I have a friend who needs some help. I know, I know, it sounds like it’s really for me and I’m trying to be discreet and say “I have this friend, you know, and I, I mean she needs . . .” but I really do have this friend who needs a subtitle. But she wants to be discreet, so you can’t know who she is. She’s a shy little thing. I told you it wasn’t me.
So here’s the deal: she’s working on a kind of anthology blog project, a collection of related short pieces of fiction in which the dogs in a small town called Shelby Creek talk about what their owners are doing. It’s called The Dogs of Shelby Creek, and she’d like a subtitle/tagline for the blog and possibly book title. Her ideas so far have been:
The Daily Kibble. Tails to Tell. All the News That’s Fit to Sniff. A Dog’s Eye View. Man is a dog’s idea of what God should be. (Holbrook Jackson) Shaggy Dog Tales. Going to the Dogs. Chasing Tales. A Bone to Pick. The Dog-Eared Page. Barking up the Wrong Tree. Hair of the Dog. Dog Days. It’s a Dog’s Life. Gimme Sheltie. A New Leash on Life. Release the Hounds. The Daily Bark. Sheer Terrier. Curs the Darkness. Schnauzer Chance.
I personally like Sheer Terrier and Curs the Darkness but as subtitles/taglines/whatever, I don’t think they’re going to work. The Daily Bark is also excellent, but that’s a blog title not a subtitle: It doesn’t explain what’s going on with the site. All the News That’s Fit To Sniff is also not bad, but that could be real dog site. Also not working: The Dogs of Shelby Creek: A Collection of Related Short Pieces of Fiction in Which the Dogs in a Small Town Called Shelby Creek Talk About What Their Owners Are Doing.
So it should be title-ish and it should tell people who don’t know what The Dogs of Shelby Creek is about what it’s about. I’ve been no help so . . . over to you all. This one is really tough.