Monday, March 20, 2017

First Day of Spring, Rescue Dogs, and Hazel Mitchell


Because today is the first day of spring (hooray!), I wanted to show off this sweet new picture book by Liza Gardner Walsh, illustrated by Hazel Mitchell. If you or someone you know loves fairies, get on over to Liza's website and see everything she has for you!

Now on to the special feature of this blog--rescue dogs and Hazel Mitchell. Some time ago, I won Toby, written and illustrated by Mitchell. The package included this amazing Toby swag! (Thank you, Hazel! And to anyone wondering if entering those online contests is worth it, YES! It is!)


What happens when a lonely boy who imagines the fun of playing with a dog actually gets one? Things don't always go the way we think they will. But then again, they do.

This book is loosely based on Mitchell's own real-life Toby, a rescued poodle who has had his own share of adventures. In the book, a boy asks his dad for a dog. Dad says the usual--"If you take care of it...." They bring Toby home from the animal shelter, and the fun--and work--begin. Toby is afraid and unsure of his new surroundings. The boy is disappointed, but realizes that he must teach Toby and earn Toby's trust. Mitchell's illustrations so perfectly capture the emotions of both dog and boy throughout this process. I hope for more Toby stories, because I know he has more escapades to tell! (And who can resist that expressive little face?)


If you have adopted a rescue dog, please comment and post a picture in the comment section below.

Here's to spring, fairies, rescue dogs, and the people who write about them!


13 comments:

  1. Yes, we saved a nine year-old Dachshund the day before she was to be place in a sheller. She has written her story as only she can tell it.

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    1. Oh, what a blessing you were to that Dacshund!Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Hi, Jane. I don't have a rescue dog, but I do have one of Liza's books - Where Do Fairies go When it Snows? I agree, it is worth it to enter online contests. I have won several times. I'm glad you commented over on the GROG blog, good luck.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Janet. Liza's fairyland is something to behold!

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  3. Thank you so much for the kind words about the fairy books! And I sure do love Toby and Hazel! Happy Spring!

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    1. Happy Spring, Liza! Thanks for the fairy magic and the comments!

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  4. Congratulations to both Hazel and Liz on their beautiful books!

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    1. Huzzah, indeed! Thanks for stopping by, Kim!

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  5. Hello Jane, Hazel, and Toby. Greetings all the way from Portugal :) I have rescued and adopted many street dogs over the years and currently share my place with 13 dogs of all shapes, colours, and sizes. They are the best! Congratulations Liz

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    1. Corine, thanks so much for stopping by and commenting all the way from Portugal! Your dogs are lucky they found you!

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  6. What an adorable fairy book, and the dog is precious. I've never adopted a dog from a shelter, but plenty of dogs and cats have adopted me. Living in the country, people seem to think they can just dump their unwanted pets and we'll take them in. They're right. :) At the moment I have two cats that showed up on my patio, at different times. My son has a cat that was dumped on the road.

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