A Journey of Love

$274 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 9 people in 19 months

Receive a copy of A Journey of Love by Jennifer Douglas  and contribute to fundraising for two not for profit organisations - Greyhounds New Beginnings and Smart Pup Autism Assistance Dogs.

What is A Journey of Love all about?

A Journey of Love by Jennifer Douglas is more than just a novel, it is an inspiring true story of hope, love, acceptance and companionship. It is a book that educates on Autism and Greyhounds, both which are often misunderstood.

There lives, in Queensland, a Greyhound who has the power of a saint. Minnie lives true to her name in size, but her heart is far from small. Over the past few year's Minnie has been working hard, opening the door and leading the way for other ex-racing Greyhounds to take on the role as assistance dogs.

This is more than a story of a Greyhound, it is a story of a friendship for life. After being placed for adoption with Greyhounds New Beginnings Minnie found herself in the arms of Celeste, a 9-year-old girl who, with a diagnosis of Autism, was struggling to
cope with life. 

Greyhounds are a patient and tolerant dog with a calming, sensitive and friendly nature. They thrive on human companionship and are very sociable.  They are lazy, placid and undemanding, presenting with low maintenance and a big gentle heart.

With all this in mind it was only logical that when funding was successful for a Smart Pup Assistance Dog Minnie would be put to the test. With the idea of giving rescue dogs new lives as assistance dogs Smart Pups opened a Greyhound pilot program using Minnie as the trial dog. 

There is a special something between Minnie and Celeste that is hard to explain. It is more than a love, it is an understanding. In Minnie Celeste has found her super-hero. For Minnie there is no super-hero cape, just a service dog coat of red and black. With Minnie by her side Celeste has a new found confidence that enables her to tackle the little things in life that we all take for granted.

A Journey of Love speaks of the struggles of a mother's love and determination to help her child find her place in this world. A place where her Autism and anxiety no longer rule her life but instead are replaced with  understanding, love, compassion, and friendship. 

Why this fundraiser?

This fundraiser is three fold:

1. To raise much-needed money for two not for profit organisations: Smart Pups Autism Assistance Dogs and Greyhounds New Beginnings. $2.00 from the sale of each book  goes to each organisation. 

2. Allows readers to pre-order a copy of the novel, giving them the opportunity to be one of the first people to read A Journey of Love. Pre-ordered copies will be received prior to the release of the book to the general public. Pre-ordered copies come signed by both Jennifer Douglas and Minnie. 

A Journey of Love is scheduled for release to the public on 25th May 2017. Pre-order copies will be received the end of March 2017 ( two months before public release ).

(update: A delay in publication has seen the preorder to be early June 2017 )

3. Let's face it self-publishing costs money. Crowdfunding allows the publishing of pre-release copies to be paid for in advance, guaranteeing copies arrive on time. Regardless of how much money is raised using this fundraiser A Journey of Love will be published on the dates mentioned.  


No matter how big or small all donations are appreciated but we would love to be able to give you a copy of A Journey of Love and donate to the two organisations mentions.

Please consider making one, or more, of the following donations: 

$10.00 donation: E-book copy.

$33.00: Signed paperback copy ( includes postage within Australia). Overseas add $8.00 = $41.00

$48.00 : Printed material gift bag, bookmark, postcard and a signed paperback ( includes postage within Australia). Overseas add $8.00 - $56.00

$60.00: 2 signed paperbacks. Gift one to a friend
( includes postage to one destination within Australia). Overseas add $10.00 = $70.00

$150.00 donation: Jennifer, Minnie, and Celeste will visit your school ( one class only ) or workplace or community event and present a 30-minute presentation: Gold Coast, Brisbane and surrounding areas only. For those outside this area, a Skype session will be provided. You will also receive a signed paperback, material bag, bookmark, and postcard.

For further information on a visit to your school or workplace Australia wide please contact us. Visits will commence September 2017 with bookings taken in advance. Pre-ordering and booking packages are also available for the children's book Magical Minnie which is currently in the illustration stage. Find out more at www.facebook.com/MagicalMinnieBook 

Join Minnie and Celeste on Facebook: www.facebook.com/smartpupforceleste

Follow A Journey of Love on Facebook: www.facebook.com/AjourneyofloveJenniferDouglas

Find out more about the not for profit organisations this book supports:

Greyhounds New Beginnings:

Smart Pups Autism Assistance Dogs:


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Woo Hoo! We are published.

Thank you to all who have supported getting this novel up and running.

Pre-orders are being sent today so please keep an eye out for it in your inbox or letter box.

Copies can be ordered from Amazon www.amazon.com/Jennifer-Althaus/e/B073CCNZKG

Signed copies are available directly from myself. Email me via my website www.jenniferalthaus.com.

Celeste, Minnie and me are available for book signings and guest speaking events, big or small.

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Exciting news! The proof copy of A Journey of Love has just arrived. It looks amazing and we are ready to hit print.

Pre-orders will be with you soon.
The proof copy of A Journey of Love
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Endorsement for A Journey of Love by Jennifer Douglas.

' A central characteristic of someone with autism is a difficulty understanding and connecting with people; but that same person may have a natural ability to relate to animals. In return, animals seem to recognise the thoughts and feelings of those who have autism, and a genuine bond can develop between them. Dogs in particular often appear to have a ‘sixth sense’ in recognising distress in a person with autism, and a remarkable ability to calm and soothe someone if they are anxious and overwhelmed, unfortunately, a frequent emotional state for people on the autism spectrum.

This delightful story chronicles the loving connection between a severely anxious girl with autism and her dog. Where medication and conventional behaviour management strategies failed, this devoted greyhound succeeds in transforming her life. '

Professor Tony Attwood
Minds and Hearts Clinic

Tony Attwood is well known for sharing his knowledge of Aspergers Syndrome. He has an Honours degree in Psychology from the University of Hull, Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Surrey and a PhD from the University of London. He is currently adjunct Associate Professor at Griffith University in Queensland.

Find out more about the work of Tony Attwood on his website http://www.tonyattwood.com.au
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Huge apologies for the delay on publication but we are nearly there.

Pre- orders copies will be with you in the next few weeks.

Thank you for your patience.

If you have not pre-order it is not too late to grab your copy.

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Joan McNamara
19 months ago

Well done

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$274 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 9 people in 19 months
Created August 22, 2016
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William M Leubscher
10 months ago

Sorry to hear about the delay. Looking forward to reading this book! :-)

14 months ago
Michelle Maciejewski
17 months ago (Offline Donation)
Patrick Williams
18 months ago

Well done. Greyhounds are amazing creatures. Can't wait to read your book :)

Ani Peters
18 months ago

I look forward to reading your ebook as I can see it will be a special read. Good luck! :-)

Eric Barr
19 months ago

What a worthy cause! Let's do it!!

Joan McNamara
19 months ago

Well done

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