Li’l Red Riding Pug

Li’l Red Riding Pug is available in Paperback.

Inky, the Little Red Riding Pug, loves her grandmother- who gave her a beautiful red velvet cloak to wear whenever she visits her house that sits deep in the woods. One day, grandmother is sick, and Inky’s mother asks her to bring her some soup and soda water. “No lollygagging,” says the wise mother pug. In the woods, Inky meets a wolf she doesn’t realize is hoping for a delightful pug snack. When he suggests she takes a moment to enjoy the beauty of the forest, Inky forgets her mother’s warning, leaving the wolf to get up to no good. Will fate intervene and save Inky and her grandmother? Your child will delight in Laurren Darr’s vivid retelling of this classic fairy tale, accompanied by the evocative illustrations of Florina Boldi. It’s a tale of pugs, a big bad wolf, a smart hunter-and why it’s important to listen to your parents.


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About Laurren Darr

Laurren Darr finds joy through the bonds created through pet fashion between humans and their pets. She is on a mission to unleash the overall visibility of the pet fashion industry through empowerment of pet fashion professionals. She has over twenty-five years marketing experience and has consulted with companies of all sizes- specializing in trade show marketing. Darr has won over 40 marketing awards and is a #1 best-selling author.

More importantly, she's been a pug lover since her first rescue of White Pines Tuttie circa age five. Tuttie was a magnificent creature that let little Laurren do everything with her. They played together, bathed together, ate together, and slept in the same bed. Most of all, Tuttie was completely happy to let Laurren dress her up, put clippy earrings and lipstick on her, and push her around in a laundry cart. She understands the deep roots and connections created between humans and animals through fashion because of this kinship. Her book about Tuttie, Lipstick On A Pug, won the Dog Writers Association of America Maxwell Medallion for 2015 Children's Book of the Year.

Her publishing imprint, Left Paw Press, has printed numerous books on pet fashion, pug children's, medical, racing, and coloring. PugDala Coloring Book, a mindfulness coloring book, also won a Maxwell. In August 2013, Laurren combined her marketing experience and lifelong love of pet fashionology to launch the Pet Fashion Guild, an organization created to provide educational materials and tools for pet fashion professionals.

She's been named a "Paw-er Woman" by Fidose of Reality blog and was a 2015 & 16 finalist for Pet Industry Woman of the Year by Women In The Pet Industry. In 2018, Pet Age named her a Woman of Influence. Laurren earned her pet fashion certification from Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City in 2015. Laurren now lives in the Racing Capital of the World in Indiana. Her life is busy with her race car driving son, Zachary Tinkle and geneticist husband, Brad Tinkle.