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 four 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 five 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).
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, her blind springer spaniel. Devotions for Dog Lovers: Paws-ing for Time with God and the second volume subtitled Sage Advice - Lessons from a Blind Dog and Other Canines I've Known, highlights stories of her own dogs as well as others Gayle either knows or has read about and weaves those stories with Scripture and devotional thoughts.
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 Our Town Casper and the River Press and Douglas Budget newspapers. 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.
In 2014 Gayle was honored to received the Media for a Just Cause Award from the Wyoming Attorney General's Office, Division of Victim's Services, for her stories published in the Casper Journal about human trafficking and sexual assault. She also received a placement award from the Wyoming Press Association for one of her stories published in WREN Magazine in 2014, and Gayle has received several awards during the past four years from Wyoming Writers, Inc., of which she is a member.
I was a guest on the Blog Talk Radio Program "Step into the Light with Patti Shene" - Oct. 20, 2015 - click the link below to give a listen!
Inspirational Books Make Great Gifts!
DEVOTIONS FOR DOG LOVERS
For the person in your life who loves God and loves dogs, this 30-day inspirational devotion weaves spiritual topics, Scripture, and prayer with a dog story. Encouraging, uplifting, and reflective, this book makes a great traveling companion for someone's spiritual journey.
See an interview I did about the dog devotions books on Good Morning Wyoming, K2TV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2IlvIyChvc
KINDLE BOOK FOR OWNERS OF BLIND DOGS --
Do you or someone you know have a blind dog? When a person learns their beloved dog is going blind, there are many questions and concerns. 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, Sage, my blind springer spaniel. Available for only $2.99 through Amazon Kindle by clicking this link: http://goo.gl/FyOK46
On July 12, 2016 a new anthology became available celebrating the joys of pets! Published by Sundown Press, an imprint of Prairie Rose Publications, this short story collection features delightful stories about dogs, cats, horses and other animals. I'm honored to be part of this publication called Pawprints on My Heart with a reflection on the impact dogs have made on my life, in particular my blind springer spaniel Sage and Cody, the cocker spaniel my husband and I adopted when he was 10 -- Cody lived to be nearly 18 years of age. Each of these dogs inspired books for children, teaching them valuable life lessons such as courage, perseverance, friendship, self-confidence, trust, and appreciating the great outdoors. My story in Memories from Maple Street: Pawprints on My Heart is titled "Lessons from Dogs: A Tribute." The anthology was released in mid-July and is available on Amazon and Smashwords. Learn more at http://sundownpress.blogspot.com/2016_07_01_archive.html
New Story in New Chicken Soup Book!
Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Spirit of America was released in June, 2016. Inside the pages of this upcoming collection of works that celebrate America is my short story "National Parks -- America's Best Idea." The National Park Service turns 100 years old in 2016, and in the story I relate experiences while living near Yellowstone National Park and visiting other such special places. I've discovered the treasures many others discovered in the 1800s and early 1900s, wonders in nature that remain gems of America to this day and for generations to come. Learn more about this new collection at http://www.chickensoup.com/book/189345/the-spirit-of-america and watch for upcoming appearances at which you could obtain an autographed copy from me!
See an interview I did recently on K2TV: