Dog lovers and dogs are invited to Woodend library for the launch of a local author’s 18th book, K9 Heroes.

Having produced a range of nonfiction and fiction books, Woodend author Dee White said K9 Heroes was devoted to her appreciation of man’s best friend.

“I’ve always loved dogs,” White said. “They often pop up in my books somewhere, but this book is devoted entirely to canines.”

K9 Heroes is based on true stories about dogs who have saved people’s lives around the world.

“There are a lot of books about people who have rescued dogs – but not about dogs who have rescued people,” White said.

The dog-lover said her kelpie-koolie cross Puff had inspired the new book.

Now deceased, Puff once rescued a couple of kittens which White and her sister then adopted as pets.

The book launch will be held at Woodend library from 10.30am on August 26. Prizes will be given out for the pooch with the biggest smile, smartest trick and the dog most like its owner.

The library is also running a competition in the lead-up to the event. Submit why your canine is your hero in 25 words or less at