MAGGIE: the dog who changed my life

MAGGIE: the dog who changed my life
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Monday, March 23, 2009

SKYPE A New Way for Authors to Meet with Book Club Readers Nationwide

I sent out the following press release this weekend regarding my first upcoming SKYPE book club meeting on Wednesday evening, 7:00 p.m. (mountain time) March 25. (Note time change--press release said 5:30 p.m.) I will be SKYPING from my home in Boulder, CO to the home of Nancy Clarke, where the book club meeting on South Padre Island, Texas will take place to discuss my book, MAGGIE: the dog who changed my life. We tried the connection last night to work out the kinks since it's the first use of SKYPE for both of us--we got it working and are pretty excited to see how it goes this Wednesday evening!


A New Way for Authors to Meet With Their Readers: Boulder Author to Meet with South Padre Island Book Club via Skype

Authors' goal is to donate portions of book proceeds from Maggie: The Dog Who Changed My Life, released in July, 2008 to animal rescue groups. Her goal is also to reach those grieving from the loss of their pets to offer them support (through her book) in their time of grief. To learn more visit the author's website at and her blog at

Boulder, CO, March 23, 2009 – Dawn Kairns, the Boulder author of Maggie: The Dog Who Changed My Life, will meet with a South Padre Island, TX book club via Skype on Wednesday, March 25, 2009 at 5:30 p.m. Mountain time. “This will be my first time meeting with my readers on Skype, but I don’t think it will be my last,” says Kairns.

Ann Johnson, LCSW of the Human Animal Bond Trust (the group of veterinarians and mental health professionals who run this Pet Loss Group) in Denver states, “I plan to share Maggie: The Dog Who Changed My Life with all members of the Human Animal Bond Trust, Inc. and to keep the book available at our Pet Loss Group meetings. As one of the three mental health professionals who have facilitated our Pet Loss Support Group for the past 20+ years, and a dog/animal person forever, I can only agree with everything you've included in your book and would wish everyone could read it.” Kairns’ hope is that the love from her deep bond with Maggie will speak to readers who connect with their dogs in the same way, and will offer support to those experiencing pet loss. Pet guardians who have experienced the profound sense of loss that comes with losing their own cherished pets will find a kindred spirit in this book.

In Maggie: The Dog Who Changed My Life, the author’s black lab, Maggie, helps Kairns find her place in the world, both personally and professionally. Through their relationship Kairns learns that dogs are intelligent, emotional beings that can sense our thoughts. “My book explores a deeper, spiritual side of the human-canine bond,” says the author, “including animal telepathy, and the importance of trusting our intuition and dream messages.

“Animals are such gifts to us and the human-animal bond can be such a powerful part of our lives,” says Kairns, who did book signings at fundraisers to benefit the Laguna Madre Humane Society during her winter stay in South Padre. Dawn has donated portions of book proceeds to CO humane societies (The Humane Society of Boulder Valley (HSBV) and The Denver Dumb Friends League), The Laguna Madre Humane Society in Texas, and to Mainline Animal Rescue (MLAR) in PA. MLAR is devoted to raising awareness of the conditions in puppy mills and rescuing their canine victims, a passionate cause the author shares. Kairns has also donated her books to numerous shelter or rescue group fund raisers (Longmont Humane Society, Safe Harbor Lab Rescue, Golden Retriever Rescue of the Rockies, Laguna Madre Humane Society, and MLAR). Dawn donated her books to HSBV in 2008 and has done so again for the upcoming April 25, 2009 Puttin’ on the Leash silent auction. 10% of Dawn's publisher royalties from Maggie: The Dog Who Changed My Life are donated to MLAR.

Kairns will meet with a Boulder book club on May 6, 2009 and with a Parker Library group in Douglas County for a Reading, Discussion, and Book Signing on June 3, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.

Maggie: The Dog Who Changed My Life is available at the Boulder Barnes & Noble, Boulder Bookstore, The Tattered Cover, McGuckin’s Hardware, and Longmont Borders. You may order online at:,, and

Author Bio
Dawn was born and raised in northwestern Indiana, but Colorado has been home for over 31 years. A lifelong animal lover, her passion for dogs led her to volunteer with local rescue organizations, including the Humane Society of Boulder Valley, Front Range Labrador Rescue, and Freedom Service Dogs. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the author and her husband travelled to Mississippi to work with the Humane Society of the United States assisting the displaced Katrina dogs. Her own dog and cat are rescues. A family nurse practitioner turned writer, Dawn Kairns has also published in nursing journals, American Fitness magazine, The Daily Camera online, and Real Travel Adventures Magazine.

To schedule an interview or a discussion with your book group via phone or SKYPE:

Contact: Dawn Kairns
Tel: 303-449-4624 or 303-579-0547
Fax: 303-449-4416


Book Information

ISBN: 978-0-595-47435-6
Publication Date: July, 2008
Price: $15.95
Publisher: iUniverse
Trade Paperback: 151 pages

Media for February, 8, 2009 press release. to view December, 2008 press release.

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Dawn Kairns

1 comment :

ClaireWalter said...

You introduced yourself and Maggie at the CAL luncheon last week, and now, here you are too! Welcome to both.

I have another book coming out this spring (if the demon publisher doesn't push it back AGAIN), so this virtual book club is of great interest. I'll look into it in more depth when I have a pub date. Thanks for the lead.