Walking with Prada

by Silvia Mesa

Step into the extraordinary life of Prada, a beautiful golden retriever who shared love and adventures with her family and friends.

From her playful puppyhood to overcoming cancer and becoming a therapy dog, Prada’s journey is a testament to resilience and the deep connections that are fostered with a canine companion.

Author and Prada’s mom, Silvia Mesa, warmly recounts their experiences, showcasing the challenges and joys they faced together. Through Prada’s Facebook Page, “Prada’s Bunch and Friends,” their heartwarming story reached hearts across the world, leaving an unforgettable impact.

Amidst struggles and successes, Mesa unveils a tale of survival, kindness, and companionship. Prada’s legacy shines as a beacon of love that touched the world profoundly.
Whether you are part of Prada’s Bunch and Friends or have cherished a furry companion, this tribute to the bonds we share with our pets is a must-read. Join the journey of Walking with Prada to discover the enduring power of friendship and a pet’s lasting imprint.

It is time to come Walking with Prada.

I'm a little pencil in the hand of a writing God, who is sending a love letter to the world.


Contact Silvia Mesa:

Silvia Mesa was born in Barquisimeto, Venezuela on March 9th, 1970.  Lived with her Cuban parents Antonio and Lourdes Balestena and her siblings Maribet, Luly, Tony and Beto until 1989 when the family and her two Pekinese dogs decided to move to Miami, Florida seeking a better life. 

In 1995, Silvia got married to Miguel Mesa and had two children, Cristina and Carlos. Silvia graduated from FIU in 1998 with a bachelor degree in Business Administration. She currently works as an administrator for her dad’s real estate company. In 2017 became a therapy dog handler and team up with her Golden Retrievers Prada, Charlie Brown and Lalique.

Silvia loved so much her work as a therapy dog team that she got a certification from Oakland University in Human-Animal Intervention.  After 6 years working as a volunteer in libraries with her therapy dog Charlie Brown, Silvia decided to look for a certification that could facilitate her to work with children. In January of 2023 she obtained a certification from Adventure in Wisdom, a program that helps kids with their mindset skills. Silvia is also now a Life Coach for Kids with her partner therapy dog Charlie Brown. Together they run Charlie’s Wags of Wisdom. 

Silvia is currently living in Miami, Florida with her husband Miguel, her children Cristina and Carlos, her two golden retrievers Charlie Brown and Lalique, her indoor cat Oliver and her feathery kids Nina, a yellow amazon parrot and Cuchi, a quaker parrot.  Silvia is also a caretaker of four outdoor cats that live in her front porch. Willow, Millie, Bonito and Eleonor and a few others and the occasional racoon family.  Needless to say, she is a big animal lover. Walking with Prada is her first book.


Walking with Prada

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Loving and heartfelt

March 18, 2024

I loved it from the start of the book until the end. The beginning talks about Prada and calmness and gentleness with others. It then goes into how the bunch came into the world with heartbreak and lots of joy. I loved hearing about the Bunch’s adventures and how Charlie and Lalique are carrying on Prada’s legacy as becoming service dogs.

Amy Olswang

Readers' Favorite

February 12, 2024

Walking with Prada: Our Journey of Love and Adventure chronicles the true life events of a dog

mom and her special relationship with her soul dog. Silvia’s life changed when she received one

of her neighbor’s adorable golden retriever puppies. She named the unforgettable puppy, Prada.

Little did Silvia know that Prada would bring purpose and passion into her already busy life of

work and family. She started to share Prada’s life and puppies in a Facebook group called Prada’s

Bunch and Friends, which garnered many fans. Silvia was inspired to train Prada and her two

offspring, Charlie Brown and Lalique, as therapy dogs to further her journey of love. Silvia

dedicated her free time to volunteering countless hours at libraries, nursing homes, hospitals, and

other events to spread the healing power of dogs.

Author Silvia Mesa is an amazing storyteller. I was touched right away when she shared her early

life in Venezuela and the pets that shaped her love for animals. I was engaged throughout the

whole book, especially with the pictures, which made me fall in love with Prada and her pups even

more. Walking with Prada is an inspirational and feel-good book, and we need more of these in

this world. Silvia teaches by example what it is to be a light in this dark world with her dedication

to her volunteer work with her dogs. I highly recommend this book to anyone if you want your

heart touched and your mood elevated to a happy place. Bravo on an excellent read!

Christine Nguyen for Readers Favorite

A Golden Dream!

November 29, 2023

What a blessing this book is! You will travel with the most special person, Silvia, and her journey thru life with her family and animals. There is laughter, tears, accomplishments and setbacks. Most of all there is LOVE! Truly a must read! You won’t be able to put the book down!

Silvia, her family and her Goldens are an inspiration to everyone. So much love in their hearts that is shared selflessly with everyone they meet.

Walk thru life with Prada ASAP!

Beth Flick

Absolutely heartfelt and beautifully written

November 28, 2023

This book was amazing, it is clear the author put her whole heart and soul into this book! Not surprising as she does this with everything she believes in….. volunteering with kids, seniors, hospitals…. If she can help others in anyway she will!

If you are or you know an animal lover, this is the book for you! Looking for a gift?? This will meet the mark for anyone.

I could not put the book down. Just simply amazing

Becky Potts

Faith and love will see you through

February 7, 2024

A beautiful reminder of what we can accomplish with love, determination, hard work, and your best 4-legged friends by your side!!! Dreams can be realized, while receiving so many blessings as well. Silvia encourages you not to let fear hold you back.

Maria Delange