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Dog Authors Frankie and LuLu Talk about “A Canine’s Guide to the Good Life”

April 2, 2013

K9_Front_cover_1It’s been a busy few weeks for Frankie and LuLu Cavanagh. Their debut book, A Canine’s Guide to the Good Life  is now available on Amazon and their press tour has begun. First stop: An interview with


Frankie gives LuLu some pointers on answering press questions.

Frankie gives LuLu some pointers on answering press questions.



HO: How did you come up with the idea of the book?

Frankie: My mom and dad took me for special lessons this year to make me feel more confident and less afraid so one night when I was telling LuLu about that week’s lesson, she said, “Frankie, we should write a guidebook for dogs!” So, we talked to Mom about it, and she said she would help if we promised not to use her laptop because our paws kill her keys

LuLu: Mom told us to outline our ideas first and she would help us put them into sentences.

Frankie and LuLu pose for puppy paparazzi before their first interview

Frankie and LuLu pose for the puppy paparazzi before their first interview


HO: How did you get so many dogs to be a part of the book?

LuLu: We have a lot of cousins. I asked our cousins because sometimes they like me better than Frankie

Frankie: I am trying to get along but I’m not comfortable in a crowd, but I am still a very good girl.

LuLu: Yea, whatever.  But they liked the idea of being in the book so they sent in pictures. Then, our Mom asked some friends from all over the country and some place called  England  if their dogs might be interested too, and they all agreed.


HO: Why is this book important?

Frankie: I think it is different because it is a short and easy-to-read guidebook which gives practical tips on how to have a good home written from the perspective of the dog.

LuLu: Usually, books talk about the human experience, but we wanted to share our own thoughts about the “real dog” experience.

Frankie: And our view provides insight on what it’s like to be underneath all this fur.

LuLu: Provides insight? Where did you learn that term?  Were you watching Dr. Phil again?


HO: Do you think this book will reach a good audience?

Frankie:  Who doesn’t love a dog?

LuLu: Cat people.

Frankie: That doesn’t mean they don’t like dogs.

LuLu:  The book will reach people because it is easy to read and entertaining, and  dogs  finally have a life guide that gets “them” when it comes to topics like training

Frankie:  And food

LuLu: And grooming

Frankie: And food

LuLu:  Shut up about food!  That’s why you are 85 pounds!

Frankie: You shut up…I’m not the one who is the treat whore in this house!

LuLu: You shut up!

Frankie: Wanna take it out to the yard?

LuLu: Mom, Frankie is picking on me!


HO: Okay, let’s move on. Any promotional events planned for your first book?

Frankie: I am sort of a reclusive  author — like Salman Rushdie. Not that there is a bounty on my head — I don’t think anyway. I have my license and all my shots, so I am legal, but I just like to be with my mom and dad and our human sister C.C. when she is home.

LuLu: I could go on the road. I’m cute, and I like to mingle. Mom says if I turn into a party chick though, the tour ends immediately. She doesn’t want to be known as another LiLo’s Mother (that is Lindsay Lohan for those pooches who don’t get to tune into E! during the day) or in my case, LuLu’s mother, and we are not allowed to sign on to a reality series either.  So, she is really limiting our options.


HO: What’s next for you two authors?

Frankie: We would like to do a You Tube video for the book. We are in talks now (with our Dad to see if he has time to shoot it).  We would also like to do a  guidebook about other animals as well. We have talked to a few farm and family pet friends and they are up for it, so we shall see.

LuLu: Truthfully, I need a vacation after this book release. It’s been a grueling process, and I am emotionally spent.

Frankie: From what? You didn’t even do the typing.  You are such Diva.

LuLu:  Am not!

Frankie: Am too!

LuLu: Have you seen my Prada sunglasses? I misplaced them.


Paperback Link: A Canine’s Guide to the Good Life

Kindle Link: A Canine’s Guide to the Good Life


*****A portion of all royalties for this book will go to PA SPCA and pet charities!


Donna Cavanagh

Donna Cavanagh is founder of (HO) and the partner publishing company, HumorOutcasts Press which now includes the labels Shorehouse Books and Corner Office Books ( As "den mother" to the more than 100 aspiring and accomplished writers, producers, comics and authors, Cavanagh's goal is to allow creativity to flow. She is a former journalist who made an unscheduled stop into humor more than 20 years ago. Her syndicated columns helped her gain a national audience when her work landed in the pages of First Magazine and USA Today. She teaches the how-to lessons of humor and publishing at conferences and workshops throughout the country including The Philadelphia Writers' Conference and Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop. The author of four humor books, Cavanagh hopes her latest book, How to Write and Share Humor: Techniques to Tickle Funny Bones and Win Fans, will encourage writers not only to embrace their humor talents but show them off as well.

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16 Responses to Dog Authors Frankie and LuLu Talk about “A Canine’s Guide to the Good Life”

  1. Deb Martin-Webster
    April 4, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    Excellent interview! Now that they are famous Corporal Freckles (the cat) asked if they needed a bodyguard? 😉

    • April 4, 2013 at 8:56 pm

      Tell Corporal, she is hired!!!

  2. Laurie Gelman
    April 3, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    Love the glasses….

    • April 3, 2013 at 2:11 pm

      Thanks Laurie, and they picked them out themselves. They don’t want to be recognized all the time.

  3. Theresa Wiza
    April 3, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    Loved the interview. Would love to see this on Dr. Phil 🙂

    • April 3, 2013 at 2:11 pm

      Well, Theresa, you never know where these two will wind up!

  4. April 2, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    I can’t wait to read it!

    • April 3, 2013 at 2:12 pm

      Thanks Mario. I hope Gregory love it!

  5. April 2, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    I look forward to reading this Don Don’s. I can almost see the cartoon!

    • April 2, 2013 at 2:18 pm

      Thank you Bill! And not one Bon Jovi mention in the book. Frankie and LuLu respect you too much for that.

  6. April 2, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Love to see the press that Frankie & Lulu are getting. Well deserved. Do they have a literary agent? If so, might they put in a good word for me?

    • April 2, 2013 at 11:39 am

      If they get an agent before us, I might just scream! LOL

  7. April 2, 2013 at 11:01 am

    Sounds like a fun read. Did you include any of Lulu and Frankie’s Christmas carols?

    • April 2, 2013 at 11:41 am

      No, because it is a legitimate guidebook on how to have a good life and they had to include so many friends and it’s color which means our printing costs were astronomical, and so we chose to highlight other pooches more than them. Who knows what is down the road for them though!

  8. April 2, 2013 at 8:00 am

    Looks like you had fun with this one Donna. Good luck with it. The SPCA is a worthy beneficiary for its success.

    • April 2, 2013 at 8:09 am

      Thanks Larry! The girls and myself are excited!

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