Cindy Orlandi, Children's Author and Speaker

Love is a Dog and Some Crayons teaches about language, idioms, and animal rescue.

Cindy Orlandi is the creator of Love is a Dog and Some Crayons – Weimaraner Coloring Book. She volunteers for Great Lakes Weimaraner Rescue, which benefits from book sales.

Three-year-old Trent Orlandi was a “Grey Ghost” helped by Great Lakes Weimaraner Rescue. He and Cindy created this book to pay the rescue back and pay it forward by helping his fellow Weims find fantastic foster and forever homes. Trent was an AKC Canine Good Citizen. He was certified with Bright & Beautiful Therapy Dogs, Inc. and volunteered with Pet-A-Pet Club, Inc. and The “Fur Angels” pet therapy groups. Trent volunteered at the Michigan Freedom Center at Detroit Metro Airport where he was honored as a volunteer of the month in June 2016.

The most important thing the author wants readers to gain from her book:

Dog lovers are happy people, and those who love the breed called Weimaraners, also known as Grey Ghosts, aren’t just happy – they are as loyal as these dogs are faithful friends.

Enter the coloring book called Love Is a Dog and Some Crayons by a three-year-old rescued Weimaraner named Trent. Written with a little help from his human ghostwriter Cindy Orlandi and illustrator Kelly Alves, this fun and educational coloring book raises awareness of their beloved breed while also raising money to assist Weimaraners in need.

With proceeds from the sale of the book going to Great Lakes Weimaraner Rescue, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, the book contains 48 pages of colored photos, pictures to color, and insights on dog-related idiom expressions, such as “barking up the wrong tree,” “a dog is man’s best friend,” “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” and more.

In addition, Love Is a Dog and Some Crayons includes resources on individuals and organizations to help choose and train your dog (think the Weimaraner Club of America and the American Kennel Club), suggests what to ask breeders before you buy, and lists the contact information for both U.S. and international Weimaraner rescue groups. Orlandi observes, “Coloring isn’t just for kids anymore. Like dogs who help us live in the moment, coloring is a great stress reliever.”

“Hopefully, this go-to resource for anyone interested in Weimaraners, whether they’re considering adopting a puppy or rescuing a dog, will help everyone learn about and love this amazing breed,” adds Tonette Bogner, GLWR founder and executive director. “This is a terrific, fun, and educational way to welcome people to the wonderful world of Weims!”

“What an awesome offering ... a fun and educational colouring book, with lots of useful information about weims and rescues. [It] helps support a great cause, and it will make little humans and grown-ups smile, for sure.”

—Sam Isaacs (Richmond, British Columbia, Canada) Amazon Reader Review

Why the author is an authority on the subject of her book:

The author of the coloring book is a dog named Trent, who was adopted thanks to Great Lakes Weimaraner Rescue (GLWR), and helped fellow Grey Ghosts find fantastic foster and forever homes. The story of why this book was written is best captured in this article by The News Herald.

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Speaking Engagements and School Presentations:

I am happy to read the book to the children and also give them tips for rescuing a dog or choosing a puppy, whether it be a Weimaraner or another breed.

Trent passed away from complications of epilepsy and so I am also an advocate for helping young people understand seizures and accepting people or animals with epilepsy. Although Trent is no longer living, I have another Weimaraner from Great Lakes Weimaraner Rescue who has his Canine Good Citizen. Bennie visited The Detroit Public Library and Westside Christian Academy with me in 2019 as part of The Association of Women in  Communications Detroit Chapter “Driving Literacy in the D” initiative.  

The visit could be customized to the interests and age of the students. I am a past member of Toastmasters and have written many speeches over the years including some for Fortune 500 executives and actor James Earl Jones for Concerned Citizens for the Arts in Michigan.

Presentation Audience:

Grades K-3

Grades 4-6


5-10 appearances



Willing to travel

Book Type:

Picture Book

Children's Non-Fiction









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Cindy Orlandi Visits Westside Christian Academy