Miss Olive Finds Her Furever Home
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Throughout my life I have had many different dogs, but the ones I have had since being an adult and out on my own have meant something totally different. My dogs were companions, company, like children to myself and my husband before we had our own children. In the last year we lost 3 dogs, 2 of which we had well before having children.
Most recently after losing the 2 German Shepherds we knew we wanted another dog. At the time we still had Buddy who was a companion to our boys. Our local shelter posted a dog and I knew she had to be mine. Her name was Athena and she was my dream breed; a Blue Heeler. Athena came straight to me when we arrived at the shelter. She sat at my feet and her eyes melted my heart. She had not been there long but unfortunately due to deployment she had been surrendered as well as her sister.
Athena came home with us, but I wanted our boys to understand the importance of adopting pets from the animal shelter. Getting dogs out of shelters often saves their lives. It brings them a new life and the devotion and thankfulness of a shelter dog is something that I can’t easily find the words for.
Several weeks after getting Athena we unfortunately lost Buddy. It was devastating to our home especially the circumstances but I felt that Athena was placed in our lives for a huge reason and that reason was known as she sat and licked my face as I was crying, she accompanied our boys through some hard life events that they were not prepared for and she has been here for us ever since.
Anyway, the book Miss Olive Finds Her Furever Home entered our home at just the right time. A time when I was explaining to the boys the importance of shelter dogs and the importance of loving every creature. They have adored this book and it is one that I love reading although I admit that it made my eyes leak the first time we read it together. Our oldest asked why I was crying and I told him I was just so happy for Miss Olive.
Who is Miss Olive?
Miss Olive Finds Her Furever Home is the first book in a trilogy about the adventures of Miss Olive, an Italian Greyhound rescue. The real Miss Olive was adopted in 2015 by author Susan Marie from Italian Greyhound Rescue Florida. Miss Olive was a victim of neglect and health issues, having lost her teeth due to lack of medical attention and one of her legs to cancer. The neglect and illness that she experienced has never affected her loving, gentle spirit; she is always ready for a snuggle.
Miss Olive joins Susan Marie at the microphone each week as the co-host of radio showThe Doggy Diva Show, Pet Life Radio. In addition to her co-hosting duties, Miss Olive is now the author ofDiva Delights, her editorial column in Suncoast Pet magazine, which runs every other month.
About Miss Olive Finds Her Furever Home
Recommended for ages four through nine,Miss Olive Finds Her Furever Home teaches children an important lesson about life and what it means to be accepted for who you are. Through the Miss Olive book series, children learn that bringing a pet into a loving home can be an incredibly rewarding experience.
The Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA) was created in 1935 at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. The best known feature of the DWAA is its annual writing contest, which encourages excellence in writing about dogs in all aspects of communication.Miss Olive Finds Her Furever Home won the DWAA Maxwell Medallion for 2018 Children’s Book of the Year. The award recognizes and encourages writers who exhibit talent, resourcefulness, dedication and integrity in their writing about dogs and dog-related topics.
“As children see Miss Olive’s difficult path to finding her family, they come to realize how much it means for a dog or cat to find a home,” says author Susan Marie. “Having a pet is not just about feeding and walking them daily. It’s about the pet becoming a part of their family. They learn that pets need kindness and love just like people do.”
Miss Olive Finds Her Furever Home follows the little Italian Greyhound with three legs who is alone in an animal shelter. She dreams of being adopted by a loving family. On her journey to find her forever home, Miss Olive feels love and kindness from her foster mom and finds friendship with other animals who are waiting for adoption. One by one, all of the other dogs are adopted into happy families and Miss Olive begins to wonder if it will ever happen for her. She ultimately learns that dreams do come true.
We feel that this book is a great gift idea for the upcoming holiday season which is why we have included it in our 2019 Holiday Gift Guide. Miss Olive has warmed our hearts and brought new meaning to the term “adopt don’t shop” in our home. You can purchase your own copy right on Amazon for just $5.88 per hardcover copy.