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A Letter to My Dog Book Delivers and Giveaway

Big summer book giveaway

I love summertime for so many things, and catching up on good books is one of my favorite summer pastimes. If you love dogs and reading, then A Letter to My Dog book is your “must read” material of the season. If you are a cat lover, not to fret: A Letter to My Cat is designed for feline aficionados. Here’s the scoop and how you can win a copy of this precious book for dog lovers (and cat lovers, too).

Lisa Erspamer Headshot
Lisa Erspamer

About the Author

A creative force who loves to turn a great story into a visual spectacle, Lisa Erspamer is a five time Emmy-nominated producer and the president of Unleashed Media, a television, film and digital production company in Los Angeles.

Prior to starting her own multi-media company, Lisa served as the Chief Creative Officer and Executive Vice President of Programming and Development for OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network where she launched over 40 original series and created 7 original documentaries in less than two years. Lisa also served as Co-Executive Producer of The Oprah Winfrey Show, where she produced hundreds of shows and oversaw such memorable episodes as the biggest Flash Mob in history, the legendary car giveaway, Oprah’s After Oscar Specials, Oprah’s Favorite Things, Whitney Houston’s final interview, and many others. Lisa is the creator of the bestselling book series A Letter To… which includes books: A Letter To My Dog, A Letter To My Cat and upcoming A Letter To My Mom.She currently lives in Los Angeles with her two precious pups, Lily and Grace and is working on her next book, A Letter To My Baby!

Meeting Lisa

I met Lisa at the BlogPaws 2015 Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, in May of 2015. She is a dynamo, personable, kind and warm, and most of all a dog lover of the highest order. I purchased a copy of A Letter to My Dog and was gifted with a personal inscription. Over the Fourth of July weekend, I read the book cover to cover. I felt such a connection with the prose on the pages: How many of us (present company included) wish with all our might that we can actually tell the dogs in our lives how much they mean to us? There is a story in here for you.

Meeting famed author Lisa Erspamer at BlogPaws Conference
Me, on left, and the fab Lisa Erspamer, on right

Beyond the prose, the photographs are breathtaking. This is the kind of book you set on your coffee table, smile when you see it, and visitors will pick up when they see it. The photographs are courtesy Robin Layton, an  award-winning photojournalist and renowned artist. At the age of 24, Life Magazine named her one of the eight most talented photographers in America and Nikon calls her one of the best photographers in the world. Her exquisite work has been nominated for a Pulitzer prize and featured in the Smithsonian. This in-demand photographer’s impressive client list includes; President Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jennifer Aniston, Sidney Poitier and more.

About the Book

A Letter to My Dog is a beautiful, heartwarming book featuring stunning photographs and deeply personal letters written by a variety of dog lovers to their beloved, four-legged friends. This special collection of touching letters and magnificent portraits is a celebration of the loyalty and unconditional love we have for our precious pups.

A Letter To My Dog

This book includes letters from: Oprah Winfrey, Tony Bennett, Kristin Chenoweth, Fran Drescher, Hilary Duff, Chelsea Handler, Mariel Hemingway, Tyler Perry, Maria Menounos, Cynthia McFadden, Robin Roberts, Willow Smith, Michael Vartan and more.

A Letter to My Dog is guaranteed to make you laugh, cry and maybe even wag your tail.

For Cat Lovers, Too

cat bookAs a follow-up to the hit book A Letter to My Dog, A LETTER TO MY CAT features beautiful photographs and deeply personal letters from cat lovers to their beloved, four-legged friends. There are letters from the keepers of social media star Lil BUB and of Matilda, the official cat of the Algonquin Hotel. Readers will meet Buddy, who helped save his owner from sudden cardiac arrest; Koshka, who was rescued by an Army staff sergeant in Afghanistan; and Scooter, a disabled cat who comforts patients at hospitals and nursing homes.

