For Bea

Behind the Scenes

For Bea is a memoir of a beagle who changed my life.  I found her, lost and desperate, on the street and brought her home.  The next day I learned from a tattoo in her ear that she’d come from a research lab, but her origins shouldn’t have surprised me.  She was almost paralyzed from terror; and if anyone came close to her, she vibrated from her nose to her tail.  But slowly with love and care, she blossomed into a loving and confident dog.  She taught me about courage and reminded me that bad can turn to good.  Because of her, I became an animal welfare advocate and an animal writer.  Bea helped me find my life’s work, which is to show how important animals can be in our lives and how worthy they are of our kindness.