Local author publishes heartwarming story of rescue cats and gains international attention.

ENFIELD, CT, Feb. 2, 2017 – Local author and long-time Connecticut resident, Shawn Flynn, is pleased to announce the release of, “THE KITTY Who Rescued Me After I Rescued Him,” currently available from Amazon.com and everywhere books are sold. A touching and inspiring story of heartfelt companionship, THE KITTY offers an uplifting perspective on what it means to find true friendship in this world.

“I’ve had this story in my head for years about the love affair I have with my cats and decided to take some time to document my thoughts,” commented Mr. Flynn. “Before I knew it, I had a book. People who I shared my initial manuscript with were touched, and they encouraged me to see if I could get it published.”

What people are saying about THE KITTY:

“This book would be great for families and to read to your kids… I promise this book is a perfect cat lover best read!!” -Katzenworld, United Kingdom

"Heartwarming story of the love and healing power that rescue cats can bring into our lives and homes. Even if you are not currently a cat-lover, you'll become one after reading this story. ENJOY!" -Kathy McAfee, author of Stop Global Boring

"A very touching, nice story to read. Animal children love you unconditionally and make your world brighter." -Tamara Taylor

"This would be the perfect book for any cat lover on your shopping list. A funny, sweet and endearing true tale of a single man and his cats. Shawn Flynn captures the true essence of the profound impact our pets can have on our happiness and sense of stability." -John McLeod

After 25 years working in a market research career, Mr. Flynn decided to step away to pursue his passion for writing. He knew he wanted to explore his deep connection with cats, particularly the first cat he ever rescued.

More information can be found at Amazon, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

Check out Mr. Flynn’s interview with Hartford book reviewer, John Valeri.

All are invited to attend the upcoming author events with Mr. Flynn:

Book Club Bookstore, 100 Main Street, Broad Brook, CT, Saturday, February 11, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Sharing the Light Wholistic Center, 395 West Avon Road, Avon, CT, Friday, February 17, 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Blue Umbrella Books, 2 Main Street, Westfield, MA, Saturday, March 11, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

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A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER, NOW IN TRADE PAPERBACK!
ESTHER THE WONDER PIG
• Maple Smoked Rice Paper Bacon (NEW!)
• Alfredo Sauce (NEW!)
• Cashew Dill Cheese
• Nutty Chocolate Ice Cream Bars
• Esther-Approved Cherry Cheesecake
• A Conversation With Steve & Derek (NEW!)
Grand Central Publishing is proud to present the New York Times Bestseller, ESTHER THE WONDER
PIG: Changing the World One Heart at a Time by Steve Jenkins and Derek Walter, with Caprice
Crane in trade paperback on May 30, 2017 — with two new Esther-Approved recipes and a Conversation
with Steve and Derek!
ESTHER THE WONDER PIG shares the heartwarming story of this titular social media superstar and
friend to all, and of how loving families really do come in all shapes and sizes. Esther has won the hearts
of people from many walks of life, amassing—with her parents’ love and support—over 1 million followers
across social media (and growing!) She is now declared a Global Influencer on Facebook in a special
partnership with the mega platform.
In the summer of 2012, Steve Jenkins was contacted by an old friend about adopting a micro piglet.
Though he knew his partner Derek wouldn’t be enthusiastic, he agreed to take the adorable little animal,
thinking he could care for her himself. Little did he know how that decision would change his and Derek’s
lives forever. It turned out that there was nothing “micro” about Esther, and Steve and Derek had actually
signed on to raise a full-sized commercial pig. Tiny Esther weighed just four pounds back then, but is now
a whopping 650 pounds. Esther quickly outgrew their small home—but not without some real growing
pains and a lot of messes. Esther voices her opinions, and boy does she have opinions!
When it became clear that Esther needed more space—and a lot of it—Steve and Derek made another
life-changing decision: they bought a farm and opened the Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary, where
they could care for Esther once she was full-grown and for other animals like her, in need of a safe haven
when there usually is none for them. The couple continues to rescue and rehabilitate abandoned and
abused farm animals there. Esther shares her life on the farm with lovable pigs, cows, birds, goats, donkeys,
horses, sheep, rabbits, and other canine and feline siblings!
Funny, heartwarming, and truly charming, ESTHER THE WONDER PIG follows Steve and Derek’s adventure
from reluctant pig parents to farm-owning advocates for animals. Esther is a true phenomenon with
an inspiring, love-filled message for the world.
Peace, Love & Esther!
 

