Author launches debut in series of books to help families better understand their pets
Transforming her real-life certified therapy dog into a cartoon character that takes centre stage in her series of books, the author shares her learnings on how to understand, treat and get the most from your canine buddy
The global pandemic has changed our lives in many ways. It has forced us to go within and seek for ideas to heal ourselves. Every human being across the world has been impacted by this and a huge reset button has been pressed.
In these hugely challenging times, the introduction of a pet into the family dynamic has proved a comfort to many; and whilst the last year has seen the average cost of a puppy skyrocket, tragically it has also seen a huge increase in abandoned animals.
This backdrop provided the catalyst for the start of Parnita’s literary journey. Basing her series of illustrated books on Leo, her seven and a half-year-old certified therapy dog Parnita’s stories are aimed at children and all those with a love or association with dogs.
Parnita’s perceptive and intuitive writing style tells both sides of Leo’s story – the experiences of the loving family that dotes on its pet, but who, as a therapy dog, supports so many in the greater community. Then Leo shares his thoughts on life. From him we learn how to understand our canine friends and what we can do as humans to make the journey that lays ahead as exciting as possible for all parties.
Lil’ Leo the Chosen One brings to life the story of Parnita Senjit’s real-life certified therapy dog as a cartoon character complete with a black and white scarf.
In this the first of her planned series, the reader is taken right back to day one when Parnita and her family choose Leo from the litter. Sharing how the family felt selecting the puppy that was to become an integral part of their lives, the author cleverly offers up Leo’s perspective on the situation – his feelings and thoughts on being selected by his new ‘family’.
Leo is a certified therapy dog who has been actively involved in helping children read, as well as spending time making friends of the elderly in care homes.
In this first introduction to Leo’s world, as well as in planned future editions, each story will focus on a particular theme and will evolve as our canine protagonist grows up. The book also includes helpful dos and don’ts all of which have been devised to maximise the joy enjoyed by both owner and dog.
Throughout the series readers are treated to many of the small, entertaining, and unique real-life events that have shaped Leo’s personality and further developed the love and bond he enjoys with the Senjit family.
About the author:
Parnita Senjit is an artist, a portrait artist, wellness coach and a motivational speaker. She is known to induce creativity in all aspects of her profession and has used her skills and experience in working with children and adults alike.
She has blended her love for canines, keen interest in psychology and passion for wellbeing to help her clients. She has not only worked with her clients adopt a healthy lifestyle but has also worked with children to embrace art through her art classes.
For the past few years, Parnita has been associated with the Dog Alliance of Austin, Texas. She and Leo who is a certified therapy dog have been actively involved in helping children read and spending time with the elderly in care homes. She was also invited to hold one of the sessions in “Meditation with Art” program run by the Buddha temple of Austin.
The Dog Alliance of Austin have endorsed the book.
Therapy dogs like Leo use their social instincts and learned social skills to provide health, social-emotional, and cognitive benefits for individuals with specific challenges. As members of our Bow Wow Therapy Dog program, Leo and Parnita Senjit shared their positive attitudes and encouragement with children needing more confidence in reading. Leo's soft eyes and mere presence helps a child relax and be more receptive to learning. This canine therapy team brought their warmth and smiles to senior citizens welcoming the companionship. Leo has been providing a calming influence for dementia patients. Although we label Leo as a "working dog", for him it is a natural extension of his personality and his innate connection with people."
Publisher: Just Bear With Us
ISBN No: 978-1-8384890-0-7
Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1838489010
Author’s websites: www.parnitasenjit.com www.balancingbridge.com
Lil Leo's twitter handle @OneLittleLeo