Letters from Sit Stay Love: West Coast


We teamed up with Anthropologie for their 5th annual SIT STAY LOVE initiative again, this time on the West Coast at their Newport Beach/Fashion Island store.  We did A Letter To My Dog book signing – and the lovely and talented Susan Weingartner, an amazing LA-based pet photographer, took photos of lots of precious pups.
Here are some of the pets we met, along with letters from their loyal pet parents (click on the photo to see the letter).

Dear Maxie Pie


Dear Arthur & Sookie


Dear Chloe, Kingston & Toby 


Dear Trixie & Chase 


Dear Harley


Dear Winston


Dear Angelique, Bebe & Kristi 


Calling All California Dog-Lovers: A Letter To My Dog Book Signing!

Book Signing
Calling all California Dog Lovers…“A Letter To My Dog” co-authors Lisa Erspamer and Kimi Culp will be signing books at the Marina del Ray Costco this Saturday, June 1st from 1-3pm. Two of our amazing ALetterToMyDog.com columnists will also join Lisa and Kimi at the book signing. Celebrity veterinarian and TV expert Karen “Doc” Halligan and dog trainer to the stars, Brian Lee, will be on hand to answer questions from pet lovers. Come and join the fun!
Saturday June 1st, 2013
1:00 – 3:00 PM
Costco #479 – Culver City

Renowned veterinarian, author, and celebrity spokesperson Karen “Doc” Halligan has developed a distinguished veterinary medical career while establishing herself as a national authority on animals. She was a sought-after pet health expert and featured spokesperson in the media during the pet-food recall crisis and provided veterinary care at ground zero in Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Doc Halligan is the author of the award-winning book Doc Halligan’s What Every Pet Owner Should Know: Prescriptions for Happy, Healthy Cats and Dogs (HarperCollins, 2007) and has authored numerous articles for PARADE magazine and other media. She has appeared regularly on television on the Hallmark’s Who Let The Dogs Out, Doctors, Katie, Bonnie Hunt Show, Regis and Kelly, the Today Show, the Mike and Juliet Show, iVillage Live, Dr. Drew’s Lifechangers, The Insider, CBS Early Morning Show, Fox and Friends, Dog Tales, Animal Rescue 911 and Extra TV.  On Animal Planet, she frequently appears on Dogs 101, Cats 101 and Americas’s Cutest Pets.


With 27 years of experience as a dog trainer and behaviorist, Brian Lee has worked with over 10,000 dogs.  His methods go beyond basic obedience training and focus more on behavior modification.  His unique and positive approach transforms dogs into balanced, well-mannered members of society.  From puppy mischief to dangerous aggression, Brian is frequently the last stop for dog owners.

Although his specialty is “the family dog,” he has worked with search and rescue, guide, agility and therapy dogs as well.  Members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team, the California Rescue Dog Association and the FBI have used his program.  He has appeared on Animal Planet, NBC and CBS, handling dogs both on and off camera.  Celebrity clients include Janet Jackson, Reese Witherspoon, James Caan and Liza Minnelli.

Summer Reading for Animal Lovers


May is National Pet Month, and we here at A Letter to My Dog couldn’t be happier that Penguin teamed up with the Humane Society of the United States to create the READ HUMANE campaign– an effort to help fight against animal cruelty.

We’re proud to be mentioned in Humane Society President and CEO Wayne Pacelle‘s blog:

May 21, 2013
Reading is Fundamental – For Animals
Our mission statement is both clear and compelling: Celebrating animals, confronting cruelty. While the confrontation side of our work gets most of the headlines – through investigations or corporate or public policy campaigns – we never forget that animals do so much to enrich our lives, our community, and our world.

This month, for the second year, our friends at Penguin USA are kicking off the summer reading season with Read Humane, which features six of Penguin’s best-selling romance and mystery titles produced as special Read Humane editions. Each of the authors – including Read Humane spokesperson, Jill Shalvis, along with Linda O. Johnston, Miranda James, Leann Sweeney, Judi McCoy, and Ali Brandon – feature animals in their story lines. These are entertaining books, but Read Humane also has a serious purpose: Penguin USA is donating $25,000 to The HSUS’ Animal Rescue Team, and using the promotion to raise awareness of our work to rescue animals. You can read a review of Linda O. Johnston’s book, “Hounds Abound,” in the current issue of All Animals, and there’s an excerpt from it on the iPad version of our magazine. You can find out more about all of the books, as well as where to buy them, on the Read Humane webpage.

The Read Humane authors don’t just write about animals. From having their own pets, to promoting adoption and rescue or educating people about puppy mills, they celebrate the bond in their personal lives as well. And they are not alone.

Photographer Robin Layton, along with authors Kimi Culp and Lisa Erspamer, created a wonderful book, “A Letter to My Dog: Notes to our Best Friends.” Filled with Robin’s beautiful photos and touching notes to their dogs from celebrities and ordinary dog lovers, the book is sure to move you. The authors have also pledged a percentage of their royalties to support The HSUS, and Robin donated her services as a judge in our recent Pet Pageant photo contest.

I hope you’ll join us, and these remarkable authors and publishers, in celebrating animals.

You can read his complete blog post here.

He took the words right out of our mouth! Happy Reading!