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Children’s book authored by business owner to benefit Animal Allies


Author Dan Urshan announced the public release of his new book “Where’s Duke? last week.

The heartwarming tale is a true story about a boy named Danny who loves his black Labrador Duke more than anything. When Duke goes missing one day, good Samaritans and the local humane society pitch in to care for him until he can be reunited with his family.

Dan Urshan read his book to a first-grade class at Hermantown Elementary today. Submitted
The book was originally written for Urshan’s grandchildren but will now be used as a fundraising and education tool for Animal Allies.

“I had always dreamed of creating something to give back and to thank Animal Allies for the care of my dog, Duke, back in 1974,” Urshan said. “Now I can say that I did. Animal Allies is a wonderful organization and they have some pretty incredible people working there.”

Urshan’s story was first featured on the front page of the Duluth Herald in 1974 and served as the inspiration for him retelling his experience with losing and then reuniting with his dog. Attendees at the Animal Allies Fur Ball Gala last Saturday got a sneak peek at the book while attending the annual event and donors who participated in the Animal Allies’ Fund-a-Need were given a complimentary copy of the book to take home.

Online pre-sales for “Where’s Duke?” started last weekend but the book goes on sale to the general public today. Published by Lake Superior Marketing, book sales will be available through as well as the Animal Allies giftshop. Proceeds from the book will go back to Animal Allies.

To celebrate the public release of his book, Urshan will be reading “Where’s Duke?” today to first grade classes at Hermantown Elementary School. Urshan will be reading again at Piedmont Elementary in the afternoon.

There is a book reading scheduled for Thursday at 9:30 am at Yellow Bike Coffee in Hermantown. Urshan will be available afterwards to sign books and answer questions.

If you would like to follow along for updates, visit the “Where’s Duke?” Facebook and Instagram page @WheresDukeChildrensBook or contact for a detailed schedule of events.