Payne, a journalist of 30 years who has worked as a news desk editor at CNN for 20 years, typically writes stories on subjects like Iraq, earthquakes, tsunamis and the Pope. In “The Daily Rounds of a Hound,” Payne pens his family’s real life experience about their dog, Molly Malone.
“’The Daily Rounds of a Hound’ is the story of a dog that our family adopted from the Cobb County Animal Shelter — Molly Malone. It’s her story. But it’s our attempt to figure out who Molly is,” Payne said.
“Every time you adopt a dog, especially when you adopt a shelter dog, you don’t have any idea who or what the dog is,” said Payne, who won an Emmy award in journalism for coverage of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. He has also received several Peabody Awards as well as other honors. He often reports for CNN television and on hundreds of affiliates across the U.S.
The story with a quirky rhyme and whimsical illustrations by Britt Sekulic delves into Molly Malone’s mysterious past.
“We don’t know if a rich family owned her or a poor family owned her. We even guess at what her heritage is,” the west Cobb resident said. He and wife Laura have two daughters Elyce, 20, and Corynne, 13.
Molly Malone reveals nothing.
“(Molly’s) being quiet. She’s being secretive. That adds a little bit to the mystery as far as the book goes,” he said.
Eventually the family discovers that Molly Malone is carrying stowaways.
“The book has some surprises. We went from wanting one dog to having 10. Some members of the family were more excited about it than others,” Payne said.
Molly Malone captures the family’s heart, and through her story Payne captures his reader’s hearts.
“The story ultimately is everyone’s story of their dog. Why do we love these creatures the way we do? Especially with dogs there’s some sort of special relationship there. That’s what makes it universal,” Payne said.
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