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Former First Lady Barbara Bush to write forward for "Vets and Pets: Veterans and Animals That Help Each Other Heal" to be released by Skyhorse Publishing September 2017
November 2, 2016
PHILADELPHIA, PA - Animals and humans share a special bond that has existed for thousands of years. For our nation’s veterans, who have returned from war with visible and invisible wounds, those animal/human relationships often times are more profound. From service dogs that help wounded veterans perform everyday tasks most of us take for granted, and companion and therapy dogs that provide emotional support, to cats, horses, potbelly pigs and even birds of prey, these remarkable animals are enhancing the lives of veterans, and giving them a reason to wake up every day.
Skyhorse Publishing in New York City, signed a deal with Dava Guerin and Kevin Ferris for a second book, after the success of their first book called, “Unbreakable Bonds: the Mighty Moms and Wounded Warriors of Walter Reed,” released on November 14, 2104. In “Unbreakable Bonds” Guerin, from Berlin, Md., and Ferris, from West Chester, Pa., told the inspiring stories of ten mothers and their severely wounded sons and daughter who were recuperating at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. The foreword was written by President George H. W. Bush.
“In ‘Vets and Pets,’ Guerin and Ferris continue their dramatic story telling, this time focusing on veterans whose lives have been turned around by some of the most surprising animals,” said Lloyd Remick, an entertainment attorney and Guerin and Ferris’ long-time literary agent. “We know readers will enjoy not just getting to know these amazing vets from Vietnam to Iraq and Afghanistan, but also their pets, who have some interesting stories of their own. There will be some tears, but lots of laughs, too, and we are thrilled that Skyhorse Publishing continues to be our partner in this endeavor,” Remick said.
The book’s foreword will be written by former First Lady Barbara Bush, no stranger to dog lovers across the country. When she was first lady, Mrs. Bush published “Millie’s Book,” a best-selling book about her beloved dog Millie. Her love of dogs mirrors her passion for literacy, and through the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, hundreds of thousands of Americans have greatly benefitted. Remick added that Animal Planet Star and expert dog trainer, Andrea Arden will also write a “Vets and Pets” endorsement.
For more information, or to schedule an interview with Guerin or Ferris, contact: Kelsie Besaw Skyhorse Publishing, 212-643-6816, ext. 201; firstname.lastname@example.org.