ABOUT THE AUTHORS
In just three short years, Steve and Derek have cemented a place for themselves among the world’s
most wellknown and successful animal activists, accumulating hundreds of thousands of followers from
all over the globe. In 2014, Steve and Derek founded the Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary in Campbellville,
Ontario, where they continue to rescue and rehabilitate abandoned and abused farmed animals.
Caprice Crane is an award-winning, internationally bestselling, five-time novelist, screenwriter, and
television writer. Caprice’s humor and satirical observations have earned her a wildly loyal social media
following and the distinction as one of the Huffington Post’s “50 Funny People You Should Be Following
on Twitter.”
“First, Jenkins and Walter opened their hearts to one very special pig, and now they are opening their
doors and letting us in, too. ESTHER THE WONDER PIG is a tender, funny story that manages to sneak
up behind you when you’re least expecting it and change your life. Be prepared to fall in love—with a pig.”
—Jasmin Singer, author of Always Too Much and Never Enough: A Memoir and co-host of Our Hen House
“Told with self-effacing humor and a sense of wonder at what life can bring, ESTHER is the story of
the transformative power of love between people and animals and how the decision to try to make a difference
on a personal level can effect positive change far beyond anything that might have been imagined.”
—Larry Levin, New York Times bestselling author of Oogy: The Dog Only a Family Could Love
“Steve and Derek show us what we already know at Mercy for Animals-that farmed animals are just as
deserving of love and respect as the dogs and cats we share our home with-or, in their case, the pig they
share their home with.”
—Nathan Runkle, founder & president, Mercy for Animals
“An inspirational, enjoyable read, especially for animal lovers.”
—Booklist
“Written in a sincere, touching, and often quite funny voice, ESTHER THE WONDER PIG is a balm to
the soul . . . So far, definitely my favorite read of 2016.”
—Have Cake, Will Travel
“Funny, entertaining, enlightening, and touching, this book about an unknowingly influential little piggy is
a good read that also provides an education on the intelligence of pigs and their capacity for giving and
receiving affection.”―
—Publishers Weekly (STARRED REVIEW)
 

 

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GO WILD THIS MOTHER’S DAY!

NAT GEO WILD CELEBRATES MOTHER’S DAY BY HIGHLIGHTING THE AMAZING MOMS OF THE ANIMAL KINGDOM

Premieres Include a Special Airing of Safari Liveat 9 AM ET and an Adorable

Three-Part Special Animal Momsat 8 PM ET on Sunday, May 14, on Nat Geo WILD

                       

(WASHINGTON, D.C. – May 1, 2017) Nat Geo WILD celebrates Mother’s Day with a day of programming that showcases the animal kingdom’s most amazing moms. Tune in Sunday, May 14, to discover the heartwarming stories of how our planet’s wild animals raise their young — from a mother sheep comforting her crying lamb to a lioness guarding her cubs in the middle of the African wilderness — with a lineup of adorable programming suitable for the entire family. You may be surprised at how similar the parental styles of the natural world are to our own! For more information, visit our press website atnatgeotvpressroom.com or follow us on Twitter using @NGC_PR.


The celebration begins with a morning alongside the animal moms of the African wilderness in a special airing of Nat Geo WILD’s hit series Safari Live from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. ET. Safari Live gives you a front-row seat to an actual safari as our guides get you up close and personal with some of Africa’s most iconic species — such as lions, leopards, elephants, giraffes and more — in real time. Viewers can interact with the guides in real time on Twitter using #safarilive.

Later, we reveal the secrets behind moms in the wild in a three-part special, Animal Moms,beginning at 8 p.m. ET. This charming program explores the ways in which animal mothers rear their young, from the moment of birth to the “terrible twos” and beyond. Each episode features a mix of science, fascinating stories and heartwarming moments to show how animal mothers devote their lives to their babies. Discover the surprising realities behind the greatest bond in the animal kingdom: motherhood.

 

Mother’s Day Premieres Include:

Safari Live: Mother’s Day Special

Premieres Sunday, May 14, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. ET

Safari Live is back with a special broadcast dedicated to the awesome animal mothers of the African wilderness. Not only are the guides giving you a front-row seat to safari rides in South Africa’s famous Kruger National Park, but they are also live broadcasting from the iconic Maasai Mara to showcase its incredible wildlife — such as herds of elephants, packs of endangered wild dogs, prides of lions, cheetahs, leopards and hyenas, among many others. It’s a Safari Live first you won’t want to miss!

Animal Moms: Happy Birthday!

