I met my friend Lonnie Hodge and his dog Gander at the TEDActive conference. Lonnie and I bonded over dogs, being introverts and writers, and many other things.
I only learned later, through his website, of Lonnie’s struggles with PTSD as a result of his experience during the Vietnam war.
Gander is his first dog, a service dog, and Lonnie has become a fervent promoter of rescuing dogs and getting them trained as service dogs for veterans with PTSD. Gander has 12,000 followers on Facebook and together they have more than 70,000 followers on Twitter. Now Lonnie is spearheading a book to raise money for service dogs for vets.
Both Gander and Lonnie have made enormous strides since meeting each other. The before and after pix of Gander are remarkable… from being in a shelter on death row (left) to being the loving, expressive, amazing pooch I met in Palm Springs (right).
Lonnie is gathering some incredible writing talent to put together a book to raise money for this cause. The book is called In Dogs We Trust: Tales of Canine Love, Inspiration, and Service and will feature essays from Patricia McConnell, Mike Ritland, Ted Kerasote, Kevin Hanrahan, Bruce Littleﬁeld, Cheryl Arnold-Moseley, Alan Paul, Paul Owens, Anthony Bennie, me, and a host of best selling-authors in a true celebration of dogs and the impact they’ve had on us. You can support the book through their Indiegogo campaign.
How to Submit:
Stories should be 500-1,600 words of humor, inspiration, or remembrance. Short poetry will also be included but no longer than 15 lines. Previously published work may be included if the author has publishing rights. You’ll be able to add a short paragraph at the end about yourself, your dog, your charity or cause, to be read by thousands.
Worried that your writing doesn’t quite convey the tale you have to tell? Lonnie’s editor Alexandra Thurman will help you explore the true heart of your personal story and put a free, professional polish on it that you approve before press.
Send your stories to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your: name, address, phone, email, and a brief bio of yourself.