Welcome readers! Today’s post is by guest blogger Robert McCarty, whom I met through the dog-eared book club on Dogster.com about 8 years ago. Who would have thought that discussing dog books would begin such a long and cooperative friendship? Bob and I come from different backgrounds, but it is our love of good books and our love of dogs that sealed our friendship. I’ve been delighted to publish my books under Bob’s Barking Planet Productions imprint. Bob has authored a trilogy of children’s books about how dogs from the Planet of the Dogs have helped humans overcome war and strife. They are chapter books with beautifully haunting illustrations by his talented wife, Stella Mustanoja McCarty and they have an excellent message for children of all ages; even we ‘older’ children.
How Dogs Saved Christmas
Why can’t people be more like dogs? I think most visitors to this site have had that thought and discussed it with a friend or family member. Life on this planet would be very different.
I had a conversation about this very subject with a friend several years ago. The conversation was prompted by our rescued dog, Miss Merrie, a toy poodle, who had emerged from a difficult life with courage, loyalty, love, and forgiveness all intact.
Miss Merrie motivated me to write books for children wherein dogs come down from their own planet – where they lived in peace and happiness — to help and teach people on earth. At that time, long, long ago, there were no dogs on planet earth.
Many people are unaware that there was a time when Santa had to cancel Christmas because Dasher and Dancer were missing. No one knew that they had been kidnapped by the King of the North.
Snow Valley Heroes, A Christmas Tale, tells the story of how the dogs came from the Planet of the Dogs, and found the missing reindeer in the Ice Castle. With the help of two kids, Daisy and Bean, they not only freed the reindeer, they also – ultimately — converted the King of the North into a decent human being. All this was done by their being dogs.
And that’s how the dogs saved Christmas.
If you want to know more, please visit Planet Of The Dogs for sample chapters; or, if you are a teacher, librarian, or therapy dog owner, and want to read the book now, just write for your complimentary copy to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Planet of the Dogs books are available in print and ebook from Amazon and other online retailers.
Robert McCarty is a producer/writer/director of films and videos on subjects ranging from teenage lifestyles to race relations. His short film, Rooftops Of New York, was nominated for an Academy Award.
He is a former adjunct instructor at Teacher’s College, Columbia University and at the School Of Visual Arts, New York City. Planet Of The Dogs was inspired by the many stories made up for his four children and seven grandchildren.
Stella Mustanoja McCarty, who illustrated the books, taught painting and drawing for over 30 years at the Vantaa, Finland, Art School. She graduated as a painting major from the Art Academy of Finland and also holds degrees from the University of Helsinki in Education and Sociology and Social Policy.