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…

Microfinancing for Mutts!

As the dog days of summer come to an end, this is the last weekend to grab yourself a copy of It’s Just A Dog (on Kindle, $0.99 or paperback, $8.99) to have your purchase benefit Muttville Senior Dog Rescue. And to go out on a high note, I’m donating 100% of my royalties this week thru Labor Day, September 2, 2013.

Of course, if you’d like to help Muttville even more, you can donate directly or attend their fall party fundraiser, Moolah For Mutts!

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It’s Just A Dog FREE Weekend!

Tired of the dog days of summer? Here’s something that might perk you up — the Kindle version of It’s Just A Dog will be FREE on Amazon from August 1, 2013 thru August 5, 2013 – as part of a big fat BookBub promo!

So whatcha waiting for? It’s like giving your Kindle a doggie treat! Plus it’s FREE — but only until the clock strikes midnight on August 5, 2013. While supplies last! (Amazon)

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Let’s Get This Dog Book Party Started!

muttville book party its just a dogIf you’re in the SF Bay Area tomorrow (July 13), pop on by the Love A Senior Saturday / Muttville Dog Book Party.

There will be books, there will be dogs, doggie photographers, a doggie kissing booth — honestly, it’s just too much fun to cover in a single dog blog post! And the best part is that 100% of sales go to Muttville Senior Dog Rescue.