The stories in A LETTER TO MY CAT are moving, funny, and full of love for our most discerning furry friends. Among the many touching sentiments:

  • Dr. Mehmet Oz tells Baby Cat: “I knew from the moment you came into our lives that you were the perfect addition to our family.”
  • Animal Planet star Jackson “The Cat Daddy” Galaxy calls Velouria his “feline Sherpa through the years of discovering my true purpose.”
  • Mike Bridavsky, owner of Lil BUB, says the Internet sensation is, “the best boss a dude could ever hope to have.”
  • Gina Gershon writes to Cleo: “You have been my best friend, muse, traveling companion, and true love for the past seventeen years.”
  • Carrie Ann Inaba remembers her first encounter with Taz: “That day I found you on the street is one I will always be thankful for.”
  • Stacy London composes a poem for Al: “You talk to me endlessly / In purrs and meows / But I understand every word / As if they were bonjours and ciaos.”
  • Beth Stern assures her blind rescue cat, Bella: “You are a survivor. Now, relax, sweet girl, and enjoy the life you so deserve.”


Winners of the Books are:

A Letter to My Dog:

The Daily Pip

Shelly P


Linda Szymoniak

Ruth Cox

A Letter to My Cat:

Melissa and Truffles

Terry R.

Val Silver

Emily E

Laura Funk

Want to win a copy of Letter to My Dog or Letter to My Cat? We have 5 copies of each to give away. Simply reply in the comments below and tell us the name of the pet you’d love to write a letter to! Ten winners will be drawn from all entries. US and Canada, must 18 or older. Complete rules here.

Closes 07/31 at 11:59 pm EST

About Carol Bryant

A dog lover of the highest order is how Gayle King introduced Carol Bryant, when she appeared with her Cocker Spaniel, Dexter, on Oprah Radio’s Gayle King show to dish dogs. Carol created and owns the trademark, My Heart Beats Dog® and lives that mantra. A 30-year veteran of the Cocker Spaniel world, she is President of the Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA) and a frequently sought-after media contributor with over 15 years’ experience writing and blogging about Cocker Spaniels, dog trends, dogs, and the pet industry. She co-authored Pet Blogging for Love & Money and is the 2020 DWAA winner for Best Dog Blog.


  1. Devri says

    I would LOVE to write a letter to my dear, sweet Thurman. He has been through so much in his little life (a bout of gastroenteritis; a diagnosis of Panniculitis), and I would be honored to tell him how proud I am of him. How his bravery and strength has taught me how to be strong and brave; how he, as my very first dog, has brought an immense joy to my life that words could never describe; and how the world he and his little brother Brian have brought me into has made me a much better person. (Thinking I just wrote my letter there!)

  2. Christine Aiello says

    I would definitely love to read this book and I totally would write a letter to Coco. In fact I just might! I think it is a neat idea!! So what if they can’t read the letter. We are still getting to tell them how we feel about them! It’s good for us to do! I love this idea and would love to read the book!

  3. FiveSibesMom says

    This sounds like a fantastic book! Gosh, I’d love to write a letter to each of my FiveSibes – Harley, Gibson, Wolf, Chloe, and Bandit. But if I could only choose one, it would be Gibson. He’s my Epi-dog (canine epileptic) and such inspiration behind my work and our #LiveGibStrong K-9 Epilepsy Awareness campaign where we hope to help, support, and inspire other Epi-dog parents that dogs can and do live happy, full lives with Canine Epilepsy. He is such a wise soul, so loving, patient, understanding, brave, and a true warrior in the face of the many challenges that come his way as a result/side effect of being medicated for a seizure disorder. I have such a special bond with all five, and having a special needs dog, the bond is intensified in mututal love, trust, understanding, and so much more. I’d love to have this book!

  4. Helene Cohen Bludman says

    OMG how did I not know about BlogPaws?? Also, this book sounds amazing and I will check it out for sure.

  5. The Daily Pip says

    I would love to receive a copy of either book! They both sound amazing. In terms of letters, I would love to write a letter to my dog Pip (who I started my blog with in 2010). He died of heart disease in October 2013. After he died, I didn’t think I could continue the blog without him. I took some time off, but returned earlier this year with our new dog Ruby. I would share with him how difficult it was to continue the blog without him. And of course, I would tell him that I finally figured it out – moved the blog in a slightly different but still with his lovely, funny, generous spirit in mind.

