Toby Wins DWAA Best Children’s Book!

WileyPup is excited to announce that Toby, by Hazel Mitchell has won the 2017 Best Children’s Book category from the Dog Writers Association of America!

An upcoming awards ceremony to celebrate the winners of the annual DWAA awards will take place on February 10, 2018 at the New Yorker Hotel in Manhattan.

The banquet will feature keynote Dr. Marty Becker, well known for his guest spots on “Good Morning America” and “The Dr. Oz Show.” You may have also read his books, over 22 titles and 7 million copies sold.

Laura Coffey, author of My Old Dog: Rescued Pets with Remarkable Second Acts, will also give a presentation at this event. New authors are encouraged to attend to learn some valuable tips she will share regarding best practices for book promotion.

This is a great chance for author’s focusing on issues affecting the dogs in our lives to get together, network and celebrate our accomplishments!

Welcome to the Hall of Fame David Frei!

The host of the National Dog Show Presented by Purina, canine lovers’ favorite Thanksgiving Day programming, David Frei, will also be joining the festivities as an honored guest. Although probably most famous for his voice work at many prestigious canine competitions, David is also an owner, handler, and judge with over 40 years of experience in confirmation rings.

David has also contributed significantly to raising awareness about the value of therapy dogs. His own dogs have been ambassadors for dog therapy programs at prestigious institutions including Ronald McDonald House, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and New York’s VA Medical Center.

He is also founder and President of Angel on a Leash, a charitable organization dedicated to raising visibility and public awareness about the important role that therapy dogs can play in healing and advocating for their inclusion at facilities across the nation.

Because of his outstanding work and lifetime contributions to the lives of dogs and those they serve, David Frei will be inducted into the DWAA Hall of Fame at this year’s banquet.

Toby, a Heartwarming Tale Perfect for Dog Lovers

This heartwarming tale about a boy and his newly rescued dog, Toby, is inspired by the real-life events of author, Hazel Mitchell. Having just moved to a new town, the boy develops a very special bond with Toby who is himself struggling to find his new place in an unfamiliar world.

It takes a while for Toby to come out of his shell, but waiting is worth it. Sometimes helping our furry friends through a struggle is also helping ourselves, reminding us that it is okay to ask for some help and have some sad feelings when things are tough.

Lovely pencil drawings accented with a soft, neutral palate help to tell a story that emphasizes how patience, quiet, and acceptance are all an important part of the human animal bond. It is a story that reminds us how we can all learn the lessons our 4-legged friends have to teach us if we are quiet enough to just pay attention to their message.

A story that validates giving dogs a second chance…

Rescued dogs aren’t sitting at the pound dreaming of the most expensive dog food, the prettiest handler, or the perfect pooch palace. Instead, they dream of a simple thing – a loving family to call their own. They just want to a place to belong, and a chance to love and be loved.  

Tobyreminds us that making room for their love is also making room for ourselves. When we are able to extend them some patience and space to find themselves, our furry friends will return our investment ten-fold with the unconditional love that they are so good at giving back.

Want to Learn More About Shelter Dogs?

Did you know that over 3.3 million dogs enter the shelter system in the U.S. every year? Of them, only about 1.6 million will be adopted. That leaves about 56% of these dogs euthanized annually.

We can do better than this!

A big barrier to dog adoption are the many myths that surround shelter dogs. We applaud the efforts of Hazel Mitchell to offer children a counternarrative about these furry friends that have so much to offer in terms of improving our lives.

Common myths about shelter dogs include:

  • Dogs are surrendered to the shelter because they are “bad.”
  • Rescue dogs tend to have more health problems.
  • Purebred dogs are more well behaved than mixed breed dogs.
  • Purebred dogs are a “known quantity” but mixed breed dogs are a gamble.
  • Adoptions fees are too expensive.
  • All of the dogs in shelters are mutts.
  • Dogs found at the shelter are more likely to be aggressive.

Not only are these myths untrue, but there are some great reasons to consider pet adoption, including:

  • Shelter dogs really know you rescued them, and they appreciate it!
  • Supporting rescue organizations and shelters helps combat animal abuse and neglect.
  • Pet overpopulation is a major problem and adopting makes a big difference!
  • Buying purebred puppies can contribute to unethical and cruel puppy mills.
  • Adopting can save a dog’s life.

Wiley Pup has a strong commitment to furthering the adoption efforts of the many rescue shelters and nonprofit organizations working hard to give good dogs like Toby a second chance at a fur-ever home. After all, the deep human/animal bond between people and canines has left dogs dependent on us to help them find their way in a human world.

We recently published a comprehensive article titled “Why Adopt a Shelter Dog?” that explores the facts and myths of dog adoption in more detail that we think can help make an impact in terms of raising awareness and dispelling some unfortunate myths that keep some from adopting.

If you would like to help with our efforts to get the truth out about shelter dogs, please hop over to the article and consider sharing on social media. It is an easy way to help the many good dogs like Toby who are waiting to find the home where they belong.

Sharon Elber (M.S. in Science & Technology) - Professional Dog Trainer

Sharon is a writer and received her M.S. in Science & Technology Studies from Virginia Tech and has worked as a professional dog trainer for over 10 years.

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