Today is the launch day for my new children’s book and I couldn’t be more excited :) Maverick and Me has been such a passion project of mine and I still can’t believe that it’s finally available for everyone to get their hand on! I wrote this books to teach kids about animal rescue so when the time comes for them to get their first pet, they might choose to adopt. I’ve always wanted to create a dialogue to speak to children about the concept of “adopt, don’t shop,” and creating the Scarlett character to tell that story for me was truly a joy. As some of you might know, my real life rescue dog, Maverick, was the inspiration behind this book because the decision to adopt him was one of the easiest and best decisions I’ve ever made. I saw the way my little cousins reacted to Maverick and how cool they thought it was that you could rescue a dog that came with a story and that really inspired me to write this book. I watched as my little cousin would run and tell her friends about her cousins “tiger looking puppy who was found under the freeway” and seeing how enthusiastic she was and how excited her friends got, made me want to them more.
Each year, millions of animals end up in animal shelters and giving them a second chance at life and a loving home is the greatest gift. My hope with this book is that it will help teach children and get them excited about these amazing animals and empower everyone (even young readers!) to advocate for shelter pups.
Before I adopted maverick, I had several foster puppies that all found amazing and loving homes. Since adopting Maverick, I have learned so much about myself and of course, the responsibility and love that goes into having a dog. I am a huge animal lover and I remember when I got my gusty pet as a child how excited I was so being able to teach little kids about animal rescue as an option is really exciting for me.
My goal with this book is to not only teach kids about the option of rescuing a dog but also about all the ways they can help the many animals in need. Whether you rescue, foster, spend time volunteering, donate supplies or just spread the word about the thousands of loving animals that need to find their forever homes; all of it is important and makes a huge difference in the lives of all of these special animals. I hope you all are as excited as I am about this book, and hopefully helping many dogs find homes.
Make sure to follow along here to watch the press I’ll be doing for the book and I’d love to hear what you think- make sure to comment below once you’ve given Maverick and Me a read!
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