The Max and Annie children's book series and website is celebrating 14 years of providing children with high quality stories starring a group of lively springers: the original Max and Annie, the rescued Trini, the imaginative Ollie, as well as the current sibling combination, Tak and Penny.

Although Max, Annie, Trini and Ollie have passed on, their stories continue to delight young readers. Further, Tak and Penny have stepped up to follow in the tradition of making children laugh, while gently teaching some life lessons.

Want to see more pooch pictures? Take a peek into our photo album below.

Sandy, Tak, Trini and Oliver's visit to Saint Gabriel School in Mentor:



9th book in Max and Annie series.

After seven unhappy years in a puppy mill, Penny the Cavalier King Charles spaniel, is finally rescued and placed in a loving home. During her captivity, she longed to be free like the birds she watched from the window of the barn where she was held. Now, with the help of an orphaned baby bird, Penny attempts to learn the secret of flight.  Penny's story will make you laugh when she tries, despite the odds, to fly! However instead of learning to fly, Penny and her big brother, Tak, see that sometimes it is better to help a friend achieve something important than to try to do the impossible yourself.




100_1534_4-1.jpgPenny, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel,  is the latest dog to join the Philipson family and school visiting team. Penny was rescued from the streets of Indianapolis by Cavalier Rescue USA and adopted on December 17, 2012 by our family, Sandy, Elliot and Tak. Although we will never know her birthday, Penny is approximately 6 years old, and we know that she did not have a very good early life.  She probably never had a chance to play outside, take walks, and be loved like her brother, Tak.  In spite of this, Penny is the sweetest girl you could ever want to meet.  She is a bit shy at first, but loves children and grownups!  She did her first two school visits recently, and really shined! We named her Penny because it is lucky to find a penny on the street, and we know that Penny will now have a lucky life as a beloved family member, school visitor, and a future book character. She even has a pink stroller for wheeling around schools! Welcome to our family, Penny!


This spring a camera crew accompanied us on a school visit to Poland Elementary School in Poland, Ohio. Take a quick peek at author, Sandy Philipson, illustrator, Jenny Campbell, therapy dogs, Tak and Ollie and school principal, Mike Masucci, in action in this short video clip.

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