Review of Scruffy: Our Loyal Pandemic Pooches and the Good, the Bad, and the Crazy Haircuts We Gave Them
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Scruffy: Our Loyal Pandemic Pooches and the Good, the Bad, and the Crazy Haircuts We Gave Them
Written by Shelley Ross
All Ages | 196 Pages
Publisher: Scruffy Book Publishing | ISBN-13: 978-0578745244
What to expect: Dogs, Haircuts, and the Pandemic
When the world went into COVID-19 pandemic lockdown mode, dog owners everywhere were no longer able to take their dogs to the groomers. Instead, they took on the task of giving haircuts to their lovable pups—with often hilarious results. The idea for Scruffy was born when Shelley Ross, President of The Cure Alliance, spotted a Facebook photo of a pup-cut a friend had given her pooch. This clever book takes readers on a visual journey of the good, the bad, and the crazy haircuts pups received from their humans during the lockdown.
From doodles to sheepdogs living all around the world, there’s a new dog to meet on almost every page. The pages are filled with adorable and humorous before and after haircut photographs, along with dialog written from the pups’ viewpoints, which are all humorous and full of personality. Some pet owners made lookalike dog shapes out of all the floof, while others sent out messages for help! An English Labrador Retriever who got spooked by the electric razor ended up with a spot of missing hair that looks like the perfect piggy bank slot. Instagram handles are included with the pups’ pics, so that readers can connect with them online, too.
Delicately woven into the book is a COVID-19 timeline with some stats—it’s done in a way that adds perspective and reminds us of the seriousness of the pandemic. The final touch is a place to journal in the end pages, providing an opportunity for family members to share their thoughts and feelings about the many challenges of this global pandemic. Scruffy serves as a heartfelt reminder of our resilience and gift for looking for the light in times of darkness.
Winner of a national Graphics Design award for book design, Scruffy: Our Loyal Pandemic Pooches and the Good, the Bad, and the Crazy Haircuts We Gave Them would make a lovely gift for any dog-loving family. All profits from this book’s purchase go to ongoing scientific research to end the suffering caused by COVID-19. Highly Recommended.
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About the Author
Shelley Ross is president of The Cure Alliance, a 501(c)(3) non-profit group of top international scientists sharing knowledge to treat the most severe cases of COVID-19. In that role for the past five years, she supported specific policy changes, ones that would help advance regenerative medicine and pave the way for a successful COVID-19 treatment to repair lung damage in the most severe cases. Impressive results of the FDA-authorized clinical trial of UC-MSCs were just released by the principal investigator, Dr. Camillo Ricordi, The Cure Alliance founder.
In addition to her work for The Cure Alliance, Ross is known as a broadcast news executive and journalist, having produced over 3,500 hours of live television at ABC, NBC and CBS networks.
Throughout her career, Ross covered the most iconic stories and created many memorable TV events beginning with the first-ever televised interview with the cult leader, Charles Manson for NBC’s Tomorrow Show. During her 17 years at ABC, she won three News and Documentary Emmy Awards and was part of the network team which won the coveted Peabody Award for their coverage of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. As the executive producer of Good Morning America, she was in the control room as news anchors Diane Sawyer and Charlie Gibson broadcast the attacks live. Over the decades, she has produced iconic stories on sexual harassment, investigations of Pentagon policy, covered political scandals and corruption, three wars and produced multiple interviews with four presidents.
She broadcast live television specials from the White House after Columbine, from an aircraft carrier in the middle of the war on terror, from the Pentagon the day of its reopening after the 9/11 attacks and from the Tower of London on the 50th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s ascension to the throne.
Three weeks before the U.S. invasion of Iraq, she traveled to Baghdad to produce an interview with the notorious Dr. Germ, the architect of Saddam Hussein’s WMD program.
She says now of her work on behalf of The Cure Alliance and its COVID-19 research scientists, “This the most important story, the most important project of my lifetime.”
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I love the pictures. 😊 they resemble a haircut I tried to give myself during the lockdown.