Indie Author John Preston Smith Releases The Bog, A Book for Those with an Insatiable Desire to Have a Dog at Their Side

Author John Preston Smith and his faithful Labrador, Writer.

Huntington, WV (PRWEB) August 15, 2012

John Preston Smith’s seventh book, The Bog, takes readers to the author’s most familiar territory – the relationship between dog and man. It’s a story of fantasy that unfolds in a swampy grove of marshland, a place believed to be where animals go to die. When The Bog’s narrator follows the cry of a wounded animal and enters this sacred place, his life is forever changed. The Bog offers much more than its mystical story, proffering thoughts and questions every dog lover has pondered. How were we chosen to be dog’s best friend? Do dogs have souls? How do dogs deal with time? Smith’s previous book – 14,000 Dogs Later: My Life With Dogs and What I’ve Learned – provides readers with his 49 years of experience as a dog trainer and handler. The Bog lists for $ 9.99 and is available in paperback, and as an e-book, on and through the author’s website. A donation is made from the sale of The Bog and all of Smith’s books to the proposed Hoops Children’s Hospital at Cabell Huntington Hospital in West Virginia.

“To most folk, The Bog will be read as a mere fantasy story about dog and man,” comments Smith. “In reality, however, it represents philosophical quandaries that have gnawed at me for many years. It’s my answer to questions coming from deep within my heart and from those with an insatiable desire to have a dog at their side.”

Reviewers describe The Bog as “a fascinating tapestry of the spiritual essence and purpose of dogs,” “…an entertaining yarn, whether you’re a dog person or not,” “…a must read for all thriller lovers, animal lovers, dreamers,” “deeply thought provoking and sweet,” and “it’ll challenge your beliefs, soothe your soul, and make you want to give Fido an extra dog bone tonight.” Robert Middlemiss, editor, past trustee of the Dixie Council of Authors & Journalists and member of the Tennessee Mountain Writers Conference advisory board, writes, “If you want to know about dogs beyond the norm, if you want a truth illuminated through fantasy, which will warm your heart – read this book!”

These are a few of the “random thoughts, provoking questions and reflections” which are woven throughout the story:

    Do dogs have lessons to teach us?
    What do dogs fear most?
    What do dogs think about?
    What is the defining trait of all dogs?
    How do dogs communicate with one another?
    Why are dogs so willing to give up their lives for us?
    How would life be affected if upon waking in the morning there were no dogs in the world?

Continue this conversation with the author and his fans on Facebook and Twitter. Links to Smith’s blog for “dog lovers,” podcasts on dog behavior and videos can be found on his website,

About The Author

An insurance agent in Huntington, West Virginia, John is experienced in public relations, journalism and sales. He worked for the Military District of Washington, D.C., and met President Kennedy before he was killed in Dallas. John handled U. S. Army press relations for the funerals of President Kennedy, General Douglas MacArthur, former President Herbert Hoover, and the inaugural of President Lyndon Johnson. After graduation from Marshall University, he worked in press relations for Kent State University where he witnessed the killing of four students by the Ohio National Guard in 1970. Over the past 48 years he has trained more than 14,000 dogs. He draws from this array of experiences to fashion his stories. The Bog is his seventh book. A donation is made from the sale of The Bog and all of Smith’s books to the proposed Hoops Children’s Hospital at Cabell Huntington Hospital in West Virginia.

The Bog

Written by John Preston Smith

Published by CreateSpace


$ 9.99 (US)

ISBN-10: 1466446498 (e-book)

ISBN-13: 978-1466446496 (paperback)


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