Livingston woman shares the magic of one special pup in new book

Samantha Hill

Cuddles the dog is fun, lovable and will now be the star of his own children’s book.

Livingston woman Heleena McGee is the writer of a new book, “Cuddles: A Very, Very Special Dog.”

McGee did not intend to write a book when she first met Cuddles, her adult children’s adopted Staffordshire-poodle mix, however she soon fell in love.

“He really just inspired me,” she said.

When her daughter and son-in-law went on a honeymoon over a year she spent time with the dog, seeing all of his little quirks.

She noticed the way he would do laps in a pool like a person as well as wrap his legs around people’s waists while they are sleeping.

The book is written from the perspective of the dog and is illustrated to match all of the unique things Cuddles does.

Local woman Hannah Rose, who began drawing in high school drew the pictures for the book.  

The two put the book together based on McGee’s description of events as as well photographs. Although sometimes it was a struggle.

“ It was a little more difficult when I didn’t have a photo because I had to imagine what he was doing,” Rose said.

Other than the Cuddles story, McGee also included tips for pet lovers and photos of families and their dogs.

The book was recently released on Amazon and other online book retailers. McGee said it is not out in local retailers yet, but she will be doing a book signing at the Livingston Farmer’s Market Wednesday.

She and Rose plan to collaborate on “Cuddles 2” as well as other children’s books about her own energetic Cocker Spaniels, Jackson and Lily.