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Pawsitive Perspectives
Life Lessons from the Shelter Dog Who Became Queen

Ever wonder how a dog sees the world? In Pawsitive Perspectives, Ella, a spirited German Shorthaired Pointer mix, takes us on a journey through 15 transformative years alongside her human, Carrie.


They face everything from dating mishaps to health scares, starting a business, and moving to the mountains. Through it all, Ella's zest for life, unwavering loyalty, and determination in the face of her own challenges teach valuable lessons about resilience, finding joy, and the profound impact a dog can have on our lives.

About the Author

Carrie Lehtonen is an entrepreneur, passionate animal advocate, and storyteller who believes in the transformative power of the human-animal bond. Inspired by her own experiences with her beloved dog, Ella, Carrie's writing delves into the heartwarming lessons our furry companions teach us about love, authenticity, and living life to the fullest. Her work has been featured in Elephant Journal, Yoga+ Life, and Well magazine.

Carrie is a life-long learner and loves to travel to experience different cultures and see diverse natural environments. She lives in Evergreen, Colorado with her husband, two dogs, and two cats, where she enjoys hiking, mountain biking, trail running, paddle boarding, and writing. You can find out more about Carrie on the About page.

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We've decided to independently publish this book. There are many costs associated with bringing a book to life. We've already covered the cost of professional editing. We could use your help in funding the remaining costs of book cover design, interior design, and printing. 

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