Our very own Bo Hoefinger (and Horst – the human behind the fur) were recently written up on PeoplePets.com, the online pet-oriented version of People Magazine. Horst and his wife, Lisa (along with Bo) are the authors of our For the Love of Dog Blog.
Here’s an excerpt from the story:
Just two years ago PEOPLE Pets member Bo Hoefinger (boknows) was a largely unknown golden retriever whose wit was only appreciated by his family. Now he’s an Internet star. He writes one of the silliest dog blogs around called Bo Knows, He Just Doesn’t Listen, he’s got a book deal and he helped get his dad, Horst Hoefinger, a gig blogging for Dogster.com.
Horst Hoefinger, who has a day job working for a big corporation, first started writing in the voice of his dog Bo because he wanted to give a special gift to his wife, Lisa. So he put together a book of stories about Bo and gave it to her for Christmas in 2006. Not only did she love it but she spotted his talent for bringing Bo’s personality to life, got him an agent and helped him start his hit blog. Now Bad to the Bone: A Doggie Memoir is due to hit shelves in October.
On his blog, Bo normally introduces a ridiculous story from the dog perspective and then excerpts the relevant parts. Hoefinger says Bo’s specialty is “any wacky story with an animal angle. As long as the protagonist in the story can’t speak a human language (parrots get a pass) and they’ve caused trouble or embarrassment for humans, Bo will cover them.”
Horst says he sticks to the light stuff for Bo Knows, but last year he started writing For the Love of Dog Blog over at Dogster.com, where he tackles the heavier stuff: dogs who need homes, puppy mills, abuse, lack of legal protections of animals and the 4 million animals euthanized each year. He hopes to shed some light on the problems and the people working to overcome them.
Nice work, Bo and Horst! We look forward to seeing the release of the book and will let y’all know where and when you can get a hold of a copy!