To cut down on dog bites involving children & to help keep dogs out of shelters through my books & presentations
I had spent over 25 years working in the animal field as a Veterinary Technician, Professional Groomer, & Trainer. I also trained & showed my own dogs in obedience & conformation competitions. I grew up with dogs from the age of 6 months & from a young age spent a lot of time watching & learning from my Aunt's husband who was a Veterinarian. I knew from a young age that this was the field for me!
After a head-on collision left me disabled I knew I needed to do something. I took courses online to get a Veterinary Technician Degree & wound up being Editor of the Degree Programs Newsletter while going through surgeries, treatments, etc. I decided to research kids & dog bites & was shocked to find out that dog bites are the # 2 reason on the CDC's list of the top nine that kids go to the ER. We all know how astounding the # of dogs relinquished to shelters is so I decided to make a difference by educating kids & families to help lower these statistics!
My first Book Series "The Adventures of Piper" was inspired by Piper my Bullmastiff. It takes the reader through Piper's first year of life. Written for kids 7 years & up.. I soon realized teens & adults were buying them as well. They have now become a great family read. From this series I created a powerpoint slideshow & began doing presentations at Libraries, Boys & Girls Clubs etc. on Long Island as well as upstate NY. Within the next two months I have a new book coming out called Piper: A Dog with a Mission" .
In "The Adventures of Piper book series kids learn the importance Training & Socializing their dog & what that means, how to have mutual respect between kids & dogs, & how the dog should know his place in the family from an early age. They get to hear Piper talk about all she had to learn in her first year growing up. Having a well trained & socialized dog can help bring the family unit together.
Here I have a slideshow going to depict what I am speaking about. It is effective because I get to pick important aspects from the books to demonstrate to the kids.One of these is the 6 points to consider when choosing a dog. At the end of our slideshow we discuss how to approach a dog. I would have Piper come in & each child gets to meet her. Piper also shows them her commands& how a well trained, socialized dog behaves
I am so excited about having this Launch for "Piper: A Dog with a Mission". It is a tribute to Piper & the work we did together on our Mission! I don't want to give too much away about the book but there are pictures & stories of the Libraries we traveled to & how we changed some lives. The Launch will be scheduled around mid August, I will be updating you as soon as we have date & time. We will have a blast! More info to come!
Piper, Axxel and I support Paws For a Cause. Anyone who purchases my Book series "The Adventures of Piper" or the newly released "Piper: A Dog with a Mission" between now & Nov. 4th a portion of our proceeds will be donated to their virtual fundraiser on Nov. 4th. To Order message me on my Mariah Leal Author page on FB.
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