A Tale of a Tail



When Rune realizes her short little tail is different than most, she goes on a search for a new one. On her journey, she discovers it’s okay not to be like others. Her tail is perfectly fine just the way it is.



One night while Shannon was watching her dog, Rune, she was inspired to write A Tale of a Tail. Rune is an Australian Shepherd and Smooth Coat Collie mix. She was born with a short nub of a tail. It has become a nightly ritual for Rune to spin in circles while barking at her tail.

It was important for Shannon to create a story that would be meaningful to the children reading it. In the beginning of the story, Rune realizes she is different and wants to change her appearance. She heads to the zoo in search of a new tail. As the book goes on she realizes she is the unicorn of her kind. She is unique and that’s a good thing. The message at the end of the story is that it’s okay to be different.


A Tale of a Tail will be illustrated by Danny Gonzalez.

Danny was commissioned by Shannon to do multiple logos of her dogs. Shannon loved the art work so much that she asked Danny to join in as the illustrator for one of her books. Danny gladly accepted.

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Artwork by: Danny Gonzalez