Miss Heidi’s first book was inspired by her experiences with Lion Paw the beach dog and Oliver the Vervet Monkey. Miss Heidi did not raise Lion Paw, but she spent a lot of time with her because Lion Paw was raised to guard the beach where Miss Heidi taught sailing to children. Oliver was orphaned and brought to the same beach as a baby to be cared for by those working there. It was quite clear that Lion Paw wanted a friend so Miss Heidi set about helping Oliver and Lion Paw learn how to play with one another. How did that unfold? Well you will just have to read the story to find out!
Watch Lion Paw and Oliver Playing
Oliver was a sweet sensitive young male vervet monkey, loving with kind eyes and gentle soul. Easily amused, Oliver was fascinated by all the things there are to do while living on a beach. Sneaky and quick to grab other people's belongings he was often frustrated when forced to return these things to their rightful owners.
Lion Paw was a playful puppy with large black and brown paws. Every day she would go for at least one sea bath and a run across the bay. Very protective of friends, caretakers, and territory, she was well trained and knew just when to pounce and when to hold back and warn you with a bark. She loved sharing the beach she called home with Oliver the Monkey, Miss Mocha the Goat, and Wilbur the Pig.
Wilbur, a big burly pig loved being around people, bathing in the sea, cooling down in the mud, and napping in the cool shade of a boat rack or a tree. His brown coat blended in with the mangrove trees along the beach. He often used the sound of the waves to find his way to the sea when he could no longer see. Being the eldest of the beach animals he spent a lot of time resting. You could often find him sprawled out on the sand snoring an afternoon away.