A True Story of Beagle Rescue
Is Good Now as told by Floyd"
true, rags-to-riches story is narrated by Floyd, a beagle who
was rescued from the mountains of North Carolina. He was brought
to Durham, NC, where he escaped a temporary home, was picked
up by the animal control officer, waited out his time at the
shelter and finally found the good life with my husband and
me. We also adopted his sister and a mixed-breed bird dog from
the shelter at the same time. The book is a funny, touching
story of their journey to the good life.
The 6x6-inch book is formatted as
a children's book with illustrations done by photo manipulation.
The targeted audiences are children and adults, animal lovers
and users of photo manipulation software. Throughout the book,
Floyd is eternally optimistic about finding the good life, even
though his sister, Rosebud, worries and questions most of the
obstacles they encounter. At the shelter they meet Wilma, the
mixed breed we also adopted, who hints that her former home wasn't
such a good one. When they are finally chosen to come home with
us, they are told that they have to visit the veterinarian.
"We were all taken to a veterinarian.
I soon found out that "being fixed" meant that we wouldn't
be able to make puppies. This was a good thing, because there
are so many dogs at the shelter that don't ever find a new home.
If more dogs were "fixed" then the shelters wouldn't
be so crowded. This would make the jobs of the animal shelter
Thirty percent of the sale of this
book will benefit an animal shelter. If you are an animal shelter
or protection group, you can use this book as a fundraiser. The
dedication page of the book includes a statement about the thirty
percent and provides a blank line for your group name to be written.
My intention is that the book only
be sold through animal shelters, animal protection groups or from
my web site. Books sold from my web site will benefit the Durham
County Animal Shelter from where our three dogs were adopted.
In the first two months, I sold
over 400 books directly to animal shelters nationwide. Locally
and through my web site in the first year I sold over 3,000 books,
which means animal shelters have received over $9000! The Durham
County Animal Shelter received about a third of that money.
From Akitas to
Weimaraners, from Florida to Oregon,
"That Dog Won't Hunt!" includes ten true dog rescue
Bo, the buck-toothed Beagle, is the
cover dog. Rescued by Triangle
Beagle Rescue of NC from a local shelter, Bo was surrendered
to the shelter by his owner, a hunter, because he wouldn't hunt.
Bongo, as he is now known, is living the good life as a totally
Bo's story is just one of ten stories
of dogs saved by rescue groups. I have included not only breed
specific rescue groups, but also non-breed specific groups.
The dogs featured in the book are:
Daisy, an English Bulldog from Operation
K9 Rescue in California; Jefferson, a mixed breed lab and
basset hound from Second
Chance Pet Adoption in North Carolina; Samson, an Akita from
Lakes Akita Rescue in Wisconsin; Red Bull, a pit bull from
Animals at Risk
Care Sanctuary in California; Buddy, a lab from LABMED
in Florida; Dodger, a greyhound from Second
Chance for Greyhounds in Michigan; Whitney, a German Shepherd
Stone German Shepherd Rescue in Kentucky; Paul, a Weimaraner
Rain Weimaraner in Oregon; and lastly Brandy, a Bullmastiff
Bullmastiff Association Rescue in New Jersey.
As I did with my first book,
I will give 30% of the sale of the book back to rescue groups
overall message is loud and clear: these "recycled dogs"
bring great joy to their new families.
We also extol the value of
a good belly rub.