Maui Landscape Provides Backdrop for Canine Capers

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New children’s book based on true story of a spunky dog and the church where he spread joy.

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Hershel is a prized Chinese bog bred to fight, but from the very beginning, no one seems to think he’s the pick of the litter.

The irrepressible spirit of a loveable little dog takes him from rejection and abandonment on a series of adventures to find his true home in Hershel the Dog (published by AuthorHouse), the heartwarming new children’s book written by Elsie Tysseland and illustrated by Rik Fitch.

Hershel is a prized Chinese bog bred to fight, but from the very beginning, no one seems to think he’s the pick of the litter. A physical defect that prevents him from fighting makes him useless to his owners, who callously throw him out to die on Hawaii’s beautiful island of Maui.

Fate intervenes when Hershel is rescued by a loving couple who takes him in, give him shelter and nurse him back to health. Just as he’s getting adjusted to his new home, the couple leaves for vacation and a family friend comes to dog-sit.

Always looking for adventure, Hershel wanders off one day to explore the beauty of Maui. One mountain in particular looks exciting, and before he knows it, Hershel has climbed all the way up! At the top of the mountain he finds a church, where he meets a kind priest and other friendly people. Everyone is enamored with the little dog and his endearing antics, and the priest lets Hershel stay until his owners return.

Based on a true story, Hershel the Dog brings Hawaii to life on each page with vivid descriptions and captivating illustrations by award-winning, Maui-based artist Rik Fitch. Playful and whimsical, children and adults alike will delight in this charming new book.

About the Author
Elsie Tysseland lived on Maui and met the real Hershel when she was a harpist for the church he stayed at. She is personal friends with the priest there and is the author of a locally-published history of the church. Tysseland has also published several travel news articles and currently resides in South Carolina.

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About the Illustrator
Rik Fitch was born in Massachusetts and spent his early art career working in the field of stained glass. He has many windows in churches and homes throughout New England and has lived in Maui since 1990. Inspired by its vibrant life and colors, Fitch began to paint the breathtaking plants, flowers and vistas of Hawaii. His work is displayed in several galleries.

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