A well-known local dog is the main character in a new children’s book. In “Rossi the Approval Poodle,” Oklahoma City’s own Rossi, a fluffy and adorable Black Standard Poodle “Shares 5 Rules for Living a Happier and Healthier Life” according to the book’s subtitle.
Written by Rossi’s human Judy Savage, also of Oklahoma City, the book features glossy photographs taken by Melissa Dense Clark, teaching kids to 1) Respect; 2) Obey; 3) Be Safe; 4) Be Social; 5) Be Important. Rossi “approves of good behavior that helps everyone be happy,” Savage writes in the book. That’s how Rossi got the nickname “Approval Poodle.”
Rossi is a certified therapy dog and is a celebrity canine around town for all her hard work. She helps kids read at Oklahoma libraries, makes sick people feel better in area hospitals and visits schools regularly, spreading joy wherever she goes.
“Rossi and I have a front-row seat at many miracles. I just hold the leash and she makes the magic happen,” Savage said in a news release.
Savage said the idea for the book came when her 4-year-old granddaughter, Jane Marie, stopped acting up when she noticed that her behavior mattered to Rossi.
"I realized that Rossi was a type of mentor to my grandchildren and that this Black Standard Poodle could be one to others as well,” Savage said. “The children look forward to Rossi’s paw print stamp of approval on their little hands.”
The book is edited by Lillie-Beth Brinkman, assistant features editor at The Oklahoman. Suzanne Green, a graphic artist at The Oklahoman designed the book. Rossi and Savage will appear at a book signing at 10 a.m. Dec. 8. at Full Circle Bookstore in 50 Penn Place.
The book costs $12.95 and is classified as a self-improvement book for children. It is sold locally Casey’s Gift Store, 9305 N Penn, in Mercy Hospital Gift Shop, 4300 W Memorial Road, and Full Circle Bookstore in 50 Penn Place. You can also purchase the book and find more information about Rossi, go to rossitheapprovalpoodle.com.
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