About the Illustrator, Meridith Johnson

Running with Rollie: A Simple Story About a Dog and a Soldier…The Rescuer and The Rescued by Jeffrey Bradley

About the Illustrator, Meridith Johnson:

Meridith Johnson is primarily a self-taught portrait artist and she loves the challenge of capturing the subject’s personality and creating a true and realistic likeness in graphite, pastel, oil and acrylic. She started taking her art seriously after completing a memorial portrait of a horse for a friend. Since then she has delighted her friends and collectors with commissioned portraits and art gifts through the years. She has her work in local Central Oregon galleries and businesses and in private collections. Check out her website at www.artbymeridithjohnson.com.

Summary of the Book

Running with Rollie: A Simple Story About a Dog and a Soldier…The Rescuer and The Rescued by Jeffrey Bradley

Summary of the Book:

Rollie, a real-life Golden Retriever, inspired West Point graduate Jeffrey Bradley to write “Running with Rollie” based on their experiences and first hand observations of Solider’s returning from war. Jeff picked Rollie up at the animal shelter, in Rolla, Missouri after returning from Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. The pair started running together during statewide stints in Missouri and Kansas. When Jeff deployed to Korea, Rollie patiently waited for his return. Once he did the two best friends did everything together, from running to kayaking to hiking. Their twosome grew by one when Jeff married his wife, Emily. The three of them live in Southern New Hampshire where Rollie and Jeff can be found jogging or walking the trail network around their house. Even though both of their pace has slowed, they still go side-by-side.

Captain Douglas DiCenzo Camp Fund

Running with Rollie: A Simple Story About a Dog and a Soldier…The Rescuer and The Rescued by Jeffrey Bradley

Captain Douglas DiCenzo Camp Fund: http://www.dougscampfund.org/donate/

The Captain Douglas DiCenzo Camp Fund was established in 2007 to help send kids to camps. The Fund is in memory of Captain Douglas DiCenzo, a West Point graduate and Plymouth, NH native who was killed in action while serving his country during the war with Iraq. Disadvantage children are able to attend the camp of their choosing ranging from everything including popular activities like mountaineering, soccer, basketball, cheerleading, and debate. 100% of your donations go direct to supporting the camps as Doug’s family covers the necessary overhead.

Positive Quotes from Past Readers

Running with Rollie: A Simple Story About a Dog and a Soldier…The Rescuer and The Rescued by Jeffrey Bradley

Positive Quotes from Past Readers:

“This is such an easy read for the little ones. My daughter and I read this every night before bed. She loves it”

“The illustrations exceeded my expectations. The attention to detail tells a story within the story. Well done! I hope she continues to tell other stories through her gift of art.”

“My newphew was crying “happy tears” at the end of this book!”

“What a fantastic way to bring attention to armed forces members returning from multiple deployments and the need to support our troops!”