  6. Bernard Lima-Chavez says

    Ooooh! I saw her table at BlogPaws when I was running somewhere. I’m so glad you reminded me! If love to get my grubby hands on a copy. :).

    Without a doubt, I would write a letter to my deaf dog, Edison, who has inspired my blog and changed the course of my entire life. Then again, I can just use hand signs to tell him, eh?

  7. nancy says

    Tough one, who would I pick? I’m going to chew and name two. First choice for dogs of the past, my Libby who was only with us for 4 years. Her mark on our lives carries on in just about everything I do. Current, would be Louie. I would tell him how sorry his first months were not what he deserved. And I would reassure him, he will always be the answer to my pRay when I asked for a baby boy that needed to be loved.

  8. Jeannette says

    What a cute idea! It really makes sense though…we write letters to our friends, kids, spouses – why not our dogs! As a dog lover I’ll definitely be checking this one out!

  9. Ruth Cox says

    Oh my goodness, I would love to write letters to so many of the canine companions of my life! However, my adopted dog, Valentino, is the current fellow in my life, and truly a love dog, so I would write my letter to him. I REALLY hope he knows just how much he means to me! We rescued each other and I thank him every day.

    The book, as well as the author, sound fabulous!It will be an honor to add “A Letter to My Dog” to my dog book collection.

  10. Terri Ramsey Beavers says

    What great books, both of them. If I’m selected as a winner I’d love to win a A LETTER TO MY CAT. Her name is Chelsea (grand-kids named her) and I’m sure she’d love to have this book. *meow*

  11. Stephanie says

    Aww, this couldn’t have come at a better time. I am currently dealing with a very aged pet, and some tough decisions. This book sounds like it will make me feel warm and fuzzy on the inside when I need it the most.

  12. Beth | Daily Dog Tag says

    It sounds like a wonderful book! I was just thinking today about some of the dogs that I’ve had and how I wish I could spend a little time with them again. Daisy, a Brittany Spaniel mix from the county shelter was my first “on my own dog” and I wish I had been more knowledgeable about dogs back then. She lived to be 10, but when she had trouble with her back legs and spine, we ended up following our vet’s advice and let her go. Now I would get her a wheel chair. (It was never mentioned as a possibility back then.)

  13. IttyBittyFoodies says

    What great reads for pet lovers. Carol you’ve really opened my eyes to the pet world with your posts.

  14. Val Silver says

    Letters to My Dog. I could write a letter to each dog in my life. Each one added so much to my life. If I had to choose one it would be my GSD Vara, who I still say was my soulmate.

  15. Linda Szymoniak says

    I would pick my Ran, who I lost far too early – she passed in April after being diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder the beginning of the year. The other furbabies I have had to say goodbye to were much older – my three dogs all at or over 16, and even with my cats, two were 14 and my Anya was just shy of her 20th birthday. Ran had turned 5 on November 1st of last year and I should have been celebrating her gotcha day the end of February, but instead we were making weekly – sometimes even daily – trips to the vet and despite all that she declined quickly. I have never been impacted as hard with losing any of my other furbabies. Ran was born deaf and her first “family” dumped her at the shelter just four days after taking her for her 3-month shots. I can only assume the vet confirmed she was deaf. I have so much I wish I could say to her.

