Lovable canine Oreo is set to make his second appearance at Books & Books, Camana Bay, this month to launch the children’s book “Oreo’s Tail.”
The book is the second in the “Hello My Name is Oreo” series by local author and Oreo’s owner Juliette Heath.
Oreo – who is listed as the author – is an American Bulldog/Pit bull puppy who was born on Cayman. The books are written from Oreo’s perspective and tell the story of his adventures with his many four-legged friends.
As well as being a fun story for little ones to read, the books are aimed at educating children on how to care for dogs and at raising awareness about Cayman’s unwanted pet population.
“Having volunteered at the Cayman Islands Humane Society for several years and having personally fostered, rescued and re-homed many dogs on island, I am all too aware of the problems faced by the rescue groups here in Cayman,” Heath said.
“There is a never-ending supply of animals that require homing, spaying, neutering and proper care and attention and unfortunately, there is just not enough room to accommodate them all, and many wonderful dogs that would make incredible pets end up being euthanized, no matter how hard we try to prevent this from happening.
“I think a lot of people are just unaware of this and don’t realize the magnitude of the problem. I don’t believe anyone would want these animals to be killed or to suffer. We just really need to get the word out there and hopefully this series of books will contribute to that, albeit in a small way.”
The first in the series, “Puppy Dogs Tails,” tells the story of how Oreo’s parents Amaze and Tank met and fell in love and the unexpected birth of Oreo and his brothers Kaffi, Bo and Chico.
“Oreo’s Tail” continues the story of the puppies’ adventures as they prepare to move to their forever homes.
Heath rescued Oreo when he was a puppy and says that his friendly, outgoing nature has been her main source of inspiration for the series.
“I have always wanted to write children’s books and have loved animals since I was a child. After rescuing Oreo, it seemed a great way to combine the passion I have for animals, children and writing. I believe teaching children compassion through caring for animals contributes hugely to their overall development.”
She added, “The most important thing to me is that people enjoy my books and hopefully learn something from them. The books are a combination of fact and fiction with the intention of bringing awareness about some of the problems dogs face here in Cayman, and across the world.”
Heath will do a short reading and will be available to sign copies, and Oreo will also be on hand to meet and greet on May 10 at 10:30 a.m. There will also be spot prizes. Ten percent of the sale of each book is donated to animal welfare programs in Cayman.