Dog Book for Children:”Too Licky” (Two Sisters’ Journey to Rescue the “Just-Right” Dog) by Gigi Giles & Ryan Giles, Illustrated by Cynthia Inks and a GIVE-AWAY!

In honor of Adopt a Shelter Dog Month we are happy to present to you a darling children’s book:

Photo Courtesy of “Too Licky” Click to visit their website!

I always feel a little uncomfortable presenting anything rescue oriented because the first question/comment I always think I will hear is: “What? You are featuring this and Dakota wasn’t adopted?” That’s right, no, Dakota was not adopted. Cody was. When Dakota joined our family he was referred to us by one of my “bonus daughters”. And…ready for this? Said “bonus daughter” not only manages a local rescue here in the suburbs of Detroit, but she has given homes to dogs and cats from her shelter that most would consider to be “un-adoptable.”

The bottom line to me is ALL dogs deserve a “furever home” and NO BREED should be discriminated against.

Gigi Giles and Ryan Giles, Photo Courtesy of Too

What is “Too Licky?”

“Too Licky” is a children’s book about finding the ‘just right’ rescue dog.

Gigi Giles and Ryan Giles are the authors of the precious and important book: “Too Licky.” Back in April they launched a SUCCESSFUL kickstarter campaign to fund the creation of “Too Licky.”

Gigi and Ryan Giles with Sugar. Photo courtesy of Too

Gigi and Ryan were born in Los Angeles and when their parents announced they were moving to Jacksonville, Florida, the “bargain” was to get a dog.

Gigi and Ryan Giles searched high and low to find the “right” dog. After months and months of searching they found her, the “just right” rescue dog – Sugar.

The first two years of her life are unknown. The only knowns are that Sugar and her three puppies were found as strays, were taken to a rural animal shelter, fostered by a volunteer and all four adopted into loving homes.

Sugar’s story isn’t over yet. It’s more like the bumper sticker, “who rescued who?”

Proceeds from each book sale go to help other rescue dogs like Sugar find their forever home.

Please join Gigi and Ryan in helping dogs like Sugar by purchasing a book, adopting a rescue or, both!

This darling book which was inspired by the book “Too Purpley!”  “Too Licky” features beautiful illustrations by Cynthia Inks (what an appropriate last name for an illustrator, right?) and those illustrations are EXQUISITE. The illustrations are vibrant, energetic and to me are reminiscent of artwork from the 70s (Pop art colors, etc), they are DELIGHTFUL! Each of the 21 illustrations are REAL DOGS from the rescue dog community, and each of those dogs  has a “story” that is shared in the back of the book. Cynthia is  a Florida native, (who also helped Gigi and Ryan find Sugar). There are also  forewords by well-known bully breed advocates and celebrity dog trainers. The book  also features tips for families on how to find their own “just right” rescue.

Huge kudos to Gigi and Ryan Giles for writing this darling book, sharing the proceeds and for giving “Sugar” such a special home! May you have many, many years of happiness together!! 

For more information on “Too Licky,” visit the website at

“Too Licky” is now available on Amazon!





GIVE-AWAY!! Gigi and Ryan are kindly offering two of our readers who reside in the U.S. (and are 18 and over) a chance to win their own copy of “Too Licky!” All you have to do is LEAVE A COMMENT THAT CLEARLY STATES THAT YOU WISH TO BE ENTERED! That’s it! The give-away is open NOW and will end at 5pm EST on OCTOBER 31st, 2017. WINNERS WILL BE CHOSEN BY and will be announced ON OR AROUND NOVEMBER 1, 2017. GOOD LUCK!


  1. what a cute book… and sugar is a sweet as sugar :o) I think it doesn’t matter if we adopt or look for a good breeder… the main thing is to give a dog a good home and to share the love and to help those in need…
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  2. This sounds like a wonderful book and the cover is just adorable and so are Gigi and Ryan!
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  3. I would love to win this book … please enter me! It would be perfect for my grandsons whose parents don’t allow them to have pets yet. Maybe “Too Licky” will speed that process along!

  4. What a wonderful story! Those girls and Sugar are adorable! Good luck to everyone that enters! I’m in Canada so I’m not eligible to win 🙁
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  5. Jody says:

    This is beyond Awesome!! Thank you so much, Caren!! We are honored and thrilled!!!

    • Dakota says:

      Hi Jody!! It is my pleasure and you are most welcome!!! Your girls are truly special and so is this book! Please give the girls and “Sugar” kisses from us! Barks and licks and love, Dakota and Caren

  6. Debbie says:

    Please enter me in the drawing . I love that it’s written by two little girls, love the illustrations, topic, and the fact that some of the proceeds will benefit animal shelters. Plus it would be a great book to add to my granddaughter’s library.

  7. We totally agree – ALL need a home. That looks like a special book
    Hazel & Mabel
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  8. What an adorable book! I wish my daughter was still little! Or I wish I had a grandkid to buy that for! Someday!
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  9. What a precious story. Thanks for sharing, I had no idea these were children authors. That is truly special.

  10. LOL – first off, you didn’t know I wrote a book did you 😉
    Secondly… The do reminds me of this:
    I mean, THIS GIGI did search high and low for the right “dog” too! – hahahaha!
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  11. We bet Olivia and one day the soon to arrive Baby Alawine would enjoy that book. We would love to enter.
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  12. I love books like this…a story with a story. 😍
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