Friday, August 23, 2013


Although school has already started for some unfortunate kids, Tanner wanted to spread the word about some terrific books he's gnawing on. First is JIMMY & ME by Lew Bracker, who takes a fond look back at his brief but poignant friendship with the Hollywood icon, cut off before his time. Then there's Sarah Bracey White's PRIMARY LESSONS, a memoir of a young African-American girl who was "ripped from her middle-class lifein Philadelphia and transported to a single-parent household in the South where she refuses to accept the segregation that tries to confine her." Finally, there's RUBY'S TALE by Patrick Bettendorf, the true rags-to-riches story of a thrown away pit bull and her journey from the trashcan to media darling. Tanner gives them all '2 paws up', and he's sure you will, too. If you haven't yet read GIMME SHELTER, be sure to add it to the list. Tanner wants his friends to knwo that there will be no book reports and no one will be tested on the material. Enjoy.

Saturday, August 17, 2013


Since November 2011, when his foster mother, Carla, was forced to move, beautiful MARLEY has been living at the Canine Rescue & Adoption League (C.A.R.L.) of Ventura County. We're hoping one of you can change that. Carla says that Marley is "big and strong but extremely loving and gentle. He had do be taught how to bark by my girl pit, and even then he rarely barked. He never destroyed anything in the house or dug in the yard.  He got along great with my girl pit and even my sister's male Yorkie, who lived with us. I am attaching pictures of him from the C.A.R.L. website, # 3731. He would  make someone a wonderful pet if they gave him a chance." Carla would welcome calls or email from anyone interested in him. Her number is 805/302-8428) ckryhalesq@msn.com"

ps - We met Carla at Barnes & Noble in Thousand Oaks where she works and where we had our book signing on August 3.

Thursday, August 15, 2013


Had to share the great news that Tanner is featured in the summer issue of American Dog Magazine. There a full page Q & A story about GIMME SHELTER (p. 59) and a review (see below). The magazine is chock full of cool stories, helpful information and great dog photos - it's the 'beauty contest' issues - so give it a look.

Monday, August 5, 2013


We all know that dogs are man's best friend but, the past few weeks, Tanner has been going above and beyond. On Saturday, August 3, he was the star of our hugely successful Barnes & Noble book signing in Thousand Oaks. He was friendly, sweet and so well-behaved, even when other dogs cruised by. People adored him and stopped to trade dog stories and to buy GIMME SHELTER
Then on Sunday, August 4, Tanner was back at it again, helping me serve as Grand Marshal and kicking off the fundraising walk at the American Cancer Society 'Bark For Life' event. Luckily it was overcast and cool, so he didn't poop out on a very short stroll. As a reward for his PR efforts, Tanner got to scarf down some rare roast beef and to cuddle all night on the bed. By popular request, here's the text of the welcome speech we gave.

"Dealing with cancer is challenging on many levels.  It is stressful, it's frightening but it can also empowering. One thing that helps us cope with the struggle is the support of our friends, our families, caring strangers and our dogs. Given that this Malibu's first annual BARK FOR LIFE fundraising walk, I should say especially our dogs. As someone who has grappled with cancer and other serious issues, I've seen firsthand the difference a 4-legged therapist can make. That's why I'm here today...to speak about how dogs help comfort and heal us when we need it most.

1) THEY ARE CHEAPER THAN DOCTORS AND THERAPISTS, MORE FUN AND ALWAYS ON CALL.-- That's why they make such great healers. We know they will be there for us no matter what. They don't care if we have insurance, and for most of us, their 'fee' is some cuddles and a rawhide treat or two…or five.

2) DOGS DON'T JUDGE - Except when it comes squeaky toys, they don't judge. They don't care if you lose weight, gain weight, have more hair, less hair or no hair. They don't care about our jobs, the cars we drive or  the clothes we wear.  To our dogs, we have no flaws. We're perfect just the way we are. They love us because that's what they do. Period. All they ask from us in return is a little exercise and affection. if only all of our two-legged pals were so easy and accommodating.

3) DOG ARE PLAYFUL - Regardless of what's going on in the world or our bodies - if the stock market's down, or Dwight Howard ditches us for Houston, or Congress is behaving like
unruly kindergartners, or we're feeling like we've been run over by a cement truck - our dogs are always up for play. We can take a lesson from them and when things get stressful, or seem hopeless, we can go for a ride and stick our head out the car window, or go for a run, a walk or just sit on a bench in the sun. Your dog never looks at you and says 'We really need to work more'.

4) DOGS ARE WISE! - They live in harmony with nature. They don't care about social trends, how many Twitter followers or Facebook friends you have, how much your movie grossed, how many books you've sold.  They have no list of  'should's. They sleep when they're tired, eat when they're hungry (except pugs and labs, who eat all the time), play when they need exercise. They don't worry (well, maybe just a little around dinner time) and they never give advice. They don't dwell on the past, or try to control the future. They are fully PRESENT. Every day, they get, up wag their tails and go about their lives, doing their very best, living in the moment, every moment. They have one message: be joyous, be present, and LET'S PLAY! or as Laura so aptly put it, let's BARK FOR LIFE."

Lou & Tanner with Bark for Life organizer Laura Leonard and her rescue dog Barkley.

Friday, August 2, 2013


Following hard on the heals of our last posting, the L.A. Times ran a piece 'Can Pets Lead Owners to Health? , echoing our claim that walking your dog can help improve both canine and human fitness. 
In the blatant self-promotion category, this weekend will be a busy one for Tanner, Eugenie and me. On Saturday, August 3, from 11:30-12:30 we'll be signing books at Barnes & Noble in Thousand Oaks, The Promenade, 160 S. Westlake Blvd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91362, (805) 446-2820.

On Sunday, August 4, we'll be serving as 'Grand Marshals' of Malibu's first annual American Cancer Society 'Bark For Life' fundraising walk. It will take place at Legacy Park in the Civic Center. Registration starts at 10:00 and the event will kick off at 11:00 with a speech from yours truly.
Lou, Eugenie and Tanner @ Legacy Park, Malibu