Puppy love unites gen­er­a­tions

Joondalup Weekender - - News - Tyler Brown

WHILE Puppy Tails is the story of Laila the boxer dog, it also rep­re­sents the com­ing to­gether of two strangers across gen­er­a­tions.

Quinns Rocks 85-yearold Pat Torpy has self­pub­lished the chil­dren’s book, with il­lus­tra­tions by Year 11 But­ler stu­dent Sid­ney Blake-Stan­bury.

The duo were brought to­gether by Mrs Torpy’s daugh­ter and Miss BlakeS­tan­bury’s mother through so­cial me­dia.

Mrs Torpy, who owned the for­mer Es­pana Tav­ern in Wan­neroo with her hus­band Brian, said the book of 12 short sto­ries was cre­ated from let­ters she used to write, pre­tend­ing to be her dog Laila, to her grand­daugh­ters when they lived in the US.

“Be­cause it was a chil­dren’s book, I needed an il­lus­tra­tor to bring the sto­ries to life,” she said.

“My daugh­ter used Face­book say­ing her mother had writ­ten a chil­dren’s book and needed an il­lus­tra­tor.

“The SOS was an­swered by Sid­ney’s mother who said her daugh­ter was a tal­ented artist and tak­ing a vis­ual arts course at Irene McCor­mack Catholic Col­lege.

“I con­tacted Sid­ney through email, sent her a copy of my man­u­script and she an­swered that she would love to do the il­lus­tra­tions.

“We met the fol­low­ing Satur­day morn­ing for cof­fee at Dome Joon­dalup and that’s where we met for the next three months.”

The book will be of­fi­cially launched this Sun­day at Alki­mos News and Gifts, owned by Mrs Torpy’s son Pe­ter and his wife Jo­ce­lyn, at Alki­mos Gate­way.

The event will run from 2pm to 4pm with a wine tast­ing from Cel­lar­bra­tions and copies of the book avail­able to buy and have signed. The book can also be bought for $15 plus $3 postage by email­ing Mrs Torpy at pat­[email protected] iprimus.com.au or for $19.95 on eBay.

The City of Wan­neroo has bought six copies for its li­braries.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey

Irene McCor­mack Catholic Col­lege stu­dent Sid­ney Blake-Stan­bury with Pat Torpy. In­set: Laila the boxer dog with the book Puppy Tails.

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