Join us on today’s episode and find out how one older black rescue dog changed the lives of Annie Presley’s whole family and inspired a series of children’s books celebrating the everyday adventures of a family dog. You may need a tissue or two for this one.
While recovering from her 30-year career as a political fundraiser, Annie co-authored four books in the Read This…® series of guided journals. Most recently, her first picture book for kids, Sam Gets Adopted, about the older black mixed-breed shelter dog her family rescued was published. More books in the Sam Series are being illustrated. No books are planned on fundraising!
2:14 - How Jasen met Annie
3:37 - Black Dog Syndrome Awareness
6:00 - How Photography influences Black Dog adoption
8:23 - What inspired the books
10:53 - What Jasen liked when reading it with his kids
11:55 - How Annie and her family write the stories
12:45 - Is it cool to put piddle puddles in the book?
16:58 - Will Sam eat Santa’s cookies and carrots?
18:25 - Which books are available?
20:27 - Sam’s photoshoot
22:25 - Rescue’s love sharing the book
23:10 - Sam brought Annie’s blended family together
24:05 - The Value of the Human Animal Bond
26:20 - Celebrating your animal at home
27:42 - The kids as grownups and Sam’s influence on them
28:18 - Sylvia reflects on her first rescue dog’s influence on her life
29:17 - The understated Hero
30:58 - How Sam showed his interest and love in the book
32:16 - What Annie’s learned writing these books
36:00 - Annie’s other books
37:22 - Was Sam Annie’s first dog?
40:46 - #dogdadjoke
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