Buster The Ferrari Basset

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20th Century (multiple decades)

Walt Appel

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The book is a love story about an American and a Swedish girl who left Sweden due to the cold, and lived in Paris, France for 17 years. The couple met at an industry conference, dated, between Paris and Baltimore, for some months, and then married. They adopted a Basset Hound named Buster.



Short Summary

The couple meet, marry, have a bunch of dogs, and eventually adopt Buster, the Ferrari Basset hound doggie. Buster is a foodie, and gets into trouble regularly.

The girl gets an awful brain cancer, and spends two years in horrible treatments. During this time she continues acting as a docent at the Museum, maintains her cheerful manner, and remains confident she will beat the cancer. However, she finally succumbs to the cancer after the long brave battle.


Baltimore, Maryland, Paris, France, Sweden

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth

Plot - Other Elements

Meaningful Message

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Christina

Age: 40

Gender: Female

Role: Logical

Key Traits: Adventurous,Charming,Decisive,Gracious,Outspoken,Skillful,Romantic

Additional Character Details

Name: Walt

Age: 50

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Complex,Honorable,Leader

Additional Character Details

Name: Buster

Age: 8

Gender: Other

Role: protagonist

Key Traits: Badass,Decisive,Funny,Skillful

Additional Character Details

The author has not yet written this

Development Pitch

This book is basically a love story between a guy, Walt, and a gal, Christina, who both love dogs. Christina has lived in Paris, France for the last 17 years when she meets Walt who lives in the US. They meet at an industry conference, but hadn't known each other before. Christina visits the US regularly for business, and stops to see Walt. This arrangement leads Walt to go to Paris where Christina prepares a loverly french meal, and Walt proposes marriage. Christina moves to Cockeysville, Maryland, marries Walt, and they move to a secluded spot in the woods where friends enjoy many meals prepared by Christina, Then, they move to the City of Baltimore so Christina can become a docent at the Museum. Unfortunately, she gets a vicious brain tumor, and after two years of torturous treatments, she succumbs. In the meantime, they have adopted the Basset Hound, Buster, whose antics leave them, and everyone else, alternately in laughter and tears.

About The Author

The author was born and drug up (the term had a different connotation back in the 40's and 50's) in Baltimore, Maryland, long before it was internationally acclaimed, "Charm City." He graduated from Baltimore City College High School with a reasonable academic record. He fulfilled his Universal Military Training obligation by spending two years in the Maryland National Guard and five years in the US Air Force. He returned to school and graduated from the University of Baltimore, passed the CPA exam, and became a Certified Public Accountant. He then spent 30 years of unmitigated joy in the corporate world. Frustrated by the ancient and royal game of golf, he wrote, "No Mulligans, No Gimmies, No Muffelettas," a primer why one one should avoid the game at all costs. He then intended to translate the sciences of Astrophysics, Cognitive Neuroscience, Cultural Anthropology, and Molecular Biology into layman's language. Unfortunately, the lady with the "BROOD" doggie appeared out of nowhere, and your intrepid scribbler was sidetracked.

Target Audiences

Age: 13-17,18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Female Leaning

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Create Space

Year Published: 2011

Hard Copy Available







Author recalls his and his late wife's life together. As time passes and several dogs make their way into their lives, there is a very special one who stays with his owner after their human mom passes: a fun and brute basset named Buster.

Overall Rating


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Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: GOOD

Characterization: FAIR

Commerciality: GOOD

Franchise Potential: GOOD

Pace: FAIR

Premise: GOOD

Structure: FAIR

Theme: GOOD

Accuracy of Book Profile

The book profile reflects the book accurately.

Draw of Story

The story is interesting because the author describes his wife and dogs in a loving and candid manner.

Possible Drawbacks

It could be improved if there was more balance regarding the story of the couple and the dogs they owned. A bit more insight could have been offered about Walt's emotions after Christina and Shep pass away.

Use of Special Effects


Primary Hook of Story

The personality of Christina, the couple's love story which met no frontiers and the non-obvious charisma of the dog Buster are certain to involve the audience.

Fanbase Potential

It could certainly have a large fanbase as it is a beautiful love story told with attention to very cute and charismatic dogs.

Awards Potential

If adapted it could have Awards potential as it would require good art direction and period costume creation.

Envisioned Budget


Similar Films/TV Series


What’s New About the Story

The most original thing about the story is the unusual way the couple met and managed to be together even though they were from different countries in a time communication was more difficult, before internet - 1985. One suggestion is to explore and go deeper into the love story and the connection that led to the couple's marriage.

Lead Characters

Christina is a loving and joyful parisian who gets married to an american man and cheerfully adapts herself to her new home country. Buster is a charismatic dog, however his charm is not obvious. Many people would consider this a dog that is hard to love, he found nothing but affection from the loving couple Christina and Walt.

Uniqueness of Story

It could be improved if there was more balance regarding the story of the couple and the dogs they owned. A bit more insight could have been offered about Walt's emotions after Christina and Shep pass away.

Possible Formats

Film - Streaming, Film - Studio, TV Series - Cable, TV Series - Limited Run / Mini-Series, TV Series - Network, TV Series - Streaming

Analyst Recommendation



The story should be considered as it is a very nice premise - an amazing love story with interesting characters and time passing maked by the life of cute dogs.