Premieres Sunday, May 14, at 8 p.m. ET

Discover the incredible stories of the mothers of the animal kingdom. We begin with the heartwarming moments immediately following birth, when animal moms establish their magical bonds with their newborns as they welcome them into the world. From their youngsters’ first steps to their first meals, see how the animal mothers’ maternal instincts kick in to keep their young safe, fed and healthy.

Animal Moms: Terrible Twos

Premieres Sunday, May 14, at 9 p.m. ET

Explore how animal moms cope when their youngsters grow from infants to toddlers. Just like for human babies, play time is extremely important for these baby animals, and their animal moms have their work cut out for them. From pygmy goats learning just how high they can climb to baby lambs learning how to use their voices, these adorable stories show just how similar animals are to us. Discover animal moms’ tactics for tackling tantrums, the way they handle bullies and their ingenious methods for child care.

Animal Moms: Home Schooled

Premieres Sunday, May 14, at 10 p.m. ET

Just like human babies, animal babies learn by mimicking their mothers. It’s essential that they acquire all of the skills that will help keep them alive in the wild. Explore how animal mothers teach their young how to communicate, behave and find food. Also, witness a group of super-surrogate moms that are vital in preserving the future of various species.

 

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From one of the country’s foremost doctors and now New York Times bestselling author comes a step-by-step plan for diagnosing, treating and healing Lyme and other chronic diseases.

HOW CAN I GET BETTER?

An Action Plan for Treating Resistant Lyme and Chronic Disease

Dr. Richard Horowitz

Since its release in the fall of 2013, Dr. Horowitz's groundbreaking text on Lyme and chronic disease Why Can’t I Get Better? has been an extraordinary success, selling close to 50,000 copies across formats to date with a media platform that is increasing every day. Now, in HOW CAN I GET BETTER?:  An Action Plan for Treating Resistant Lyme and Chronic Disease (SMP OS February 14, 2017), a new handbook, he provides what everyone suffering desperately needs: a direct, actionable step by step plan for implementing his 16-point MSIDS Diagnostic Map in the treatment of Lyme and Chronic Disease, along with the research updates that guide his treatment and new stories pulled from his practice that show how healing is possible.

The ongoing debate over Lyme disease as a chronic illness has made it difficult for patients to find appropriate care, as they are often misdiagnosed with such diseases as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Multiple Sclerosis, an auto-immune disorder, or even a psychiatric condition. Meanwhile, answers are elusive and doctors knowledgeable in treating remain few. At the same time, the number of cases is growing astoundingly each year, reaching epidemic proportions. Specific and accessible, HOW CAN I GET BETTER? is an all-in-one source to guide doctors and patients alike in  identifying  symptoms and working together for the best possible treatment outcome.

RICHARD I. HOROWITZ is a board-certified MD specializing in Internal Medicine. He and his wife, Lee, founded the Hudson Valley Healing Arts Center in Hyde Park, New York, which has treated over 12,000 patients for tick-borne diseases over the past twenty-six years. Dr. Horowitz is known for his pioneering work with Lyme disease and is recognized to be one of the country’s foremost experts on chronic illness.

ABOUT THE BOOK

HOW CAN I GET BETTER?: An Action Plan for Treating Resistant Lyme and Chronic Disease

Author: Dr. Richard Horowitz

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

On sale: February 14, 2017

U.S. ISBN: 9781250070548 / $18.99

U.S. Ebook ISBN: 9781250111449 / $9.99

 

“Jones has compiled a collection of quotes about cats —some

funny, some deep— and matched them to beautiful color photos.

The result, as the title suggests, will please cat people.”

--William Hageman, Chicago Tribune

   NEW IN PAPERBACK

MEOW:

A Book of Happiness for Cat Lovers

By Anouska Jones

Cats have a way of walking into our lives and making themselves right at home. No cat lover can imagine life without a feline presence — even if it’s only as fleeting as the occasional conversation with a neighborhood stray. MEOW: A Book of Happiness for Cat Lovers (Exisle Publishing, New in Paperback, March 2016) is a compendium of delightful quotes and gorgeous photographs that capture the essence of this fascination. Together they show a cat’s beauty and grace. Some of the quotes are by famous people (Mark Twain, Jean Cocteau, Ernest Hemingway), others not; some are philosophical, others light-hearted — all are memorable. The imagery captures the elegance, style and pesonality of cats.

