The Ambassador’s Dog

Was the pup he found lost or looking for him?

Photos Courtesy Scott H. DeLisi

In April 2012, a man traveled to the rural landscape of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal as part of his job. At the time, he was serving in his official capacity as United States Ambassador to Nepal and was working on disaster risk reduction to help save lives. The man, Haymarket resident Scott H. DeLisi, was there to make a difference, arriving in this southeast Asian country two years after a tumultuous earthquake took place in early 2010.

“Nepal had just gone through an internal conflict and they were seeking a new path … they needed a new constitution and new understanding to come together to build their future,” DeLisi said. Clearly, he had only work on his mind as he sought to create change to help the Nepalese.

That was about to change.

Shortly after his arrival, while walking along Upper Mustang, a section of the Himalayas 12,000 feet in altitude on Nepal’s Tibetan Plateau, DeLisi stopped briefly to catch his breath. In that moment, his eyes rested upon the piercing blue eyes of a lost puppy, a puppy who spoke to him, saying, “Dhai, come here.”

Is it physically possible for a dog to speak? Is it possible the pup wasn’t lost but rather placed there by the Universe for DeLisi to find him? “The Ambassador’s Dog,” DeLisi’s enticingly written and beautifully designed new children’s book, invites just such thoughtful questions and answers.

About “The Ambassador’s Dog”

Filled with detailed, fanciful illustrations created by Blacksburg resident and illustrator Jane Lillian Vance, “The Ambassador’s Dog” was published this past November. DeLisi hand-picked Nepalese company Vajra Publications to oversee the physical design, assembly, production, and shipment. Mimicking the high attention to detail found in the illustrations, the book contains pages printed with museum-quality ink on textured paper, a raw silk-wrapped hardcover, a golden bookmark, and a laminated jacket. DeLisi’s conscientious planning of all these details is because he hopes the book will be “a treasured object for generations.”

“The experience of meeting the puppy on the trail resonated strongly with me,” DeLisi said. “People would look at this dog, look at those eyes, and ask ‘What’s the story?’.” It’s a story DeLisi shares lovingly in “The Ambassador’s Dog.”

The pup, nameless at first, was given an unusual, yet meaningful name by the author, a name symbolic of the geography of his home and its peoples and one you’ll need to read the book to discover. (No spoilers here!) To purchase “The Ambassador’s Dog” and request signings from DeLisi and the dog, who provides custom paw print signatures to customers, please visit

Amanda M. Socci
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Amanda M. Socci is an Alexandria-based freelance writer who loves exploring different regions to interview people and write profiles about people, places, and things. Amanda splits her time between freelance writing and writing a manuscript for her first book, a faith-based memoir. Learn more about Amanda at her website: Contact Amanda by sending an email to

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