It’s February, 2007, And A Pup Has Become A Protagonist
Aspiring authors are frequently given the same good advice: “Write what you know; look first in your own backyard.” That’s meant to be metaphorical advice, but, luckily for us, Vicki Misenheimer took it very literally. And when she looked out into her backyard, she saw I Love Little Lucy (better known simply as Lulu), one of the family’s dachshunds, and slated soon to be the star of a book.
Lucy’s story could have easily had an unhappy ending. Shipped from a cage on a Kansas farm cross-country to a mall in North Carolina, then being left there on the top tier of a pile of kennels is not conducive to optimism. Especially when you’re a frightened pup who’s first marked down for quick holiday sale, then put “on hold” by a family who never comes back to claim you. But fate stepped in. A young woman whose mother already owned a dachshund saw the sad tale unfolding and knew that she had to do something.
Soon, the forlorn pup was in her Forever Home, but even then it wasn’t smooth sailing. The incumbent ‘hund took a dim view of the newcomer, and it took the intervention of a professional trainer to bring peace and harmony to the household.
Lulu’s new mom was Vicki Misenheimer, who has long felt a calling to teach and tell stories, and that calling was never more needed. She and her two daughters had just returned to the Triad area of North Carolina (12 counties in the northwest part of the state, centering around Winston-Salem, Greensboro and High Point) after years in California, and Lulu was just what was needed to help them in their period of adjustment. Vicki had long made up stories about the family’s pet animals for her daughters, and now that the daughters were growing, it seemed time to share those stories with the world.
So Vicki has published the tale of Lulu in a book with the somewhat daunting title of “I Love Little Lucy”/The Tails Of Wienerville – Livin’ Long In North Carolina. The title is almost as long as the dog. Knowing that a book aimed at young people would need illustrations, Vicki turned to her daughter, Katherine Voznik, who has supplied the lively artwork.
Vicki is selling the book herself, and it’s not a bid to just make money. Out of the very nominal $10 price tag, she donates a dollar to animal rescue and another dollar to help abused women and children.
These books make good gifts, and you can have them for $10 each, which you can send to
P. O. Box 473
Jamestown NC 27282.
You can contact Vicki by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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