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…


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…

#Dogs and Their People…too!

The pooch-lovin’ publicity hounds at BarkPost are entering the book publishing biz soon with their dog owners’ crowd-sourced book, Dogs and Their People. And you don’t have to wait in line when it comes out if you pre-order at Amazon!

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Beloved Dog #Books!

beloved dog book maira kalmanIf you’re going to buy just one dog book for the holidays, I’d heartily recommend Maira Kalman’s Beloved Dog. It’s a gorgeous, colorful, witty publication –– and all about the love of a good dog!

And I’m not alone. See the heartwarming reviews in Brainpickings or Modern Dog!


Why #Cats Paint?

why cats paint book heather busch burton silverI know we’re all about the painted dog here, but I came across two vintage fine arts-loving cat books – Why Cats Paint: A Theory of Feline Aesthetics (by Heather Busch and Burton Silver) — a part humor, part Jackson Pollock depiction of cats playing with canvas.

Then from Susan Herbert, there’s Impressionist Cats. They say you can’t reinvent the wheel, but Herbert has revised the masterpieces of French Impressionism with big kitties replacing their human counterparts — so move over Monet and Renoir because there’s a bunch of new cats in town!

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Decoding Your Dog!

Having problems figuring out why your dog is the way he/she is? Decoding Your Dog: The Ultimate Experts Explain Common Dog Behaviors and Reveal How to Prevent or Change Unwanted Ones, a new how-to guide from the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists (Houghton Mifflin), may be able to provide you with some answers! (USA Today)

decoding your dog

Leggo My Eggers!

Did you know…Dave Eggers, the famed author of A Hologram For the King, Zeitoun, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, and publishing marvel behind McSweeney’s, 826Valencia, just to name a few — also has a charming book of animal prints on his impressive résumé, It Is Right To Draw Their Fur: Animal Renderings

Rin Tin Tin Deserves An Oscar, too!

Susan Orlean, author of The Orchid Thief (or Adaptation, if you saw the very creatively adapted film by Spike Jonze and Charlie Kaufman) is pushing for a posthumous Oscar for the subject of her latest book, Rin Tin Tin: The Life and Legend, as it seems that way back in 1929, some ne’er-do-well actor fetched the poor dog’s gold statue all for himself!