During my recent visit to San Diego, CA, I stumbled upon an adoption event where I was fortunate enough to meet Max (a Puggle) and Luther (an Olde English Bulldog) and their humans Kari Sherman and Carey Laubenberg. Max and Luther are easy to notice – a bit of an odd couple who are the very best of friends.
Max and Luther are also authors of the book “True Tails from the Dog Park,” an adorable collection of tips and observations written from the perspective of the dogs. As the cover proclaims, “These are tales only a dog could tell.”
Of course, since Max and Luther are authors, there was a natural connection and I wanted to know more about them, so as soon as I returned home, I reached out to Kari and Carey who were kind enough to take the time to tell me their story.
Max and Luther met at their local dog park (Torrey Pines) in early 2014 and instantly became best friends. Within a very short time so did Carey and Kari who found they have a similar sense of humor.
Although neither had ever written professionally, Kari and Carey used to amuse each other with stories of what their dogs did and they love to watch other people and their dogs interact at the dog park. So many funny things happen at the dog park that they thought it would make a great book. Carey found a publisher and an illustrator and the book was born!
The book was written with other dog lovers in mind hoping they would see the humor in the stories. They hoped to educate in a funny way to help owners with some of the common mistakes they had noticed. While they wrote the books with adults in mind, the stories and lessons translate well with the older kids. As the book is written from the dog's perspective, it adds a fresh take on the stories. They always imagined this is what the dogs would say if they could talk.
You can find Max and Luther (and Carey and Kari) out and about all the time. They are scheduled for a number of Barnes and Noble book signings in San Diego, Orange County and Los Angeles over the next few months. They have also recently partnered with the San Diego Humane Society. They hold book signings at events and donate a portion of the proceeds to the organization. They have found it has been a great way to give back to such a great cause. Events are being constantly updated on their website.
What is next for Max and Luther? Well, they are currently working on Book II in this series which will be out in the Fall 2015. Book II will also have humorous short stories but instead of tips and advice there will be fun facts and descriptions of the different jobs that dogs perform. They are going with the theme of entertaining and educating at the same time. Max and Luther Publications is also writing a series of articles for the OC Pet Companion and Desert Companion Magazines titled "Travels with Max and Luther". These articles are also written from the dog's perspective and talk about various dog parks, dog friendly restaurants in the Orange County and Palm Springs areas.
About the Author
Sue Torres is an animal advocate, rescue volunteer and proud owner of a previously abused pit bull who was slated to be destroyed for being tense and fearful in the shelter environment.
Inspired by their resilience, devotion and ability to forgive, she now devotes herself to restoring the image of these once-esteemed and cherished family pets. She works tirelessly to promote the adoption of pit bulls in our nation's shelters and change perceptions about this extremely misunderstood and unjustly maligned breed.
She lives in Connecticut with her rescued pit bull, Mickey. Her first book, Loyalty Unleashed was published in May, 2014 and is avsailable in paperback and e-book formats. Loyalty Unleashed II (her second book) is now available, also in paperback and e-book formats.
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