Pug Bella The Pit Pet Fashionista
Bella is a happy-go-lucky pug living an everyday dog’s existence until fate intercedes. When her boy, Zachary Tinkle, starts racing a minicup stock car, the trajectory of her life changes.
It starts with just taking photos of her in a car and suit that matches Zachary’s race car. Then, Bella gets to go to the racetrack by happenstance.
Traveling to the race track so that she can greet fans along with garnering attention and belly rubs becomes one of her favorite things to do.
Word gets out about Bella while Zachary’s racing career grows to his racing a full size late model race car. Magazines feature Bella and Zachary’s relationship. She has cameo appearances in books. And, there were hero cards featuring her and Zachary.
Listen to Bella tell her story of how she has become known as the racing ‘Pit Pet Fashionista’ in this delightful book written from a pug point of view.
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About Zachary Tinkle
Zachary Tinkle is the 2019 Vore’s Welding CRA Late Model Sportsman Champion and 2019 Anderson Speedway McGunegill Engines Late Model Series Champion and Rookie of the Year. He also won the 2019 Vore’s Welding CRA late model sportsman Triple Crown Championship. In his 2018 rookie season in the same series, Tinkle was named PGG Sportsman of the Year and voted Most Popular Driver; finishing 5th in the championship.
He was the 2017 Central States Region (CSR) Super Cups and 2016 Rockford Speedway Wild Wednesday Super Cup Champion. In 2015, Tinkle was the Illinois Super Cup State Champion for the Short Track Auto Racing Series (STARS), Rockford Speedway National Short Track Champion for Super Cups, awarded the Rockford Speedway "Lead, Follow, or Get Out Of My Way" award and Most Improved Driver for CSR Super Cups. For 2014, he was Rookie of the Year for CSR.
In 2020, Tinkle is competing full-time in the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour.
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.