The Adventures of Hunter & Ramona Pug Series by Destry Ramey

March 11, 2016

Honorable Mention for The Brown Paper Bag

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Feather is excited that her book “The Brown Paper Bag”, which is based on her true story received Honorable Mention in the 2016 Los Angeles Book Festival Winners List for Children’s Books. We are majorly honored and excited to attend the Awards ceremony April 2nd in Los Angeles. Feather is not letting it go to her head and remains as always, the Little Celebrity that she has always been.


Children’s Books
WINNER: The Reading Promise – Troy Kent
RUNNER-UP: Glaciers – Christine Webster
Have You Filled a Bucket Today? 10th Anniversary Edition – Carol McCloud/David Messing
Samurai – Rosemary Weood
If You Were Me and Lived in..China – Carole P. Roman
Quackers Wants to Fly – Susan Wolff
The Ship Captain’s Tale – V.A. Boeholt
The Ability Gang – Heidi AW Kaminski
The Brown Paper Bag – Destry Ramey
A Flag for the Flying Dragon – Carole P. Roman
The Brave Little Explorer – Jack Graber
The Tiniest Tumbleweed – Kathy Peach
River of Fire – Gail Bornfield
Square Zair Pair – Jase Peeples
Dotty and the Calendar House Key – Emma Warner-Reed
Pop! Pop! Bam! Bam! – Sally O. LeeBrownPaperBagFrontCover

January 25, 2016

“Magic Moment” testimonial from Juneau, Alaska

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Juneau, Alaska  BrownPaperBagFrontCoverJanuary 25, 2016

We are foster parents of some pretty amazing young boys. We have 3 ranging in age, 7, 10, and 19. Our little guy struggles with multiple diagnosis, PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder), ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and FASD (fetal alcohol spectrum disorder).

Every day is a struggle for him. Our family loves to read and seeing my littles snuggle up with a blanket and a story book make my heart sing. But my little guy will have none of it. I try to read to him and he is ok for a page or two and then he is just done. He struggles with reading at school, and some days this struggle leads to a meltdown.

Well last week he was having a difficult time transitioning from an activity and had a major behavior. Most times just giving him time to process will do the trick, but this day was not a good one. After giving him some time, he was not transitioning out of his meltdown. So I went for your book in hopes that a good read would get him to think of something else. (Yes, I know, books tend to get pushed away by this little guy, but I caught him looking at the cover the day before).

So I climbed up on the bed with the book and just started reading out loud. The next thing I knew, he was no longer trying to hurt himself and stopped throwing things. He was listening!!!!!? He then crawled on the bed with me, totally engrossed in this story. The pictures mesmerizing him and as he snuggled closer, I felt his little body melt into mine.  He began pointing and asking questions. He never does this.

After reading for a while and him picking out words he knew, our conversation began about how dogs can talk but not everyone understands what they are saying. That we have to pay attention to their queues. And he turned to me and said, “like when you knew I needed you to read me this book but I didn’t have to tell you?”

And that is our magic moment. He really listened and understood. Not to mention your Feather looks like our little long haired chihuahua, Beaner.

So thank you for this amazing story. He is looking forward to more.                                                                                                          Jan


October 30, 2012

Northwest School Children

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Destry Ramey delighted Northwest school children with her books and leaving a positive message that they are very special – Ju

August 24, 2011

Letter from Katie Oswald (Cabrini fifth grade student)

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Dear Destry,
I hope I spelled your name right. If I didn’t sorry. This is Katie Oswald you know from St. Frances Cabrini. I just wanted to say “Hi”. I love your book I take it everywhere except school. I even drew the picture of Hunter but, I traits it from the cover. I think it is really good. Here’s a copy of it. I hope you like it. How is Hunter? I hope he is doing well. Of course let’s not forget Ramona. How is she? I hope she is doing well too. I can’t wait until the next book comes out. You are a great writer. I have a question. Do you own Hunter and Ramona, because if you do I will be happy to baby-sit if you need one. Talk to you later. (Please write back)


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A woman I know wrote this lovely children’s book about 2 pug puppies who deal with some of life’s lessons on persistence, unconditional love and adoption.

It is in it’s second printing now in hardback.? Destry Ramey is a lovely woman who dedicated her life to working with children and had to leave her work due to cancer.? She and her pugs (also cancer survivors) are all in remission. A percentage of the proceeds go to pug rescue.

