The 8-page book, which features colored illustrations by children, is being made available free at EssentialsPetCare.com.
Port Richey, Florida (PR.com) — As part of its continued commitment to pet owner education Essentials PetCare has collaborated with pet author Steve Dale on a new children’s storybook aimed at teaching children about responsible pet ownership.
“My New Puppy” was created as part of the Essentials PetCare “Real Life, Real Pets” campaign to celebrate families and their pets.
“One of our founding principles is to help educate the entire family on the importance of responsible pet care,” said Dr. Douglas Spiker, President and co-founder of Essentials PetCare. “Partnering with Steve Dale on this project allows us to help teach children how to keep their pets healthy and happy.”
Written by Steve Dale, with colored illustrations from children who participated in an Essentials PetCare coloring contest, the book follows the story of “Annie,” an abandoned puppy and inspiration behind Essentials PetCare, after she is adopted by her new family.
According to a 2017 National Pet Owner’s Survey conducted by the American Pet Products Association, 68 percent of all U.S. households own a pet. The report also notes that families with children are more likely to have pets than those that don’t.
“Studies show that children who grow up with pets from a very young age are better for it, even physically better,” said Dale. “Pets also teach children responsibility, kindness and empathy.”
Parents, teachers, librarians, and caregivers are encouraged to read “My New Puppy” to their children and use it as a tool to discuss pet care.
The storybook is available at https://essentialspetcare.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/My-New-Puppy-Final-12-12-2018.pdf?x28563
About Steve Dale, CABC
Steve Dale, a certified animal behavior consultant, has been a pet writer for over three decades. In addition to writing, Dale also hosts nationally syndicated radio shows, and is heard on WGN Radio Chicago. He has authored and contributed to many pet books and speaks about animal behavior around the world. Dale was awarded the Pet Journalist of the Year in 2017, and is a recipient of the American Veterinary Medical Association Humane Award, as well as many other honors, including being inducted into the Dog Writer’s Association of America Hall of Fame.
About Essentials PetCare
Established in 2015, Essentials PetCare, LLC provides affordable and accessible veterinary care for dogs and cats. The company’s mission is to expand veterinary care to a greater number of U.S. pet-loving families who would otherwise not seek basic and preventative care because of cost. Essentials PetCare believes that no animal should ever suffer or put their family at risk of contracting diseases due to affordability. For more information, visit: https://essentialspetcare.com/