"Getting Lucky": A Children’s Book About a Dog with a Message for Everyone

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Though "Getting Luck" is a children's book about how a doomed German Shepherd dog is rescued, it has a message for dog lovers of all ages about the need to care for your pets and consider a "rescue dog" when looking for a companion animal.

Marla Nicoll of Midland, Michigan has written, illustrated and published a children’s book with a message for dog lovers titled "Getting Lucky." "Getting Lucky" (http://www.gettingluckythedog.com) is the story of how she and her husband rescued a German Shepherd-mix dog from certain doom one winter morning in 2002. While it is written for youngsters, the story is one from which people of all ages can learn an important lesson.

The dog, appropriately named "Lucky," was picked up from a municipal dog pound in mid-Michigan literally minutes from the time she was scheduled to be euthenized. "Lucky was scheduled to be put down at 9:40 a.m.," said author Marla Nicoll. "My husband was able to pick her up within 30 minutes of her last appointment." After a trip to the veterinarian for a check up, shots and two baths, Lucky made herself at home with the Nicolls.

Learning About Lucky

Marla Nicoll heard about Lucky’s plight on a radio program while she was driving to her job as a fourth grade school teacher. Calling her husband from the car to go and pick up the doomed pooch, she told him "I just have a feeling about this dog." Her instincts were correct. The aptly named Lucky quickly integrated into the Nicoll household. "She really seemed to appreciate us right away," Nicoll said. "Lucky is like so many adopted or 'rescue dogs.' She knows what life as a stray is like and appreciates the care and attention we give her. Lucky works very hard at making us happy with her."

Why Write The Book?

Marla Nicoll originally wrote "Getting Lucky" to entertain her class in Saginaw, Michigan. "The first version of the book was homemade. I would read it to the class as a break or reward for their hard work," she said. "But after the first few readings, my students started asking where they could get a copy. That is when we decided to publish "Getting Lucky." Selling the first copies to students and people in her hometown, the book became popular because of its entertaining layout and important message; people must take responsibility for their pets. The only way to fight the problem of pet overpopulation are responsible pet owners and breeders. Getting Lucky is helping raise awareness of the need for responsible pet ownership.

Where To Buy Getting Lucky

Lucky is one of the millions of dogs who need a home. If you are interested in adopting a pet, check with your local animal control or shelter. If you are unable to adopt a pet, consider making a donation to a pet shelter. To purchase a copy of Getting Lucky, go to her website at http://www.gettingluckythedog.com.

Meet Lucky The Dog

Lucky is a playful German Shepherd mix. She loves to play ball, chase squirrels and bark at the mailman. Lucky is one of tens of thousands of lost, mistreated, or abandoned pets that need a place to stay. If you have room in your home and family and are interested in a pet, please consider a dog or cat from a city pound, or shelter.

For More Information Contact

Harold Nicoll

5608 Evergreen

Midland, Michigan


hgnicoll @ sbcglobal.net

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