“There are too many dog books.  There never are enuf good dog books.”  Will Judy, Founder of National Dog Week.

http://eliteprofessionals.org/2012/01/09/somethings-lost-and-must-be-found-seven-short-tails-of-inspiration-on-a-long-leash/ Thanks to Taylor Ashley of Elite Professionals Magazine for this nice feature!

Donald E. Brown's NDW Poster - 2011

This is a very special blogging milestone for me…with this post (my 140th) I celebrate two years of continuous blogging.  My first post appeared on January 4, 2010.  Some said it wouldn’t last, I would never find the time to post weekly.  But, according to my year-end WordPress Summary, “The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people.  This blog was viewed 11,000 times in 2011.  If it were a concert at the Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.”  With hundreds of millions of blogs in the world, I cherish my puppy’s share of “clicks.”

I launched this blog site to educate readers about Captain Will Judy and the mission of his National Dog Week Movement begun in 1928 and  to help promote a book I’ve been writing about Judy and his enduring influence on the American dog.  Today, I am happy to announce that this book will be published by McFarland & Company, a leading independent publisher of academic and non-fiction books, in 2013.  I am thrilled by this development and want to thank my agents Donna Eastman and Gloria Koehler for their advice and encouragement from the submission process to editorial assistance.

But I couldn’t have done it without the help of some animal-loving friends who shared their stories and work with me.  I wrote about issues I thought were important to those who act as protectors and guardians of our Companion Animals. It is rewarding to see that a post about Thomas Cole and his Shelter Revolution http://www.shelterrevolution.org/ was among the most widely read and one by animal advocate “Willie Wonka” about Spay and Neuter initiatives https://www.facebook.com/pages/Project-Pets-Spay-Neuter-Love/160594203971240?ref=ts was the one that received the most comments.  And WordPress informed me that while most referrals came from Facebook, many came from the Teddy Hilton Blog written by Dr. Patrick Mahaney who generously served as the official NDW Pet Health Consultant. http://teddyhilton.com/

I am also excited to confirm that the book’s Foreword will be written by NYC Dog Obedience Trainer, Babette Haggerty.  Babette’s father, the late Captain Arthur Haggerty, is regarded by many as the “Grandfather of American Dog Obedience.”  He was very influential is promoting the values of Captain Judy and a great supporter of National Dog Week.

My first book, Something’s Lost and Must be Found (now available in paper back) was inspired by this blog.  This collection of dog-centric short stories has been well-reviewed and I am glad people continue to enjoy it.  And I plan to be able to help some special causes with some of my proceeds. http://www.amazon.com/Somethings-Lost-Must-Found-ebook/dp/B0051ZMYG2

Nine decades ago, Will Judy knew that people loved to read about dogs…and that remains true today.  I have featured some talented writers throughout these past two years and now, as I present my literary milestone, I celebrate the way they also use their unique writing talents to make life better for both dog and human. For more information, I have listed each author’s Links below this post.

Early on, I presented an interview with author Jon Katz (Bedlam Farms). Last year, I received a review copy of his novel, Rose in a Storm, that I thoroughly enjoyed. I extend my condolences to Jon on the loss of his beloved Border Collie, Rose, who passed late last year.  I’ve read Jon is publishing a special e-book about his life with Rose for Random House.

Another very popular post was one about Seattle-based author, Steve Duno.  Steve’s book, Last Dog on the Hill is a moving account of his relationship with a rescued feral pup named Lou.  Steve tells me that a book he has co-written about the abandoned dogs of Puerto Rico will be out later this year.

And humans aren’t the only ones who can write a good dog book.  Last year, Bocker the Labradoodle presented his Chasing Bocker’s Tale, the “pawmoir” of a camera-friendly dog who uses his charm and good looks to help humans and animals in need of a helping paw.  We just gave away a copy of Bocker’s book on the NDW Community Page. https://www.facebook.com/pages/National-Dog-Week/218596591491974#!/pages/National-Dog-Week/218596591491974

Tracy Aiello’s book, the Miracle Dogs of Portugal, taught history through the legacy of the Portuguese water dog breed and author Lisa Pliscou featured a gnarly surfing Dog named Bud in Dude: Fun with Dude and Betty.  I got to meet Lisa at a local book signing in June.

On my to-read list are dog groomer/author Jamie Wilsoncroft’s short story, Jingle Bells and Puppy Dog Tales about a woman who finds self worth and love while recovering from a double mastectomy when she adopts a dog from a shelter.  Congratulations to Jamie on the recent release of her new book, Remembering Zane. Alanna Chasin’s The Dog Buddha Explains is on that list as is tireless dog-advocate Robert Cabral’s Selling Used Dogs, a hands on tool to help shelter workers, vounteers and rescue organizations filled with creative concepts.

And finally, I want to acknowledge the help of my sister, Manette and my friend, David Lender on their help in launching this blog and for their  publishing help and encouragement.  David is a successful writer of thrillers. His latest, Vaccine Nation has done very nicely on Amazon.  He hasn’t written a dog book (yet) but he loves to write about their adopted pit bull, Styles, in his author’s blog. http://davidlender.blogspot.com/

As I wrote in my very first post, I hope that if Will Judy could read my books, he would think they were better than good “enuf.” (He had quirky way of writing that entertained his audience).  Wish me luck as I toil over the “ruff” drafts and challenges to come in the writing of his biography.  Where there is a “Will” there is a way…

http://www.bedlamfarm.com/

http://www.steveduno.com/bio.htm

http://www.amazon.com/Chasing-Bockers-Tale-ebook/dp/B005HRY2J6

http://www.amazon.com/Miracle-Dogs-Portugal-Tracy-Aiello/dp/0984194908/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1325528668&sr=1-1

http://www.amazon.com/Lisa-Pliscou/e/B001HPALL0

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/120432  (Jamie Wilsoncroft)

http://chasinpets.com/the-dog-buddha-explains-download/  (password: ebookformyfriends)

http://www.robertcabral.com/

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