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Help me save a dog for Christmas!

Floss cover StandaloneI’m donating my author’s royalties from the sale of Floss the lost puppy (Floss catelusul pierdut) to two amazing charities here in Romania.

So every copy you buy will help to rescue a homeless, sick or injured dog!

Romania Animal Rescue has a fabulous animal hospital – the Centre of Hope – on the edge of Bucharest, where the dedicated vets not only treat sick and injured dogs for free, but run a year-round campaign to spay and neuter dogs and cats. This is the BEST way to reduce the enormous number of kittens and puppies born wild or abandoned by owners to die, or struggle to survive on the streets. The vets, led by Aurelian Stefan, are a group of stellar humans who have devoted their careers, their time, energy, love and compassion to saving animals and improving their lives. Romania Animal Rescue is a US/Romanian organisation run by Nancy Janes in California, and the vets also offer veterinary training, and run education campaigns to teach kids (and adults) about dogs and cats, and what they need from their owners. You can see lots of pictures on RAR’s Facebook page. Beware – it will tug at your heartstrings!!! IMG_4968 - Pita running

14963290_1270956466309309_4439448061842892757_nThe other charity is Eli Pet Transport, which is a small Romanian-British group of passsionate and compassionate animal lovers who find, rescue and socialise homeless dogs (Claudia has 22 dogs living in her house at the moment, while she searches for loving families to take them!). Every week they drive a van-load of dogs from Romania to the UK for rehoming. The care Eli’s dogs get on the way is very special, with a high standard of accommodation for each dog (or cat) and a full-time dog nanny travelling with them all the time. There is quite a community of ‘Rommie’ dogs in Britain, now…

You can buy (or order) copies of Floss catelusul pierdut from all good Romanian bookshops and online stores, or direct from the publishers online or by phone (021 430 3095). Don’t forget: every copy helps to save a dog like Floss!

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Floss book launch on Friday!

FLOSS launch invitation

Booklet Fiction’s stand is No.15, so come and find us all there! I’ll be around from 11am – 5pm on Friday (the launch is at 1pm), and from 10am to 1pm on Saturday.

See you there!

 

11 lessons I learned from my cat

Like Farthing and Shilling in the story, my cat George is a wise person. I learn a lot from him.

Arabella McIntyre-Brown

This is George Cat. He is a ginger guru, and I love to learn from his natural, unaffected wisdom.

He lives with me in a remote mountain village in Transylvania, along with his brother, sister, and mother. As you can see from the photos, George is a live wire, except when he’s dead to the world. He’s sweet-natured (as they all are), ridiculously happy, curious, persistent, optimistic, opportunistic, loving, affectionate, entrepreneurial, funny, and magnificently beautiful.

George teaches me something every day. Here are eleven of his life lessons that we should all remember.

Number 1 – family comes first

George loves his family. With his sister and his brother, he was born to his mama Hobbs here in my study in 2011, and they haven’t been separated since. Family is very important to George, even he does have the occasional spat.

Number 2 – get plenty of exercise

Always make time…

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A real-life Floss, suffering

Floss look-alikeLook at this picture, posted on Facebook. Do you imagine this poor pup is happy? Can you believe that some people say dogs don’t have feelings? Don’t feel fear and loneliness?

This is what Thea comes to understand in my book. Being scared of dogs, she never thought of a dog being scared. Only when she saw Floss looking like this, starving and frightened, did she realise dogs needed care and love, too

The watermark says ASPA Bragadiru, which is a rescue kennel in a suburb of Bucharest. Their phone number is 0734 301 394.

Can you help this real-life Floss?

Britain’s cruel dog breeders

This is not a happy story, and I don’t like posting it, but it’s important to see that cruel, greedy and callous people exist everywhere, even in a country famous for its animal lovers.

Not understanding what dogs and other animals need from their owners – care, attention, food, protection, shelter and so on – is one thing. The people in this article are criminals, cruel, callous and greedy – they breed dogs in appalling conditions and defraud people who want a cute puppy, selling them puppies who are sick, sometimes dying.

dogs in cages

It’s very hard to read if you love dogs. It may shock you if you haven’t thought about dogs and other animals as living creatures who need our care and concern. This story is about British criminals, but they exist everywhere, in Romania too.

If you’re thinking about getting a dog for someone you love as a Christmas present this year, please go to a rescue organisation and not a breeder; rescue charities have the cutest and most adorable dogs of all ages, puppies and older, who are desperate for loving homes…

Please share this post or the article to help raise awareness of how hard-hearted criminals abuse animals.

The sad truth about animals

When Iulia Benze wrote her review, she included this thought:

“The book is an also an Animal Rights lesson, and more about this should be taught in schools.  In Romania, there are no big Animal Rights organizations, like RSPCA in UK, there are only a few little independent struggling shelters. In UK, Australia, Animal Rights representatives go in schools, kindergartens and discuss/educate animal protection. In Romania, there is no such thing, even though human and animal compassion should be in our lives from early beginnings; even though this place needs it the most.

I really hope, Arabella, it would be crucial to continue a series of charming gemlike stories to be read by grown-up and child eyes, to educate and teach through the power of the books.”

First reviews are 5-stars!

floss cover croppedIris (10) in Ireland, and Irina (12) in Canada, have given the book ***** FIVE STARS!

AND Iris said she has put Floss’s story with stories by David Walliams and Jacqueline Wilson – two of Britain’s top, best, most famous children’s authors – wow, wow, wow!

Read them here. I’m so excited I can hardly see straight…

Launch day six weeks away!

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Floss has his moment of glory at the end of November – not long to go!

The book will be published during Gaudeamus, the huge book fair in Bucharest, at the end of November 2017. Come and see us on Booklet Fiction’s stand!

I’ll tell you more details as soon as I know them. There’ll be prizes!

Follow Floss and Thea

FLOSS mock-up 3D COVERThea Thimble is a ten-year old Romanian girl, living high up in a Carpathian Mountain village, in Transylvania. Did you even know that Transylvania was real? It’s a proper place, a big region of Romania in Central Europe, and proper people live there, in villages and town and cities, going to school and living their lives like other Europeans.

The Thimble family (Granny Dido, dad Doru, elder son Robert, daughter Thea, younger son Tudor, and the two cats Farthing and Shilling) live ordinary lives until something small and black and hairy comes under the fence and turns the whole family upside down.

Find out more about the book, the characters, the animals, and the village.

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