MAGGIE: the dog who changed my life

MAGGIE: the dog who changed my life
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Monday, December 29, 2008

Barack Obama Promise to Adopt A Dog Motivated by Puppy Mill Dog

It was Jana Kohl, Psy.D., author of the book A Rare Breed of Love (Fireside, Simon and Schuster) who reached out to Barack Obama in 2005 regarding her campaign to end puppy mills. Jana Kohl's book was written to raise awareness about the need to end puppy mills and promote pet adoption. Obama's promise to adopt a dog was made to the author back then when the time came for his family to get a dog.

The cover of the current Winter 2008 issue of The American Dog Magazine features Obama with Baby, Kohl's 3-legged rescue dog and puppy mill survivor. This issue of The American Dog is expected to to become a collector's item. Baby, was rescued from a puppy-mill after being confined for nine years in a cage. She can't bark because her vocal chords were cut. Baby also lost a limb due to maltreatment. Since being adopted by Dr. Kohl, Baby advocates for other abused dogs and animals. Her plight also inspired a Congressional bill to end the inhumane practice of lifetime confinement of breeding dogs. "Baby's Bill" was proposed by bipartisan members of the House and Senate and will be voted upon in the next Congressional session.

Raising awareness of the need to end puppy mills is an issue near and dear to my heart. I donate 10% of my royalties from my book, Maggie: the dog who changed my life to Mainline Animal Rescue (MLAR) in PA, an organization devoted to raising awareness of the deplorable conditions in puppy mills and in ending them. Oprah featured MLAR on her show in 2008. I am proud to say that MAGGIE is recommended in the same issue of The American Dog that features Barack Obama and Baby on the cover.

Dawn Kairns
www.dawnkairns.com
Maggie: the dog who changed my life

Some information in today's blogpost is based on an article by CBH Communications and published on Nov 11, 2008, as well as the Winter 2008 issue of The American Dog Magazine.

2 comments :

Roberta said...

Oh, how inspirational. Very likely many(unrecognized) volunteers who help with the rescue cause are applauding with joy right now. Bravo!

Roberta Beach Jacobson
coauthor, Almost Perfect: Disabled Pets and the People Who Love Them

Dawn Kairns said...

I agree, Roberta!

Dawn Kairns
Author of MAGGIE: the dog who changed my life
www.dawnkairns.com