Patti Lawson is the recipient a DWAA Maxwell Medallion from the Dog Writer’s Association of America (DWAA). Her book What Happens to Rover When the Marriage is Over?: And Other Doggone Legal Dilemmas received the Maxwell Medallion in the Human-Animal Bond category in the recent 2016 DWAA Annual Writing Competition.
Here is an engaging, informative, and no-nonsense look at the everyday situations and issues—and their legal consequences—that affect dogs and their owners. Dished up with a good deal of humor, heart, and pragmatic counsel, every chapter covers a different issue that dogs and their pet parents may face at some time. Author Patti Lawson presents these issues conversationally—not couched in legalese—so every pet parent, grandparent, or sibling will know what to expect. With real-life stories and real court cases, this book covers topics people rarely think to ask about or research—until it’s too late:
- Fighting city hall when a dog runs afoul of the law
- The rights of pet parents to take their dogs on public transportation
- Providing for a canine companion after an owner’s death
- Keeping custody of their pet should they divorce or separate
- Confiscation of a pet by a humane officer if they violate a city ordinance
- Housing rights and those of their dog
- Breed-specific legislation
- and more
Pet parents can make sure their dog enjoys every legal right and protection available with the great advice and information Lawson presents in this book. This is the go-to guide for keeping your pooch out of the pound and you out of court.
About the Author
Patti Lawson is an award-winning author, lawyer, newspaper columnist, and public speaker. Patti’s first book, The Dog Diet: What My Dog Taught Me About Shedding Pounds, Licking Stress, and Getting a New Leash on Life, won the Dog Writer’s Association of America Maxwell Award for Dog Humor Book. In 2012, Patti was awarded the AKC Responsible Pet Ownership Public Service Award. She lives in Elkview, West Virginia, with her dogs Sadie and Rusty.
Hardcover: 296 pages
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing (September 20, 2016)