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Winner - Moonbeam Children's Book & CIPA EVVY Awards

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Amazon International Best Seller!

#1 in Children’s Dog Books
#1 in Children’s Animal Action & Adventure
#1 in Children's Adoption Books
#1 in Children's Abuse Books
#1 in Children's Intermediate Readers Books
#1 in Children's Blended Families Books
#1 in Children's Coming of Age Fantasy Books
#1 in Children’s Ebooks on death, grief and bereavement
#1 in Children's Orphans & Foster Homes Books
#1 in Children's Growing Up & Facts of Life Books
#1 in Children's Family Life Books
#2 in ALL Children's Animal Stories

What people are saying...

The Dog at the Gate will help teach children to be kind to animals and learn that they have feelings.

-Temple Grandin, PhD - CO State University, Professor of Animal Science --Author of Bright Not Broken: Gifted Kids, ADHD, and Autism

This touching narrative, with its colorful characters and humane messaging. . .conveys a resonant message of empathy for mistreated and abandoned animals.

- Kirkus Reviews

“Weber’s writing is clear and poignant, and includes an engaging plot and compelling narrative.

- Blue Ink Review

Author Sunny Weber writes with a clean, uncomplicated style. Every chapter has a charming illustration. . . an addictive and emotional adventure. . . I highly recommend it. . .

Caitlin Lyle Farley, Five Star Review --for Readers' Favorite / Barnes & Noble Bookstores

Now Available:

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.

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You won’t want to stop reading

"Sunny Weber transports the reader into a dog’s world with compassion and insight. The story is so engaging that you won’t want to stop reading."

- Ann R. Howie, LICSW, ACSW

Human-Animal Solutions, PLLC Olympia, WA

Kid reading the Book. Education

You changed a little girl.

"I bought The Dog at the Gate for my student. Getting her to read a book that challenging has always been pulling teeth, even for a few minutes. She read your book, barely stopping to breath, for an hour and a half. Thank you so much. You changed a little girl."

-Jen Zelinger

Twin Owls Authors Service


Powerful . . .

“Powerful. It made me want to hug my dog.”

-- Brady, 13


People should be nice . . .

“People should be nice and take good care of their pets.”

-- Sam, age 11

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.

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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 all of her books below:


Fiction Pups & Purrs Children's Series

Nonfiction Practical Guides