Mary Korr
Winston the Water Dog:  Explorer by Mary Korr
Winston the Water Dog: Explorer sweeps young readers into the
heroic and often humorous adventures of a Portuguese Water Dog
named Winston and his young master, Josh. Through a rare storm at
sea, they find themselves sailing on the Santa Maria with Christopher
Columbus, his son, Fernando, and the parrot, Exploradora. As a
powder monkey and lookout on the ship, the duo survives perilous
encounters with sharks, cannibals, and the crusty and sometimes
cruel captain as they seek a way home. They learn that life is a
continual and often exciting exploration, especially when you have a
friend by your side.
Mary Korr is an award-winning journalist who has worked as writer and editor on
newspapers in New York City, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Her first illustrated children’s book, “Winston the Water Dog: Portuguese Water Dog
Tales,” was published in 2009 and is the recipient of a Mom’s Choice Award. The
proceeds from the book benefit the Portuguese Water Dog Foundation of America for
canine medical research.

Her second book, “Winston the Water Dog: Explorer” continues the adventurous tales of
Winston and his young master, Josh, as they set sail on the Santa Maria with
Christopher Columbus.

Her books are based on the (mostly) true-life adventures of her son, Josh, now 25, and
a professional musician in San Francisco, and the family’s first Portuguese Water Dog,
Winston, of blessed memory.

The author lives with her husband, Ken, and her current two PWDs, Senor Elvis and
Don Jaco, in a seaside town in Rhode Island. She is a member of SCBWI and the
IWWG (International Women’s Writing Guild).

For more information on her first book, visit
Her blog
For inquiries, email