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Author Susan Hoffman writes her story from her “GrandDog’s” Perspective.


Diamond Is a Girl’s Best Friend, a book recently released by Newport Beach resident and author Susan Hoffman, is an intimate portrayal of a relationship between human and dog.  The story is written as a memoir from the dog Diamond’s perspective and begins with a dangerous situation that evolves into an unbreakable bond and total reliance.


Based on the true story of Susan rescuing the then nine-year-old Diamond for her daughter from an unpleasant ‘sitter’ situation.  During a change of residence Susan’s daughter had placed Diamond with a ‘sitter’ that turned out to be not-so-pleasant.


A purebred English Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Diamond was a true jewel when Susan rescued her and took her GrandDog in for what was supposed to be a temporary house guest situation.


Grandma Susan swore that she would never have another dog only to have her heart ripped out when they die, but when GrandDog Diamond was in danger of being harmed, that all changed.   As time went by and Diamond became a permanent resident at Grandma Susan’s home, the strength of their relationship was tested at times, but that’s how Diamond and Grandma Susan became besties forever.


“Diamond changed my life for the better and definitely made it more fun. At the time, rescuing her was the right thing to do and I never looked back.  And it was the best thing to do for not only Diamond, but also for me.  She is the inspiration and the motivation that drove the words in this book,” said Susan Hoffman.


Newport Beach Resident Susan Hoffman Shares Her Legal and ‘Other’ Path 

for Overcoming the Obstacles for Grandparent Visitation 


July 3, 2020 … Newport Beach, CA …. Grand Distance, a recently released book by Newport Beach resident and author Susan Hoffman, focuses on the choices grandparents have to make when faced with blocks to visitation with grandchildren.  


Susan Hoffman became an advocate and activist for disenfranchised grandparents after she was faced with a stay-away letter from her grandson’s parents following a stepparent adoption.  “This is a loss for everyone – the parent, the grandparent and the child,” said Ms. Hoffman.  She recounts her experiences in Grand Distance.


Grandparents are now, in fact, protected by California law because Ms. Hoffman proposed a bill to the California Legislature -  Assembly Bill 2517 (AB 2517) - allowing grandparents to petition the court for visitation, following a stepparent adoption.  AB 2517 became law on January 1, 2007.  


Ms. Hoffman commented, “when grandparents find themselves suddenly forbidden to see their beloved grandchild, following the emotional upheaval, they have choices about how they will cope and what they will do to stay close to the child.” Ms. Hoffman sought an alternative course of action to see her grandson.


Through the process of working with the California Legislature on AB 2517, 

Ms. Hoffman began to build a nationwide support system with other disenfranchised grandparents and, as a result of her ‘activism’, she established Advocates for 

Grandparent-Grandchild Connection, a charitable non-profit 501C (3)        

organization.  All of this along with leading an ‘undercover grandma’ life in order to see her grandson became the inspiration for Grand Distance.   


Grand Distance is now available as an e-book on Amazon, Apple, and Kobo as well as a paperback on Amazon and



Susan Hoffman is the author of Grand Wishes, A Precious Bond, It Won’t Happen Again and Do You Want to Be Right or Do You Want to Be Happy.  She is the creator and director of Advocates for Grandparent-Grandchild Connection, a charitable non-profit 501C (3) organization. 

Ms. Hoffman currently lives in Newport Beach, California.



Hi Susan, 

I just finished the book. 
I didn't want to start until I could just read it. Between Greg's appointments and Shadows appointments and 
Greg having the tv on it was tough to steal time to read.  
Susan, it was so good I did it in two sittings.  My heart is in my throat. It touches on and brings back so many
of the emotions that I went through, that we must all go through when this happens to us and our grandchildren. 
It was beautifully written, as only you could do.  
Congratulations and well done.  


What happens when the balance of the grandparent-grandchild relationship is interrupted?

It’s a losing situation for everyone involved, and while children have no voice and no choice, it’s the grandparents who do.

Faced with a stay away letter from the parents, an act protected by California law, Susan Hoffman sought an alternative course of action to share in her grandson’s life, leading her to becoming an “undercover grandma” of sorts.

Susan then successfully took on the challenge to change that California law, building a nationwide support system for other disenfranchised grandparents along the way.