. There are wonders all around us, and we’re blind to them in our rush through our daily lives.”

“The Darkest Evening of the Year” is in bookstores now.

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kathrean   thomasville, NC

5/20/2010 1:03:05 PM

WHEN I SEE ANY BOOK BY DEAN KOONTZ, I ALWAYS THINK THE NAME TRIXIE, MORE SO WHEN I FIND ONE WITH DOGS IN THEM.

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Christine Parker   Wilmington, NC

2/27/2010 1:57:18 PM

I was glad to hear the author share his saddness with the rest of us. I have just lost my show Pekingese to a German Shepherd and months later I am devestated.

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Daniel   San Marcos, TX

2/3/2009 5:19:51 AM

Like Mr. Koontz, I intuit the mystical abilities of so-called lower life forms especially K-9"s. I have written a screen play about a blind young man swept up by hurricane Katrina and is saved by a seeing eye dog that lost its owner in the storm. The dog Scout, has mystical powers that allow the young man to see the astral body of individuals when petting the dog.

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Patty   Youngstown, OH

12/4/2007 8:56:52 PM

I definitely agree with Mr koontz. Our dogs are special and do see things that we don't. I love to read, and will buy his new book since it is about my very favorite subject-dogs!

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