Book Details

Smack dab in the middle of America, Kiddo, a ‘scruffy’ commitment-phobic mutt searches for his next 'unsuspecting human' to train as a bona fide dog rescuer. As he pretends to be lost, he gets a ‘scruffy’ mismatched kid named, Abby, to take him in. It is love at first sight, as they find common ground in being...scruffy, but there is a much deeper plan. Kiddo, kicks into gear his gift of telepathically sending messages to all the dogs in the neighborhood who are lost and confused, sad and abused, who need to be rescued. Before long, Abby has no idea why she has an eclectic group of dogs under her charge, including Zeus, the benevolent Great Pyrenees. She naturally falls in line and begins to find them homes, thus simultaneously fulfilling Kiddo's secret 'Master Plan," in training a human to find them 'Masters." Abby, often bullied by the neighbor kids, attracts the attention of Luke, the coolest kid in the neighborhood. Together, they join an alliance and begin a fantastic journey of finding purpose, hope, courage, friendship, and generosity, because anything is possible with the love of a great dog!

The reader is brought into two parallel worlds as both human and canine deal with life challenges. They learn they are not that different after all. In the end, we ask, are the humans really doing the rescuing or does this secret world of doggie communication, expose that all along it was a ruse to rescue humans. Every character has their own song, written by Joni and some of Nashville’s top songwriters, on the interactive website


About the Author

Joni Wilson

Author, JONI WILSON is no novice to writing. A Toronto native, she immigrated to Nashville, Tennessee where she worked as an accomplished screenplay writer and has toured the world as a produced singer/songwriter. Though “The Dog Rescuers” was originally written as a television series, JONI, has seamlessly ‘cracked the code,’ in transitioning these stories into a compelling children's chapter book series with an accompanying soundtrack. Boys and girls of all ages will relate to the indelible characters infused with comedic language feeding the songs they can enjoy on the interactive website as an extra layer of fun. Imagination will thrive where real-life meets fiction. Joni, is a self-proclaimed bona fide ‘Dog Rescuer,’ since the age of 8. Her muse, is fueled by a dedication to raising kids' awareness of the needs of the animal rescue community through this fantastic series, “The Dog Rescuers” in books and songs, co-written with Nashville top songwriters. Join us at the interactive website, where we are busy “making the world better, one dog at a time.”

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Illustrated by: Kimberly Cranfield

Also by Joni Wilson

The Dog Rescuers Book II