Last updated on July 3, 2019
Fellow dog blogger and Marketing Manager for the Altoona Mirror newspaper, Amy Jo Hanna-Eckenrode, recently released her first children’s book, and we’ve got the inside scoop. Between running the Have Dog Will Blog site, editing Central Pets PA magazine, and direct the Central PA Pet Expo, she managed to pen a wonderful children’s book.
It’s summertime and the living is easy, breezy, and dogs are getting outside to enjoy the warmer weather. It’s also time for one special Golden Retriever to explore the cape.
This long-time dog mom tells us that Oakley’s Great Cape Escape is based on a true story, which piqued our curiosity right away. Enjoy our exclusive interview with this dog-loving dynamo and stay tuned for how you can purchase a copy and maybe even win one in our giveaway.
About Oakley’s Great Cape Escape
Amy Jo and her husband adopted a dog named Oakley when he was two years old. The breeder never socialized the poor pooch during those early weeks and months of life, so Oakley was uncomfortable around people.
Amy Jo naively believed taking him to the beach in the offseason to explore sounded like a good idea. The dog got loose during the walk, the sound of a truck spooked him, and the adventure began. He ran around the cape island for 24 hours, with everyone trying to catch him.
“We spun the story so that Oakley got tired and lonely and realizes that your family is home, home is where your heart is, and perhaps that is the best place to be…with those who love you,” she shared.
The Pets That Share Her Life
I’ve known Amy Jo for years, and one thing is for certain: If I were a stray dog, I’d find myself at her doorstep because she is one incredible dog mama.
Right now, the couple has 11 animals that include:
- Rio, a 2-year-old white German Shepherd Dog
- Chase, a 7-year-old Golden/Collie mix rescued from a cage in someone’s yard
- Hope, a 10-year-old mixed dog found as a stray with a litter of puppies. She was four years old at the time. Amy Jo says all the puppies found homes, too!
- Mabel, a 12-plus-year-old chocolate Labrador Retriever that was rescued as a stray.
- Katie and Krusher, brother and sister rescue cats who are both over 18 years old
- BoBo, a 10-year-old rescue cat
- Gracie Louise, a 9-year-old rescue cat
- Grayer, a 7-year-old rescue cat
- Miss Odilia, a blind wonder rescue cat adopted from ConnieKitty Blog!
About Dog Blogger Amy Jo
“There have been so many wonderful pets in my life who have forever changed me,” Amy Jo shares. “I started rescuing senior Goldens and somehow ended up with a whole menagerie of pets over the years, many with all sorts of conditions. People ask me why I adopt seniors and doesn’t it break my heart not having them a long time?”
She says that if she can give them the best last years of their lives, then she’s done her very best and her hope is fulfilled. Her heart does break a little more with each loss, she admits, but there is always enough duct tape to mend the holes. She knows that new rescues need a loving home and she is ever ready to take them in.
Who Should Read This Book
This is the sort of book you gift yourself and all the dog-loving adults and kids you know. Children of all ages are enjoying it and many are buying it for their own children so they can read to them. It is geared at the fourth to fifth-grade reading level.
We received a copy of the book to review and we absolutely adore this book. It makes you smile and that smile sticks around in your heart all day long.
Why She Decided To Write This Book
Amy Jo shares, “The book is based on a true story, yet it was so unbelievable that each time we told it, someone said, ‘If I didn’t know you better, I’d think you were making that up!”
Her husband said it would make the perfect storybook, and thus it was born. This dog blogger took pen to paper and the book came pouring out. The illustrations of Tom Worthington II are beautiful, too.
How to Obtain A Copy
Amy Jo loves animals so much that a portion of the proceeds from every copy of the book sold will be donated rescue organizations. You can purchase a copy of the book by clicking here .
Win A Signed Copy: CLOSED
The winner is Jillian, whom we are contacting today. Congrats and thanks to all who entered. This is the perfect summer read so snag a copy for yourself here.
Amy Jo has graciously agreed to give a signed copy away of this adorable book. This is the perfect summer read so snag a copy for yourself here and enter to win a signed copy below. Good luck and thanks to Amy Jo. Congratulations from Fidose of Reality on this wonderful book!
Simply comment below with the name of your dog, cat, or any pets who have touched your life past or present. Enter one time per email address. One winner will be selected at random on Tuesday, June 25, 2019. Good luck. USA only.
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