Animal Careers & Carers: Debra Duel, Director, Humane Edcuations WARL
had never heard of a role like this until I received an email from her last year. You can see several reasons why I warmed to her in this excerpt from her original email:
|Debbie’s childhood friend Teddy|
No wonder she was the first person I thought of to interview for this new series of posts on animal careers and carers.
|Debbie’s Dad with his “Black Hill Sheepdog” Ted|
We adopted our first cat when I was 9-years-old. That was a big deal because my mother was scared to death of cats. I’ve lived with cats ever since. Later, my family added a puppy to the family. The card on his cage at the shelter said shepherd mix. But Teddy, a fluffy black puppy grew into a very handsome 60 pound shaggy dog that didn’t resemble a shepherd at all. People would stop us and ask what kind of dog he was. My dad made up a name, he would say, “Ted is a Black Hill Sheepdog.” People would often reply, “Wow, he’s beautiful, I’ve never seen one of those before,” or “You don’t see many of those in south Florida, do you?” “No, you don’t, “ my dad answered.
Wendy Orr is a Canadian-born Australian writer. Her books for children and adults have been published in 27 countries and won awards around the world. Nim’s Island and Nim at Sea have also become feature films, starring Jodie Foster and Abigail Breslin (Nim’s Island) and Bindi Irwin (Return to Nim’s Island.) Her latest book is Cuckoo’s Flight, a companion to the highly acclaimed Bronze Age novels Dragonfly Song and Swallow’s Dance. Read full bio