I hope that you will visit the website and read about her book.? If you think you would like the book, you may either purchase it at this site or request her book at your favorite books store.? Perhaps you know someone who would enjoy it for a holiday present.

Another Wonderful Visit with Ms Phyllis Diller

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Ms Diller continues to be an amazing and beautiful lady who definitely defies age at 94 years. She is an Incredible Inspiration!

Thank you Ms Diller for your kind words, support and encouragement as an author.



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 A New Adventure for Local Author


Theresa-Marie Wilson 11/8/2007


Inspired by her love of two furry, four-legged friends, Pismo Beach resident Destry Ramey has beaten cancer and written a series of books offering life-lessons to children.

As a pediatric nurse practitioner for 30 years, Ramey spent her life caring for the needs of children. In 2006 when she was told for the third time in her life that she had cancer, Ramey had to put her own health first and underwent six months of chemotherapy and major surgery.

It was while staying in Seattle to undergo treatments for ovarian and abominable cancer, having already beaten breast and cervical cancers, that Ramey bonded with her son’s dogs, Hunter and Ramona. In the little black pugs, Ramey found the energy and love she needed.

“They were just a little Godsend,” Ramey said. “They never left my side. They were a constant healing energy for me. They absolutely helped save my life.”

It was during her ordeal that Ramey decided to pen the first in a series of children’s books thereby allowing her to continue her life work of helping kids. What About Me? is the first in The Adventures of Hunter and Ramona Pug series, which deals with contemporary, real-life issues such as abandonment, adoption and fitting in.

The book tells the story of a young man, a character Ramey based on her son, who, while in Spain, decides to adopt two female pug puppies to take back home with him. Hunter, a male pug fearing separation from his sister and best friend, pours on the charm. Through a series of furry antics, Hunter convinces the young man that his rightful place is with his sister Ramona.

In future books Ramey’s playful pugs along with their siblings Kippy and Egress tackle issues like self-esteem, race, learning disabilities, obesity, abuse and neglect.

“I wanted to deal with some of the problems that children face,” Ramey said. “If it happens to the pugs, the children realize they aren’t the only ones dealing with the problem.”

Celebrating a year of being cancer free, Ramey recently returned to work as a flight attendant for Sky West Airlines. Her new career will allow her to continue writing what she hopes will be a 10-part series.

“Basically, I wanted to help the children understand things in a non-threatening way,” Ramey said. “At the same time this is Hunter, Ramona and my way of paying it forward for the blessings we have.”

A percentage of all book sales are donated to the Pug Rescue Network. Subsequent books in the series will also benefit children’s charities.

What About Me? was initially self-published through BookSurge LLC, a subsidiary of The new edition, published by Central Coast Press, is a soft cover with additional artwork and a slightly different story.

Illustrated by Akasla, copies of What About Me? are available on Ramey’s Web site, Borders, Barnes and Noble and other locally owned stores on the Central Coast.

August 23, 2011

Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Luis Obispo County

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Great video Destry. I really love these books. As a child serving professional, I use these books with vulnerable children, as a fun way to share educational message. A BIG tanks to Author Destry Ramey for creating these great books.

October 31, 2009

The Adventures of Hunter and Ramona

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This book series is a wonderful gift for our children for Christmas. We have a multicultural, adopted family & both books What About Me? and Why Am I Dark? are perfect. Thank you for caring and helping our children feel positive about their differences.


October 27, 2009

Quoted from Ocean Beach Mainstream Association

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Young at Art Children’s Art Center would like to show our deeply felt appreciation for all of those who helped to make the book launch party of “Why Am I Dark?” a fabulous success! Chris Ramey, owner of the star pugs donated two, 1 hour playtime sessions at Dog Beach & Kim Howell donated one free week of Young At Art lessons at the raffle. Local business owners donated additional raffle prizes. The second in a series of ten children’s books called The Adventures of Hunter & Ramona Pug Series, “Why Am I Dark?” shows the value of being different seen through the eyes of the pugs. Written by Destry Ramey * o;;istrated by our own longtime local muralist & sign painter Kim Howell, founder of The Young at Art Children’s Art Cernter. Visit Kim’s & Destry’s websites: and

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