The day Monica learns that her lovable, brilliant three-year-old son Wills has autism spectrum disorder, she takes him to buy an aquarium. It's the first in a string of impulsive trips to the pet store to buy animals as a distraction from the uncontrollable, crushing reality of Wills' diagnosis. But while Wills diligently tends to the growing menagerie, what he really wants is a puppy. And one Christmas, when Wills is six, Cowboy Carol Lawrence joins their family.

Like all dynamic duos, Cowboy and Wills complement each other perfectly, and from the moment Cowboy enters their lives, Monica sees her son step a little farther into the world.

With Cowboy, Wills finds the courage to invite kids over for play dates, overcomes his debilitating fear of water to swim along beside her in the family pool, and, after years of gentle coaxing, Wills finally sleeps in his own bed with Cowboy’s paws draped across his small chest. Through it all, Cowboy is there, dragging him toward other children, giving him the confidence to try new things and the courage to face his worst fears. And when Cowboy turns out to need her new family as much as they need her, they discover just how much she has taught them—about devotion, loyalty, and never giving up.

Sometimes it’s what you don’t know to hope for that saves you. For Monica, her husband, Michael, and their son, Wills, salvation came in the form of a puppy with pale blonde fur, chocolate brown eyes, a fondness for chewing the crotch out of underpants, and a limitless capacity for love.



TITLE: Cowboy and Wills: A Love Story

AUTHOR: Monica Holloway

PUBLISHER: Simon and Schuster

ON SALE: Available now

PRICE: $24.00

PAGES: 288

ISBN-10: 1416595031

ISBN-13: 978-1416595038