I’ve dreamed of writing and publishing a book for most of my life, so writing this post feels incredible. Just incredible.
Before we dive into Pup Pastries, I want to tell you a little about me and my journey to writing.
As a child, I struggled with multiple learning disabilities in reading, writing, and spelling. I hated reading and writing. In fact, I despised anything to do with school altogether. But my life changed forever when my mom forced me to sit down and read the Harry Potter series with her. She read from the first book aloud to me every day and then we took turns reading chapters in the second one. The third book I read aloud to her, for which she deserves many kudos because I had to sound out almost every word! By the fourth book, however, I was reading on my own. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was the first book I ever read completely by myself.
When I say that the Harry Potter books changed my life, I mean it literally. It was Rowling’s ability to develop captivating stories that instilled in me the desire to discover more. And that’s just what I did. For years I read everything I could get my hands on. The Hobbit, The Giver, Ender’s Game, Dragon’s Bait, Where the Red Fern Grows, A Wrinkle in Time…anything!
Eventually, though reading stories wasn’t enough; I wanted to create my own. In order do that, however, I knew I had to improve my writing skills . So I got to it, dedicated immeasurable amounts of time to studying, and practiced until I couldn’t keep my eyes open. Through my hard work and perseverance (and a lot of support from my mom), I turned my biggest weakness into my greatest strength. I even majored in English Education and taught high school English before getting my Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction.
This makes it all sound easy, but I will tell you, straight up, it wasn’t. Learning disabilities don’t just go away overnight. In fact, I’d argue that they never completely go away at all. A perfect example: I had to retype “completely” three times before I got the spelling right. I still have trouble managing my disabilities, but I’ve learned to utilize the tools around me so that they are not quite so debilitating.
Publishing a book is a dream come true. It represents my determination to succeed despite adversity and I could not be prouder to be able to share it with you today.
And that brings us to Pup Pastries! Here’s a little about my book and why I wrote it.
My family has always been dog-crazy. So much, in fact, that my mother actually named me after a poodle! Loving animals is what my family is all about. I can’t tell you how many times we have rescued terrified, starving dogs from the side of the road and welcomed them with open arms into our family. For me, dogs are not just pets; they are family.
My husband and I do everything we can to ensure our dog, Anya, leads a happy and healthy life. But there’s a lot of controversy about which dog foods and treats are best. Ultimately, I realized the only way to know exactly what is in her food is to make it myself.
As a result, I’ve done a lot of research on dog super foods and how to make treats that are both delicious and healthy. I focused this particular collection on Christmas treats because I know people will already be busy baking for family and friends. It’s the perfect time to try out some new dog treat recipes too.
At heart, I’m an educator. So in order to help pet owners better understand the importance of proper ingredient use, each of my recipes highlight a specific ingredient, detailing its various health benefits for dogs. As a result, this book is perfect for any dog lover concerned about processed dog products. Some of these dog treat recipes take as little as 10 minutes to make and there’s no need to worry about ingredient lists or high store prices.
Want to pick up a copy today?
Both the printed and e-book versions come with a FREE Dog Toxins Explained Infographic. If you can’t buy the book right now, you can subscribe to my Pup Pastries Mailing List for updates about upcoming dog-related materials, including more recipes, children’s stories, and general pet information. You can also keep track of updates on the Pup Pastries Facebook page.
Thanks so much for reading and happy holidays!