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A little dog leads a grieving woman to find the sun after she lost her best friend.
A little dog leads a grieving woman to find the sun after she lost her best friend.
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Two Of Us

Ava is the little dog in the sun
Ava is the little dog in the sun

Little Dog in the Sun is what we describe as a "grown-up kid" story.  It is written with older children in mind, but the story delivers a heartfelt message to adults and is beautifully portrayed in original watercolor art. It is the true story of Ava, a puppy who was adopted by a family because she had no home. However, the author of the story (Lanea) had suffered the loss of her best friend & she did not want the additional responsibility of caring for a puppy. The family insisted on adopting the puppy & Ava made her way onto 'home turf.'  The story tells how a little dog helped heal a broken heart. 

Life Is What Happens

While author Lanea Stagg and her friend Maggie McHugh were enjoying their newly-found love of writing books, tragedy struck. Maggie became gravely ill and unexpectedly passed away at the young age of 44. Lanea was left completely devastated & unsure of how to overcome the loss of not just a writing partner, but a best friend.

Here Comes The Sun

Sometimes others know what you need. On the same day Maggie passed away, Ava was born. The last thing Lanea wanted was a puppy that needed so much love & attention because she was grieving. As she began to care for Ava, she noticed that Ava would find the only patch of sunshine whether inside or out.  She would look at Lanea with her "little dog eyes" and would seem to be saying "you can find the sunshine, too."

And In The End

Two years after Maggie's passing, Lanea wrote down her story of Ava helping her to overcome the grief of losing a loved one. The following week, she met artist Jon Fuchs & was very moved by his watercolor prints.  His artistic style was exactly what she envisioned for the little dog story. While chatting with Jon & his wife, Mary, a breast cancer survivor, it became clear that this artistic partnership would result in a beautiful book. 

I'll Follow The Sun

It is the hope of the author & artist that our book will help others find comfort in loss, but also encourage others to consider pet adoption to aid in the grieving process. The book includes a poignant message from Thomas Kilbane, D.V.M. who also recognizes the great effects of pets helping to ease the pain of grief.  We plan to share the story with animal shelters & veterinary offices so that homeless dogs (and other pets) might find owners who need them more than they ever imagined. A large portion of books will be donated to vet offices & pet shelters in order to encourage pet adoption.

Excerpt from Little Dog in the Sun

Whenever Ava was in the sun, she always seemed to have a little dog smile on her face.

The sad friend noticed when she looked into Ava's little dog eyes she would seem to be saying, "it's warm here in the sunshine.  Be happy.  Even when it's cold outside.  Even when you are cold and sad inside your heart."

About Us:

Artist Jon Fuchs
Artist Jon Fuchs

Jon Stafford Fuchs was born in Evansville, Indiana on May 9, 1956, along with his twin brother, Von. Thanks to the encouragement of his mother, who was a gifted and creative artist, he began drawing at a very young age. While attending North High School (class of 1974), he won 2nd place at the Evansville High School Art Show.  At Indiana State University Evansville, Jon took courses in drawing, design, painting and figure drawing.  He used his talent to create original logo designs and he greatly enjoys cartooning.  John and his wife, Mary, raised three daughters who live and work in Evansville with their families.

You can see more of Jon's art on Facebook:  www.facebook.com/Jon.fuchs

Ava aka Little Dog in the Sun
Ava aka Little Dog in the Sun
Maggie McHugh & Lanea Stagg co-authors of Recipe Records Cookbook
Maggie McHugh & Lanea Stagg co-authors of Recipe Records Cookbook

Maggie & Lanea created Recipe Records Cookbook as a tribute to food & music.  They believed in creating a clever experience in your own kitchen by using music to enhance your flavor. Their motto:  Food For Thought, Food For The Soul, Food For The Love of Rock & Roll.  After Maggie's death, Lanea eventually published two more books in the series.

Read more about these rock & roll cookbooks at www.reciperecordscookbook.com or read her blog at:  www.rockblocks3.blogspot.com

She also has a radio show at:  www.blogtalkradio.com/reciperecords

Risks and challenges

Lanea is the author of three published books & understands the challenges of deadlines & delays. A lot of planning & preparation has gone into this project & we feel confident that a beautiful finished product will be delivered to the generous supporters in early December. The book will go to the printing company as soon as this project is funded.

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    Receive a signed & numbered print of Ava in her red scarf (with 'help me' sign.) You will also receive a signed copy of "Little Dog in the Sun," your name included on the Kickstarter Backer page along with your "little dog in the sun" picture. Free Shipping

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    Do you have a little dog who helped you find the sun? You can share your story (300 words or less) & we will print it in the book. You provide story & photo of your dog. You will receive 10 signed copies of "Little Dog in the Sun," shipping included.

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    Option for clubs, schools & organizations: 20 copies of book, signed by Ava, Jon & Lanea. Appearance at your club, school or organization by Ava, Jon & Lanea to share the "Little Dog in the Sun" story & to raise awareness of benefit of pet adoption for those who are grieving. (travel within 200 mile radius only)

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