New Children's Book - MARLA WEARS A HALO - A True Rescue Story About Blind Dog Standard Poodle Marla And Her Forever Friend, Betty The Boxer

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Marla may be blind but she finds a wonderful purpose in life - spending time with children as they practice their reading skills. Follow Marla's journey from farm to Fredericksburg Virginia as Marla opens her Happy Adoption Day gift, a Muffin's Halo.

Blind Dog

Marla Wears A Halo

"This beautiful book truly touched my heart with its compassionate message. It is a must-have book for Blind Dog Owners/Advocates and children." Silvie Bordeaux - Inventor of Muffin's Halo

In Marla Wears A Halo, author Marla Beagle tells the tale of her dog’s life – A standard poodle, named Marla, rescued from a farm by a compassionate trio – a local enforcement official, a veterinarian, and boxer rescue group volunteers. Although Marla ultimately loses her sight, she perseveres and shares her time and life-story with children and adults. You will find Marla at a children’s summer program listening as they practice reading skills, visiting 250 second-graders, or spending an evening with a special-needs adult class. No matter the disability, Marla wants everyone to know that animals can adjust, and life will still be fun!
There is a sweet surprise element in this book that involves the last sentence being in braille.

Ms. Holly Frisch, President, Fredericksburg Chapter, National Federation of the Blind of Virginia and Volunteers for the Blind (VFB), Fredericksburg, Virginia, and VFB interns were instrumental in printing braille for the book. Holly’s mother always felt strongly about the calming influence animals have on children. “Marla Wears A Halo is a charmingly endearing book. I’m glad that children will be exposed to braille. It plays an essential, critical role in literacy for everyone who is either totally blind or has significantly limited vision,” said Holly.

Carol McElhaney Shelton writing as Marla Beagle, was born in the City of Alexandria and grew up in Yacht Haven Estates, Mount Vernon District, Fairfax County with her first standard poodle named Pierre. Carol and her husband are committed to helping dogs by transporting, sheltering, locating forever families, and donating a portion of each book sale to a non-profit animal rescue organization at the end of each month. This is Carol's second book. Her first book is called, "The Adventures of Hot Cocoa and Salt Water Taffy."

Hartwood Pet Lodge LLC, a rescue lodge, is in Stafford County, Hartwood Virginia, just a few miles from the City of Fredericksburg, Virginia. Carol enjoys reading to children at schools, libraries, summer schools/camps, preschools, and supporting fundraising events for non-profit animal rescue groups.

Muffin's Halo is a protective device that safeguards blind dogs from bumping into walls and hard surfaces. It's a great aid to help them become familiar with existing or new surroundings quicker.

With each purchase of the children's book, Marla Wears A Halo, and $10.00 will be donated to Second Chances for Blind Dogs non- profit organization (SCFBD), whose mission is to supply blind shelter/rescue dogs with Muffin's Halos. Those who volunteer with SCFBD, believe that when blind shelter/rescue dogs are provided halos, they have an improved chance of being adopted whereas the adopter can see the dog's full potential navigating with a halo. It helps take the stigma of blindness away.

Please purchase your copy today at or call 540.841.4260. You can also contact Carol Shelton aka Marla Beagle at poodletaxi(at)gmail(dot)com

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