The Adventures of Jack and Rugby was a runaway hit when it launched in the Bay Area in 2011. Now the children's book series is available everywhere! Here's what people are saying.


“The two dogs...are based on the authors’ real-life pets. Jack is a trim and adventurous black Labrador, while Rugby is a giant, cuddly poodle with perpetual bed-head. An often engaging children’s story of a rugged, exhausting day in the mountains with two dog friends.”
— Kirkus Reviews

“I certainly did enjoy the Birthday Ball book with all the wonderful pictures of the Cypress Inn. I have your series on my coffee table so that my friends can enjoy the books as well.”
— Doris Day, legendary film star and co-owner of the Cypress Inn, Carmel-by-the-Sea
Doris Day with poodles at the Cypress Inn

“There is not a week that goes by that a student doesn’t ask for a Jack and Rugby book!”
— School librarian, Monterey, CA

“The books are a big hit with the teachers and students. They will remember Jack and Rugby forever, and I know you touched the hearts and imaginations of our young learners.  BRAVO!”
— Elementary school principal, Soquel, CA

“The students are chomping at the bit to check out your books.  I think the fact that Jack and Rugby were your pets gives the stories a personal feel that the students can relate to.  I have not seen any other books like them.  We started the ‘birthday book’ program, and your books were the first ones chosen.”
— School librarian, Oakland, CA

Kids love reading Jack and Rugby!
“Children and adults tell me often how much they enjoy The Adventures of Jack and Rugby. When people open these books, they are enthralled immediately.”
— Bookstore owner, Watsonville

“You have captured the fun spirit of the wag, wag, wag of these two dogs! The sweet tales gently address lots of life’s lessons. The children love these books!”
— Preschool director, La Selva Beach

“The photographs are just beautiful! Of course I had to order the four-book set; I am set with these special ‘from the heart’ books for my granddaughter’s next few milestones…I look forward to sharing these beautiful affirmations of love and friendship with her!”
— Teacher and grandmother, Pacific Grove, CA

“I love hearing children calling excitedly from the children’s section, 'Mom!  Here’s Jack and Rugby!'”
 Bookstore staff, Capitola, CA

“My students love these books and bring up Jack and Rugby often in our lessons.  The two friends are non-judgmental and demonstrate the peace and comfort of being with a friend with no expectations. The children also identify with the full gamut of the dogs’ feelings. Jack and Rugby’s friendship is heartwarming and instructive.”
— Kindergarten teacher, Watsonville, CA

“These books are amazing!  My kids love them and we enjoy giving them as birthday gifts.  Jack and Rugby are household names in our family!”
— Parent, Long Beach, CA

“I just wanted to let you know how much my kid has been enjoying your book!  He and I have read Jack and Rugby’s The Sleepover EVERY night since we brought the book home. He loves it!”
— Parent and teacher, Santa Cruz, CA

“I want to tell you that my grandson, age 2 1/2, is absolutely in love with your books. He already knows all the stories and if you change a word or two, he corrects you. His very favorite is The Big Trip.”
— Grandparent and Children’s Nonprofit Development Director, Watsonville, CA

“I have just purchased the entire set of these wonderful and charming books to donate to my school’s library. What better message to share with my students than the value (and fun) of true friendship?”
— Elementary school teacher, Watsonville, CA

“We’ve taken our dog to the Cypress Inn for overnights and teas many, many times, and love the ambiance and the welcoming feeling there. The book The Birthday Ball captures the wonderful moments we’ve spent with Morsel at the Cypress Inn. I can’t wait for my grandson to read it. It’s a book to be treasured!”
— College instructor and grandparent, Aptos, CA

“I see so many books, and The Adventures of Jack and Rugby series stands out as being VERY well written.”
— Children's Librarian, Roseville, CA