This book came to life after the suggestions of both Jim Gibbons and Oliver’s beloved veterinarian, Lynne Denyer, DVM. I’ve made comments and jokes in passing to both Jim and Dr. Denyer about writing a book about Oliver and our lives together but always did so without truly knowing how to begin. After describing a scary moment I went through and how it related to Oliver, Dr. Denyer said, “That is the opening of your book.” She planted a seed. Knowing my love of writing and need to find a purpose in life, Jim watered the seed Dr. Denyer planted and cheered me on every step of the way.
This book wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for Oliver choosing us to be his family. I truly believe that life unfolds as it is supposed to and Oliver’s role in my life was to propel me in the direction of writing this book as a means to wake up and live life how we were meant to live it as well as to help bulldogs in need.
100% of royalties from What Oliver Taught Me will be donated to a different nonprofit each month in 2018! If I can play even the smallest part in helping animals in-need by donating royalties from this book to nonprofit rescues and organizations, I am honored to do so in Oliver’s memory.