Harry the Rescue Dog Talks Animal Shelters: Debra Duel and the Washington Animal Rescue League
Although Harry might look as if he’s dozing after an exhausting ball play, he’s actually contemplating his first of a series of blog posts to celebrate rescue pets, animal shelters like the one he was adopted from, and the release of the beautiful new editions of The Rainbow Street Animal Shelter series with Square Fish.
Debbie has more than 25 years of experience in humane education—leading classroom programs and professional workshops. She is the author of the book, Nigel, a popular Operation Outreach-USA (www.oousa.org) title. I had never heard of a role like this until I received this email:
|Debbie’s childhood friend Teddy|
|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.
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