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Welcome to my blog! I am Donald R. Hoofard, Sr. and I write the "Dane" novels. Each story is based on my life as a Federal Fugitive Recovery Agent hunting down, apprehending, and returning the baddest of the bad to U.S. Justice from foreign lands that had provided safe harbor to them until I came along. Now retired from that life, I write about my cases for you to get to know that side of life as a Professional Bounty Hunter. It is the most dangerous occupation on the face of this earth, and I have lived to tell about it.

This weblog is my online journal. You'll find my opinions on a variety of topics as well as links to other things on the web that I find interesting. When the spirit moves me, I may also include longer essays. My topics include, but are not limited to, careers and matters pertaining, and of interest to those within:
Law Enforcement
Bounty Hunting/Fugitive Recovery Agent (State, Federal, and International)
Professional Writing as a Freelancer
and whatever else related to the above you want to know about. You can email your questions to me at admin@hoofard.us .  I will respond in kind a.s.a.p. to you. Remember, I may not always agree with what you may have to say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.... 
You can also find and follow me on twitter and face book at www.twitter.com/hoofdog and www.facebook/donaldhoofardsr for my books: www.amazon.com/author/donaldhoofardsr ...

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Saturday, April 30, 2011

The X Chronicles News Paper
Just a note to let you all know that there will be a "Full Page" ad featuring my book's cover in the April, 2011 edition of the "X Chronicles" news paper. Just go to www.xzoneradiotv.com and click on the button that says "X Chronicles". It will upload the entire paper for you, and best of all, it's FREE! Go check it out tomorrow, May 1, 2011. As always, happy hunting... Don
11:43 am pdt

The X Zone with Rob Mc Connell....
Yesterday was a busy day for me. First, I prepared for my much awaited hour long radio interview with Mr. Rob Mc Connell's Show, the 'X Zone. While doing that interview, he asked quite a few questions about that life I had as a professional bounty hunter, about my books, what makes a man like myself, coming from a law enforcement background, go into the life of a hunter of men. All fair questions and ones that required my thought before responding to each.
As I said on the show, I was about to retire from my career in law enforcement and had no real idea what I would do next, still at the young age of 42. But, that question got answered in a way I hadn't expected at all that day about two weeks prior to that last day with my department. A couple of friends of mine, federal defense lawyers I knew that had a small law firm, contacted me about a problem they had. They had bailed out a client they had on federal charges that had fled the country (U.S.A.). The bad part was that the judge that had that case was now wanting them to produce either the fugitve defendant, or the $1 million dollars in bail. They had neither. In the United States at the federal level of justice you, the one who bailed someone out, can't make a deal with the court for a lesser bail payment, and walk away from it with just the loss of those funds like a county level bondsman can. Here, you have to pay up the full amount of bail set or face the very charges that the defendant was on over it. It gets very serious. They were a small firm and had taken the case in the first place for the publicity they hoped to gain by defending this roach of a client. Well, I got with the local office of the F.B.I. who had the fugitive warrant on this fugitive, and his criminal history file. Over that next two weeks, I studied up on this guy, and learned all I could about him before actually committing myself to the case. Once officially retired, the rest, as they say, is history.
It was that very love I had for the crimial justice system and having apprehended quite a few bad guys and girls prior to that case that just naturally led me into fugitive recovery, or more commonly called, bounty hunting. Now you know why I did that work. It was, and still is, my passion. Even through all the things one goes through to catch your prey, it is the satisfaction of knowing you have served justice at the case's conclusion.
Now, you would ask, why aren't you still doing it? The answer is that it's a young man's game. A deadly game for all its players. I am now too old, and the cases tend to take their toll on you over time, physically, mentally, and spirtitually. Those that do this for a living know of what I speak. It is, by far, the most dangerous way to make a living that I know of. Yet bounty hunting has been around for centuries with little notice at all to anyone, except by those governments that have a criminal flee their homeland for foreign soil, and to safe harbor from the crimes they committed back home. Almost since time began bounty hunters have been around. In this line of work you must be a professional at weapons, martial arts, and capable of killing without little thought to it. Because that's very much apart of what you have to do to survive, make your apprehension, and return with that fugitive for justice sake.
If you missed the "X Zone", hosted by Rob Mc Connell, just go to www.xzoneradiotv.com . They do have an archives for his shows there. Enter the date of the show, April 29, 2011, and Segment 1. That would be my interview.
Until my next entry here, keep it safe, and thanks a bunch for coming to my sites. As always, if you want to ask anything about my world of criminal justice, send me an email anytime at admin@hoofard.us . And, don't forget that my next "Dane" novel will be coming by summer's end, 2011 titled, "Dane: Saigon J.U.M.P.". It's slow in coming due to the fact that it's a hard book to write, as all them are. Until next I write, adios amigos.
11:16 am pdt

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

A Tribute to the one I love, Mrs. Catherine Owens Hoofard
It's been quite a while since I posted anything new to this blog page, but there is reason behind that. Much has taken place since my last entry here.
I lost the love of my life, Mrs. Catherine Owens Hoofard to cardiac arrest on March 4, 2011, and laid her to rest on March 10, 2011. My heart is breaking over my loss. She was more than just my wife. She was my best friend, my confident, and the greatest love I have ever known. She meant more than just the world to me. She meant everthing to me. Now I am dealing with the business of life without the one who knew just what to do. She knew what my thoughts were even before I knew them at times. She had this way about her that she just knew what to say and when to say it that even my worst day would turn into a wonderful one after all. Her heart was a giving loving one that saw me through the good and bad that life throws at you from time to time. Words alone just don't say what I am feeling over my great loss. I have cried many a tear since her passing that I have none left to cry. God has my love now at his side. My ambition now is that I will one day join her there and we can once again be as we were here on earth, together as one. Only then it will be a forever for us, not just as it was here. Time on earth has no meaning in heaven. My only comfort is in knowing that she no longer hurts her earthly hurts any more. She no longer battles her diebetic ills, or deals with a pacemaker/defibricator attached to her weak heart. She is now free of all that. My dear Catherine, I will forever love you. As I said in that last Valentine's Day card I gave you before you left me here all alone,"How much do I love you? I will love you forever and a day.", and that's still as true now as it was then. I will love you forever and a day. 
1:37 pm pdt

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