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After rescuing a puppy 21 years ago, Diane Rose-Solomon became increasingly involved in animal rescue and education and served for years on the board of directors of a small grass roots animal rescue and aid organization. She became a Certified Humane Education Specialist through Humane Society University in 2009. Soon after, she combined her humane and creative interests and published her first two books, award winning "JJ the American Street Dog and How He Came to Live in Our House" and the sequel "JJ Goes to Puppy Class".

Diane enjoys reading the JJ books to children in schools, libraries and at adoption events. Her goal is to educate children and adults about how compassion extends to all beings, human and animal. To this end, she founded Team Kindness, a program where children, families and teachers can engage in humane educational activities.

What to Expect When Adopting a Dog, her latest book, is a guide to successful dog adoption for every family.

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What to Expect When Adopting a Dog

BY Diane Rose-Solomon • POSTED ON Sept. 15, 2016

A book offers bits of advice for potential dog parents.

In this short guide, Rose-Solomon (JJ the American Street Dog and How He Came to Live in Our House, 2015, etc.) takes readers on a walk through the ups and downs of canine adoption. Before welcoming any furry companions, writes Rose-Solomon, a certified humane education specialist through Humane Society University, families should consider several factors, including the cost, the energy it takes to properly care for a pet, and the breed that matches a particular lifestyle. They should also contemplate whether they can safely integrate dogs into their homes. Divided into five segments, this primer begins by posing several common-sense questions for the prospective pet owner, including: “Will there be a new baby in the house any time soon?” If an individual feels ready for the responsibility of minding an animal, Rose-Solomon gently recommends adopting a rescue dog instead of using a breeder because there are so many canines in need of forever homes. She briefly discusses some places for dog adoption, including shelters, rescue organizations, and online resources like petfinder.com and adopt-a-pet.com, which contain databases with thousands of animal bios. Safety tidbits include the author’s assertion that a skateboard’s wheels in motion may sound like a threatening growl to a dog. Using the pronoun “he” to refer to all canines and briefly touching on an array of broad subjects—like housebreaking—the book offers more than 100 internet links for further investigation, which may be a negative if the links change over time. Charming black-and-white drawings of dogs and people pepper the text, and shaded boxes give additional, often illuminating snippets to ponder. For example, the author posits “Black Dog Syndrome”—or a superstitious fear of black pooches—as one reason why it’s more difficult to find homes for these canines. Rose-Solomon rounds out her brisk, upbeat handbook with an index and bibliography for further investigation. Though not a comprehensive manual, the easy-to-browse volume delivers time-tested tips that are useful steppingstones for beginning a healthy, happy relationship with a frisky family member.

An insightful, smoothly written, and useful guide for new canine owners.

Pub Date: Sept. 15, 2016

ISBN: 978-0-9857690-4-8

Page count: 194pp

Publisher: SOP3 Publishing

Review Posted Online: Sept. 30, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2016

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ADDITIONAL WORKS AVAILABLE

JJ Goes to Puppy Class

JJ Goes to Puppy Class, A Mom's Choice Award Winner is a beautifully illustrated story that helps pet loving families teach their children patience, consistency, kindness, responsibility and unconditional love- just some of the important values parents and educators endeavor to impart in school age children.

JJ The American Street Dog and How He Came to Live in Our House

“JJ The American Street Dog ” is a beautifully illustrated story about a homeless puppy, and a six-year-old girl named Maya who wants a dog. Potentially a perfect combination! Maya’s mom, however, has different ideas of how the family might obtain their first dog. In “JJ ” you will learn about pet homelessness and overpopulation, basic animal care, spay and neuter (worded appropriately for children), animal adoption and the unconditional love from a family pet.
Published: Dec. 10, 2012
ISBN: 9780985769017