The New York City dog community has so many facets, and in this DogSpin Q&A session we interviewed Jessica Tiare Bowen, the author of the children’s book “Park Avenue Pound Puppy“.
DogSpin: How did you decide to write a children’s book about a dog?
Jessica Tiare Bowen: At the time, I was teaching 1st and 2nd grade in the South Bronx, and realized there wasn’t a lot of children’s literature out there on responsible pet care. I wanted to create a book that teaches kids from a young age the importance of making adoption your first option when it comes to getting an animal, as well as the importance of only doing this if you can offer that pet a forever home.
DogSpin: What’s the basic story? What age is it for?
JTB: The story was written with my elementary-aged students in mind. The basic premise is: Have you ever walked by a pet shop window, and instantly fallen in love with the cute and cuddly puppies just begging to go home? That’s exactly the way that little Anabella feels when she sees Gillman the pink-nosed Chihuahua. Anabella’s mom and dad buy her the Chihuahua, but things take a twist when Anabella gets too busy to take care of her pooch, and Gillman finds himself in an animal shelter, wondering if he will find someone to give him a forever home.
DogSpin: We know you also publish http://www.usedyorkcity.com. Have you come across any interesting dog-related gems in NYC that you would like to share with readers?
JTB: My chihuahua Gillman (yes, the inspiration for the main character in the book!) and I love going to Boat Basin Cafe during the warmer months. I think he enjoys their grilled chicken more than I do their frozen margaritas!
DogSpin: What’s your favorite thing to do with your dog in New York City?
JTB: Since Gillman is a purse-sized pooch, and loves nothing more than to jump in the bag and go anywhere with me, I do take him just about everywhere. He’s sat in the dressing rooms at Bloomies, ridden on just about every subway line, and lounged on the couches of the SoHo Grand while his mommy has afternoon tea (another great dog-friendly place!) But our very favorite thing to do is people watch at Central Park from our bench…it’s part of his daily NYC routine.
If you are looking for a great kid’s gift with a heart-warming story about dogs in New York City, definitely check out “Park Avenue Pound Puppy“.
Q & A with Jessica Tiare Bowen, author of the children’s book, “Park Avenue Pound Puppy“,