Welcome to It’s Just A Dog

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Welcome to the website for my dog book/dog blog, It’s Just A Dog, available on Kindle ebook and paperback at Amazon.com and Amazon UK. You can read the first chapter for free!

Like the banner says, it’s part book, part blog — and ALL DOG. (Okay, there may be a few cat videos, too, to show some love for the other team!)

Now I know what you’re thinking: does the world really need another dog book? Hasn’t English literature pretty much covered this territory in the past century — e.g., Old Yeller, My Dog Skip, and Marley & Me? Well, yes and no. The thing that makes It’s Just A Dog stand out from the pack from all those other dog books is that in this story the dog dies in the beginning, and then comes back from the dead!

So what’s the book about? Here we go…

IT’S JUST A DOG : THE NOVEL

What if your dog died and then came back as a ghost…that could talk? Would you welcome him back with open arms or run away scared to death?

This is the premise of IT’S JUST A DOG, a new novel about love, pet loss, and one man’s dog who rises up yapping from the grave.

Charlie Keefe is not just your typical dog lover –– he’s a world famous dog painter, a.k.a. “The Picasso of Pooch Portraits”. Unfortunately, Charlie’s beloved muse, Pete, his lovable Jack Russell terrier, has just died. And he’s totally devastated by the loss of his furry best friend.

So, after months of grieving over his dearly departed soulmate, Charlie reluctantly agrees to foster a new puppy –– a cute Cavalier King Charles spaniel named Brownie from the local animal shelter. Soon after, Charlie is surprised to find himself falling head over heels with this new puppy girl, his ‘Rebound Dog’, as he calls her –– as well as being romantically attracted to Janelle Jordan, the head hound at the dog rescue.

But then complications arise when the ghost of his old dog, Pete, mysteriously reappears one night and comes back to haunt him and the new puppy –– setting off a bizarre chain of events that throw Charlie’s life, career, and entire belief system into chaos!

If you’ve enjoyed such classic dog books as The Art of Racing in the Rain and A Dog’s Purpose, then you are bound to find a place in your heart for IT’S JUST A DOG.

IT’S JUST A DOG is not just for dogs. It’s for anyone who has ever lost a pet –– and learned to love again. If you’re a feel-good fan of dog books, make IT’S JUST A DOG your special treat! (Available at Amazon.com and Amazon UK – download the Kindle app here for ebooks).

As an added bonus, a portion of sales during the book’s launch was donated to Muttville Senior Dog Rescue (in San Francisco, CA), which believes that every dog deserves a happy ending.

Check out the It’s Just A Dog book trailer below…

A Star is Bred! #OnceUponATimeinHollywood #pitbull

Everybody’s talking about Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt in Tarantino’s latest flick, Once Upon A Time in Hollywood — but the film also features a new breed of action star named Brandy who more than holds her own with the big dogs…and really chews up the scenery!

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RIP Grumpy Cat

It’s the end of an era with the sad news today of the passing of Grumpy Cat, the OG of social media/Internet celebrity superstars, who reportedly raked in untold millions in endorsements and appearance fees (and whose real given pet name was actually “Tardar Sauce”).

Although she always had that notoriously miserable expression pasted on her face, this famously frowning feline spreads tons of good cheer wherever she was seen online — or up close and personal. Thanks for the meme-ries, Grumpy Cat! (SFGate)

It’s A #Dogs Eat #DogsofInstagram World!

So, you wanna turn your beloved pooch into an Instagram influencer? Well, don’t quit your day job, according to Brian X. Chen in his revealing NYT piece, I Tried to Make My Dog an Instagram Celebrity. I Failed.

#RescueDogs Escape From New York!

In these wild and crazy times of fake news and over-the-top hyperbole, it’s refreshing — and maybe a little insane — to see two young people put their lives on the line for a loose dog in the city, as you will see in this thrilling NYPost story, Dog Leads Cyclists on Dramatic Chase Through the Streets of New York.

A Science-Fiction Writer and His Talking Dog

“In the future, your dog will tell you how to survive.”

Harlan Ellison, the strikingly original — and some might add bizarre, combative, and controversial — sci-fi writer whose credits included Star Trek and many more dozens of TV shows and screenplays, died yesterday at the age of 84.

With his extremely provocative Stephen King meets Disney-style, Ellison was also one of the early innovators of the “talking dog” movie, as seen below in the 1975 apocalyptic cult classic, A Boy and His Dog, which starred a young Don Johnson.