This is a blog by Champ, the rescued dog that survived terrible abuse to become an icon of hope to many, and a symbol that there are better tomorrows after the storm. Champ owes his survival to SAFE Rescue, a California no-kill shelter that nursed him back to health. Champ is a 'pawthor' now, having written his own book Champ: My Story of Survival, with his biodographer, Fiona Ingram. Champ hopes to stop animal abuse and help people love animals everywhere.
I have some excellent news to share with my
friends and followers. My biodographer Fiona Ingram has been working on a new
book about a famous dog from Fiji called Poppy. It’s called The Poppy Project. Poppy
met with a terrible accident one day. She was originally a hunting dog and her
job was to root about in the bushes and chase the wild pigs for hunters. Oh my
gosh, Poppy got in the way of a hunting machete and half her nose got cut
off. She ran off and for weeks she just tried to find food by digging in
dustbins, although her snout was in such bad shape she could hardly eat. But
the Anjil for Aminals is always on duty and guided Poppy’s footsteps to a
school where the very kind headmaster found her. He contacted the Nadi Clinic
of Animals Fiji (they save lots of animals in Fiji) and they took Poppy in.
More good news! People all over the world heard
about Poppy’s plight through Facebook and sent money to pay for an operation on
her nose. Poppy got famous pretty quickly and then when Bondi Vet of Animal
Planet heard about her … well, she was possibly the most famous dog from Fiji!
Poppy had a life saving operation so she could eat and breathe properly and she
got a new Fur-Ever Family that loves her to bits. Poppy is such a happy dog
now, living a wonderful life in Australia. But she hasn’t forgotten all the
needy animals left behind in Fiji, which is a very poor country.
Poppy was in very bad shape!
Fiona and Poppy decide to write down Poppy’s
story about how she went from thin and starving to happy and healthy, and to
use the money from the sales of the book to help Animals Fiji. Poppy’s story
made me cry (at the sad part) but then it made me smile and laugh all the way
because it is so happy. Poppy wrote a Pretty Ever After Poem, telling readers
how she was worried that people would run away from her because she looked ugly. But you
can learn a lesson here: everyone is beautiful because it does not matter what
you look like on the outside … it’s the inside that counts!
What's inside the book? Oooh, lots of interesting stuff. Poppy also has an
exciting adventure (Poppy’s Beach Adventure) in which she saves a little girl
called Samantha from bullies at the beach. Poppy is a smart dog and she loves
teaching people about Fiji. Poppy’s Classroom Capers will test your general knowledge
about Australia and Fiji (don’t worry – the answers are at the back!). If you
want to know how to help animals in general, Poppy includes loads of tips about
caring for animals and making a difference.
Poppy all healed and looking pretty!
There are some sad photos because Poppy had
a very bad time, but mostly there are photos of Poppy looking just gorgeous and
being happy with her family. If you want to learn more about Poppy or to say hello, Poppy has a Facebook page as well. She loves to hear from people. If you want to know more about Animals Fiji and the fantastic job they do in helping Fiji's animals, then please visit their Facebook page as well. Animals Fiji needs a lot of support because they are trying to raise money to build a new clinic.
Please support Poppy and Animals Fiji by telling
everyone about this 5-star book. It’s available on Amazon and you can be even nicer by
leaving a review to say what you thought. Animal lovers of the world must stick
together and make the planet a safe, loving place for all animals.
I’m so glad my biodographer Fiona Ingram
is back into blogging after her poor doggie Chloe got so badly bitten. (Don’t
worry, she is all better now!) I can’t manage to post any blogs without her
Anyway, in the meantime, I’ve been reading a fantastic book about birds. It’s
called Little Bird Lost. “Birds?” you may ask. Not dogs? Today this book review
is about birds. I don’t usually get to see birds up close because they are so
high off the ground, and apart from my own experience with the Pigeon Ladies
Flying Club in my adventure (where I kept my eyes shut most of the time), I
only see them flying high above me. I had never seen a baby bird either, until I
read this book about a little bird that may have been lost.
Oooh, it was nail-biting to say the
least. Steve and Kate Larkinson wrote this book after Steve found a nest of baby
swallows under the eaves of a bakery (Not sure what eaves are but it must be
high off the ground). Anyway, there were supposed to be four baby birds, and
then one of the babies disappeared. I was so worried that I chewed my paw-nails!
Had it fallen out of the nest? Would the mommy and daddy bird find it? Where
could it be? Was it scared?
The best thing about this book—actually
two best things—are the photos and the way the story is told in rhyme. The
photos are so clear that I was astonished to see what a baby bird looks like up
close. The rhymes made me want to sing along. I loved this book to bits and I
hope Steve and Kate write more books so people can learn about nature and animals and wildlife. I give this wonderful book five stars. Oh
yes, there’s a cute video on YouTube that I just loved!