About The Series!
Welcome to the world of Pawsitive Tails where kids and canines succeed! Join Gracie Girl, a spunky old therapy dog and her Friends, as they experience kid challenges and exuberant celebrations. We are thrilled to have you as our website guest, enjoy!
About the Series
Pawsitive Tails is a Children’s Book Series based upon real kids and real dogs meeting life’s opportunities with courage and fun. The inspiration to write the series developed over time.
It all began several years ago when the author’s young son was hospitalized with a serious illness. Never leaving the bedside, the entire family experienced a time of worry and helplessness. Day five, which began as another emotional day, suddenly became much brighter with a visit from the hospital’s therapy dog team. A pleasant surprise visit that included a wagging tail and fluffy ears brought a piece of happiness, hope and new energy to the son and to the entire family. It was on that day that SuZanne Rogers committed to herself that she too would someday provide support and kindness to others via Therapy Dog work.
Years later, the step to become a Therapy Dog Team was completed. SuZanne and Golden Retriever, Grace, completed many levels of obedience and therapy training concluding with the honors of AKC’s Canine Good Citizen Certification and multiple levels of DomestiPups Therapy Dog Certifications. The second step included happily working hundreds of hours as a Therapy Dog Team in schools, nursing homes and hospitals. During this time, the desire to supplement therapy visits with an actual book developed. One summer evening during SuZanne’s son’s baseball game, the desire of writing a children’s picture book transformed from thought to action. Kathy Byar, Abby Devin and Tammi Wald encouraged SuZanne to begin a book project to share her Pet Therapy experiences with families around the world. “I thank them for that wonderful nudge.” – SuZanne Rogers. The amazing project to write, illustrate and publish Pawsitve Tails began the next day.
The Pawsitive Tails Series is provided under the LLC, Character Counts. Established in 2011 with Grant and SuZanne Rogers as Co-Presidents, Character Counts LLC will focus on the creation and delivery of services that expand character development, goodwill, skill growth and enjoyment. The book series is the perfect product to kick off this venture with it’s commitment to Children and Pet Therapy successes.
“With sincere gratitude and appreciation, we would like to thank the many family members, friends and talented professionals involved in the success of creating and delivering Pawsitive Tails.” – SuZanne Rogers, Author
My husband Grant, sons Jack and Sam and my Therapy Dogs Gracie Girl and Bo Jolly, the true loves and spirits in my life.
My parents Maxine and Jerry Stark for instilling a lifetime platform of confidence and creativity.
Terie, Casey and Little Boy Bru of The Rockies Holmquist for providing pawsitive endless energy.
Scott, Toni and Scott Stark who provided plenty of smiles.
Eric Rogers for inspiring fearless art.
Our friends who are active in our lives with the pups, Sydney and Carrie Gottsch, Robin Nelson, Diane Ostrowski, Lisa Gutschow, Courtney Heisey, Lorita Johnson and Linda Rivera.
Pat McCoy, a talented and helpful force in the art and technical avenues of writing.
Administrators Ryan Lindquist, Deb Madden, Mike Tomjack; Counselor Deb Wesch; Educators Molly Krivohlavich, Andi Nietfeld, Sue Saalfeld, Synda Tindall, Vicki Anderson, Adel Valasek, Marie Matuella, Patti Lorensen, Sara Bivens, Lisa Donahoe; and PTO Presidents Kris Perry and Sara Lange, who were innovative in bringing Pet Therapy learning into the school environment.
BonaFide Dog Academy for the wonderful obedience training and shared “dog knowledge”.
Domesti-PUPS for the professional Pet Therapy Program plus the talented Therapy Teams of Mako Jacobs with Jozee and Mia, Pam Baldwin with Moses, Pam Burgess with Fire, Melissa Gustafson with Kody, Marty Armentrout with Saba, Mary Timmins with Ollie, Kathy Torres with Charlie, Gail Kenkel with Ivy, Cindy Gustafson with Maggie, Shady Stanton with Sarge, Tracie Nielsen with Maggie, Jayne Nielsen with Meeka.
Amber & Rob Photography for the fantastic family photography.
Jerry Morrisey of Arrow Creative Group for the shared enthusiasm and support.
Jon Stark for his sincerity and magical ability to meld imagination and technology into something great.
Bryan Lisbona and his mother, Margie Lisbona, for the generous sharing of knowledge and consulation.
Kelli Zaugg for the beautiful illustrations and for sharing in the morning rituals with the pups.