TRUSSVILLE, Ala. — Gary Lloyd has released his sixth book, Sonny Days: Struggles, Scenery and Solace with the World’s Strangest Shelter Dog.
The book’s official release date is July 29.
Sonny Days is the story of Sonny, a brown Labrador-hound mix strayed in Bessemer, Alabama, and rescued by the Greater Birmingham Humane Society. Before he was 2 years old, Sonny was thought to have megaesophagus with aspiration pneumonia, a surefire canine killer.
But Sonny had other plans. Since that day in 2016, Sonny has traveled to the foothills of the Appalachians in Georgia, to log cabins perched high in the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee, to the panhandle of Florida, and to hundreds of fast-food windows and parks in between.
Sonny’s early-life struggles served a purpose. His mess became his message. He overcame his own adversities and has inspired others to do the same. He has shown how to make the most out of every day, to appreciate the little moments in life that we often take for granted in a fast-paced world.
Sonny Days is a tribute to the dog that changed Lloyd’s life, and a literary pat on the head of all canines everywhere.
“Sonny Days is a story of the first five years of my dog’s life, years that included many ups and downs,” Lloyd said. “This book connects Sonny’s story with other rescue dogs, rescuers and dog lovers everywhere. If you have a dog, you will love the stories this book tells. You will laugh, think, and cry while turning these pages, and you will hug your pet a little tighter after reading it.”
Lloyd is also the author of Trussville, Alabama: A Brief History, Deep Green, Heart of the Plate, Valley Road: Uplifting Stories from Down South and Ray of Hope. Lloyd has been a journalist in Mississippi and Alabama.
For more information, visit www.garylloydbooks.com or find “Gary Lloyd – Author” on Facebook.