About The Book
Bringing Home A New Puppy
By Donna Eliason and Milada Copeland
Illustrated By Heidi Darley
He’s leaving the ranch—mom, dad and his litter mates. Follow Zade - the border collie puppy - as he arrives in and settles into his new home. What’s it like to be a new puppy and a new owner building a relationship? Learn with Zade and his new family as they tackle the basics.
Meet Zade! gives children a short, wonderful introduction to the essentials of raising a dog, wisdom that many adults will find worth reading. - Ted Kerasote, New York Times best-selling author of Merle’s Door and Pukka’s Promise.
Meet Zade! is a wonderful resource for children, and even new adult pet parents, about the proper, loving, and humane ways to introduce and care for a new canine member of the family. As a veterinarian who has guided adults and children into the how’s and why’s of animal care-taking for over three decades, I think this book captures the core of what it means to participate in that special and magical human-canine bond. - Kimberly Henneman, DVM, DACVSMR – veterinary specialist, author, educator, caretaker of dogs.
A young boy takes care of a new puppy in this debut illustrated children’s book. Zade is one of several puppies born on a ranch. When Zade is 8 weeks old, he is adopted by ... Connor and his family, who live in a city. The city is very different from the ranch, and Zade must learn new rules in dealing with this human family. ... Connor helps his pals know the right signals to give Zade to become his friend and to keep him from jumping up. Connor also learns a lot about all the care that Zade needs and how even though the boy is a canine owner, he should “never approach a strange dog—that can be dangerous.” Eliason and Copeland, both canine trainers, introduce characters and concepts in simple language, focusing particularly on drawing connections between puppies’ feelings and kids’ emotions: “Puppies are just as nervous about changes as little children.” In this series opener, the authors acknowledge Zade’s feelings—that he will miss his parents—without making leaving the ranch seem traumatic since clearly the puppy loves his new family. Sections of the accessible text are broken down by topic, allowing young readers easy stopping points to pause and digest the information. Darley’s sweet illustrations of children are reminiscent of the style of the Precious Moments Company, and some of the pooches evoke Gustaf Tenggren’s classic Poky Little Puppy. A Utah artist, Darley gives the simple line and color paintings depth and action that capture the enthusiasm of a puppy. Some images show moments not explained in the text—a poodle is depicted by a doghouse, and pictures of Connor or Zade with balls are featured. But the dog training techniques Darley portrays, particularly the posture to keep a canine from jumping, are incredibly helpful. - Kirkus Reviews
About The Authors
Donna Eliason, Milada Copeland, and Heidi Darley collaborated on Meet Zade! to help families learn how to bring home a new puppy and transform him or her into a forever family member. They believe the amazing bond between dogs and their people takes a little work to establish, but is an incredible joy that enriches everyone. Donna Eliason is a professional animal trainer with over forty-five years of experience training horses and dogs. A life-long volunteer with animal rescue groups who’s helped find forever homes for countless animals, Donna loves to help people learn to get the most out of the relationship with their dogs. She raised two sons (and many of their friends) on a small working farm, and currently lives in Utah with her husband and four border collies. Milada Copeland is an animal lover and part-time dog trainer, and a recently retired Army officer with a professional career in IT security. She has volunteered for animal rescue organizations, focusing on helping dogs settle into their new homes and become good canine citizens. She lives in Utah with her husband and two dogs—a border collie and a herding mixed breed. Heidi Darley is an illustrator, artist, author, and dog lover who lives in Utah with her two standard poodles and family. She has been illustrating for thirty-five years and is excited to combine her two loves: dogs and illustrating.