Sofa Dog is a compelling, heartwarming, hopeful story about imaginary dogs that have only appeared to children coming out of disasters. These Sofa Dogs have appeared throughout time and have never been heard by adults. The children in this story have experienced a devastating hurricane, a powerful tornado, a terrifying drive-by shooting, and an MIA military dad , following placement in a foster family. Sofa Dog came and invited each child to “lean on him, sit with him, and relax for a moment to release their fears.” Sofa Dog is always there when a child in distress most needs him and “releases the child to slumber land.” In each traumatic case, once again Sofa Dog has provided a child with much-needed calm, peace, solace, and assurance.
|Publisher:||Paws and Claws Publishing, LLC|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.09(d)|
|Age Range:||5 - 12 Years|
About the Author
She found her place working with children and animals, through animal-assisted interventions and the Research Center for Human-Animal Interaction (ReCHAI). Her gifts and talents have been shared with thousands of children at schools, libraries, summer camps, special-needs programs, 4-H, Girl and Boy Scouts, children's cancer wards in hospitals, and a myriad of other activities that involve children, including domestic-violence shelters. Her own Sofa Dog, Hero, was an integral part of their many interactions with all of the children and families who have been touched by their simple gifts of time and caring.
Her passion for helping others understand canine and animal behavior never ceases. As a Professional Humane Educator, her humane education classes are in high demand. Heddie's household remains one of multiple species that include two dogs, a rescued racehorse, two mini horses, a fish that loves to be hand-fed, and a cat and bird that are friends and playmates. Her husband, Ron, agrees that animals add a zest to life that he didn't expect.
Her greatest blessing is spending time with her grandchildren exploring everything about life from their perspectives. Their joy is infectious and their laughter contagious. We each have a bit of our childhood past in us, and grandchildren "re-awaken" that child within.