MEOW is the perfect gift for cat lovers -- a book that will be forever treasured, displayed and enjoyed.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Anouska Jones is a cat-loving book editor, who has worked in publishing for over twenty years. She compiled the quotes in MEOW from a range of sources, while her beloved cat kept close watch from her vantage point on Anouska’s desk.

MEOW: A Book of Happiness for Cat Lovers

By Anouska Jones

ISBN 978 1 925335 08 8  March 2016

$11.95US. $13.99 CA paperback   160 pages

Discover a Hidden World in Your Own Backyard

The Secret Lives of Backyard Bugs

Insects are among the most extraordinary creatures inhabiting our natural world. From the metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a butterfly to the intricate design of a spider’s web, their feats are bigger than their tiny proportions. Discovering their traits and habits is a fascinating experience that anybody can enjoy if they know where to look. With The Secret Lives of Backyard Bugs, readers will discover a world they never knew existed, right in their own backyards.

Judy Burris and Wayne Richards, the sister-and-brother, author-photographer team behind the award-winning book The Life Cycles of Butterflies, have teamed up again to capture unique views of common backyard bugs. Each creature is shown extremely close-up in its natural setting, progressing through various stages of its life cycle. Burris and Richards have captured such amazing sights as the tiny white eggs of a lightning bug – no bigger than a numeral on a penny – and an Eastern Black Swallowtail butterfly midway through its molt to reveal a chrysalis. Stunning photography is combined with expert information to create an up-close-and-personal tour of the hidden lives of spiders, beetles, butterflies, moths, crickets, dragonflies, damselflies, grasshoppers, aphids, and many other backyard residents.

The Secret Lives of Backyard Bugs provides a unique look at some of life’s most fascinating mysteries, offering a journey that is surprising, captivating, and perfect for nature lovers of all ages.With this book in hand, readers will discover an amazing world just outside their own doors.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR                                                                                                                                                                     

Judy Burris and Wayne Richards, a sister-brother, author-photographer team, are coauthors of The Life Cycles of Butterflies, which won Learning Magazine’s 2007 Teacher’s Choice Award for “Children’s Books” and “Product of Excellence for the Family.” Their articles and photography, as well as many stories written about them, have been published in Butterfly Gardener, Birds and Blooms, The Cincinnati Enquirer, Better Homes and Gardens, Cincinnati, and Backyard Living.                                                                               

The Secret Lives of Backyard Bugs

Judy Burris & Wayne Richards

Storey Publishing, June 2011

136 pages; 8" x 10"

Photographs throughout

$14.95 paper; ISBN 978-1-60342-563-6

$24.95 hardcover; ISBN 978-1-60342-985-6

“Sharon Ward Keeble has, in this great collection of stories, managed to capture the unconditional devotion that dogs continue to give to us all despite an often harsh beginning in life.”
--War Paws Charity
My Rescue Dog Rescued Me
Amazing True Stories of Adopted Canine Heroes
By Sharon Ward Keeble
A dog’s breeding and background matter so much less than many people believe. All too often, shelter dogs are dismissed as adoption options because they are “damaged” or “risky.” But inside every dog, no matter where it comes from, is the potential for a loyal, loving, and brave companion. No collection of stories demonstrates that more than those in My Rescue Dog Rescued Me (Skyhorse Publishing, April 2017).
In this inspiring little book, author Sharon Ward Keeble will introduce readers to the incredible dogs who went from being shelter rescues to becoming rescuers in these incredible true stories:
• Toby, the golden retriever who performed the Heimlich maneuver to save his owner’s life
• Liam, the Lhasa Apso-Poodle mix who helped his owner battle an eating disorder
• Hercules, the St. Bernard who saved his owners from burglars on the first day he moved in
• Alfie, the terrier who gave a bullied girl a new lease on life
• And many more!
These canine heroes came to their owner’s aid in their times of greatest need—whether it was saving them from physical
 
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threats or helping them to recover from mental illness, PTSD, and bereavement. Let these uplifting
stories warm your heart, and show you that adopted dogs truly are man’s best friend.
My Rescue Dog Rescued Me is a book that will be difficult to put down without first making a trip
to the closest animal shelter.
About the Author
Sharon Ward Keeble is a journalist with more than twenty years’ experience of national reporting for
major women’s magazines and newspapers in the United Kingdom and United States, including Closer,
Bella, and the Sunday Mirror. She is the author of China: Passport to Adventure and coauthor of The Horse
Girl. She is based in Florida.
More Praise for My Rescue Dog Rescued Me
“An absolute must-read for anyone who’s known the incomparable love of a rescue dog, or
would like to.”
—YOURS magazine
“[We] commend this book for sharing some wonderful stories of how rescuing a dog from a
shelter can transform not only the life of the dog but also the lives of those who adopt
them.”
—Soi Dog Foundation
“This book has character and heart . . . a must-read for dog lovers, but also for anyone
whose life has been touched by an animal, and knows the comfort and joy they can bring.”
—Take a Break magazine
 
