Author: Patricia A. Brill, PhD
Patricia is an award-winning author and the creator of The Dog Tales Collection. Her intent in developing The Dog Tales Collection was to help parents start a conversation with their children regarding issues or concerns they may have with their pets. These books not only speak to the concerns children have related to their pets, but can also teach children about issues of life, illness, or diversity within their own lives. These books can be used as a tool to address their child’s feelings of sadness, anger, and guilt, and clarify any misconceptions they may have regarding their pets, friends, or loved ones. Her books have received numerous awards including the Reader’s Favorite Awards; Mom’s Choice Awards; and the Creative Child Magazine Book of the Year Award. Learn more about Patricia on the About page.
Illustrator: Curt Walstead
Curt Walstead has been working in the children’s market for over 25 years as an illustrator, cartoonist, character designer, and animation storyboard artist. During that time he had the opportunity to work on many of today’s popular children’s shows such as Dora the Explorer, Clifford’s Puppy Days, Baby Looney Tunes, and Dragon Tales. Currently, Curt resides with his family in Southern California and concentrates his efforts on illustrating children’s books.
Artist and Book Designer: Michael Rohani
Michael got started in advertising design and commercial illustration in Dallas and later began working for a publisher in Oxford, England. He then co-founded DesignForBooks.com. He is the author of two books about book design and independent publishing: Advanced Book Design (Nextfolio 2009) and Self-Publish the Easy Way (Nextfolio 2009) and co-author of A Kid’s Guide to Birding.
Turbo was found by Harris County Animal Control running on the streets in Spring Texas with two other dogs. They picked up the dogs and took them to their shelter. Turbo was scheduled to be euthanized on September 11, 2008, if no one adopted him by then. Fortunately for Turbo, Patricia and her husband Dino adopted him on September 10, 2008, and gave him a forever home. Turbo has been a fighter all his life. From living on the streets with heartworm disease; to having three surgeries to remove cancerous moles; and one surgery to repair his anterior cruciate ligament, he still looks forward to starting every day with treats!
Turbo and Porsche Bella appeared on America’s Funniest Home Video in 2017.
Porsche Bella 2/14/2014
Porsche Bella, her brother, and her sister (all white boxers) were found abandoned in the middle of a field in North Houston. Patricia and Dino always wanted a white boxer, so they decided to adopt her. At first, she was so afraid of people and took her time to gain their trust. But now she has come around and is friendly to all people and dogs. Porsche Bella is featured in Porsche Bella’s Forever Home! She does book signings upon request.
Boxster 04/08/007 – 03/04/2013
Boxster came from an abusive home. His original owner beat him and kept him outside chained to a dog house (only because Boxster chewed up his mail).
Once the owners decided to give up Boxster, Patricia and Dino adopted him.
Boxster was the big brother to Turbo; he was always there to support him and get him through whatever sickness or trouble he was going through. Boxster tried his best, but sometimes Turbo still got a “Bad Dog” occasionally.
Shelby came from a litter of 10 pups. A woman adopted her, but then just being with her for one weekend she realized this little boxer puppy had too much high energy for her to take care of, so she posted on Facebook, free to a good home. We adopted Shelby. Once Shelby came home, Turbo immediately decided Shelby was his. He taught her to be kind, compassionate, and protective; just like Boxster taught him. Shelby rules the house.