This past Saturday, Parnassus Books was the latest stop for Maddie the coonhound, her owner Theron Humphrey, and their friend Garrett. They are going across the United States promoting their book “Maddie on Things: A Super Serious Project About Dogs and Physics”.
A Coonhound is a type of scent hound and a member of the hound group.
Coonhounds are an American style of hunting dog developed for the quarry and working conditions found in the United States.
Theron Humphrey adopted Maddie a coonhound, from a rescue shelter in Georgia and set out for a journey across all 50 states that he turned into a book, “Maddie on Things: A Super Serious Project About Dogs and Physics” that was released in March.
“I was just burned out on corporate life,” Humphrey said. “The biggest catalyst was a broken heart, which I think a lot of people can relate to. I just wanted to go out into the world and connect with people and tell stories and celebrate everyday life.
“She’s never fallen, she’s never been hurt, and she lets me know her limitations,” Humphrey said. “We’ve been doing it so long now that we’ve just gotten really good at it. She’s definitely well-trained.”
“She just has inherently great balance,” Humphrey said. “While out on the road I wanted to remember my companion I was traveling with so I literally put her on the roof of my truck and took a photo. She just stood there and looked at me and I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, that’s so amazing Maddie.’ The project just grew from there. When you’re traveling, you’re always seeing new things and meeting new folks, and along the way I just started putting her on top of objects I would encounter.”
“I think the beautiful thing about this project is that it grew organically over time. It started out really small, and over the course of the year, it just gained more and more traction, and more people got into it. I learned quickly that people just love dogs because they see and smell the world in a way that we’ll never be able to, and there’s something beautiful about that that brings us joy into our lives.”
Garrett’s awesome shoes
Maddie’s Fan Club
The Parnassus Bookstore team