Molly’s tale: Marietta author pens book about shelter mutt and her mysterious past
by Sally Litchfield
MDJ Features Editor
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April 03, 2013 12:08 AM | 3419 views | 2 2 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Marietta resident and award winning writer Ed Payne has recently completed a children's book, ’The Daily Rounds of a Hound,’ about his dog Molly Malone. 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,” Payne said.<br>Staff/Todd Hull
Marietta resident and award winning writer Ed Payne has recently completed a children's book, ’The Daily Rounds of a Hound,’ about his dog Molly Malone. 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,” Payne said.
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In his debut children’s picture book “The Daily Rounds of a Hound,” Ed Payne tells the delightful story of Molly Malone, a mysterious mutt adopted by a family from an animal shelter.

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.

To learn more or order books, T-shirts or toys visit www.dailyroundsof

ahound.com. Paperback and Kindle editions available at www.amzn.to/XOPADz. Follow Payne on Facebook and twitter @TheDailyHound. Email him at thedailyhound@aol.com.
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Jane E. Burwell
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April 04, 2013
This is a great book for both adults and children! I laughed at the expressions on Molly's face which are only reminiscent of my own "stray" dog named Millie. Using the imagination, I can see the dogs doing many similar activities and we thought Millie was unique! Dog lovers of the world, this is a must read for your children.
C. Smith
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April 03, 2013
Oh, I must buy this book. A man after my own heart if he didn't already have a family! I love dogs so much I can't put it into words. I restrain myself to only having one at time, except twice or three times, that number has gone up to three. Out of the dozens of dogs I have owned in my own life, I only owned one that I adopted as a puppy...and he was from offspring of a dog I found. Funny story about how I had just found this male dog, not neutered, and was out talking to my neighbor that had a dog in heat, and behind our backs when we turned nature was taking its course. The found dog got neutered the next day, but the lady dog had two pups and I felt so guilty I adopted one at six weeks old. I am sure I will find pure joy in this book. I have owned many more found dogs since then, but they really found me.
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