RENATA kaminska’ story

Since she was, 12, Renata dreamed of publishing her own novel to raise money for dog foundations. Her idea for the novel was to explore how the world and our lives would look through the perspective of a dog searching for a home against the backdrop of World War II. In many ways, the story could reflect our own lives, with themes of growing up, true love, friendship, and searching for belonging. Finally, she made her dream come true. Renata has written her beautiful story about love, friendship and a puppy named Hector searching for happiness. The colorful illustrations and cover were designed by a very talented and awarded Indonesian illustrator. – Irfan Budi Harjo

During the process of creation, Renata consulted psychologists and gathered feedback and insights from parents and children, as well as animal lovers of all kinds. To finalize the first book, Renata worked with well-known (extremely helpful) editor, Mary Kole. 

Renata believes that dogs, like people, have personalities and feelings and need our love and support. They express their feelings through their eyes, their bark and by wagging their tails. However, what if they could talk? For good reason they are commonly referred to as “man’s best friend”. There are plenty of examples showing the amazing friendship between man and dog. It is interesting to think how the world and our lives look from a dog’s perspective. Is it really black and white? Is their perception so different from ours? Do they face the same problems and difficulties as we do? Can they really suffer and experience the same feelings?     

Renata wrote her book to explore these ideas. This novel is an amazing story of a dog named Hector who, like every one of us, comes into a world wishing only to find happiness. He is an amazing example of how dogs don’t just see our outside, but more importantly the inside.

This is a story about growing up, true love, friendship, searching for a real home and safety through life’s many stages, all set against the backdrop and grey of the Second World War. It is a story that proves that hope never dies and that for everyone there is happiness waiting. It explores which values should direct our lives – from the unique perspective of our beloved pets. Maybe we are not as different as we thought?

Both children and young adults will enjoy reading Hector, A Dog’s Story. It is a story for ever dog lover out there!

Just as important, the profits from the sale will go straight to foundations supporting our furry friends and children, so your contributions are going to a great cause.

‘I want to give what I can to those most in need’, says Renata.

If you have any suggestions for worthy schools or dog charities, Renata is keen to hear from you. Write e-mail to: . 

If you love her story and would like to have it for your own, the book is available in both electronic and print versions. Please find more details below.
Still not sure? No problem! Click below to read the first three chapters for free.