More about the Award from DWAA

On Sunday night, February 9th, at the Westminster dog show, my book Elsa Was Born a Dog, I Was Born a Human…Things Have Changed received the Merial Special Award for the best work on Human-Animal Bond. Merial is a large company that manufactures veterinarian pharmaceuticals. The award was for “the work that best highlights the unique relationship between a dog and its owner and best brings to life the concept of the human-animal bond”. There were 700 entries and I was told that there was strong competition. It was presented by the Dog Writers Association of America. I am very pleased that my book has been honored by other writers.

Here are photos of Rhoda at the banquet and of the book with it’s shiny new award label.rhoda at awards rhoda at banquet 2

elsa book winner

Dog Writer’s Association of America Award

We are so proud to have been honored with the Merial Special Award for Best Work on Human/Animal Bond at the Dog Writer’s Association of America‘s 2014 Banquet, held in conjunction with the Westminster Dog Show. When the association’s website has been updated, we’ll give you a link.

Speaking of Westminster, don’t miss Eli, son of our Rosie, competing in the working group on the 2nd day. The breed competitions are streamed live on their website. Here’s Eli getting a Major last year.

Eli winning a Major at 15 months old


Print Books Expected to Arrive August 16th

We have heard from the printer that we should be getting the books in hand August 16th. We will notify everyone who has contacted us to pre-order so that you can pay for your copy (or copies) and we can then ship them out. I’ll have to stock up on pens so that I can sign them all!

It will be possible to purchase the books online (via PayPal)  or send us a check. We have an online store set up at where you can purchase print copies of Elsa Was Born a Dog, as well as In the Company of Newfies and Eleanor. Details for mailing us a check will be listed soon.

Thanks for your patience!

New review: Jeffrey Moussiaeff Masson

Jeffrey Moussiaeff Masson, author of “When Elephants Weep” and “Dogs Never Lie about Love”, wrote about Elsa Was Born a Dog:

“I love what Ms Lerman says about dogs! Her deep love of dogsw comes through and she asks all the profound questions that we dog people are always asking: just who are these animals/people?”

Hard Cover Book Pricing and Alternate Digital Options

Hard Cover Print Edition

Thanks for all of the pre-orders for the hard cover edition of Elsa Was Born A Dog.

We’ve determined a price for this collectible edition.

It will be $28.95 (US, plus shipping).

And they will be signed.

Click here to pre-order your printed copy!

Digital Edition

You can purchase a digital edition for only $9.99 (US) and there are a few options.

Amazon has a Kindle edition (click here to purchase from Amazon). has multiple digital formats of Elsa Was Born A Dog, also for $9.99 (US):
All three of the major Ebook formats when you purchase from us – Adobe PDF, Mobi (For Kindle), and ePub (Sony Bookreader, Nook, Ipad/phone/touch, Droid, and other e-reader devices). (click here to purchase from DogWise)



Talking Dogs?

In the new book there is chapter about dogs talking. It was too late to add to the book but I would like to report four Jack Russells who live on a boat in Key West who have said, Let’s go! and Where were you? If anyone has more reports I would be very grateful.

Elsa was born a dog

Elsa was born a dog. I was born a human. Things have changed.

A new book by Rhoda Lerman,
author of In the Company of Newfies.

In Rhoda Lerman’s newest book about her dogs, we get to know Elsa, a very large, black and white Newfoundland, as she struggles to be human, to speak, to act, and to think as we do. Because of her profound and intense relationship with her humans, Elsa has become a person-dog, happily living her life on the interface between human and dog. Lerman, who is always trying to understand her dogs and join their universe, has struggled to become a dog-person. Elsa and Lerman understand each other.

When Elsa has puppies, seventeen of them all at once, it is important that the 150 pound Newfoundland is able to remember her dog instincts. But Elsa is a reluctant mom, overwhelmed and terrified, and she needs Lerman to take over the task of caring for her enormous litter. As Elsa (person-dog) and Lerman (dog-person) live through the fragile, joyful, terror-filled days of birth and growth, we watch as the two of them discover more of what they need to know about each other and ultimately about the universe.

Much praised fiction writer and playwright, Lerman’s first book about dogs, IN THE COMPANY OF NEWFIES, now a classic, has become a bible for dog owners for its depth of understanding and vision. This book takes the reader to new and visionary levels about the relationship between dogs and people and what is possible.

“Rhoda Lerman is a find. Go out and find her.”
-New York Times

Praise for In the Company of Newfies

“Extraordinary…exceptional…unusually lyrical writing, observations beautifully expressed…(a) truly unique voice. Now the best news: In the Company of Newfies is, indeed, being republished. A true collector’s item.”
– George Berger, Publisher, AKC Gazette

“In The Hidden Life of Dogs Elizabeth Marshall Thomas asked what dogs want. Rhoda Lerman has come up with a different answer. I love both books because the authors have so much in common.”
– Jeffrey Mousaleff Masson author of When Elephants Weep; The Emotional Life of Animals , Los Angeles Times

“This is a book that you can read and share with your dogs. You can share it with your husband too, although he may not be as much fun.”
– Rita Mae Brown author of Rubyfruit Jungle

“Tender and elegantly written account of a relationship between humans and animals. Lerman has captured that sweet relationship with her gift for words.”
– Alix Madrigal, San Francisco Sunday Examiner and Chronicle

“Will surely touch a chord with dog lovers.”
– Booklist