Local Rescued Dog Becomes Award Winning Author

Josie, a yellow Lab and now service dog for her mom, was adopted seven years ago from Cullen's Archangel RescuE in Columbia, SC. and lives on a pond in Maine with her family. Josie and her co-author mom, Vernita Leins, were recently awarded the 2019 Next Generation Indie Book Award as Finalist in the Animals/Pets category. The awards

Josie and her mom at the awards ceremony. Josie very proudly wears her medal.

ceremony was held in Washington, D.C. in late June. Their book, Fostering Marcel...the bond between human and animal, was named by the Independent Book Publishing Professional Group, the largest not-for-profit awards program in the world for self-published and indie authors, as one of the best indie books of 2019.


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Mrs. Leins states that It is unusual for a dog to be an author. Usually a writer will put a voice to a dog, but in their case, when Josie and she are on the same wave-length, Josie's voice comes through loud and clear. In Josie's first book, Josie's Story ... from rescue to service dog, she tells through humor, her observations, and opinions the challenge of coming to understand the importance of human leadership.

In Fostering Marcel, Josie tells what it was like to have a new cat in the home, her jealousy, eventual friendship, and re-homing him. Her mom describes the bond, which links human and animal together with the gift of nature, and what it is to be human. There is an educational section about cats.

A portion of the proceeds from both books is donated to animal shelters and rescue groups. It is Josie's way of saying, "Thank you!" and of giving back financially. For more information visit their website: www.vleins.com