Can you believe Thanksgiving is upon us? Families will be coming, going, gathering and eating and we will all be giving “thanks” for the blessings we have in our lives. Then the craziness known as the “Holiday Shopping Season” will be upon us fast and furious. But, before we get to that, a few things:
Brandy and Val, the dogs, finally got to meet Zachary’s mom a few weeks ago. See our Facebook page for photos! It’s hard to believe that even though Zachary provided the inspiration for writing the Brandy and Val series, neither he nor his mom have been out to visit since the pups became a part of our family! We hope that a visit from Zachary will now be in the making. While we are on the subject of giving thanks and “doing good where good is needed” (our mission), did you know that sales of our books and toys benefit Prader Willi Syndrome Association, the disorder that Zachary is afflicted with and, which, to date, has no cure.
Since our sales also help several animal sanctuaries and rescues throughout the Country, I’d also like to mention Help Save A Stray, an organization that provides a nationwide network of connections betwen animal lovers and shelters. Kudos to all the work they do–they also have an online store where profits go to shelters of your choosing! Now through December 15, if you order from us and mention Help Save A Stray, we will send you a FREE mini-Brandy or mini-Val toy.
Our Blog, “What We Are Barking About” also talks about causes that we support in addition to giving pet therapy updates. We work with children/young adults suffering from Autism Spectrum Disorder and we are very pleased that in the past week, one child who, for one entire year would not go near Brandy, has now brushed and pet her for two weeks in a row AND says Brandy is nice. We’re also thrilled that two of our other non-verbal, non-emotive students “high-fived” us and smiled with us. We can only hope that these positive developments can be extrapolated to greater happines in these kids’ lives and with their friends and family.
We hope that you will include our books – BRANDY AND VAL, BRANDY AND VAL’S FAVORITE THINGS and BRANDY AND VAL’S SPECIAL STORY - and toys on your gift lists for any pre-schoolers you have in your lives. They’re affordably priced, heartwarming and gifts that give back. Thank you for your support.
Ilene Fine, Author