Happy Tails: Pups teach the value of sharing

  • Wednesday, June 18, 2014


There are several reasons why children and dogs get along—hyper-activity, non-stop playing and mischief.

It is this last trait that sparked an idea for local children’s writer, James Pendarvis.

Pendarvis’s book, “The Adventures of Pixie and Sam: Pixie Learns to Share,” is a children’s picture book that helps children learn the value of sharing .

The characters of the book are Pendarvis’s mother’s two dogs, Sam, a Pekingese-Shih Tzu mix and Pixie, a daschund.

Pendarvis was inspired to write a book for his mother when Sam passed away after being attacked by a pit bull last year.

After looking through family photos of the doggie-duo, Pendarvis thought it would be a good idea to immortalize his mother’s dogs through stories.

“It was never my intentions to turn it into a book,” he said.

The idea was to give his mother something for Christmas to make her feel better about the loss.

But once it was complete, Pendarvis thought he could turn his gift into an official book.

The overall process was easy, Pendarvis said, but he did have to make a few changes.

After spending time editing and making the book more fit for a young audience and going through four different illustrators, “The Adventures of Pixie and Sam” was completed in three months.

The book was published through CreateSpace, an Amazon.com company.

Pendarvis said his mother loved the original story because it gave her something to hold on to, but she was excited to have a final copy.

Pendarvis said that he would love to write more adventures for Pixie and Sam.

“I’m going to do one every six months to a year,” he said.

The next two stories that Pendarvis would like to write deal with children making friends and accepting others who are different from themselves.

The inspiration for the next two in the series are his own dog, Bailey, a lab mix, and his sister’s dog Buzz, a Russell terrier.

Pendarvis said Buzz and Bailey are different from Sam and Pixie. Buzz is hyper and all over the place and Bailey is tall and much bigger. The goal for the doggie-duo is to accept the other dogs for the way they are.

A website, pixandsam.com, is now accessible to the public. Pendarvis can be reached at james@pixandsam.com.

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