When I was in school, I had no idea there was a possibility of working outdoors, or getting paid to work with dogs,
Steamboat Springs, CO (PRWEB) September 15, 2010
Wild Hearts: Dog Sledding the Rockies author and photographer, Dagny McKinley hits the road to talk to kids about dog sledding and opportunities for kids to work and play in the outdoors.
This winter, McKinley is ready to drive across the country to talk to school children of all ages about working outdoors and how it has changed her life for the better. All McKinley asks is any school or organization purchase 10 books (which can be used as incentives for reading and writing contests, or for the school library) and she will travel anywhere in the United States with her sled dog, Alma Rose, to help encourage kids to embrace the outdoors and understand the opportunities available to them. Schools in Alaska and Hawaii need purchase 20 books for a visit. Discounts are available if several schools in the same town are interested. Talks are tailored to specific age groups. The author covers all travel expenses.
McKinley’s talk includes a slide show as well as ‘petting time’ with Alma Rose and some howling like a sled dog. “It’s the moment when you see one child’s eyes light up with possibilities that makes it all worth it,” says McKinley.
McKinley spent three years photographing the dogs she worked with at Grizzle-T Dog and Sled Works. With over 100 dogs, it was hard to take a bad picture. When guests became interested, she decided to turn the effort into a book. Thus, Wild Hearts: Dog Sledding the Rockies was born. The book covers the daily life of a sled dog and looks at the beauty and wildness in these amazingly loyal, passionate animals.
“When I was in school, I had no idea there was a possibility of working outdoors, or getting paid to work with dogs,” says McKinley who spent three seasons as a volunteer backcountry ranger in Yosemite National Park and most recently as a dog sledding tour guide. “Kids should know that there are options besides becoming a doctor or a lawyer. Outdoor opportunities provide people a place to grow their independence and self confidence and become connected with the natural world.”
McKinley’s website DogSleddingTheRockies.com offers a quiz on dog sledding, photos, a preview of her book and more. McKinley has been interviewed on NPR’s Dog Talk with Tracie Hotchner and has spoken at schools and bookstores across the country.
For more information on Wild Hearts: Dog Sledding the Rockies and opportunities for your town:
Contact: Dagny McKinley
Company: Undiscovered Earth
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