Risky Business, A.K.A., Dawg

Risky Business, A.K.A., Dawg

R. J. Hammond


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Author R. J. Hammond has often had dogs in his life, but none of them were ever quite like Risky Business.

Although he and his wife, Tonya, were not looking for another dog when they encountered him, they knew he was the right dog for them. Smart, fast, funny, and loyal, Risky, a rescue dog, was a mix between a greyhound, deerhound, and border collie. He acted as a companion for the whole family but spent a lot of time in particular with R. J., who was diabetic and often dealt with dizziness while on their walks. Risky gave his family lots of reasons to laugh, from playing tricks and hiding treats to accidentally breaking Hammond’s leg. Ultimately, Risky enriched the lives of his family and will live in their hearts forever.

This personal narrative tells stories from the life of a special dog named Risky Business, sharing the ups and downs of his time with the Hammond family.


R. J. Hammond:

R. J. Hammond grew up in eastern New Mexico and West Texas. He worked mainly in the oilfield and mining industry. In 1978, he moved to Grand Junction, Colorado, where he met his wife, Tonya. They have two children and one granddaughter and currently live in Denver.