Ciaran has produced a masterpiece of fiction that is full of fact, insight, story, education, and illumination. For instance, what does adoption look like in the US, compared to ... oh, say, Switzerland, where there are no shelters or strays. Where you have to take a 4-hour course before getting a dog. Where... well, watch the video and learn more about the differences between them and us and... why WE, as a country, as a dog loving community, as a society, can finally win the war on puppy mills.
You'll learn so much in this one almost 40 minute video, you'll be writing to ask me to have Ciaran on again, I have no doubt.
Ciaran tells us in the video that this is the first book ever written intended to be rejected. You'll see what he means by that when you watch.
The cornerstone of the story, of the book, is respect. Respect for dogs as living, breathing, feeling creatures. But, even more than that, respect for the fact that there is a war going on, a war on puppy mills! A war that can only be won, one way: by education the people who buy dogs online!
“Anyone can love a dog, BUT respecting a dog takes a lot of work and a lot of research.”
Ciaran tells us that this story, this book, One Eyed Leo, is a simple program of project management for owning a dog. It's a more successful way to look at the problem of dogs being dropped off at shelters or adopted and then taken back.
The book goes into how animals are considered, respected, or abandoned. I love how the story is told from Leo's viewpoint and how he strives to teach his children the necessary tasks they need to perform to adopt him.
Ciaran shares the dollars and cents of it all. Billions of dollars. Supporting puppy mills. Did you know - every 4.5 seconds a dog enters a shelter for the first time. Every 30 seconds to one minute, a dog is euthanized. Puppy mills rely on parents being misinformed or uninformed. They make $130 every second - and since many sales at a puppy mill are not recorded, they pay little or no taxes.
Who supports them, then? We do! Tax paying citizens do. Because we have not taken the time to be informed - not just about how they operate their cruel businesses, but how we might put them out of business. We prefer to live in la-la land where life is beautiful all the time and all the dogs get good homes and if they don't, it's not our fault.
Maybe it is our fault. Yep, I'm pointing a finger at all of you. And myself. What can we do, besides adopting all the dogs the world over? We can BECOME informed now. Watch this video. Buy Ciaran's book. Enjoy the beautiful artwork by artist Oksana Veber. It's phenomenally good!
You can and should get the book for yourself, a friend, a relative, anyone thinking of getting a dog or anyone who knows someone with a dog. That's how good and how important it is.
It's the best way to win the puppy mill war, folks.
Peek Inside the book:
The book is full of learning tasks for the children - Why is that so important?
Within a logical and functional understanding what is ‘Respect’ the book tries to
- The pet; take children and adults to a place where they ‘delight’ in the dog being part of their world. And equally a place where the dog fully understands who and what this forever home is all about,
- Autonomy; everyone – and the dog – knows what their duties and obligations are.
- Clarity of attachment; by the end of the book, everyone understands the basics in detail; dog’s expected life span, daily requirements, second by second required behaviour in certain circumstances (when a dog is eating, critical expressions of body language, etc).
The book is structured as: (i) a love story, (ii) narrative, (iii) learning tasks, (iv) technical expert support for parents; covering issues such as medical, legal, insurance, how to source a dog, how not to source a dog, choosing a dog trainer, and how to protect your pet if your legal status changes.
In the end, the book is both about a specific conversation which happens around the world each and every day (why can't I have a dog?) and about where those dogs might come from. It then goes into how family dynamics change when we adopt a dog, and how we should educate ourselves on how to handle that dynamic successfully. With love and respect.
And yes, it's about how to put puppy mills out of business.