Y’all know Denver right?? RIGHT?? She’s just the star of one of the cutest viral videos of all time! So if you haven’t, please stop reading and watch the following:
I’m telling you, she’s kind of a big deal in the animal kingdom 🙂
The Denver Guilty Video is nearly 3 years old and is more viral today than ever. Her video has gained global recognition both socially and on tv. Currently the hits on YouTube are near 33 million and growing daily! Her Facebook page has nearly 68,000+ fans!! She now has her own Children’s books and can be found at GuiltyDogAdventures.com
Denver’s now famous smile has positioned her as the most popular dog on the planet and even after 3 years her video is winning online contest after contest from MSN to NBC and even on Animal Planet! Since her video aired she has made appearances on Good Morning America, Fox News, Inside Edition, Fox 45 Baltimore, Fox Delmarva News and Fox WTTG DC TV. And, her video has been shown on every news network in the US and across the globe! Denver and family have done several sit down interviews with domestic and international production companies and her complete story aired on Animal Planets, “Bad Dog” TV Show.
Now Denver has a Children’s Book Series out! The first one, Denver Crosses the Creek, is out and I love it! The story is creative and teaches children important lessons about listening, not trusting strangers and being honest. M.B. Vujanic, the author and Denver’s owner, did a fantastic job! Oh and the illustrations? ADORABLE! Seriously, I kinda want a drawing of my cat.
It’s definitely a book you want to have in your kid’s library! Reviewing Denver’s book would be fun enough, but I’m even more excited because joining us today on the blog is Denver’s owner, M.B. Vujanic! I’m excited to have him share about the book series, Denver and of course 4 Questions. Be sure to check out the giveaway at the end too!
1. Where did the idea of a children’s book series featuring Denver start?
I have been a writer most of my adult life and my focus has been on the outdoors. My family and I love the outdoors and we grew up in an area where families depend on the outdoors. Ironically I was actually in discussions with some companies about having Denver featured in a line of coloring books when the idea of Children’s books crossed my mind. Rather than going with a large publisher and waiting perhaps years for an answer or progress, I decided to undergo the project alone and self publish. The only “bad” side of self publishing is that you bear all of the financial burdens and responsibilities associated with it, just like you would with starting a new business. From writing the series myself, finding the right illustrator, the right editor and the best self-publishing company, the process was somewhat long and tedious; yet immensely rewarding.
2. What do you hope children will take away from this book?
Children are able to learn a few life-lessons from Denver’s first Adventure. The story sheds light on the importance of following directions and being honest. The underlying message is to be cautious when speaking with strangers. On the cover of Denver Crosses the Creek you will notice the 4 sneaky characters all pointing in different directions. These are the characters in the story who purposely trick Denver and provide really bad directions when she asks them for their help finding her way home. Although Denver doesn’t recognize any of the sneaky characters when she meets them – they are familiar with her! Each one had been chased out of the yard for trespassing at some point by Denver in the darkness of night when Denver could hear them by not see them. Now that Denver was in “their yard” they attempt to “get her back.” Denver learns first-hand that there are very good reasons for family rules.
“Denver’s life really has never changed…”
3. Are there plans for more adventures featuring Denver?
Yes. There are 10 total books in this series and the first one is Denver Crosses the Creek. The rest of the books are educational field trips across North America to visit the Natural and Made Made Wonders. Denver and the gang will visit these amazing places and share the information they find….how they were formed, what lives there, who, what , why…… There is certainly nothing “new” to this angle of writing but Denver and the gang will take you there in their own special way that is fresh and exciting. Most of the series has been written and book #2 is slated for spring 2014 release.
4. How has Denver taken all the success? 🙂
Denver’s life really has never changed. The video did expose how overweight she really was so we have helped her shed 30 pounds through diet and exercise! She now gets around better and plays with Masey like a puppy! Despite her celebrity status, nothing really is given to us. We buy her treats, dog food and all the things typical animal loving families get for their pets. It is worth noting that Denver is a very “normal” Labrador Retrieve despite that silly face she makes. But she absolutely does become an entertaining Diva when film crew’s arrive for interviews or even when we have company over. It’s fair to say she won’t leave them alone and hams it up big time!
What interview would be complete without 4 Questions right?
1. What is something about your life right now that you would never imagined 5 years ago?
I never ever imagined that grabbing a video camera and filming a 2 minute video would have changed my life and the life of my family the way it did. It has been almost 3 years and 33+ Million hits since I posted Denver Our Guilty Dog video on YouTube and looking back at all the news interviews, radio interviews, appearances on TV shows like Good Morning America and Inside Edition, and the like, it still all seems so surreal to me (and our family). You look back and say, “What if I never did that?” and life takes on a completely different course to the present. It is really fascinating to think about.
2. What is one thing that you would go back and do differently if you could?
That is a tough one because I would not want to change anything (or direction) that would alter my life as it is today. One little thing could change family, places and occupations and I am very satisfied with all of the above.
3. What is one of the happiest moments of your life?
One of the happiest moments in my life was the birth of my first child, my son. Emotionally it really weighed heavy on me and opened my eyes to life and how important family is. There are several other happy moments but that first one impacts you very heavily!
4. What is one thing you want the next generation to know?
I would like the next generation to know how important the foundation of this country truly is. With technology growing leaps and bounds it creates discussion for changes that can erode the founding blocks of our nation (that some feel are getting in the way of progress). I would like them to know that our country is most different than any other country in the whole wide world (on purpose and by design) and it was the dream of millions that sacrificed their lives so that we can have and preserve OUR today. I am the son of immigrants that came through the front door in 1959…literally with nothing. My parents worked their fingers to the bone to not only achieve the American Dream but provide for their family so they too could live a life without restrictions and tyranny. There are stories like this being buried across the country every single day and I just want the next generation to know and recognize these stories and sacrifices as they move forward in life by living in the greatest nation on earth!
I love it and thank you so much for stopping by! Want to connect with Denver on the web? Here’s the places you can connect!
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