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My Apollo is an uplifting tale of how a small boy and a rescue dog come together to change each other for the better.
My Apollo is an uplifting tale of how a small boy and a rescue dog come together to change each other for the better.
368 backers pledged $25,950 to help bring this project to life.

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Stretch Goals

$25K - We'll print an extra 250 books, ALL OF THEM to be donated to children's hospitals in the US and Canada! + Digital book for backers pledging $8 and up!

$32K - My Apollo in Spanish! Backers can choose the hardcover book in English or Spanish!

Recent Press

  • My Apollo featured in the Bark Box in a full-length article!

The Story

My Apollo is a tale of the healing bond between a small boy named Briar and a rescue greyhound dog named Apollo. These two characters come together in the beginning of the story with some difficulties of their own.

Briar comes from a single-father family and has been struggling in school with falling grades and social anxiety. Apollo was bred to run races on a racing track, and by the time he was at a shelter, he has developed a deep distrust of humans and a fearful orientation to life.

The rest of the story follows these two very lovable characters as they grow a deep bond and help each other overcome their challenges.

The Inspiration

The plot of My Apollo was inspired by the rehabilitation of our own greyhound, Apollo. Many of the early drawings I did for this book were life studies of him.

When we first adopted Apollo, he was terrified of many things, like loud sounds, sudden movements, and physical contact. Over time, and with patience and training, he opened up and grew more and more affectionate and care-free.

In helping Apollo and witnessing his willingness to embrace life's new vistas, I, too, was transformed for the better. As many rescue-dog-lovers understand, it's not always clear who rescued whom!

The Book

Every single page of this 40-page full-color hardbound book is hand-painted with archival watercolor paints on heavyweight watercolor paper, with no digital alteration.

I wanted to retain the textured paper and hand-painted look and feel in the final hardcover book. Elegance with a dash of naive; artistry with simplicity.

My vision for this book is that it is both a children's book, and an art book, using the highest quality art paper for printing, with beautifully designed end papers, dust sleeve - the whole nine yards.

Giving Back

We will be donating 200 copies (10% of the 1st printing) to children's hospitals, libraries, and animal shelters across the US!

The Rewards

We have planned some really amazing rewards for our generous benefactors! 

Book Cover
Book Cover
6"x4" Note Card
6"x4" Note Card
6"x4" Note Card
6"x4" Note Card
5"x10" Art Print from book spread
5"x10" Art Print from book spread
4" resin sculpture of Apollo
4" resin sculpture of Apollo
Example of 9"x12" Custom Pet Portrait
Example of 9"x12" Custom Pet Portrait
Example of 16"x16" Custom Pet Portrait
Example of 16"x16" Custom Pet Portrait
Example of 18"x24" Custom Pet Portrait
Example of 18"x24" Custom Pet Portrait

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge with publishing this book is nailing down all the pre-production details, working closely with a printing company, hand-picking the papers, printing page samples to ensure the colors are just right, and delivering the final product to our backers without delay.

Our biggest priority is for the end product to be of the highest quality!

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    One hand-written thank you note + Three 6"x4" blank note cards featuring 3 unique illustrations from My Apollo.

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    One signed copy of the hardbound book + A hard-written thank you note + Three 6"x4" blank note cards.

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    One signed copy of the hardbound book + A hand-written thank you note + Three 6"x4" blank note cards + One 5"x10" giclée print of a favorite book spread.

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    Two signed copies of the hardbound book + A hand-written thank you note + Three 6"x4" blank note cards + One 5"x10" giclée print of a favorite book spread.

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    One signed copy of the hardbound book + A hand-written thank you note +Three 6"x4" blank note cards + One 5"x10" giclée print of a favorite book spread + One limited hand-casted, hand-painted 4" resin sculpture of Apollo + Formal acknowledgement of gratitude both within the book and on the website.

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    Ten signed copies of the hardbound book + A hand-written thank you note + Thirty 6"x4" blank note cards (3 per book) + Formal acknowledgement of gratitude within the book and on website.

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    One signed copy of the hardbound book + A hand-written thank you note + Three 6"x4" blank note cards + One 8"x16" glicée canvas print of a favorite book spread, stretched on wooden frame + One 9"x12" original custom acrylic painting of your pet + Formal acknowledgement of gratitude within the book and on website.

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    One signed copy of the hardbound book + A hand-written thank you note + Three 6"x4" blank note cards + One 8"x16" giclée canvas print of a favorite book spread, stretched on wooden frame + One 16"x16" original custom acrylic painting of your pet + Formal acknowledgement of gratitude within the book and on website + Complementary shipping

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    One signed copy of the hardbound book + A hand-written thank you note + Three 6"x4" blank note cards featuring 3 unique illustrations from My Apollo + One 8"x16" giclée canvas print of a favorite book spread, stretched on wooden frame + One 18"x24" original custom acrylic painting of your pet + Formal acknowledgement of gratitude within the book and on website + Complementary shipping

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