  16. M. K. Clinton says

    I would love to read A Letter to my Dog. It would be easy to write a letter to all of my dogs for different reasons. I think that I would write to Tucker, my Golden Retriever. ♥

  17. sandy weinstein says

    i think i am going to start crying as i am writing this because every time i look at my sweet old gal,Evie who is almost 14 yrs old, i start to cry. She has been my daughter since she was 6 wks old. she has been with me through many bad ups and downs, bad storms when i could not get out, her grandma’s (my mother) passing, which upset her very much, being an only child for 8 yrs til i got her 2 younger sisters which she was really, really mad at me and i dont think she has ever forgiven me. she loves it when we have our time alone without the other 2 gals. this past yr or so has been really hard on her healthwise. i have almost lost her many times and have cried millions of tears. i used the seresto collar last summer and she has had had nothing but problem after problem, major problems, in fact, since feb she has cost me over 12k in vet bills, but i dont care abt the money if only i could go back to b4 using the collar. she was always a relatively healthy dog, no back problems, no arthritis, loved to play and run, always slept at my she has a tough time walking, she developed vestibular again for the 2nd time, and this time it was worse, i thought she was having a stroke and rushed her over to the vet school at 3am. it has been a very, very slow recovery. i am scared to do anything to her for fear that it will cause problems, she had her basic vacs, that she has to have by law, we had to run to er for that, she has had reactions to almost everything medical. …so this letter would be to my dear sweet pea, Evie. you have brought me some much joy, love and happiness to my life as well as my mother. i was the lucky one that you chose that day to be your parent. i am so thankful for that. you brought so much love and joy to my mother, playing ball with her, making her get up and walk, pulling her down the hallway in her wheelchair, playing music to her over the phone, when i would call her, looking for her when she was gone…..i wish you could live forever, i have checked every thing possible to make it easier on you. i will get you a stroller when you can no longer walk, i tried to see if stem cell therapy would help….i cant imagine my life with out my sweet little gal. please live forever…………..of course there are 2 other gals, much younger that mean as much as Evie, and then there is Rose, my first min schnauzer who became my parents dog when i had to do my college internship and they would not let me have her back, but she was soooo spoiled rotten within 3 mos. Rose passed away at 7 from leukemia, she survived my father’s passing but was so upset at that that she destroyed the 2 chairs that they used to sit in together, she would still look for him to come home around dinnertime, waiting at the door. she was my parents first and best grandchild and boy did she love them. they fought over whom she loved more, who’s side of the bed she would sleep on. my mother called her her fur collar b/c Rose loved to sleep across her neck. she followed my parents everywhere. funny thing, i had already moved to dc area but when i would come home, it would be late when i drove up, i could see Rose waiting at the window for me and then she would run down the stairs to meet me. she never forgot her first mom. today Rose is buried b/t her grandparents, where they are all having a great time.

  18. Cindy Dunston Quirk says

    I would write a letter to all my dogs, but especially to Zoe and Scout. Zoe was the first pup I raised as my fur child and created a business around her needs. Both Scout and Zoe mean the world to me.

  19. Nancy Metzger says

    This book is on my Amazon Wish List. I would love to win a copy. I would write a letter to Chessie who died on June 7th. I would tell her how much I miss her and love her. I would ask her to help me recover from losing her.

  20. Connie Probst says

    Choosing one of the dogs to write to–Derby’s name still makes me cry. Only letter so far to them is with my will for when l am gone and someone else has the honor of caring for them. l still love reading real books with paper pages.

  21. Elaine R says

    These books sound lovely! I would like to win the A Letter To My Dog book. If I wrote a letter it would be to my first dog Heidi who was my companion for 17 years. We went through so much together and I hope she knew how much I loved her.

  22. Kelly Kennedt says

    I did write a lette to mt cat, Sabrina, when she died. It’s with her ashes. I would write one now to my cat Ella.

  23. Lisa F. says

    I would love to read this book. I have many dogs (and cats) past and present that I would love to express how much they brought to my life. Thanks for the giveaway!

  24. Emily Endrizzi says

    I would love to write a letter to my rat terrier, Mickey. It’s so hard to put into words how much he means to me. I love him so much!

  25. Shelley P says

    Both books would be so interesting and heartwarming to read. I’d write a letter to my dog, Kody, who I miss dearly and wish I would have told him many more things before he passed. He was always a very happy and good boy! He was very sick for sometime before he died and I am so sorry he went through it and wish that I could have made it better. He was a joy to have!

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