Buffalo Native Releases New Book

September 12, 2010 Updated Sep 12, 2010 at 11:30 PM EDT

By WKBW Admin

September 12, 2010 Updated Sep 12, 2010 at 11:30 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) -- It's not often you hear that a dog brings five neighbors together in New York City to form a family, but in a new book by Glenn Plaskin, "Katie, Up and Down the Hall", the dog does just that. "Katie was this beautiful, blonde haired cocker spaniel, very intelligent," Plaskin said. "She could sit at a keyboard and realize what she was doing, she would type. She could use a remote control and change to her favorite channel which was the Food channel. She modeled clothing, but what she did best was run up and down the hallway in our New York City high rise building, literally pushing open doors with her paws, and that dog changed my life."

By pawing on people's doors, Katie introduced her owner to who else was living nearby. The book follows them over a 15 year period. "At one end of our hallway was a little boy... who had no mom and with his single dad, and the other end of the hallway was an 80 year old couple who never had children...the dog helped turn us into a family," Plaskin said. "There are so many ups and downs in here, there are accidents, people getting sick, joyful celebrations, all kinds of drama in the book."

The story ends on a sad note, including the death of Katie, but now 8 years later Glenn decided he was finally ready to get a new dog. The author says his book leaves the reader with a few important life lessons and hopes it will open people's doors and hearts to others. "This past May I got... Lucy and I have literally made 50 new friends through her. I feel that just down your hallway or across the road there's always a child that needs a mentor, there's always a senior that needs a helping hand, and a dog that needs a walk."