UPCOMING CHICKEN SOUP BOOK FOR DOG LOVERS!
Chicken Soup for the Soul has accepted my story "Seeing with the Heart" for its upcoming release The Dog Did What? My story is about visiting classrooms with Sage, my blind Springer Spaniel, and how she impacted children, educators, parents, and me. The book was released Tuesday, August 19, 2014.
About Mrs. Irwin and Her Books:
Gayle Mansfield Irwin is an author, writer, and speaker who writes inspirational dog books for children and adults and shares insight into the pet-human bond and the lessons people can learn from pets.
She the author of three children's books and two adult non-fiction books, all focusing on dogs, including her own. Her stories teach valuable life lessons such as courage, perseverance, friendship, trust, respect, and confidence. Gayle is also a contributing writer to four Chicken Soup for the Soul compilations. She has been a writer for more than 25 years, starting her career as a reporter and editor for newspapers in Montana. She has served as a public relations professional for various organizations, including animal rescue and conservation groups, and also has experience creating humane and conservation education programs. Gayle grew up on a small farm in southeastern Iowa, attended college in Wyoming and Idaho, and has lived in the Rocky Mountain West for more than 30 years.
Her first children's book idea sprouted from an experience observing wildlife in Yellowstone National Park when she was editor of the West Yellowstone News in Montana -- that idea remains tucked in her brain and slowly growing on her computer; she hopes to complete the manuscript this year, telling the tale of a buffalo growing up and facing the challenges and joys of living on the American plains. She is also working on a a story about dog rescue that will be geared toward upper elementary-aged kids and their families.
Gayle enjoys writing about dogs, and the joys and challenges of being a pet parent. Her own dogs, as well as those she helps rescue, are the catalyst for her book endeavors. Gayle and her husband Greg are the guardians of an elderly cocker spaniel, adopted from their local Humane Society, and a springer spaniel/cocker spaniel mix whom they adopted about a year after the loss of their beloved blind Springer Spaniel Sage, who was the subject of Gayle's first children's books: Sage's Big Adventure (about Sage's adaptation of going blind) and Sage Learns to Share (about Sage coping with the addition of Cody, their adopted cocker spaniel).
Cody also has his own book. Cody's Cabin: Life in a Pine Forest, reflects the adventures Cody has while spending time at the family cabin, located in a Rocky Mountain forest. Cody's encounters with squirrels, songbirds, turkeys, mule deer and even a black bear teach children about the wildlife of a high plains ecosystem and features a nature journal, vocabulary words, and nature tidbits, all complementing homeschool, nature center, and public school teaching about the environment and writing.
Gayle's other books are devotional-style spiritual reflections, weaving lessons dogs teach us with faith-based thoughts. Walking in Trust: Lessons Learned with My Blind Dog focuses on lessons learned from Sage, and Devotions for Dog Lovers: Paws-ing for Time with God showcases stories of her own dogs as well as others Gayle either knows or has read about.
Gayle also writes for several magazines, including Our Town Casper, Creation Illustrated, WREN (Wyoming Rural Electric Network), and Crossroads. Her pet column is published in the River Press and Douglas Budget newspapers, and she is also a frequent contributing writer to the Casper Journal newspaper. She also contributes to the Writing Wranglers & Warriors blog and has ghost-written numerous dog articles at DogCratesSizes.com.
An award-winning writer, Gayle is a member of Wyoming Writers, Inc., and the Society of Children's Writers & Illustrators.
KINDLE BOOK FOR OWNERS OF BLIND DOGS --
You recently found out your beloved dog is going blind -- so what do you do now? I have been there and I remember the emotions and the questions! Help! My Dog is Going Blind: Now What Do I Do? is a guide for owners of blind dogs. This book will provide answers to questions and helpful tips that most owners of blind dogs don't know. Offering insights, encouragement, and resources from my own life sharing life with a blind springer spaniel. Now available through Amazon Kindle by clicking this link: http://goo.gl/FyOK46