I have! Almost every day! Dogs are amazing vessels of love and fun and sensitivity.
Many of my friends and clients have rescued dogs and it’s clear that usually they are the ones who were ‘rescued.’
Artist Nina Huang’s new picture book My Apollo celebrates exactly this bond of love between humans and dogs.
I had the great pleasure of interviewing Harvard-educated author-Illustrator Nina Huang about her book, her relationship with her greyhound, and the power of love in our lives. (Nina is an artist who is best known for her vibrant and colorful animal paintings. She painted my sweet pup Iko and it’s my favorite painting ever!)
NINA: My greyhound Apollo was my inspiration. I just love him and everything he brings to my life! Dogs are spiritual beings with these spiritual gifts. They are here to learn from us and to teach us. There is reciprocal healing between us. Dogs and humans getting together creates a great opportunity for souls to evolve and expand.
CARA: I couldn’t agree more, Nina. What is the story about?
NINA: The two main characters (a boy and a dog) come together in the beginning of the story with some struggles of their own. Briar is from a newly single-father family and the story begins with him struggling in school with falling grades and social anxiety. Apollo was bred to run races for gamblers, and by the time he was at a greyhound shelter, he has developed deep distrust of humans and a fearful orientation toward life. This book, in essence, is about how these two characters come together to rehabilitate each other.
NINA: This book project is now active on Kickstarter until November 26th. We are raising $22500 to print the first run of 2000 hardbound books using high-quality art paper. And we have already raised more than 80% of what we need. We are so close! The book will be both a children’s book and an art book, featuring only hand-painted illustrations. Supporters can get a signed copy of the hard-cover book for $25!
CARA: I’ve made my pledge and I can’t wait to hold my copy in my hands! Thanks for sharing your genius and love of dogs with the world, Nina!