My Rescue Dog Rescued Me
Amazing True Stories of Adopted Canine Heroes
By Sharon Ward Keeble
Skyhorse Publishing hardcover, also available as an
eBook
On Sale: April 11, 2017
ISBN: 978-1-5107-1737-4 ǀ $17.99

Dr. Petty’s Pain Relief for Dogs:

The Complete Medical and Integrative Guide to Treating Pain

By Dr. Michael Petty

Publisher: Countryman Press

Publication Date: February 1, 2016

Price: $24.95 / hardcopy

ISBN: 9781581573091

Dr. Petty arms his readers with the information they need to help their canine companions stay comfortable, even in the face of illness or old age. He has done a great service for dogs and the people who love them. Read this book. Your dog will thank you.

– Dr. Jessica Pierce, bioethicist and author of The Last Walk

Veterinary Expert Dr. Petty Provides a New Comprehensive Guide to

Diagnosing and Relieving Your Dog's Pain

You love your dog, and hate to see him in pain. Yet you don’t want to head to the vet’s office for hundreds of dollars’ worth of tests that might prove useless. Dr. Mike Petty understands this dilemma. He’s a world-renowned “pain vet,” a practitioner of a relatively new and specific branch of veterinarian medicine, and the author of Dr. Petty’s Pain Relief for Dogs(Countryman Press; February 1, 2016).

According to Dr. Petty, “Despite your best intentions, it can be difficult for you as your animal’s caregiver to recognize when your pet is in pain. All animals are adept at hiding signs of pain – in fact, pain does not always manifest itself in the more obvious form of a limp or an animal crying out. Instead, pain is often exhibited as a change in behavior.”

Dr. Petty works with cutting-edge research to find the best way to both recognize and relieve your pet's pain. In the book, he provides dog owners with an invaluable resource that will educate and guide readers in three critical areas:

1. How to determine whether a dog is in pain

2. How to find a veterinarian capable of treating these pain issues

3. What treatments are available, and more importantly which are worth pursuing and which are not

Dr. Petty offers clear descriptions of the treatments, both traditional and holistic, along with the wisdom and support dog owners crave when faced with an animal in pain.

In Dr. Petty’s Pain Relief for Dogs,Dr. Petty’s goal is to provide owners with the tools needed to both identify the signs – and then treat – pain in their nonverbal best friend. Starting with how to recognize signs of pain in your dog (and how to avoid common misconceptions), the book helps to differentiate acute and chronic pain. Dr. Petty also provides information to guide owners through their veterinary visits, including what should be expected in pain exams as well as common medications. Dr. Petty, himself a veterinary pain management expert and acupuncturist, walks readers through the vastly misunderstood acupuncture process, explaining the science behind why it’s so successful.

Drawing on almost four decades of experience, Dr. Petty also offers advice to owners regarding lesser understood topics like dog prosthetics, diet and nutraceuticals, alternative medications such as botanicals, and treatments including shock wave therapy. This book provides practical “DIY” information for owners as well, from home exercise to massages, and explains how to conduct a pain “makeover” for your home and dog.

Dr. Petty’s Pain Relief for Dogs also goes beyond guiding the owner through their pet’s pain. In the book, Dr. Petty helps owners evaluate what considerations to make when thinking about adding another pet to your home, what to do when pain treatment becomes unaffordable, and last, how to cope when chronic pain treatment and quality of life issues.

 

About Dr. Petty:

Dr. Michael Petty, DVM, is the author of Dr. Petty's Pain Relief for Dogs: The Complete Medical and Integrative Guide to Treating Pain (Countryman Press, February 2016). He is a veterinarian and certified veterinary pain management expert and acupuncturist. As the owner of the Arbor Pointe Veterinary Hospital and the Animal Pain Center in Canton, Michigan, he has devoted his professional life to the care and well-being of animals.

Dr. Petty is the past president of the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management and the co-author of the AAHA/AAFP 2015 Pain Guidelines. A frequent speaker and consultant, he has published articles in veterinary journals and serves in an advisory capacity to several pharmaceutical companies on topics of pain management. Dr. Petty is a frequent lecturer at both national and international veterinary conferences.

