Today I make my debut as a children’s book illustrator. It’s kind of a big deal for me, since it’s what I went to school for some thirty-seven years ago. Although I’ve written five books about rescuing companion animals and advocating for them (see those titles in the sidebar), this is my first foray into children’s book illustration.
Smidgey Pidgey’s Predicament is being released today from Who Chains You Publishing. Without being preachy, the book shines a spotlight on the inhumane practice of Pigeon Shoots by telling the story of sibling pigeons Smidgey and Ridge, who find themselves captured for just such a shoot. Smidgey, the hero of the story, must find a way to free her brother and the other pigeons who are in danger.
Some of the proceeds from sales of Smidgey Pidgey’s Predicament will be donated to SHARK ( Showing Animals Respect and Kindness ) a humane group that is working to put an end to Pigeon Shoots in Pennsylvania. Smidgey Pidgey’s Predicament is available in both print and kindle.
Wait. . . what’s that you say? Pigeons?? Why have I illustrated a book about pigeons? And why am I telling you about it Up on the Woof — when this is a blog about dog things? Good question! Well, even though the book isn’t about dogs, it does have a dog connection. The book’s author is Tamira Ci Thayne, the founder and former CEO of the humane organization Dogs Deserve Better. Tami is one of my Sheroes, and I’m honored that she asked me to illustrate her story. When she left DDB, Tami founded Who Chains You Publishing in order to publish books for and about animal lovers, activists and rescuers—in all genres from children’s to fiction to autobiographies. The mission of Who Chains You is to amplify the voices of the animals through the empowerment of animal lovers, activists, and rescuers who write books elevating the status of animals in society. Seems like a pretty good fit.
Who Chains You Publishing brings you books that educate, entertain, and share the gripping plights of the animals we serve, as well as those who rescue and take a stand on their behalf. At the deepest level, WCY books explore which chains humans must break within ourselves in order to free the animals.
I also have two more books in the works: Jackrabbit (a novel!), which I am nearly finished writing, and Why Am I? a children’s picture book featuring my Yelodoggie character, Floyd. It’s complete and I am searching for a publisher.
Meanwhile, life goes on Up on the Woof. I’ve been extremely busy taking care of the pack. I’ve finally given in to diapering the two eldest girls here (not us, the dogs) because at this point it’s a matter of management.
Taco had her senior health exam and all of her tests came back perfect. She is 18. She seems very feeble to me, and she is very thin, but her bloodwork says she is a younger dog. Trying to pack some pounds on her, but her appetite is not the greatest. I’m feeding her two or three times a day. If you have any tips for putting weight on old dogs, please comment. She’s been sleeping in my arms at night, and we hold hands. If I don’t hold one of her paws in my hand, she will put her paw on top of my hand.
Zoey, who had begun to pee whenever and wherever she liked, is managing to keep her diaper dry. I think that’s an interesting development. As long as something is strapped to her ass, she is able to hold herself in check until she goes out. She’s pretty jealous of Wolfie, because he takes up so much of my time, and I am hers.
Rocket Boy is a lazy lump. He would rather not walk anywhere if he doesn’t have to, and has taken to riding around on Dalene’s lap when she is in her wheelchair. I’m wondering if he is depressed, like D and I are, from losing Waldo.
Maria has been trying to fill the giant hole left by Waldo. She has moved into Alpha position. She has taken over Waldo’s spot on D’s bed, and she tells the other dogs what’s what. She recently had her first senior health exam — she will be 9 this year. Everything looks good, although she’ll need a dental soon.
Wolfie is doing well. I’m getting a handle on his barking marathons, and he’s seeing his mom, Anne, frequently. He’s a pretty good boy. He also incurs some major expenses as he needs a special food and two medications. I’ve got a GoFundMe running for him to try to offset the costs for the year. If you want to help us, but don’t want to donate via GoFundMe, here are other ways you can help:
- Send us some Denamarin: DrsFoster&Smith.com
ship to: Up on the Woof, 2225 Columbia Rd., Brecksville, OH 44141
- Make a donation to the vet for Wolfie’s care:
Bartels Pet Hospital, 7051 Mill Rd., Brecksville, OH 44141 440-526-4818
Please include a note that the money should be credited to Wolfie Wulff’s account.
- Donate via Paypal: send to: email@example.com
Be sure to send me an email that your donation is for Wolfie’s ongoing care (food, eye meds, grooming)
If you would like to offer us a helping hand here Up on the Woof, we have vet bills up the yin yang. We are always looking for coupons for certain items we purchase for our dogs on a regular basis. If you have Rachael Ray Nutrish coupons (we use DISH or Small Bites), Cesar coupons, Bil Jac Frozen coupons, Nulo coupons (Wet & Dry), or milkbone coupons that you will not be using, please save them for us. Contact me if you have some to send. Donations can also be sent via Paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org
We also have a wishlist of items that we either can’t afford, or that we use often. It has recently been updated. Click the link below to view.