Tuna the Wonder Dog tells the heartfelt and frequently hilarious story of a seventeen and a half year relationship of a man with his loyal dog Tuna. Ray acquired Tuna as a Berkeley-born puppy in 1967, and Tuna accompanied this lonely and insecure young man into adulthood through the significant stages of his life, including graduation from college, law school, first job out of law school, returning home to Napa to establish his career, marriage, children, and more. This is a deeply touching recounting of the challenges and successes of the author's life, with the spirit of Tuna always there for him.
Ray is a Napa native who grew up in the Little Italy neighborhood. He attended Alta Heights Elementary School, Silverado Middle School, and is a proud 1964 Napa High School graduate. After graduating from Napa Valley College, he left Napa to attend U.C. Berkeley and law school at Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. After a brief stint as a public defender in San Joaquin County, he returned to Napa to establish his law practice. Following a varied and successful private practice, he was appointed as Napa’s first Superior Court Commissioner. In 2001, Governor Gray Davis appointed Ray to the Napa Superior Court bench. Now retired, Judge Guadagni lives in Napa with his wife Ann, a retired Napa schoolteacher. His two daughters and their families also reside in Napa.