I have spent many years working with families and children, and throughout the years I have found that the conventional ways of communicating with young people have become less and less effective. I found that trying to build rapport with the children was difficult at the best of times but connecting in a meaningful way can be near impossible.
Then Rosie came into my life - a beautiful Border Collie rescue dog - and I began taking her with me to school workshops and to clients' therapy sessions. I found she formed an instant connection with the children, they became engaged almost as soon as they saw Rosie because she interacted so naturally with them.
After watching this amazing transformation take place I became inspired to write stories and programs that could be used in families and schools all over the world. I became the ghost writer for the Rosie Knows Series (Rose is the real author!). All the stories are simple and fun, written from a dog's perspective of life, and all of them have a mental health and resilience theme.
Dogs have always been extremely beneficial in so many areas of mental well being, and these stories and programs bear witness to just how effective they are at engaging with everyone, young and old alike."