‘Pawed’ by Happy, Lady & Lucy, the clever Cavaliers of Happy Lady Productions
May 3, 2013 finally arrived! We’d been awaiting this day with great anticipation. At 7 a.m. Arizona time, guests began to arrive for Gabriel’s Angels’ annual ‘Unleash the Love’ fundraising breakfast. Nearly 1,200 humans and more than 25 therapy dogs filled the Frank Lloyd Wright ballroom at the magnificent Arizona Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix. This was a very special day for Emily, our human mom. Her children’s picture book, Dogs Are… Just like You!, was at last introduced after a year in production. It was also the book that launched the idea for our family’s business: Happy Lady Productions publishes books to help animal rescue and pet therapy organizations.
Written many years ago, Dogs Are… Just Like You! gathered dust until one day, we heard Emily exclaim, “I’ll donate the rights to this book to Gabriel’s Angels. I’ll ask Patti Dubois, my friend and champion of rescue animals, to illustrate it. If we can raise $1,000 we can have it published and give one copy to each of the 175 dog-therapy teams for their kit.” It took a year to complete because all of the work was donated, but at last, today, it was ‘unleashed’ to the public.
Gabriels’ Angels is a non-profit that delivers healing Pet Therapy to abused and at-risk children, and the organization’s Therapy Teams will use the book to enhance the teaching of core behaviors to these children. Serving over 13,500 children annually, Gabriel’s Angels relies on 170 volunteer Pet Therapy Teams, consisting of an owner and their family pet, to change the lives of children. Dogs Are… Just Like You! features Gabriel’s Angels’ founding dog, a Weimaraner named Gabriel, and focuses on empathy, a core behavioral value promoted by Gabriel’s Angels.
After today’s breakfast, Emily was on hand to autograph books. We suspect that her hands must be sore for nearly every single copy was purchased and all of the money went to benefit the continuing efforts of Gabriel’s Angel’s.
Emily hopes to write several sequels to this book, each focusing on Gabriel’s Angels individual core behaviors. Stay tuned. As soon as we hear more, we’ll bark it from the rooftops!
Husband-and-wife creative team, photographer Dan Merchant and author Emily Randolph, run Happy Lady Productions, a philanthropic book publisher supporting animal rescue and pet therapy programs. Book titles include: It’s a King’s Life series featuring, thus far, the cities of Carmel and Phoenix, ‘Some Days You’re the Dog… Some Days, the Hydrant!’, ‘Dogs Are… Just Like You!’ – a book specially produced for Gabriel’s Angels, and ‘Limericks by The Brothers Randolph’.