Book charts one year in the life of a guide dog puppy

A WEST Wiltshire writer and guide dog breeder just published her fourth book to raise funds for the national charity.

Jane Panos, 63, who writes under the pen name Jane Merrill Forrest, says all profits from her book Born to be a Life Changer: A Guide Dog Puppy’s First Year will be donated.

Ms. Panos, of Edington, wrote the book during the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown last year and said it was an ideal opportunity to put into words her experience raising guide dog puppies.

The 100-page book is written in the form of journal excerpts and focuses on one of their puppies, a Labrador / Golden Retriever crossbreed that has since moved to become a guide dog in Hampshire.

Ms. Panos said: “The book is in the form of diary excerpts written by a working guide dog whom I have given the pseudonym ‘Buddy’ for privacy reasons, as its real name is unusual.

“The diary looks back on his first year with me, his puppy breeder. We have illustrated it with more than 100 color photos, as it is a humorous and informative book for anyone interested in starting the training of guide dogs.

“There is always great interest in guide dogs and puppies for the blind, the general public is always fascinated when they see puppy breeders training and have many questions when they meet us and our puppies at fundraising events.

“It is a book for the whole family as very young children love to look at the photos while a parent is reading the diary.

“I’ve got messages from people saying they laughed out loud at Buddy’s antics and his approach to being a guide dog puppy.”

The book was self-published and is available on Amazon for € 9.99 for the paperback version and for € 5.99 for the Kindle version.

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