Traditionally, I write genre fiction, but our puppy sparked my imagination. My toddler is currently in speech therapy. When our family started therapy we knew we wanted to get Riley a companion animal. That's when we met Patch. Having a deaf dog raised challenges, and having a deaf dog, and an at-the-time non-verbal toddler raised more. Our first dog, Oliver, taught Patch what it meant to be a dog in a family environment, and how to be a companion, which is the topic of this book.