Hello fans of Jean Baur! This is Kim Kavin, author of Little Boy Blue and The Dog Merchants. Jean asked me to tell you a bit about what’s been going on with The Dog Merchants, since some pretty exciting news has been coming my way. 

In December, I attended a Harvard University program called “The Animal Welfare Act at 50.” I sat down next to a woman I’d never met. She introduced herself as the former state veterinarian of New Jersey, and said she was teaching an undergraduate animal-law course at Rutgers University. She then told me she had just made The Dog Merchants required reading for her students—because the book reports real facts and cites proper sources, instead of just including propaganda from breeding and rescue lobbyists alike. 

As if that compliment weren’t exciting enough, I returned home to news that the Dog Writers Association of America has named The Dog Merchants one of four finalists for best reference book of 2016. It’s a national award similar to the one Little Boy Blue earned from DWAA in 2012. We’ll find out if lady luck smiles on me again in mid-February, when winners are announced. Fingers and paws crossed! 

And for those of you who know me through Little Boy Blue, you’ll be thrilled to hear he’s doing great. He’s happy, healthy and about to turn 7 years old. As I type this, he is snoring on my king-size bed next to his adopted canine sister, Ginger. We should all have a life so great.

Now back to your regularly scheduled blogging with Jean and her book Joy Unleashed! 

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Mr. Wilson has made the transition from Rescue Dog to Therapy Dog quite nicely. He has a way with people of all ages; gentle, fun, mischievous and loving, whichever is needed most. He lives in relative obscurity with us and his best friend/nemesis Lunabelle until his therapy skills are needed, then he assumes that role with ease. He has made a lot of friends at a local nursing home/rehabilitation center and looks forward to visiting whenever he can. The book that he inspired, Mr. Wilson Makes it Home makes a lot of people happy, and he takes his celebrity status in stride, preferring simple walks with his Dad quiet nights at home snuggled next to his mom. He was a huge hit at our local library where we hosted a Mr. Wilson Makes it Home event that was well attended. He doesn't quite know what to make of our three grandchildren, twins Lilyana and Jaxon and Kinsley, all of whom entered our lives within two months of each other last summer, but they certainly love him!

Welcome to my new page, a special resource for the New Year. I'm reaching out to other authors and experts on dog life,sharing their insights. And I'm starting with a wonderful author, Kim Kavin, who has agreed to share what's happening with her new book, "THE DOG MERCHANTS".