About midway through 2020, I knew their story had to be told.

That day is finally here!

When Cam arrived on the scene in late-2018, Triscuit was already 14 years old. I should’ve known they would adore each other, but they sure did—after a few growing pains. While teaching Cam how to be gentle with her, I made a mental note that the topic would make a great kids’ book.

‘This is so exciting!’—Lisa W.

Enter Gentle with Gertie (Authentic Endeavors), which tells the story of Ash, who entered a home with an older dog (Gertie) and all the amazing life lessons that followed. Recounted in first-person, Ash narrates all the stuff he learned, which helped him be kind to all animals—not just dogs.

‘I want lots of copies!’—Suzon C.

From the back cover:

“Based on a true story, ‘Gentle with Gertie’ follows the heartwarming tale of a new baby entering a household with an older dog. Ash, 4, narrates his journey from ‘beginner petter’ to expert dog-lover. Along the way, Ash learns important lessons through kindness, patience and practice”

Gentle with Gertie” is available on Amazon.com as both eBook ($5.99) and paperback ($12.99). A limited-run special edition produced with sustainably sourced materials is coming soon!

‘Gonna be a best-seller!’—Sandra K.

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If you love the book (and I hope you do!) please leave a review as it helps greatly with discovery. If GWG does well, sequels are in the offing.

Enjoy! 🐶


Will Pollocksideways is a perpetually crabby New York City escapee based in Midtown Atlanta. He’s a freelance multimedia journalist, media analyst and author of three books (award-winning Pizza for Good & Leaving Triscuit), and his first children’s book, Gentle with Gertie.

In 2001, Will earned his Masters from The Medill School of Journalism, graduating with highest honors from the magazine sequence. As permanent member of Journalism’s National Honors Society, he’s been active in monitoring, writing and blogging about media and journalism ever since he graduated.

Obsessed with good storytelling and journalistic excellence, Will uses snark, humor and reason to distill dumb shit and make it fun. He’s a seeker/maker of non-consensus news, and helps you cure crankies by finding the nut in every story.

As for-profit media continues to fail us, it’s more important than ever to find reliable sources. Authentic storytelling exists—you just have to look for it. On this blog you’ll get ideas, not ideology. Sass with class. Reporting with rapport. Evidence with a touch of evil. You get the idea.

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  1. This is going to be epic! I cannot wait to read this and share with everyone I know. So proud of you. I’ll always be your biggest fan and supporter!


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