Within this sphere of care, he has expanded his knowledge to encompass the most up-to-date and compassionate treatments available. These special skills consist of certification in pain management from several esteemed organizations, including: Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner, Certified Medical Veterinary Acupuncture, Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist, and Diplomate, American Academy of Pain Management.

Dr. Petty lives in rural Michigan on a horse farm with his wife and two daughters, and two Portuguese Water Dogs.

The Pit Bull Life

A Dog Lover’s Companion

Hardcover ● $21.95

Deirdre Franklin & Linda Lombardi

This is a book for anyone who loves their pit bulls or is looking for a comprehensive, compassionate, and fun resource before adopting one. Pit bull owners and advocates Deirdre Franklin and Linda Lombardi take down the harmful myths and misinformation that cause pit bulls to be unfairly judged. The authors also help owners and soon-to-be owners through the murky waters of breed-specific legislation, which may—believe it or not—affect where pit bulls are allowed and even what restraints they might be required to wear.

Any pit bull owner can tell you that owning one is a unique joy, but comes with certain challenges. During World War II, the pit bull became a symbol of American strength and loyalty before being painted as a thuggish, violent breed by pop culture in the 1980s and 1990s. As the authors explain, there have been too many dogs that have gone through this “dangerous dog of the moment” phase in their history. An excitable and friendly breed, Franklin and Lombardi give precise tips on training pit bulls to be gentle through positive reinforcement rather than the typical fear-driven conditioning seen on TV. Readers can also learn about adoption, rescue, and raising pit bulls along with children.

In addition to an in-depth education and lots of practical, everyday advice, readers will also enjoy gorgeous color photographs of adorable pit bulls of all types and ages. The authors have also profiled notable pit bull owners and advocates who make it their mission to make the world a more understanding place for this energetic and peaceful breed of dog.

Deirdre Franklinis the founder, president, and soul behind Pinups for Pitbulls, Inc., an education and advocacy group that helps shelters and animal rescues around the country. She earned her Master's degree in public policy at Drexel University and wrote her thesis on breed discriminatory laws. She has garnered many accolades for her efforts in dog advocacy, including the Wallace Award, by championing the relationship in the human-canine bond. She lives in Asheville, NC.

Linda Lombardi began her writing career as the pets columnist for the Associated Press. She is the author of Animals Behaving Badly, a humor book based on science and the news, and the Hannah Lilly series of zoo mysteries. Her hands-on experience with animals includes work training shelter dogs and as a zookeeper with small mammals, reptiles and amphibians.

From the humans at BarkPost comes the first official BarkBook, DOGS AND THEIR PEOPLE: Photos and Stories of Life with a Four-Legged Love, which Putnam is excited to publish on October 18, 2016. A collection of community-sourced and never-before-told anecdotes, stories, photos, and intimate insights, DOGS AND THEIR PEOPLE captures the depth, spirit, and power of the extraordinary bond between humans and their pups and spotlights more than two hundred unique and remarkable dogs. Some are celebri-dogs (oh hello, Tuna Melts My Heart and Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund) while others are just making their debut; some will make your heart ache while others will make it soar; and others simply look dapper in color.

But this book isn’t just about the dogs; it’s about celebrating the crazy, consuming, unconditional love we feel for them. It’s about the songs you’ve made up for them, the hugs you’ve given them on bad days, and all the outfits that—let’s be honest—you forced them into. It’s about the lightness they’ve brought to our lives just by being there—and having smushy faces. We hear you, dog people; this one is for you.

BarkPost is the mastiff-sized media outlet for all things dog. By creating original (and heart-warming, and goofy) content for dog people, BarkPost helps dogs share their stories with the world using the power of humans. BarkPost is part of Bark & Co, the New York-based startup dedicated to making dogs and their people happy. Since launching in 2012 with BarkBox, a monthly box of funny toys, treats and chews that you can’t find together anywhere else, the dog-obsessed humans at Bark & Co have shipped more than 25 million products to date. The company has since expanded in recent years with a goal of getting the backs of dog parents for everything - creating its own products, experiences and entertainment with BarkShop, BarkLive, and BarkPost.

Stacie Grissom and Morgane Chang from BarkPost and select contributors from the book are available for media interviews. Please contact Katie McKee at Putnam for more information.

DOGS AND THEIR PEOPLE• By BarkPost • G.P. Putnam’s Sons •

On Sale: October 18, 2016 • ISBN: 978-0-399-57426-9• $25.00

KATIE MCKEE, Senior Publicity Manager

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