By Pat Maurer
Clare Author Ray Lloyd is releasing another printing of the book, written in 1998, in paperback, of the much loved book. Amigo was the companion of “Pete Marshall” in the book. “That really was me,” Lloyd said. The story tells of their travels in a pickup truck through the mountains of California, Oregon and Idaho while placer mining for gold in the early 1990s.
Amigo was confiscated from a suspect during Lloyd’s law enforcement days and the dog, a cross between a full-blooded wolf and a Siberian Husky, had some difficulty finding a good home. He loved humans, but had to overcome aggression against other animals. Lloyd said he thought the dog may have been used for fighting. Lloyd took the dog on a “trial” basis. “After two days with him, I wouldn’t have given him up for any amount of money,” he said. “He was a wonderful companion.”
On their travels, he and Lloyd encountered bears and mountain cats and numerous other wild animals. “Eventually Amigo became more friendly towards other dogs,” Lloyd said. Many of the events in the book are based on things that actually happened to the pair.
Lloyd, who grew up in Essexville, lived in the Upper Peninsula, then in Nevada and Los Vegas for 22 years and retired from a career in law enforcement. He was a Deputy Sheriff in Wexford County and later a Deputy in Arizona. He came back to the Upper Peninsula for several years before moving to Clare in 2009 to be closer to his three children and four grandchildren, who live in the Kalamazoo area.
Now living just east of Clare, He no longer has Amigo, who died at the age of 12 in 2005. He is buried in Sunbeam, Idaho, Lloyd said, where many requests for another book about him have come from area schoolchildren there. “I am planning on writing another book about Amigo,” Lloyd said. “I could fill several with all of the adventures we had.”
He said he is thinking about making another trip out west prospecting. “It’s hard for me to ‘retire,’ 80-year old Lloyd said. “I miss the wilderness – and I still miss Amigo.”
The book, Amigo is available for $12 by sending a check or money order to Ray Lloyd, PO Box 674, Jackpot, NV 89825