On Sunday December 3, 1995 readers of Canada's largest newspaper The Toronto Daily Star opened it to page 3 to find a large colour picture of a happy couple and their dog with the headline: "Dog beats odds in 36-day odyssey". Actually, the length of time he was missing was 39 days - more than 5 1/2 weeks. This is the story of how Dylan, a shy young Welsh Springer Spaniel, who had been boarded in Toronto while his owners were in South Africa, eluded capture and worked his way westwards to Oakville... until he was re-united with the author in a dramatic ending worthy of a Disney movie. It's a tale that has been recounted many times but now for the first time appears in print, complete with illustrations by the author's son, Peter, a classical animator at Nelvana. Dylan's Endeavour will resonate with any animal owner who has lost a beloved pet.
John Roe began his working career as a journalist in England before emigrating to Canada in 1966. After obtaining his BA and MSW degrees, he worked in social services for 25 years before returning to his first love - writing. John, who lives with his wife Karen and their faithful companion Dylan, is currently working on a novel, also based on a true story.