San Antonio, TX - USA, February 28, 2020 --
B.T. Frug is a 120-year-old dog and first-time author. He recounts his
many life experiences (and those of his former owners) in his new book,
American Dog: 117 Years of Humping Around America, Including a Marvelous
Journey with Johnny O’Shea, Jr. The book is part memoir and part
travelogue, according to Frug’s former owner/travel companion and fellow
author, Johnny O’Shea, Jr., who is coordinating the book’s publication.
It is, perhaps, something like a roman à clef: The road trip it details
is definitely nonfiction and the veracity of the rest is a mystery.
prefers "Bandit," his favorite name among the many he’s had over the
past century—identifies as a French bulldog-pug mix and wandering
mendicant. He declares early in American Dog that he’s something of an
equal-opportunity hater when it comes to any kind of group and the
groupthink that inevitably comes along with it. However, his begrudging
affection for just about every individual he encounters shines through.
is not sure why or how, but he stopped aging around three or four years
old—his early twenties, in dog years—and has been itinerate ever since,
avoiding suspicion by never staying with an owner or in a home for more
than ten years. This supernatural amount of time has allowed Frug to
pick up skills such as typing and communicating in the English language.
They are skills that Frug insists all dogs are inherently capable of
but do not have sufficiently long lives to master.
2016 cross-country road trip with Frug—during which they distributed
O’Shea’s own book, Back in Bloom: Rediscovering the Happiness Inside of
You—is detailed in American Dog, says that Frug’s current whereabouts
are unknown and that he has not heard from his old companion in several
years. The two authors and former creative collaborators do not seem to
identify as friends.
Frug’s manuscript is cobbled together
largely from nightly journal entries typed while on the road with
O’Shea. Through O’Shea, he cites John Steinbeck’s 1962 Travels with
Charley: In Search of America, Anthony de Mello, and "Hemingway,
Lincoln, Roosevelt (Teddy, obviously)" as influences.
O’Shea’s road trip across the Lower 48 happened over the course of Fall
2016—a crucial, charged time for America. American Dog documents the
motels they stay in, the hitchhikers they pick up, the booze they share,
and the unlikely relationship that develops between dog and man.
observations are sometimes stunning, often bitingly funny, and always
from a twisted, terribly clear-eyed perspective you’ve never before
The author’s motives for wanting to publish the book
now are not fully known, but O’Shea imagines that it might have a
little something to do with mortality and sharing his unique insights
while he can. Frug can die, after all, just not from old age.
Author Name on Cover: B.T. FRUG
ISBN Paperback: 9781612448169
Paperback Price: $18.95
eBook Price: $6.95
Page Count: 308
Press & Media Contact:
Lisa Michelle Umina, Publisher
Halo Publishing International, Inc
8000 W Interstate 10, Suite 600,
San Antonio, TX 78230 - USA