Carmel Valley author’s ‘Danny Dog’ children’s book tells the story of a special rescue dog

By Karen Billing

Inspired by the journey of Danny, his family’s new rescue dog, Carmel Valley author Sid Shapira has written a children’s book, “Danny Dog.”

The book tells the tale of a little dog found on the street, and the rescue organization that helped him find his happy ending and a home sweet home.

The Shapira family adopted Danny, 17 pounds of fluffy gray Shih-Tzu, in August 2013. In talking to the Emerald City Pet Rescue organization that saved Danny and cared for him while he was homeless, Shapira learned more about what the dog went through and felt his story should be told.

“I was fascinated by his story and realized there are so many dogs just like him,” Shapira said. “I hope this book teaches children about rescue animals and the importance of giving them a second chance and a forever home.”

A former journalist, Shapira worked in public relations and marketing communications but never lost his affinity for being a storyteller.  He wrote his first book, “The Time of My Life,” the life story of Jack Leonard, a retired Time Inc. executive, and has since written several memoirs through his business, Stories Be Told.

The real-life Danny has been a source of great joy to Shapira and his wife, Sheryl, since they took him in. The playful pup enjoys car rides and chasing his cat sisters all over the house, and he loves people, receiving plenty of attention from neighborhood kids on his walks.

Shapira was able to score a positive review for “Danny Dog,” from Carrie Ann Inaba, a judge on “Dancing with the Stars” and founder of the Carrie Ann Inaba Animal Project.

“I truly enjoyed this important book that teaches young children about the responsibility of being a pet owner and what it’s like to be a dog waiting for his forever family to come along,” Inaba wrote. “The artwork is wonderful and Danny danced off the page and into my heart. I would love all children to read this wonderful book to learn a little about the plight of homeless animals. It makes you smile. I give it a 10!”

A book reading and signing event for “Danny Dog” will be held from 10 a.m.-noon Sunday, Oct. 26, at Rancho Coastal Humane Society, 389 Requeza St., Encinitas.

To order, visit dannyrescuedog.com. The book is available online on Amazon.com. A portion of the profits will be donated to animal and human welfare organizations.

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