Thursday, February 27, 2014

Join the fight

I asked the authors whose stories and poems will be in the book we are about to publish, to help animal shelters, (you can find the author pages on the right side bar) to write a few words about what it means to them to participate in my "Read for Animals project.
Cindy J. Smith was the first to reply, but before I add her reply, let me tell you a little story about her. She sent me her two books filled with her amazing poems. As soon as I opened the first book and read one poem to my hubby, he snatched the book from my hand and started reading it.
Since then - it happened about 3 months ago - Cindy's books earned a permanent place on my hubby's side of the kitchen table. He reads a poem with morning coffee and sometimes he reads them out loud.

A few minutes ago Cindy responded to my post and 4 minutes (I'm not kidding four minutes) later she posted this poem.

A few of us artists
Have joined the fight
To save furry friends
From a terrible plight

Pictures, stories and poems
Share with you their love
Show we are grateful
For these gifts from above

Come on over and see
Our pet family
To shelters that aide them
We give the royalty

The poems are just pouring out of this woman, I would love to borrow her muse sometimes.

Praying cat

Connie's praying cat, Zoom

Pups in the snow

Akasha - the foster mom teaching pups about snow. The picture was sent by Elisha

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Funny animals

It's so much fun to imagine what animals thinking or would say, judging by their facial expressions and body postures. Enjoy this short video

A rosette of puppies

This picture was sent by Elisha of puppies. So cute, it looks like a rosette of puppies. So adorable!


The first donation to help animals shelters has arrived from a dedicated animal lover!
Someone purchased a hoodie for her doggy from the gift shop that is dedicated to selling gift items to help animals.
Here is what a dog parent purchased for her dog, and I hope they will see this post and send us a picture of their handsome boy or beautiful girl wearing the hoodie

There are lots more gift items in the store, such as

Take a look, you might find something that would interest you and you can use or wear

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Read to help animals

Welcome to my blog, enjoy your visit.
-Erika M Szabo

I started my Read for Animals project because I learned to love and respect animals from my parents, especially from my father. He risked his neck climbing up a tree to put a fallen baby squirrel back into the nest, fixed the broken beak of a young stork with – of course what else – duct tape. But it worked; the stork came back next summer to nest on top of the school building.

Together with a few author friends we are putting a book together that will benefit many of our furry, feathered and scaly friends. There are lots of animal lovers out there who don't know how to help, or they feel that a donation of $2-3 is not enough, but buying this book will make them feel that they are helping animals while enjoying the short stories in the book.

I never had a pet that came from a puppy-mill or breeders, and I never had a pure-bred dog or cat. All my pets were either adopted from shelters, or they found us. We live in the Catskill mountains and unfortunately the "summer people" who rent a home or own one as summer home, often bring puppies and kittens with them for the entertainment for their kids for the summer. When autumn comes, they move back to the cities where pets are a nuisance or not allowed in the apartment building.
Some of them just close the door behind them leave the animals outside to fend for themselves. Since we moved to the country side from the Bronx over 20 years ago, eight cats and three dogs found us and stayed with us until they had to go to animal heaven

I want to help animals in need, any way I can. So being a writer, I thought that I could use my God given talent of story telling to help struggling animal shelters. Our furry, feathered and scaly friends who are not adopted from shelters need our help to survive, they depend on us for food, shelter and loving homes.

I wrote a few funny and true stories about my pets, fox pups that grew up in my backyard. I invited a few author friends to join me in this project to publish a book Read for Animals and donate the money collected from the sales after publishing fees to different animal shelters every three months.

If you would like to join us in our effort to help struggling animal shelters, please purchase this book when it's published. Thank you for your help.

The book will be published soon, we are in the process of selecting and editing the stories, formatting and then publishing the book in ebook and print.