Happy Book Release Day!

Today is release day for Puppy Problems! Thinking back, it’s hard to believe that this entire adventure began with a simple idea… let’s get a puppy!

Who knew that the little pup we brought home and named, Charlie, would inspire not one, but three books all about what it means to be a family; sharing, acceptance, and friendship.

The story began with a series of sketches and ideas, then page after page was inked so that color could be added. I worked with a really fantastic colorist, Kat Efird, on Puppy Problems.

Our real-life pets, Charlie, Buddy, and Otis have no idea that they have cartoon alter egos. If only they could read!

I hope you enjoy the story! Stay tuned for Book 2 early next year!

Staying Home with Our Pets

Cracerks and Peanut sleeping

Buddy Barker is this perfect dog and we thought our puppy, Charlie, would learn how to be a grown-up dog from watching Buddy Barker. But that isn’t quite how it worked out. Animals are like people, each with their own unique personality.


Buddy Barker is gregarious and adventurous. He loves to go for rides in the car and for long walks. Charlie, on the other hand, is the complete opposite. He’s shy, nervous around strangers, doesn’t mind a car ride as long as he can hide under the seat, and his favorite walk is from the sofa to the kitchen for a snack. We have lots of nicknames for Charlie: Cuddle Ninja, Velvet Monster (because his fur is very soft), Chucky Cheese, and Land Shark (because he loves to chew sticks).

Over the past year, we’ve learned to comfort Charlie and make him feel safe when he gets nervous or scared. And now, ironically, he’s doing the same for us. When I feel down or worried as soon as Charlie cuddles in my lap I feel better.

It’s sort of an odd time right now, with schools closing early and parents working from home. It’s a good time to have the comfort of four-legged friends like Charlie, Buddy Barker, and Otis.