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Patti Lawson has a brand new book filled with humor, bittersweet stories of pets loved and lost, and most of all hope

What Happens to Rover When the Marriage is Over?

And Other Doggone Legal Dilemmas!


A guide for canine's who get lost in the court system!

If there’s anything worse than a knock-down-drag-out divorce, it’s an even bitterer and often cruel custody battle. Divorce cases end, custody battles continue for what seems forever, with the parties dragged back to court endlessly and the attorney’s fees becoming astronomical. But even after the last billable hour is paid for, the emotional devastation from custody battles often last a lifetime.  Take for example the couple in San Francisco who despite their best efforts, could not agree on custody of Gigi.

Each parent prepared their case with precision and the total bill for the dispute tallied up to a whopping $150,000.00. The Judge eventually awarded custody to one parent, and his decision was made easier by a videotape of a “Day in the Life”…a standard litigation tool lawyers use…which showed Gigi going about her normal day at the home the tape purported she would prefer to live in. This tape and the testimony of a behaviorist clinched the custody victory for the lucky parent…an animal behaviorist that is…Gigi is a dog.

In courts across the country, judges in divorce cases are being asked to veer from the standard property designation of animals and award the contested pet to the best human parent.  More and more couples are waiting longer to have children or opting not to have them at all…thus the family pet becomes the “fur child” and is subject to the same custody battles that have raged over children for decades.

But custody isn’t the only doggone dilemma dogs face these days! Canines are having their day in court for more reasons that you can count in dog years! What if Mr. Landlord evicts you because you have a dog? Is it true that every dog gets one free bite….before you get sued? And when should you sue a vet for malpractice or a breeder for misrepresentation? What happens if your precious pet runs afoul of the laws in your town? What public places do you and Rover have legal rights to enjoy?

WHAT HAPPENS TO ROVER explores the legal issues that dog pet owners for these and numerous other issues today. It’s full of true stories and lots of guidance given with humor to keep your canine from becoming criminal and other legal repercussions most pet owners don’t give a second thought to. ROVER is the quintessential legal guide for canines and their human companions when it comes to laws governing our four-legged pals.