Noah's New Puppy was written from veteran Richard Rice's own experience of post-war PTSD. The almost miraculous effects of his service dog, Abby, saved him and saved his marriage, bringing him out of hiding. He shares this story with families of small children to help them understand the suffering of their parents and the healing effects a dog can bring to the whole family. The Parent's Guide encourages conversations between parents and their children about PTSD, post-deployment issues, or parents and children suffering from depression. Richard's brother, Vincent, another veteran, is the illustrator.