Okay, so my intention wasn't really to go all Sarah McLachlan ASPCA on you so I hope you were able to watch the whole video. I just really wanted to stress the enormity of the issue.
There are thousands of senior dogs living in shelters all around the country and there are many reasons why people give them up. They move to homes that can't accommodate dogs. They don't want to (or can't afford to) pay for medical care. Or the owner passes away and no provision was made for the care of the dog.
The longer a senior dog stays in a shelter, the less likely it is to be adopted.
I've written a children's book about the joys of adopting a senior dog. People (myself included, prior to adopting my first senior) have misconceptions about what they get with a senior. They assume the dog will have emotional or medical issues or that the dog will hold onto whatever misfortune beset them prior to coming to the shelter. But dogs aren't human, even though we sometimes treat them as such. They live in the moment and they're amazingly resilient creatures.
This subject is near and dear to my heart as I have currently have three senior dogs and I'm a huge advocate of adopting them.
Maddie - my 11 year old sweetheart who ended up in a shelter after her owner died.
Millie - my 11 year old that I adopted after my mother died in 2011 because I needed another little old lady to take care of.
Sophie - my 8 year old scaredy cat who finds her voice when she's running free in the yard chasing squirrels.
I also have a 5 year old named Dino who came to me when his family was having another baby and couldn't keep him. He reminds the others that acting old is for sissies.
When I reached out to various publishers ,there was a big difference between the cost of a hardcover book and the cost of an 8" x 8" paperback.
We can still produce a great looking, quality book and at the lower cost, we can make even more. Even the classics publish in paperback!
I want to donate the book to shelters to use as an educational tool in their outreach programs and events and I will also offer them for sale on a (to be created) website.
The other cost I will incur will be to hire an illustrator. This is the extent of my artistic ability so I think we'll leave this one to the professionals.
My book is the story of a shy little boy named Oliver who desperately wants a dog but becomes too overwhelmed and frightened by the puppies at the shelter. He thinks his chances of having a dog are over until he meets a sweet, older dog who chooses Oliver to be his owner.
I want to present this serious issue in the most thoughtful and gentle manner and a children's book is the perfect vehicle to do this.
Thank you so much for your consideration and support of this project. Together we can change the world! You know, one senior dog at a time.
Risks and challenges
My goal is to have this available by December so that it can be ready for holiday gift giving. It may push into late December so worst case scenario, it becomes a Happy New Year present instead!
The only challenge would be securing an illustrator contingent on funding. As long as I have that in place within 30 days, the timeline should be able to be executed as scheduled.
I don't foresee any delivery issues unless I'm hit by a bus while I'm walking to the post office but that's unlikely since I'm pretty lazy and I hate walking anywhere.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (30 days)