My Visit with Eclipse The Bus Riding Dog

Eclipse, the star of my book “Dog on Board: The True Story of Eclipse, the Bus Riding Dog,”  died in late October. I want to share more about my visit with Eclipse and Jeff, her person. Eclipse was a very patient dog.  When Jeff and I sat to have coffee …

Dog on Board: The True Story of Eclipse, the Bus-Riding Dog

ISBN13: 9780399549885     ISBN10: 0399549889 Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers, January 2016 Eclipse, Seattle’s bus riding dog, died in her sleep in late October.  She had been sick, and she was old after a busy and happy life with her person Jeff.  My book, Dog on Board, tells her story.  Take a look for …

The Inspiration for “Dogs on Duty”

The inspiration for book topics can come in surprising ways. When U.S. Navy Seals Team Six killed El Quida leader Osama bin Laden, the crew included a military working dog. When people learned a dog was involved in the raid, they wanted to learn everything about it–what breed, gender, and what work such dogs do.

Dog Stories

As I scanned the shelves of old books from our family’s collection in my brother’s study, I spotted “The Fireside Book of Dog Stories.”  I had vague memories of it from childhood and was in the mood for reading shorter pieces about dogs, so I borrowed it.  Turns out this …

Fifteen Dogs, an Intriguing Book

I recently finished reading Fifteen Dogs, by Canadian author André Alexis.  This thoughtful book uses dogs given ‘human intelligence’ to explore questions of thought, feeling, life and death, and other aspects of what it means to be human or canine.  I would recommend it to all philosophically inclined readers, not just for dog lovers. …

Info from Family Dog Project Seminar

Service dogs at the seminar I really enjoyed the broadcast on research at the Family Dog Project in Budapest.  In addition to onsite attendees, hundreds of viewers attended from around the world.  A dozen presenters gave summaries of their recently published research.  The seminar was divided into sections, beginning with What …