In her fictional account, Howling for Home, author Joan Carris tries to create a story that an actual dog would tell, if only he could. She says, "Every minute that I worked on this book, I was a dog. Granted I was a dog who could type, but I examined every word, every idea from a dog's point of view."

Carris also promotes taking proper care of pets. Her story reminds dog owners to consider the needs of their companion animals and, specifically, their animals' need for work, exercise and training. People can speak for themselves, right? So, she wants readers to imagine life-changing experiences from the perspective of a dog she admires, a Bernese puppy named Beau.

Subscribers and NIE teachers can find Howling for Home in the N&O archive accessible through the e-edition. This story ran on Wednesdays between 3/20/13 and 5/22/13.

Chapter 1 - Wednesday, March 20, 2013, page 8B

Chapter 2 - Wednesday, March 27, 2013, page 7A

Chapter 3 - Wednesday, April 3, 2013, page 8B

Chapter 4 - Wednesday, April 10, 2013, page 8B

Chapter 5 - Wednesday, April 17, 2013, page 8B

Chapter 6 - Wednesday, April 24,  2013, page 8B

Chapter 7 - Wednesday, May 1 , 2013, page 8B

Chapter 8 - Wednesday, May 8, 2013, page 10D

Chapter 9 - Wednesday, May 15, 2013, page 6C

Chapter 10 - Wednesday, May 22, 2013, page 8C