About the Book

Gus Davis is a French bulldog who thinks he can do anything—even swim. Bean is Gus’s human best friend who thinks bulldogs aren’t designed for the water.

Who is right?

It turns out, they both are!

All it takes is a persistent bulldog and a creative human friend to prove that, with a little practice and adaptation, anything is possible. The Unsinkable Gus Davis is a playful story about figuring things out, staying safe around water, and laughing along the way! 

Kerri Rose - Retired Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT)

The Unsinkable Gus Davis is a heartwarming book that not only tells the story of a persistent little Frenchie who wants nothing more than to swim, but also teaches an important lesson about pet safety around the water.

Colby Greenhalgh

NH/ME Territory Manager

A sweet celebration of the bond between kids and their dogs.

Dr Leslie Marci

VMD - Acorn Animal Hospital

Lovable Gus teaches us to never give up and that families need to practice water safety with dogs as well as kids. As a vet with over 30 years experience, I am glad to see this story finally told.

Evangelos Baltas

Second Class Petty Officer

This book is wicked cute....an excellent story for children of all ages.

Laura Minnucci

Lead Groomer

The Unsinkable Gus Davis...captures the determination of a dog and the love of a child that befriended him.

Maestra Mom

As a mom, I loved the subtle messages tucked into this story....My girls really enjoyed the story, and it is sure to become one we read over and over.

Meet the Author

Laurie Trumble Davis is a book lover who lives in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, with her family. They spend their summers on Cape Cod at Schoolhouse Pond, where Gus, her French bulldog, believed he was the best swimmer on the pond. And he was. . . especially when wearing his life jacket! Although this is her debut picture book, Laurie is no stranger to the world of books and book selling. She has worked for Barnes & Noble coordinating author appearances in New England. She has also done publicity and promotions in news media. 

Meet the Illustrator

Paulette Bogan is the author and illustrator of many beloved books for children, including Virgil & Owen, Virgil & Owen Stick Together, and Bossy Flossy. She lives in New York City with her family. They spend their summers at the Jersey Shore, where Moof, her Havanese, is afraid of the water and doesn’t like sand on his paws.