New Book – Co-authored by Amelia Painter – Just Released

Just released and available on and other retail book stores.

When animal rights advocate Lee Youde asked Amelia to co-author this memoir, she realized it was slightly out of her writing genre, but after giving it great thought, she realized that it wasn’t out of her comfort zone.  Afterall, there had been any number of dogs in her life.  It wasn’t until months after saying, “yes,” that she realized how healing the project was in her own personal life.

At the beginning of the writing relationship with the owner of Phantom, her son was seriously ill battling melanoma skin cancer, and she often found it hard to concentrate, but as she worked with Lee Youde, her co-author, she began to recall memories of her son and his dog Heidi. (Heidi was a doberman pincher stray that followed her son home one day and ultimately became his closest friend, playmate and protector.)

The entire process of working on this story became a labor of love for both the authors, each for their own personal reasons.  The result is a heartfelt and inspiring story of the rescue of a homeless German Shepherd that local authorities had placed a shoot-to-kill order on because she had taken-up residence near a state highway and often sat under the guard rail of a bridge sunning herself — a potentially dangerous situation for both motorists and the dog.

Dog lovers of all ages will enjoy this memoir as it tells the rescue story in detail.  At just $6.95 it can be purchased on

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