"Ria Voros has done a really good job of exploring grief in a very real way . . . there is tons here to think about, even as you're busy enjoying a darn good dog story . . . I would have loved this book when I was a kid." —CBC British Columbia
"Nanaimo resident Ria Voros tackles grief and loss through the eyes of a 13-year-old and his canine companion in her powerful debut novel, Nobody's Dog." —Nanaimo Daily News
"There are no drastic changes, no wise mentor figure appears to supply guidance or save the day . . . There is, however, a good deal of underlying affection between characters and several attempts towards friendship, healing, and communication, again, as in real life." —CM Magazine
I'm a dog lover and for years I've wanted to write a story about one. A while ago I read the true story of a pair of huskies that roamed together at night, one leaving his home to pick up the other on their way to go exploring. I loved the idea and wanted to create a relationship like that. But instead of another dog, Jakob popped into my head, and he seemed the perfect fit as Chilko's wandering companion. As the story unfolded, I realized Jakob had a lot to learn from Chilko, not only about dogs, but also about life. I went through the same process when I adopted my dog, Pender, from a shelter. He challenged me, taught me patience, compassion and what it means to be responsible for an animal. In the end, both Jakob and I are better people because of the relationships we've had with our dogs.