Runcible was the youngest in a litter of eleven Weimaraner puppies. He was born in Framingham, Massachusetts, and at the age of seven weeks was adopted by Betty Jean Lifton. It was from Mrs. Lifton that Runcible developed his nose for literature. He began digging up the material for this book during a two-year stay in Japan. Runcible is a firm believer in international understanding. “The world would be a better place if more dogs would travel,” he says.
Runcible and Eikoh Hosoe met one day when the photographer was walking on a lonely beach in Japan. Mr. Hosoe couldn’t believe his eyes when he saw a dog coming right out of the ground, but before Runcible’s departure from Japan the two had a long talk and Runcible told Mr. Hosoe about his adventure.