From the Author
The impulsive decision to add an 8 week old puppy to our
household led to exhausted and exasperated groans of "What have we done?"
to the advent of puppy Jerry, we had been living with our 10 year old golden retriever
Ben, a trained therapy dog, who seemed to feel that his purpose in life was to
Jerry was adorable and very
entertaining but as he grew, he found more and more trouble to get into and I
had forgotten how house training was only successful with hourly diligence and
nightly treks to stand in the snow as Jerry learned to go potty outside.
Jerry's knack for getting into trouble escalated from
dragging the bed pillows all over the house to his ultimate feat of
destruction: chewing up my passport the day before I was due to leave on an
international flight. I did manage to obtain an expedited passport at a premium
price and was able to go on my trip but I began to think that all of this
material Jerry was supplying would make a great book.
I wanted the story to be useful in addition to
providing laughs about puppy antics and mischief. My hope is that Jerry Duty: A Tale of Puppy Training Trouble
can provide parents with a way to first introduce the concepts of pet care and
responsibility to their children in a fun story format.
About the Author
Holly Raus is inspired by her dogs to write for children
using real life anecdotes to teach about pet care and responsibility, dog
training, and the role of therapy dogs. She feels privileged to be able to combine
her love of dogs and reading in this way and she works at her local library in
youth services as a planner and presenter of children's programs.