Posted 3 months ago
By Chloe Bowen
A children’s book about the adventures of sausage dog Luna and her four-legged friends has been published – and it’s bursting with passion and cuteness.
The author and Luna’s owner, Anna Zeller, has used the Sausage Squad’s fun-loving, childlike viewpoints to write her first book in a whimsical way while staying connected to reality, current culture, issues and general life.
Anna, from Chiswick, was inspired to write a non-profit book about her adorable Dachshund and her three friends after the devastating effects COVID-19 put on charities. Anna had the idea to put her pup Luna in the spotlight to raise money.
“I thought, why not create something that could offer financial support but also bring joy in other ways and voila, The Sausage Squad was born,” she said.
The Sausage Squad follows the adventures of Luna, Pedro, Ed and Lola. The four doggy friends have different and unique personalities with which they charm everybody they meet.
Anna said: “I have watched Luna, Pedro, Ed and Lola bring joy, comfort and laughter to many people over the last few years.
“Luna will be turning two this July. She is the sweetest natured little girl with endless love to give.
“She loves every living being that she meets and has such a gentle nature about her. And like most Dachshunds, loves her food, cuddles and can be quite stubborn.
With the aim not only to raise money for Starlight UK, the book encourages kids to learn about our world and the different people and animals on it. The squad have captured the hearts of readers and inspired little readers to love.
Anna said: “I think all dog lovers will be able to relate or just enjoy the cheeky, fun-loving and individual personalities of this squad. Dogs bring us unconditional love and no judgement, which I tried to communicate through the values in the book.
“I believe owning dogs makes us love and understand different species which otherwise cannot necessarily communicate with us as easily. There is a bond between owners and their pets that every dog lover will know.
“By igniting a love and relatability in children towards all things living, I believe they’ll grow up to be more empathetic and understanding towards them.”
Anna and Luna with their book (Image: Anna Zeller)
The children’s book aims to show the beauty of diversity, unique features and the value of friendship.
Anna added: “Luna first met Pedro last year when he escaped his harness and ran straight to us. We’ve been the closest friends with him and his parents ever since.
“Ed is my mum and dad’s sausage dog who we rescued when he was three years old. Luna looks up to him like an uncle and follows him around everywhere. And Lola is my friend’s dog.”
Another book may be on the cards with Anna already scribbling down ideas.
“I’m hugely passionate about the environmental problems facing us so this might influence my second book of The Sausage Squad Adventures.”
Since publication in March, around 350 copies have been sold and around £1,500 has been raised. The books are sold exclusively at www.thesausagesquad.com