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Author & Blind Dog on Book Tour in a Van

Dawn adopted the blind and toothless Daphne when Daphne was four years old. Their time together inspired Dawn to write a children’s book series about the adventures of a blind dog. Living in a van was a way for Daphne and Dawn to tour the country and promote the book. Shortly after their tour began, however, Daphne died suddenly.

While heartbreaking, Dawn opened her heart and van to another blind dog, Maxwell. She and Maxwell are continuing the journey she began with Daphne! The van is specially designed to be dog-friendly, and particularly blind dog friendly. Enjoy the tour of her unique space below!

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She has a cozy bed and a special divider she puts up at night to keep Maxwell safe.

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She has two books you can purchase!

Author & Blind Dog on Book Tour in a Van

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.
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  • Sherian McLaughlin
    June 19, 2023, 7:45 pm

    What a truely wonderful young lady she is, I adopt only abused, abandoned senior dogs left on the streets after their families dump them, and they have fabulous homes with me till they cross over and wait with all my other dogs till I come home to them. I really understand these dogs totally and they get me 100%. In my world dogs matter, humans not so much as 99% of them are worthless creatures. Well want to be loved and to give love uncondionally so that is why so many adopt dogs/or other animals that need a good home.

  • Penny
    June 20, 2023, 8:57 am

    Love the organization and flip down table. You found ways to include everything except a shower. Couldn’t always see things on my phone. Did your drivers seat swivel for your workstation? Also where did you keep the laptop table when not in use? Really appreciated how things were versatile but didn’t slide around. Plus you had place for market stuff. Where do you store the books, etc.? Thank you. Really liked organization!
    Advertisements make difficult to see and cat zoom video. Sorry if some questions seem inane.

    • James D.
      June 20, 2023, 11:59 am

      -“Did your drivers seat swivel for your workstation? ”

      Yes, that was her driver seat.

      -“Also where did you keep the laptop table when not in use?”

      It stays there, it’s a swivel table mounted to the van wall that she just rotates sideways to reduce its profile to make space for the walkway. Otherwise, everything on that table goes to the bottom storage stair step when not in use.

      -“Where do you store the books, etc.?”

      All her books and market place stuff is in her under bed storage garage, which is compartmentalized for easy access to everything, that is accessed primarily from the back of the van when the doors are open. She can access some of it from inside the van but that door hatch is primarily to access her hamper and shower go bag.

  • Marsha Cowan
    June 20, 2023, 12:11 pm

    Amazing! Not just the cleverly organized and lovely van, but the care of your dogs, too. So much great design in this van, especially the accomodations for the sweet pooch. I will have to see about buying your books for my great grandkids (I’ll have two by December! Yah!). Really awesome tiny home van.

  • Lyn E. Ayre
    June 21, 2023, 4:04 am

    Dear Dawn, thank you for your loving heart and willingness to grow alongside your dogs. I love your highly organized tiny van and sweet little Maxwell.
    I’ve just bought both of your books. My grandchildren are in their twenties so it’s not for them. I will read them, though. I just wanted to support a fellow Canadian author.
    Have a wonderful book tour and a safe journey home to Calgary.
    Love Lyn,
    Coquitlam, BC

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