Tuesday, May 1, 2018



I am pleased to introduce, Gayle M. Irwin an accomplished and award winning children's author. Her timely blog is during the week of "Children's Book Week" and the following week, May 7-13 is "Be Kind to Animals Week." 
The work she does is commendable.

Ms. Irwin is offering a special give-away. See the details at the end of this blog so you can receive your special gift.

                                               Blemished Yet Beautiful:
Children’s Book Showcases Pet Rescue and Adoption

 Deep-set almond-shaped brown eyes, a round fuzzy black and white face, and an upturned small nose makes him look like the teddy-bear-like Ewok from the Star Warsfilm.  A lower canine tooth protrudes from his jaw to create a lop-sided grin. He’s missing 28 teeth, and his front left elbow extends awkwardly. Cute but imperfect, my recently-adopted Shih Tzu, christened Jeremiah, wouldn’t be welcomed in a prestigious dog show … but, he’s most-welcomed in my home and my heart. And now his journey is a children’s book titled Jeremiah Finds a Home.

            Jeremiah was born into a puppy mill situation. He spent the first three years of his life living in a tiny cage, unsocialized, not groomed nor provided vet care, and given low-nutrition dog food – a primary reason for the tooth decay and eventual extraction. His principal task when old enough was to stud puppies, generating income for the people that confined him. He and other small dogs were rescued from the deplorable conditions and pup-producing lifestyle in 2016. The Nebraska organization, Hearts United for Animals, has a key, life-saving mission: rescue dogs from such horrible facilities, socialize them, and adopt them into new, loving homes. 

Jeremiah came to live with my husband and me and our other pets, a dog and two cats, but he came tarnished. He wasn’t potty-trained, he was timid, and he experienced trust issues. He’d never been on a leash nor lived in a home. Within three months, our new little furry friend blossomed into a delightful companion. Patience, love, and compassion brought forth his beauty – as did regular baths and haircuts. Cuddles on the couch, soft voices, and cozy beds add to his growing trust and confidence. So does having a dog friend to show him the joy of backyards, walks, toys, and people. Jeremiah began to bloom under the care of the rescue, and he’s flourished like a springtime lilac bush since living with us. He may be blemished, but he’s beautiful.

He has a story to tell and life lessons to share. Many dogs do. That’s my mission: to write animal stories which teach life lessons and inspire positive change. My authorship began more than a decade ago with a story about my blind springer spaniel titled Sage’s Big Adventure: Living with Blindness. Through that book, elementary-aged children and their families learn that disability doesn’t mean inability and that life takes courage. They are inspired by Sage’s “blind faith,” such as walking up and down stairs she couldn’t see. Other children’s books I’ve written encourage friendship and kindness. Jeremiah’s story is one of perseverance, trust, and confidence; the book also encourages pet adoption. More than 9,000 companion animals are killed every day in America’s animal shelters, estimates the nationally-acclaimed animal rescue group Best Friends Animal Society, and nearly 10,000 puppy mills operate in this country, according to the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals).

My adopted pets are the characters in my books, and therefore, they are advocates for other animals in need of loving homes. Jeremiah is the first puppy mill survivor I’ve adopted; now he will be “spokesdog” for other blemished yet beautiful creatures through our shared story.

The first week of May is Children’s Book Week, followed immediately by Be Kind to Animals Week. The book about Jeremiah releases just prior to those celebrations. Timely and relevant, Jeremiah’s story can bring greater awareness and compassion for companion animals, which hopefully will lead to much-needed change: less puppy mills and more pet adoptions. I look forward to sharing his story and to helping make a difference for dogs like him.

A free gift for you: a short story collection including one from Chicken Soup for the Sou, will be sent to each person who signs up at her website. www.gaylemirwin.com

A writer of inspirational dog stories for children and adults, Gayle M. Irwin is a contributing writer for seven Chicken Soup for the Soul books, including the 2017 release The Dog Really Did That?The Spirit of America released in 2016, and the 2014 release The Dog Did What? 
Her devotional-style memoir, Walking in Trust: Lessons Learned with My Blind Dogwas released in 2012 by Cladach Publishing
A freelance writer for more than 20 years, Gayle writes short pet stories for Colorado’s Prairie Times andregularly contributes to Wyoming Rural Electric NewsShe maintains a weekly pet blog on her website and writes and distributes a monthly pet newsletter. She is currently working on a middle-grade dog rescue book, a pet-rescue romance novel, and a nature-oriented novel. Her passion for writing parallels her passion for creation, especially companion animals. 
She volunteers with various pet rescue groups and donates part of her book sale income to such organizations. Learn more about Gayle at www.gaylemirwin.com. This award-winning writer lives in Wyoming with her husband and their pets.

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