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A Conversation with Daniel


Abandoned and deemed unadoptable after a brief stay at an over-crowded animal shelter, a young beagle was euthanized, locked into a gas chamber along with 17 other dogs. But when the poison cleared and the door was re-opened, the tail-wagging beagle emerged still very much alive. The other dogs were dead.

That was only the beginning. What happened next is the other side of the story of Daniel the Miracle Beagle—the part that helped change the world even just a little bit.

Once in his “forever” home, Daniel quickly becomes part of a family. He meets what is to become his big “step-sister,” Shelby, a battered Pitbull the victim of prejudicial breed stereotyping. And though both pups come with terrible experiences of abuse and suffering, they somehow turn a corner. That’s due in part to their “Dad”, Joe.

With love and care, Daniel learns forgiveness. With Joe’s guidance, Daniel becomes a “spokesdog” for animal rights and especially to ban the use of gas chambers.

Together, Daniel and Joe attend rallies, visit schools and promote adoptions, the main component in eliminating gas chamber euthanasia.

Then comes the big time! TV/Media exposure and an appearance on Anderson Cooper provide Daniel with a mega-platform to be heard around the world.

And today, the Miracle Beagle’s mission continues.

God, Shelby, and Me


This is the extraordinary story of a Pitbull, a man, and God. Shelby is the Pitbull, the narrator of the book, too often misjudged, very forgiving, compassionate, and destined to be a therapy dog. Joe is the man, the author of the book, a guy with obstacles to confront and a passion to save all four-pawed creatures.

Shelby first encounters Joe when she’s not even born yet; she’s still in the heavens above. She follows the author as an often bullied boy, through his tempestuous growing years. She yearns to meet Joe, and God answers her prayer. However, the pup must learn and accept the ways of earthly life with its intermingling of good and evil. “My child, I give My creatures free will,” God frequently repeats to explain sadness pain, and suffering at the hands of others.

And so Shelby and Joe embark on a journey of discovery and healing. Together they inspire children, teens, and adults suffering physical, psychological, and spiritual maladies from persecution and prejudice to life-threatening illness. Fueled by their faith, the two companions turn their travels into an empowering mission of love.

Shelby’s Grace

*renewed for 2022*

From Abused Pup to Angel of Mercy

Pit Bull with Heart of Gold

Joe Dwyer was a man battling depression and anxiety; he was broken and in need of serious assistance.

Shelby was a young pit bull facing death. Abandoned, abused, crippled, and confined to a shelter—she trusted no one.

When man and dog first met at the animal shelter, it wasn’t love at first sight—at least not for the terrified pup. In time, with a little TLC, the two grew to embrace one another.

When Joe finally brought Shelby home to join his family, he made a remarkable discovery: She had an uncanny gift of empathy. The once knocked-around pit bull was able to bring relief and comfort to needy individuals: men, women, and children of all ages, including hospital patients, the lonely, and the bereaved. It was nothing short of amazing.

Sadly, not everyone was as enthusiastic. Encountering breed prejudice and inflexible skepticism, Joe fought for the misjudged pit bull to gain acceptance as a therapy dog. Eventually successful, Joe and Shelby embarked on an adventure that enriched each other’s lives and the lives of countless others. For Shelby, the memory of her compassion and works of mercy remain inspiring.

The Dog Ate My Homework

...or did he?

“The dog ate my homework…” There we go again-shifting the blame for our human gaffes and failures to our innocent canines. In his latest book, former Verizon Labor Relations Director and Sales Manager-and professional dog trainer- Joe Dwyer turns the classic canine excuse on its head with a fascinating exploration of accountability from the dog’s view: What if our dogs, the most accountable among us, can teach us humans a thing or two about accountability? Through the stories of Dwyer’s own four dogs-from therapy dog Shelby, who visits adult daycare facilities, to Spartacus, who attentively looks his owner in the eye when being reprimanded-The Dog Ate My Homework-or Did He? reveals seven powerful areas of accountability that are key to success in business and in life. Readers will discover how to

• unlock the power of accountability to advance one’s career
• leverage accountability to drive maximum performance
•forge deeper relationships and attain greater personal fulfillment

unlock the power of accountability to advance one’s career leverage accountability to drive maximum performance forge deeper relationships and attain greater personal fulfillment.

Authentic accountability is about making the leap from what we must do to the creative realm of what it is that we most hope to do-and, amazingly, it’s our canine friends who can show us the way.

“Through powerful storytelling and practical applications, Joe Dwyer helps create a road map foramoreaccountable-andmeaningful-life.
Dogloverswillappreciatehisabilitytorelate the basic experiences of our canine friends to our complex human emotions and behaviors. Seasoned executives will find inspiration in Joe’s approach and will take a renewed look at their own accountability in all aspects of their lives.”
CATHY ANN LEONARD, Senior Manager, Talent Development

“This book about accountability from a dog’s point of view is an incredible invitation for each of us to show up and make a difference. Every time he sees you, he’s glad to see you, and he’s accountable in every aspect of life. What a comparison to show us this simple, but powerful way of life that our canine friends live. Their presence and sense of responsibility are always there. What we can learn from dogs! I love it. “
JUANELL TEAGUE, Author of The Zig Ziglar Difference

“In an intriguing way, Joe Dwyer utilizes the basic attributes of man’s best friend to illustrate the fundamental concepts required to achieve authentic accountability in your personal, busi- ness and community life. The book offers a commonsense and thoughtful guide to a more fulfilling and meaningful life. An excellent read and well worth the time.”
JOHN W. HOWARD, General Manager Engineering, Verizon (retired)

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