A Question Facing Countless Americans…WHAT ABOUT WALLY?
New Book Takes On Four-Legged, Hot-Button Issue
(Los Angeles, CA – October 14, 2011) In a first-of-its kind exploration in to an issue that impacts hundreds of thousands of Americans each year, “What About Wally? (Libero Media-ISBN: 978-09831635-3-4) examines what for some is the most difficult and contentious hurdle they’ll face during a divorce, separation or break-up.
Who gets the dog?
Co-written by nationally recognized pet expert Steven May and prominent Family Law attorney and author David T. Pisarra, “What About Wally? Co-Parenting A Pet With Your Ex” is a part How-To and part How-Not-To guide into the realities facing an increasing number of Americans each year. Practical legal advice and thoughtful dog behavior guidance sit alongside heartwarming real life stories and personal anecdotes from the authors own experiences in co-parenting a pet with their ex’s.
“We wrote this book because of math,” says May, founder of The Daily Growl, former publisher of Vetz Magazine and host of the nationally broadcast MultiVu® Pet Segments. “According to the Humane Society there are more than 78 million owned dogs in the U.S. and they’re in 39% of households. There are also 2 million marriages a year with up to 50% ending in divorce. When you add in separations and co-habitation break-ups the numbers add up. This is a very real issue for a huge number of people.”
Having represented hundreds of spouses in divorce court, Pisarra echoes that opinion. In fact, he has seen couples fight just as viciously over “Wally” as they do their children. “Battles over custody of the dog aren’t like arguments about who gets the car,” says Pisarra who has also authored a series of books on men and divorce. “I’ve seen all the strategies that come in to play during child custody cases also employed with dogs. People have a deep relationship with their pets, particularly childless couples. It can get mean and nasty.”
Delving in to such topics as dog custody and the law, how to best co-parent when living apart, dogs as “starter children” and training tips to help keep dogs well-adjusted to the new situation, “What About Wally” is fun, informative guide for anyone who views their pet as part of the family.
“Pet parents suffer emotionally when “Wally” becomes part of the break-up,” says May. “We felt it was time for a book that acknowledges that reality and lends a hand.”
“What About Wally” marks the first title release of the Pet Loverz Guide series in which the authors explore a wide-variety of issues pertaining to pets, families and the law. The book can be purchased at Amazon.com, BN.com and PetLoverzGuides.com.
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About The Authors:
Steven May is a respected pet expert who has worked in the veterinary industry for 35 years. A frequent public speaker, writer and consultant to the vet industry and top-tier media source, he is the founder of The Daily Growl, former publisher of VETZ Magazine and shares his pet advice throughout the nation via MutliVu® Pet Segments.
David Pisarra Esq. heads the Los Angeles-based Pisarra & Grist and Men’s Family Law, dedicated to representing men in all facets of divorce, custody and alimony. The author of three books for men and divorce, he is also a weekly columnist with the Santa Monica Daily Press
Each are currently co-parents of happy dogs.