The Story of a Heart-Driven Diabetes Alert Dog
Tabouli is a real-life diabetes alert dog who lives with his owner, 13-year old Elizabeth Vaughan, in Greenville, South Carolina. Striving to overcome his tragic beginnings, Tabouli's love and devotion toward Elizabeth enable him to surmount challenges and obstacles, prejudice and doubt in order to become a certified service dog.
When tragedy strikes, Tabouli must find his way out of the shadows of grief which threaten to undermine all he has accomplished. Deciding always to follow the adventure, this heart-driven dog is surprised to find within himself a greatness he never expected.
Recommended by world-renown dog trainer, Debby Kay, this book “so perfectly captures the spirit and journey of a remarkable service dog.”
“Matt has so perfectly captured the joys, tribulations, and lessons this team experienced in a wonderful children’s story. You will cheer for Tabouli, cry with him, and want to hug him for being such a remarkable dog; giving unselfishly, not just once for his owner, but over and over again.”
-Debby Kay, World-Renown Dog Trainer, Owner of Chilbrook Kennels
“Tabouli is a great book! I enjoyed reading it and I feel it truly captures the essence of the little red dog. It is a warm and loving story of family bonds and determination to fight and win even when the odds are stacked high against Tabouli and his young owner. We are delighted, saddened and educated by this amazing tale! A 5 star rating!”
-Nanine Simmons D’Aquin
About the Author & Illustrator
Matt Pelicano was born and raised in Upstate New York. He is the youngest of eight kids. From his youth, Matt has always loved the poetry of E.E. Cummings, Shel Silverstein, TS Eliot, Walt Whitman, Robert Frost, and William Shakespeare. His literary heroes include JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis, Oscar Wilde, Agatha Christie and David McCullough. At age 10, he pulled an old guitar out of the trash, taught himself to play, and soon began writing lyrics, songs, poetry, short stories and books. A widower, Matt has three children, Andy, Joey and Megan, and lives in Greenville, SC with his family of three people, five cats and one dog.
Cécile Brissard lives in Magny-Les-Hameaux dans les Yvelines, France. Drawing has always been a part of her life. After having worked in the advertising industry for many years, she now aspires to greater tranquility and practices her art as a leisure hobby. To that end, Cécile's motto of life is: Be Free!
“Got the book yesterday started it this morning I'm already in love with Tabouli!”
“An amazing book! Everyone who loves dogs will throughly enjoy this wonderful book!!!”
“I have to make myself put it down. I just want to finish it. But mom duties call so I read a few chapters… do some chores… repeat!”
“A real page-turner! I love it!”
“I received Tabouli 10 min ago and I just finished Chapter 3. You are incredible! I’ve read these first 3 Chapters to my husband and my voice was quivering! I can’t wait to continue. Wow...❤️”
“I could not put this wonderful book down. I recently met Elizabeth Vaughan Gallagher and Tabouli. She told me about the book and I immediately ordered it through local author, Matt Pelicano. You will be entertained, inspired and encouraged by this true, heartwarming story of an amazing medic-alert service dog and a 13 year old girl.”
“Tabouli” is a must read. It is beautifully written. It’s also a page turner. I would recommend this book to people of all ages. It ties at the heart strings. This is a special book to me because I know Elizabeth Vaughn Gallagher and Tabouli. I plan to read it again and am looking forward to the next one. Way to go, Matt!"
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