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Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls! Step right up and read a remarkable true story of a gentle man and ten homeless dogs! If you love dogs and you love the circus, then Stay, The True Story of Ten Dogs by Michaela Muntean (introduction by Kate Dicamillo, author of Because of Winn-Dixie) is the book for you.

 This book tells the amazing life and career of Luciano Anastasini, an eighth generation circus performer. Luciano performed high wire acts until a terrible fall ended his career. He did recover, but his injuries left him unable to continue with the high wire. For Luciano, to leave the circus and a life of performing was unthinkable. Circus was his life, his family! Luciano dreamed of a day he would be back in center ring. Then an idea began to take form.

StayThis idea involved four-legged partners. A circus act featuring…..DOGS! This remarkable book tells the story of how ten unwanted dogs and one amazing man found each other at a time when they needed each other the most, and began performing a delightful, crowd pleasing circus act. Read about Bowser, Stick, Sammy, Rowdy and all the dogs and learn their heartwarming stories. Luciano believed in letting each dog show him what they wanted to do in the circus ring. Luciano’s philosophy is “let a dog be a dog.”

I have been truly fortunate to have actually seen Luciano and his amazing dog act many times, and each time is as thrilling and delightful as the last!! I will never get tired of watching this artful display of talent! I am honored to call Luciano and his beautiful family my friends. I am always so thrilled to talk with them and hear fascinating stories of their life as circus performers. What a wonderful, loving family!

Luciano, his family, and their story is captured on film as well. They are one of the featured performers on the PBS documentary Circus/a Show of Force. Check it out and see for yourselves how amazing and fun this family is. See this write-up in Circopedia. You will get to watch these beautiful dogs do what they do best—perform in the circus!




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