Nannie Millie’s Book

First impressions can be very powerful. Likewise, a photo can convey, in a way no words can, the unique beauty, intelligence, nobility, loyalty, and affable nature of a dog. Pictures often trigger raw emotions, prompting us to smile and sometimes giggle, weep or sometimes wail, and celebrate or sometimes worry sick. But most importantly, a photograph can foster an attachment, inspiring some to reach out to a dog they’ve never met personally.Nannie Millie was one such dog. Rescued from the frigid streets of Rhode Island at about 14 years of age, her fascinating journey is chronicled in this amusing photo book. Comprised of ten chapters including short narratives, and over 150 extraordinary photos tagged with creative captions, this book is sure to rouse you with pure joy, sadness, wonderment, and fits of laughter. Dog enthusiasts far and wide will delight in ´Nannie Millie´, and undoubtedly, most will never look at an old dog the same way again.


The above narrative is the description of my new book, ‘Nannie Millie’.

Millie was rescued in 2007 and at that time, I began documenting her life through photos on a Shepherd forum. She had a very large following who fell in love with not just her, but with seniors in general. Some even adopted or fostered seniors because she touched them in some special way.

So after she passed, members inspired me to document her story in a book. It took me several years to complete it, and although it was released months ago, I wasn’t quite ready emotionally to publicly announce it. But I’m past that now, and so yes, Nannie Millie now has her own book!

The book is a condensed version as color printing is cost prohibitive. I realize it is a bit pricey, (set by the publisher, not me), but that’s the nature of Print on Demand and full color publishing.

Melissa checking out the first draft of the book when it arrived in the spring.

About the Book

Excerpt from the book:

Book Review from New York journalist:

GSRNE Facebook page:
where I’m told there will be some discussion about the book coming up:


How to Buy Your Own Copy


Purchase them directly from the author:
there is $10 off either hard or soft cover, plus shipping and handling. And the price comes down as the number of book orders goes up, per single order.

BTW, it’s APPROXIMATELY $4 to mail the book around the USA (it’s 8.5×11 inches and weighs about a pound, see photo below).  To purchase the book, please email me at


Mention GSRNE and we’ll get 30% of the profit!!


Note from the author: To be very clear about everything, this was an independent project, and all costs to create and publish the book came out of my own pocket. Costs of publishing the book are on publisher’s website and so this is not purely a fundraising project.

I view ‘Nannie Millie’ as a vehicle to help promote homeless seniors. If I find I’m able to recoup my costs, then I’ll consider investing in a second book along the same lines, as some people have asked.

As always, I welcome questions and comments. Email me at


I hope Millie’s story inspires you as much as her life inspired me.Donna Joseph

 Back to the Beginning: Nannie Millie’s Story

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