Hello, I'm Alexandra

I am a first-time author with an immense passion for pet rescue and humane education. I grew up in a family of teachers in Germany. Books and education were firm cornerstones of my upbringing, as was a love for animals. From an early age, I was drawn to caring for pets; any pets, including dogs, cats, fish, turtles and tadpoles. My dog sister, a Dalmatian named Astra, ignited my love and passion for dogs.

In 2016, when my husband Henry and I felt we could finally offer a dog sufficient time and attention, we adopted Sofie. Sofie transformed our lives.

The three of us live near Boston.

A passion for Rescues

I have volunteered with different dog rescue organizations and shelters for more than 15 years. I have seen firsthand what overfilled shelters and euthanasia look like.

Since 2014 I have been a volunteer and coordinator with Last Hope K9 Rescue, a Boston organization that has saved over 10,000 dog lives since its inception in 2012.

Sofie is one of these dogs.

More information on Last Hope K9 Rescue here.

Hello, I'm Sofie!

I am proud to be the narrator of my Mom's first book!

Like many rescue dogs in the US, I was born in the South and thanks to rescue organizations, like Last Hope K9 Rescue, have been saved and adopted in the Northeast.

I was the runt of my litter that had fifteen puppies. Eleven of us came to the Boston area to find our furever home.

Fun Facts About Me

  • According to my DNA, my genetic make-up contains at least seven different breeds; none of them is a Pointer or a Dalmatian.

  • I think I am quite beautiful but I HATE to have my picture taken. I will look at any direction but not at the camera.

  • You will know if I enjoyed my food, when I rub my face on the carpet after eating.

  • I love seeing my (human and doggy) friends at doggy daycare. I am known as a member of the “grumpy women’s club”.

  • My absolute favorite game is to search for treats hidden around our home. I will wait patiently, but in full alert, until Mom finally tells me to go and find the treats.

How it all began ...

I never expected to publish a book. It certainly sounded pretty cool to be an author, but Science is usually more my thing.

The idea for our first book came from a workshop on responsible dog ownership with 5th graders of the Marblehead Community Charter Public School in March 2020 as part of a leadership course.

Writing and self-publishing my first book has pushed me out of my comfort zone and I have not only grown a lot but had a ton of fun in the process. I will be eternally grateful to these amazing kids and their teacher, Claire Hunt, who reminded me of the importance of (humane) education and opened up this fulfilling path for me.