Barry wakes up one morning and finds that he is turning into a boyhound, human on the outside, but dog on the inside. He decides this is cool. He starts eating off the floor and doing all the gross things dogs do. Because he is still human on the outside, his family and friends have no idea that Barry is a boyhound and so, when he chases the cat and bites his best friend, etc., they figure that he has simply gone crazy.
Paul Ruta publishes under the name Andy Spearman. Spearman was born in Niagara Falls, but was promptly rescued and led a normal childhood where the main bedtime reading was the latest Hardy Boys adventure and a set of encyclopedias so ancient they didn't even come with a DVD. No wonder that his first book, Barry, boyhound, features improbable events, curious old facts, and a mishap involving a body of water resembling Lake Erie. He studied Geography at the University of Guelph and has a degree to prove it. He moved to England, and returned two years later with one of those annoying fake accents just to prove it. In Toronto he began working in Advertising, then, to avoid shovelling the driveway, moved to Singapore for eight years. He returned to Toronto a month before the World Trade Center was destroyed. Along the way he got married and now has three kids aged 6, 9, and 12, plus a new shovel.