It all began with a chance meeting outside a favorite San Diego restaurant last March. There he was – a massive Olde English Bulldog who towered above the other dogs being offered for adoption that day at an event outside the restaurant. I was immediately drawn to this lovable, gentle giant and stopped by to meet him. He was not available for adoption though – his name is Luther and he was accompanied by Carey Laubenberg who made it clear that he is her “baby.”
Luther had something in common with my son and my daughter who were with me that day – he is an east coast transplant, now living the good life in sunny Southern California. Luther and I also had something in common. He and his best buddy Max, an equally engaging and debonair Puggle, who was right there with him along with his human Kari Sherman, are authors! They are also philanthropists. That day they were donating a portion of proceeds from sales of their book to the San Diego Humane Society.
And so it was that I happened to read Max and Luther’s first book, “True Tails from the Dog Park.” From the charming illustrations by Julie Ann Stricklin to the smart, funny stories and informative journals about their dog park adventures and tips on dog park etiquette, “True Tails from the Dog Park” delivers. It is delightful and educational for children and adults alike. In case you missed it the first time around, here from the archives, is more on the book.
As you may well imagine, I was thrilled to learn that Max and Luther were just getting started as authors. Now they are back with “True Tails II from the Dog Park,” and once again, Max and Luther have hit it “out of the park."
No matter what your age, Max and Luther have lessons to teach and they do so with a flair. Illustrator Julie Ann Stricklin is also back with more endearing, colorful drawings that bring the stories and characters to life.
Max and Luther have done it again. “True Tails II from the Dog Park” is a howling success!