Why is Puppy Scents So Important?
I was writing a parent’s guide, entitled Surviving the Puppy Stage to be published as primarily a digital e-book based on my notes and lesson plans from my years of having my own pet dog training center. My husband Don was kind enough to give me some editing time.
As he was editing, I saw him writing some notes to himself. I asked, “What are you writing?” And he replied, “I’m writing a book for the kids based on your book to the parents, cuz the kids won’t understand this.” I reminded him that my book was not geared to children, but he did have a great idea that I hadn’t thought of.
He explained that it should be for younger kids say ages 4-12 and it should be written from the pup’s point of view. And since we are advocates for rescue, it should be from a shelter pup and his ideas about coming to live with his new family, getting settled in, training and much more! And thus Puppy Scents was born!
Puppy Scents, The Kids’ Guide to Puppy Care (written by Don Kaleta) was written to help children learn to help out with the family dog so as to take some of the sole burden off the parents. If kids took responsibility, created a lasting friendship with their pup, then it would be less of a chance that the dog would be returned to the shelter or rescue due to behavioral problems. Not only do kids learn to provide proper pet care, they also start to see their pup as their forever pal so they don’t give up when puppy issues arise.
Kids learn responsibility, patience, kindness and a healthy respect for another point of view. Roc Weiler, based on our own dog Roc, is an adorable and feisty Rottweiler mix puppy whose love for treats goes unmatched. We adopted Roc from a shelter in VA when he was ten weeks old and he is our pride and joy. CLICK HERE to read his story!
My book, Surviving the Puppy Stage, How to Get Inside Your Dog’s Mind Without Losing Your Own!, did become an e-book and is available online everywhere and Don continued to work on his book. It was a little more involved, because it was to become a hardcopy book, needed an illustrator, a publishing assistance firm and printer to get it out there. We decided to become our own publishing company and outsource what we needed to publish it ourselves.
Surviving the Puppy Stage and Puppy Scents were a joint effort in our mission
to help homeless pets and to lessen the chaos in the family home.
Puppy Scents and Roc’s mission is this:
It’s been a wild and wonderful ride writing and getting Roc’s Message out to the world!
From long hours of writing, editing and publishing to school visits, dog and kid events!
It’s been a real joy bringing The Parent’s Guide and Puppy Scents to life. We hope you enjoy them too!