Photography by Penny O Photography

I was inspired to write I Know My Name Is Love, my first publication, while volunteering in a children’s hospital. I knew relatively little about pet therapy at the time, but soon became fascinated by the interaction between the therapy dogs and the children awaiting surgery. I was constantly amazed by the ability of the dogs to shift the mood of a room and to calm and cheer even the most anxious patients. It seemed like magic to me.

Many of the patients I encountered had physical attributes that some would have perceived as imperfections, but the therapy dogs held no judgment of these children. Instead, they offered them unconditional love. I decided to write a book that would remind children, all children, of their own extraordinary value in this world, just in case they’re tempted to forget or don’t have a dog to remind them.