From Award Winning Author Sunny Weber
For all animal lovers and especially young readers who love animal stories. Just in time for the holidays!
Meet Max, an Australian Shepherd dog, who narrates his own life story. A rich, multi-layered coming-of-age tale, The Dog at the Gate: How a Throwaway Dog Becomes Special will capture every reader’s heart.
Cheer this plucky, courageous, and misfit dog on to success and discover every shelter dog’s dreams.
What people are saying . .
“The Dog at the Gate will help teach children to be kind to animals and learn that they have feelings.”
“You have really captured the essence of ‘dog’ speak, and your characters are so animated. We wish you much success with the book.”
A Story Max and Your Kids Can Share
Can a dog like Max go from years without a bath to unconditional love and acceptance? Or will his new family abandon him again?
Puppy Max doesn’t have the easiest start in life. He faces hunger, living alone outside, a vicious dog next door, and menacing raccoons. Just when he thinks it can’t get any worse, he is abandoned at an animal shelter.
Max is rescued and fostered in a home complete with canine companions - Miles, a benevolent fellow Australian Shepherd, and cantankerous, bossy little Muffin. He also lives with three cats, two parakeets, and one incredible mistress.
Fans of classics like Black Beauty, Thomasina, and Beautiful Joe, which feature redemptive bonds between animals and people, will find The Dog at the Gate: How a Throwaway Dog Becomes Special offers a touching tale of love and triumph.
Dogs help us know . . .
“Kindness and love is so important. Dogs help us know that.”
Powerful . . .
“Powerful. It made me want to hug my dog.”
Not Just Another Dog Book - It's Also A Learning Opportunity
How To Use The Discussion Guide:
- Parents who are looking for a bonding experience through reading with their child and discussing the growing-up process regarding decision-making.
- Teachers who need a tool to teach classic story-telling (using the Hero’s Journey model).
- Counselors who want to reach children who have experienced trauma, loss, illness, bullying, rejection, and/or cruelty.
- Humane Educators at shelters, rescues, and sanctuaries; to provide a story-telling education of how animals see their world and their people.
Sunny Weber has over 25 years of experience in animal welfare advocacy. She is a humane educator, animal behaviorist, and trainer. She believes compelling storytelling reflects her passion for seeing the world through the eyes of the animals she works with and teaches about.
Sunny has developed educational programs regarding compassion, respect, and care of domestic and wild creatures. She writes extensively on animal issues in fiction, non-fiction, and blogs.
Authors of Sunny’s own childhood books influenced her future work as an advocate and writer. Consequently Sunny seeks to provide rich, multi-layered stories featuring complicated characters with whom children can identify. Her characters and their unique worlds will not only bring more understanding for pets, but also motivate children to read.
Sunny lives in Colorado with dogs, cats and parakeets. Their yard is a Certified Backyard Habitat for birds, squirrels, rabbits, pollinators, and any other creature with fur or feathers who wanders in.
Her first book is the multiple award winner Beyond Flight or Fight. Learn more about it at the link below.
© 2018 Sunny Weber