Ava and Prince are like most dogs. They want a place to call home, where love is like yummy peant butter and belly rubs never end. This is their sweet, real-life story about home, family and love.


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Book Signing at Brazos Bookstore


NBC 2 interview on Oct. 29:




book signing at Blue Willow Bookshop



"Ava and the Prince: The Adventures of Two Rescue Pups" (Longtale, 32 pp., $15.95; ages 3-8) is the sweet, true story of two rescue boxers pups - Ava and Prince - who find love and each other in a forever and ever home.

It debuts in October in time for Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog month.

The book is a celebration of rescue dogs everywhere. Ava, formerly "Foxy," is given up by her family because she's too energetic. Prince, formerly Sam, is found abandoned and alone. They have a lot in common. They like to play, roll in the grass, dress in costumes and eat shoes. But in their new home, there are a few house rules.

It'll take patience and love, as Ava and Prince find a special place inthe home and heart of a lady who smells like lemons and gumdrops.

GREAT NEWS! The Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation has selected this book for its Home Portal Program for students in the Houston Independent School District. Also, the Junior League of The Woodlands has purchased nearly 400 of the books for its Literacy Carnival in October for Aldine Independent School District students.

Upcoming book tour dates:

Oct. 6          3 p.m. Blue Willow Bookshop, 14532 Memorial Dr. Houston. (Benefitting Lone Star Boxer Rescue)

Oct. 13          10:30 a.m. Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet, Houston

Oct. 20 9 a.m - 1 p.m. Junior League of The Woodlands’ Literacy Carnival, Aldine Hope Community Center, 4700 Aldine Mail

Oct. 20 2 - 6 p.m. Pet Adoption Event at Raven Tower, 310 N. St., Houston

Nov. 11           Neiman Marcus Children's Holiday Fashion Show & Book Signing, Galleria (Invitation Only)

Dec. 15   11 a.m. LAUNCH Houston, 701 Avenida de las Americas









 The story behind the story

In 2014, Joy Sewing was on assignment to interview French fashion designer Roland Mouret at Neiman Marcus when she spotted Ava the Boxer, then known as Foxy. Ava was one of the featured pets for the store's annual holiday SPCA Windows of Life adoption program.  Joy, who had been looking for a shelter boxer for months, adopted Ava on the spot. 

Six months later, Joy found Prince, then known as Sam, from Lone Star Boxer Rescue. He was plucked from the streets, malnourished with nearly every bone in his body showing.

 Prince, then "Sam," when he was found by Lone Star Boxer Rescue in Houston.

Prince, then "Sam," when he was found by Lone Star Boxer Rescue in Houston.

The feisty, fun-loving pair of rescue boxers have become beloved on social media and on Joy's social media pages. But more than being a woman's best friend, they've also fueled Joy's passion for helping to find forever homes for the estimated nearly one million homeless animals in Houston.


 Joy with Ava and Prince in Pet Talk Magazine December 2016.

Joy with Ava and Prince in Pet Talk Magazine December 2016.

Hurricane Harvey's Wrath

In 2017 after Hurricane Harvey, Joy was the main reporter covering the thousands of pets who were abandoned, stray or separated from their owners when the flooding waters descended upon the city.  She spent days at the Hurricane Harvey animal compound, which was organized by the Utah-based Best Friends Animal Society. She took to Facebook to not only share her news articles, but also plea with followers to help those in need, including the furry friends who desperately needed fosters  homes and food and supplies.


Prince, the fighter

Even before the hurricane, Joy was an advocate for animal safety. When Prince was savagely attacked within his own gated back yard by a pair of roaming dogs, she took to the media to talk about the city's growing problem of stray and roaming dogs. After thousands of dollars on emergency surgery to save Prince's paw and to care for wounds she sustained in trying free Prince from the attack, Joy's experience led to stories by the Houston Chronicle and other media on the issue of homeless animals and animal safety. Prince recovered like a champ.



Joy's first children's book, "Ava and the Prince: The Adventures of Two Rescue Pups" is more than a sweet story for children. Hopefully, it will inspire more people to consider pet adoptions and hopefully it will fuel more dialogue about ways to help our furry friends who need homes.


 An inside page of "Ava and the Prince: The Adventures of Two Rescue Pups."

An inside page of "Ava and the Prince: The Adventures of Two Rescue Pups."



about the author:

Joy Sewing is an award-winning journalist and fashion editor for the Houston Chronicle. She's also host of The Joyful Life Radio Show. She lives in Houston with Ava and Prince. The book is also part of her Year of Joy campaign to spread joy around the world.

about the designer:

Susan Barber has won numerous awards as the creative director for the Houston Chronicle. A native of Alaska, Susan also lives in Houston with her furry kids, Rocky and Chantilly Tiara Jabot, and spends as much time as she can with her adorable granddaughter, Skylar.