PERRY — First he was a television star. Now he’s a published author and star of video.
Presley the brindle boxer and his person, Travis Brorsen, will take their dog-and-people show home to Perry on Thursday for the Christmas parade at the town square and to Stillwater on Saturday for an afternoon book and DVD signing.
Presley and Brorsen, both Perry natives who have taken their acting careers to California, won CBS’ "Greatest American Dog” reality show in 2008 and have since created their own manners DVD and book series for children.
They will sign copies in Perry on Thursday and at Hastings in Stillwater on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m.
Brorsen and his famous dog have traveled the country entertaining children while teaching them life lessons. When Presley enters a room, Brorsen said, he is amazed at the children’s attentiveness.
Their demeanors changed in a positive way, he said, inspiring Brorsen to create an eight-part series teaching children the importance of good manners.
First in the "Good Manners Series” is "Adventures with Travis and Presley, Please and Thank You!” The $10 children’s DVD and storybook combo is great for all ages, Brorsen said, but especially for 2- to 6-year-olds.
"The book came about after I traveled across the state speaking with kids,” Brorsen said.
"They just absolutely love Presley! I interviewed teachers and faculty about what kids in our school systems really need.”
The answer: manners.
Find more on Brorsen, his dog and his book and DVD at travisandpresley.com