In the average American household, pets are considered just another part of the family. Many would claim a scary similarity between the four-legged friends and their human counterparts.

In Anna B. Moyer's new children's book, "Her Name is Sophia," Moyer illustrates how "man's best friend" can have the same love of travel as their owner.

With inspiration from her own furry friend and illustrations by her oldest grandson, Christopher, she tells the story of a dog's yearning to leave the confined space of a cage and explore the world.

Moyer, a former teacher, wrote this book for young children to get excited about reading again and leave their video games and TV shows behind.

"Children today do not read," she said. "There are too many distractions."

In the book, Sophia's owners installed an invisible fence to keep her from running away. Moyer thinks this is a metaphor for humans as well.

She said the invisible fence was one way to try to fix a problem, but still, "dogs and people sometimes won't change."

"Her Name is Sophia"
By Anna Moyer
ISBN: 978-1-4669-7275-9
Available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Trafford Publishing online bookstores

About the Author
Anna B. Moyer is a retired English teacher and reading specialist. She has been selected for Who's Who in American Education four times and has degrees from Lock Haven State College and Penn State University. She currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, John, and Wire Fox Terrier, Sophia.

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