On March 9, 2012, the Puppy Scents team visited West Elementary School in Lancaster, OH and had a wonderful time! With 450 students in attendance ranging from grades K through 5, author Don Kaleta and illustrator Helen Habel talked about how Puppy Scents came to life. They discussed Don’s first original concept idea; collaborating with Helen; sharing their ideas of the characters and personalities; and the book design, printing, and distribution. The children were amazed at all that takes place to get the actual hardcopy book into their hands.
At the end of the presentation, students had the opportunity to ask questions and get answers about the writing and illustrating process. Many students showed an interest in also becoming writers and illustrators, and several shared that they were even working on their books right now! Don and Helen encouraged them to “Go for their dreams!” and “not to let anyone tell them that they can’t do it. Just start writing and drawing and never give up!”
Everyone enjoyed the Puppy Scents video explaining “Who is this mystery pup of Puppy Scents?”, how he wrote a book, has a blog, and speaks up for shelter pets everywhere. Another inspirational video encouraging kids to “Create ‘Fur’ever Friendships” with pups was also well received. As Roc of Puppy Scents says, “I want to create forever friendships between kids and pups so that no more dogs have to be alone, scared or homeless.”
Corey Schoonover, Director of the Fairfield Area Humane Society, and Bill Huffman, Humane Officer, wrapped up the visit with a special appearance and presentation. They brought two precious puppies who were a big hit! In their presentation, Corey touched on what the Humane Society does and how important it is to know how to care for your pet to keep them from ever having to end up at the shelters or humane societies. Education is key, and Puppy Scents and the FAHS are working together to create awareness about homeless pet issues. Bernie, one of the pups brought to the visist by the FAHS, was adopted shortly afterwards!! He is now in his forever home! Congratulations, Bernie!
We would like to thank the principal, teachers, staff, and students for making us feel so welcome and for their enthusiasm for saving homeless pets!
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