Argo said the book has appeal to a general audience, not just children. She said she has hopes “Lily in the Box” will develop a national audience. Argo’s daughter, Gabrielle, edited the book.
The fund drive for the shelter seeks $100,000 to complete the building, situated next to the old shelter.
“We were left with a shell of a building after the floods,” West said. “It’s absolutely vital that we get into the new building.”
It turns Lily, the star of the story, is none too interested in other dogs — but thoroughly enjoys being the center of attention when in human company, West said.
She and Argo said Lily will be attending several book signings, including one at The Apple Barrel from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Another book signing will be at the Carrot Barn in Schoharie from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 6.
Given her advanced age, West said, it’s not surprising that Lily— who has no teeth and no lower jaw — is slowing down. But she still enjoys going on twice daily walks and eating whenever possible, she added.
“She really eats it up when she’s around kids,” she said. “She wants to be held and licks them.”