Wagging Wednesday – Author Interview – Dale Ryan

*What is the name of the book?

The Painted Pilgrim

Read our pet product review of The Painted Pilgrim here: http://confessionsofarescuemom.com/2014/11/05/wagging-wednesday-book-review-the-painted-pilgrim/

*Who is filling out this interview?
Dale Ryan

*What is your involvement with this book?
I am the author of the book

*How was the book started and what was your inspiration?
My first book was a photography book on living with dogs. After researching and reading about the “Dogs of War,” the dogs who serve in the military and during wars, I decided to write my second dog book. This book is for children and it highlights messages about being unique, pet adoption, and loving dogs. I love dogs for so many reasons. Without a doubt, dogs have an intrinsic gift called, “unconditional love”. They truly are my best friend and many people feel the same way about their dogs.

*When was it released?
It will be released this coming January.

*What is the cost of the book?
The book is priced at $12.99

*Who was it published by?
Breeze Hill Books

*Who was it written by?
Me, Dale Ryan

*Who was it illustrated by?
June Orgil

*Where can someone get a copy of this book?
Online and in stores

*What is the book about?
The book is both about a dog shelter and unwanted dogs of a particular breed. I intentionally did not write about mutts but I focused on certain breeds that wind up in shelters. I mentioned some breeds that we rarely see anymore. So many breeds are quickly disappearing. The main character, Pellegrino, is an unusual dog in that he is pink. The book is about his journey to find a new home and also about Suzi, who runs the shelter, and how she goes from living in an apartment with a terrible landlord and no pets to finding her dream landlord and being able to adopt some of her dogs. It’s a bit about irony in that sense. It’s about the good, the bad, and the ugly of finding animals new homes.

I hope my book inspires more dog adoptions, especially of dogs that aren’t perfect or pure breeds, such as mutts, less favored breeds or those with a handicap or perceived shortcoming.

*How many pages is the book?
64 pages

*What age group is the book targeted to?
The book is for readers between ages 8 and 11. The voracious readers and the kids obsessed with dogs and animals.

Do I have permission to copy this to my blog? Yes
Do I have permission to use the photos you provided me with? Yes

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