Rescue Dogs in Photographic Comic Book Format

by Maria Larsen
(Sunny San Diego)

Lilly, Reign and Lido Larsen

Lilly, Reign and Lido Larsen

Lilly, Reign and Lido Larsen
Lilly's first day at home, asking what quarantine means
Lido my Dutch Shepherd responding to Lilly
Lilly's silly response

Real life rescue dogs tell their story in a photographic comic book!

Maria Larsen is an ex-cop with a huge love for dogs, and she has a habit of turning her own dogs into stars! Her three real-life dogs tell the story (in comic book fashion, they speak!) of third dog Lilly joining the family.

Rescue Dogs Rule!

Hello Fellow Self-Publishers & Young Readers,

I was born and raised in Pacific Grove, California. After graduating from San Diego State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Design, I started a screen-printing company in 1990. The San Diego Police Department hired me as a patrol officer in 1993.

An on-duty injury forced me into medical retirement in 2002.

During a lengthy rehabilitation, I wrote about the dogs I rescued from the streets: When It Reigns, It Pours: Dog Tales. I started a self-publishing book company in 2009—Hands On Publishing.

By 2013 I got my first lucky break. When It Reigns, It Pours: Dog Tales and my crime-thriller Protect & Serve: K-9 Policewoman were both chosen as finalists in the Indie Next Generation Book Awards and the Public Safety Writer's Association Contest. (Reign is the name of one of my German Shepherds.)

Reign Over Me: A Ruff Life is the light-hearted sequel to When It Reigns, It Pours. With humorous photos in comic-book format, my dogs tell the story of Lilly Larsen's (another of my dogs!) adoption and rehabilitation.

The original print run for A Ruff Life was 500 color books. In 2013 I revised an ebook version for the Kindle.

I wanted children to see Lilly's miraculous transformation from rescue dog to wonder dog!

Rescuing dogs is a passion for me. My childhood dog, Oreo, saved my life when I was twelve years old. I had adopted her from a kind-hearted Animal Control officer who lived on our street. The woman would bring home the animals that were to be destroyed.

Oreo was a German Shepherd and Samoyed mixed breed, but I never told my parents she was also part wolf.

My father always told me never to go into the forest alone, and don't let your dog off leash. So where else would I be, except in the forest, with Oreo running around free? I was picking huckleberries and feeding some to Oreo, when I heard her growl. That's when I saw a crazed man running towards us.

Suddenly, Oreo leaped at him, growling and biting. She chased him off screaming. That week, a body was found in the forest. Without Oreo by my side I would have died. I owe everything to dogs! Now you can understand why rescuing dogs is a passion of mine. Please support your local dog rescue and adoption.

Who knows? The dog you bring home could save your life!

Thanks for your time,

Maria Larsen
"Woof" from my dogs!

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Dec 20, 2013
Thanks Steve B.
by: Maria Larsen

When I formatted the cartoon bubbles in the book, I didn't use a computer program. I designed each one to fit in the photographs. Similar to the way original cartoon artist would hand draw each bubble. It was a lot of work but well worth the effort.

Sep 19, 2013
Dogs are stars!
by: Steve B. (webmaster)

I love the dialogue frames.

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