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Daisy, Chatter and Holly


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Do you have another book in the works?   
Several!  The next will be a collection of remarkable rescued dog stories – I get to hear so many, and I’m eager to showcase the dogs with their people and tell the stories of their partnerships.  Then I plan to do a series of children’s books, each featuring one of the dogs in Pure Gold.  First will be Nikki, The Hospital Dog, then Bodie in the Wilderness, and so on, showing each dog’s special gift.

What are you reading right now?   
A wonderfully researched and fascinating non-fiction account of the least populated counties in the West and the people who live there called Miles from Nowhere by Dayton Duncan, who has partnered with Ken Burns on so many documentary productions.

How many books a year do you read?   
It varies greatly, depending on my schedule, activities, and the seasons.  Probably 25 or so, and a heavy winter will find me hunkered down with more books and more knitting.
What does your dog like to do while you write or read?  They’re both disappointed to see me settle at my desk.  They jockey for space and curl up with sighs of resignation under my feet.  But if I’m reading in the living room on a snowy afternoon, they love to stretch out in front of the fire.

What is your dog’s favorite activity?   
Daisy’s type A personality fuels her obsession with chipmunks, and she can chase, dig and perseverate for hours while the critters taunt and tease her, skittering from one rock pile to the next.
Chatter would rather swim than breathe, and if a tennis ball is involved, too, she’s in heaven.  Rivers, lakes, streams, mud puddles – they all qualify as water with Chatter.


Inspired by the lives, antics and talents of her six rescued or second-hand golden retrievers, Holli Pfau has written Pure Gold to support the efforts of Golden Retriever Rescue and other dog rescue and adoption programs. Holli's dogs guided her to a new career in animal-assisted therapy, deeper into wilderness adventures, and to relocation in the Rocky Mountains. Along the way, she added rally obedience and dog agility to her compendium of canine activities. In every case, the dogs led the way. Pure Gold is a tale of unexpected adventures and the richness of life with rescued dogs.


Holli Pfau is a captivating writer who charms her readers with engaging storytelling and a warm message. Written with sensitivity and insight, Pure Gold tells the inspiring story of the important roles our pets play in our lives and the lives of others. A simply delightful book. --Will Gray, former Vice President of the National Geographic Society and Director of the Book Division

The true champions those defenders of rescue like author Holli Pfau are my heroes, as I find myself moved by their compassion and emotional resilience. This wonderfully written and captivating book reveals the importance of these special Golden souls, life made pure by their presence. As Holli s life has been so enriched by her six Golden Rescues, let s hope more will follow her lead to securing long and happy lives for our homeless dogs in need. --Rochelle Lesser, School Psychologist & Founder, Land of PureGold Foundation, Inc.

Pure Gold shares the love and joy Holli has with several outstanding representatives of the golden retriever breed. Her intelligent prose and sensitive insight into the soul of these dogs guides us to a broader understanding of this incredible species. Holli reminds us how fortunate we are to share this earth with these wondrous creatures. --Julie Paige, Certified Pet Dog Trainer, Association of Pet Dog Trainers

About the Author

Blessed with the animal-loving gene, Holli shared her early years with a menagerie in southern California. So after an 18-year career in marketing, it s no surprise that she returned to her roots, inspired by her first golden retriever, Nikki. Credentialed by her second college degree, in therapeutic recreation, she co-founded PAT at Huntington, a program of animal-assisted therapy that became a national model. But the Rocky Mountains lured, and she now lives with her husband in Colorado. Holli continues to be humbled, challenged, charmed and entertained by two frisky golden retrievers, Daisy and Chatter.

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