Author(s): Laura Sessions
Strange-but-true dog stories from the Christchurch earthquakes, with beautiful photographs illustrating each story. A collection of stories about Christchurch dogs and the earthquakes - true tales of heroism, odd and quirky stories, funny stories, sad stories - stories that will surprise you, make you chuckle or make you go awwww. Includes stories of USAR dogs that worked in the central city right after the February earthquake; Guinness, the unofficial mascot of the Student Volunteer Army; Nemo who has a special gift for predicting earthquakes; dogs who were rescued and dogs who rescued others; and the uncanny knowledge that a number of dogs showed in their efforts to find their owners. Dogs have been a huge comfort to their owners in Christchurch. The intensity of the earthquake experience has heightened the wordless connection between people and their dogs, and their understanding of each others' emotions. Part of the proceeds from the book help support one of the organisations that helped to save many dogs following the earthquakes. HUHA is a national organisation that works to rescue and re-home animals around the country, and they went to Christchurch three times to take more than 70 dogs plus numerous other animals to safe and loving homes elsewhere in the country.
Laura Sessions lives in Christchurch with her husband, Will, and their two dogs, George and Mildred. Laura has an MSc in botany and a PhD in science writing from the University of Canterbury, and she now manages an educational travel company called AUIP that brings about 1,000 American students each year to study in the South Pacific region. In her spare time, Laura writes for science organisations and magazines in New Zealand and overseas. Craig has worked as a photographer for more than 10 years and found his rather unusual niche of pet photography very quickly as he's always loved animals. His pet photography business FURtography has gone from strength to strength and Craig has worked photographing pets for clients like Animates and Proud Paws and volunteered and fundraised for charities K9 Rescue and Rehoming, Dogwatch and Cats Protection League.