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Does Your Canine Need Advice? Ask Anna Koontz, Win a Copy!

Talent runs in the Dean Koontz pack and this week the famous author’s beloved Golden Retriever Anna makes a very special debut in her first book “ASK ANNA: Advice for the Furry and Forlorn.”

In Anna’s brand new, adorable and gorgeous photo book she doles out snappy wisdom and insightful perspectives on the canine life about popular topics like:

  • Love and food
  • Begging techqiques
  • Loneliness
  • Escape artistry
  • Tennis balls
  • Rolling in mud, and much more!

Anna and her loyal canine readers and Facebook fans reveal what they really think of their humans and our odd behavior, along with funny doggie dating advice and cross-species relationship quirks. And in her never-ending dedication to making the world a better place for humans and dogs, Anna is donating all proceeds to the assistance dog group Canine Companions for Independence!

More About “Ask Anna” from Amazon

“Dog confidante and advisor, Anna Koontz, golden retriever and canine companion to #1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz debuts her talent as advice columnist to her species in her seminal work Ask Anna: Advice for the Furry and Forlorn. Anna helps all sorts of dogs with all sorts of problems, questions and, well, issues. With her superior intellect, sharp wit, a warm and fuzzy heart, Anna assists dogs in finding their inner canine. Some of her best advice: take time daily for ball-chasing and belly rubs – the keys (along with sausages) to true canine joy.

Koontz_ASK ANNA_author photo HI-RES

Learn more about the problems that plague Anna’s clients and be inspired by how she counsels them:

  • A Dachshund who feels height-challenged when cavorting with her Great Dane and Wolfhound neighbors
  • A Newfoundland wondering about his “blended” family: his sister is a Chihuahua
  • The trouble with birds…
  • Issues of self-esteem: Am I cute enough? Is my tongue too long?
  • Coexistence with cats…that inferior species which some humans (mistakenly) prefer

And delight in Dean’s just slightly skewed (or maybe not really) perspective on the importance of dogs throughout history. Without their help and advice, we humans would be in even worse trouble than we are today. They’re heaven-sent (what is dog spelled backwards?!)”

Here’s a special message from Anna:

Dear Person,

My dad, Dean Koontz, is a writer, as you might be aware. For years his first golden retriever, Trixie, also wrote books, which sometimes made the best-seller list. I vowed never to be a writer.

I barely have enough time for all the belly rubs, ball chasing, bird chasing, tug-of-war, and posing cutely that is required of me as a golden retriever, not to mention all of my non-professional interests, such as the new translation of Proust that I have undertaken, and learning to pilot a hot-air balloon.

Nevertheless, I have written a book of advice for dogs. It’s not a matter of ego, which anyone who knows a golden retriever will attest. It’s not about money, because all the earnings I receive from ASK ANNA will be given to Canine Companions for Independence, which provides assistance dogs for people with disabilities. What it’s about is giving back to my community–which I feel obliged to do especially because of all the park grass I’ve ruined with little round brown spots.

Thank you for your support.


Win a Copy of “Ask Anna”

We think you’ll love this book and everyone should buy at least 5 copies to help Canine Companions for Independence! However Anna was kind enough to send us one free publicity copy of the book, which we would like to gift to one lucky Tripawds member.  Here’s what you need to do enter this contest:

Comment below by Friday 10/25
and tell us the best advice
you’ve ever gotten from your dog or cat

The contest ends on Friday October 25 at 11:59 pm Eastern time. One winner will be selected at random and notified via email. Good luck!

10 thoughts on “Does Your Canine Need Advice? Ask Anna Koontz, Win a Copy!”

  1. LOVE Dean’s books….errr…..his dogs’ books!!

    For me, aside from living in the NOW, my dogs have taught me “acceptance of what is” and finding empowering learning lessons from whatever life presents to you. Wake up facing each day with a wagging tail and loving heart!!!

    Sally and My Eternal Light Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle too!

  2. Oh, my, gosh!! Love, love, love Dean Koontz books!! I think I have read almost everyone of them……my most favorite is Watchers! He so loved his first Golden Trixie. I still need to read her memoirs….

    Best advice my Lab girls have given me over and over again, “Calm down and pet me!! Here, I’m wagging my tail and want some love!!” They have done more to keep my blood pressure down than any medicine known to man! They have all, over the years kept me sane at times, when life was very difficult….one look in their calm, loving, soulful faces, and I am lost, but lost in a very good place…..

    Bonnie & Angel Polly

  3. Love your Dad’s books , am reading one right now and loved that Trixie girl. My Tripawd Maggie taught me that she loved life no matter what. She never knew the outcome of her life and never cared. She wanted to continue on her horseback rides, her fishing trips and extra treats. She said “stay in the now” and I listened.

  4. I’ve been an adoring fan for years and have had dogs for most of my life. The most important thing that Micah and Keela have taught me is that no matter how bad I feel, or how much pain I’m in, every day is a blessing because they love me no matter what and that we need each other. Pam & puppies

  5. The best advice I’ve ever gotten was from my first best friend, a neighbor’s boxer. “Don’t be afraid, I’ve got your back.” That was over 40 years ago, will always have a boxer in my life.

  6. The best thing that Luci has taught me is that sometimes no words are needed. All you need is just a little hug. A dog loves you no matter what. When your happy or when your sad. She just puts her little head on my shoulder & all I feel is love.

  7. The best advice my granddog, Aura Borealis, ever gave me is how to act when you visit someone. Even if it’s only been a day or week since you last saw them, you should wiggle, whine, and kiss them like it’s been forever and they’re the most important person in the world to you.

  8. Dear Anna,

    The best advice I’ve gotten from any of our canine companions, was from our golden retrievers, Dudley and Nell. They led full lives, filled with great fun, infinite amounts of love, and caring companionship. The advise they gave was by example.

    The both lived to almost 13, passing three years apart. Although their lives were as perfect as we could make them, and I believed they were as happy as they could possibly be, when their time came, they approached it with calm anticipation, perhaps even an eagerness to start another part of their existence. They were sure of our love for them, and yet they were able to move forward into the unknown without hesitation.

    What lies beyond cannot be something to fear, as long as they are there. And where would a golden go except to a place of great wonder? I am not rushing to meet it, but when my time comes, I will move through it by following their gentle examples.

    Thank you for all you do.

    -Kathy O’Rourke

    P.S. We have adopted a new golden named Merlin. I think he’ll write to you for advise shortly regarding his own transition into his new life with us.

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