BUY A BOOK AND $10.00 GOES TO A NON-PROFIT ANIMAL RESCUE GROUP.

Hartwood Pet Lodge - Where dogs in need stay and find forever families...

and a Children's Dog Book Publisher.

Author Biography

Marla Beagle

Carol McElhaney Shelton likes other dog breeds as evidenced by her pen name, Marla Beagle but she sure is partial to poodles. Carol’s parents knew she was a child that loved dogs.  When they learned of a dog who was searching for a forever family, her parents surprised her with Pierre, a white standard poodle, the day before her first day of  seventh grade.  For 30 years, Carol and her husband have shared their home with 17 poodles and an English setter many needing a helping hand from animal rescue groups.


 Her first book, The Adventures of Hot Cocoa and Salt Water Taffy  tells the true story of two miniature poodles traveling by train, plane, and poodle taxi from Texas to Virginia to find their forever families. Her second book, Marla Wears A Halo shares the true story of Marla, a standard poodle, who loses her eye sight but finds a wonderful purpose in life. 


Carol is commited to helping animal rescue organizations monetarily through book sales and managing Hartwood Pet Lodge where dogs stay while they search for their forever families.  

July 1976 - Carol and Pierre

Carol and Asa with a green shamrock on his left hip.  Having fun at the City of Alexandria St. Patrick's Day  Dog Show.

  

Hartwood Pet Lodge LLC announces the publication of a new children’s book,

Marla Wears A Halo 


Fredericksburg, Virginia, June 9, 2018.  Hartwood Pet Lodge LLC has published its second book, Marla Wears A Halo, written by Marla Beagle, Hartwood Pet Lodge Manager. Like her first book, The Adventures of Hot Cocoa and Salt Water Taffy, Marla Beagle teamed up with local Fredericksburg artist, Joan Critz Limbrick to bring children’s book’s alive through expressive watercolor.  


In Marla Wears A Halo, Marla Beagle tells the tale of her dog’s life – A standard poodle, named Marla, rescued from a farm by a compassionate trio – a local enforcement official, a veterinarian, and boxer rescue group volunteers. Although Marla ultimately loses her sight, she perseveres and finds a wonderful purpose in life.  Marla shares her time and story with children and adults of all walks-of-life. You will find Marla at a children’s summer program listening as they practice reading skills, visiting 250 second-graders, or spending an evening with vacation Bible school attendees.  No matter the disability, Marla wants everyone to know that people and animals can adjust, and life will still be fun! (The last sentence of the book is in braille).


Ms. Holly Frisch, President, Fredericksburg Chapter, National Federation of the Blind of Virginia and Volunteers for the Blind (VFB), Fredericksburg, Virginia, and VFB interns were instrumental in printing braille for the book. Holly’s mother always felt strongly about the calming influence animals have on children.  “Marla Wears A Halo is a charmingly endearing book.  I’m glad that children will be exposed to braille.  It plays an essential, critical role in literacy for everyone who is either totally blind or has significantly limited vision,” said Holly. 

   

Two Books for Sale

Marla Wears A Halo

The Adventures of Hot Cocoa and Salt Water Taffy

Where to Buy Books?

Amazon.com

ISBN 978-0-9989781-0-9 (Hot Cocoa)

ISBN 978-0-9989781-1-6 (Marla)

This Website through PayPal

Checkout the calendar (below) for sale locations

Meet Hot Cocoa and Salt Water Taffy

Both books are available:

1.  Central Rappahannock Regional Library, serving Fredericksburg,  Stafford, Spotsylvania, and Westmoreland, Virginia 


2.  Boothbay Harbor Region Library, Boothbay Harbor, Maine


3.  Randolph County Public Library,  Asheboro, NC



Children's Book - The Adventures of Hot Cocoa and Salt Water Taffy

$20.00

($3.00 shipping)

Pay with PayPal or a debit/credit card

U.S. shipping only.  If you would like the book personalized, please provide name/s in the "Instruction to Merchant" box.  If you would like to purchase more than one book, please drop me a line (Contact Me) and I will invoice you through Paypal with the correct amount or you may repeat the purchase with the BUY NOW button. Thank you for buying a self-published book.  

$10.00 of each book sale is donated...

At the end of each month, Hartwood Pet Lodge donates $10.00 of each book sold in the month to a non-profit animal rescue organization(s).

  

JULY 2017 DONATION - $668.00  

AUGUST 2017 DONATION -  $900.00  

SEPTEMBER 2017 DONATION - $900.00

OCTOBER 2017 DONATION - $500.00

NOVEMBER 2017 DONATION - $700.00

DECEMBER 2017 DONATION - $600.00


JANUARY 2018 DONATION - $500.00

FEBRUARY 2018 DONATION - $255.00

MARCH 2018 DONATION - $150.00 

APRIL 2018 DONATION  -  $130.00

MAY 2018 DONATION - $150.00

JUNE DONATION 2018 - $850.00 

JULY DONATION 2018 - $150.00 


Books are $20 each with 

Virginia Sales Tax ($1.00) = $21.00.    Cash and credit cards accepted.


   



The Adventures of Hot Cocoa and Salt Water Taffy

Two miniature poodles with no place to call home, they become forever friends as they travel by train, plane and poodle taxi across the county, with their final stop in Fredericksburg, Virginia.   


Find out where Cocoa and Taffy end up finding their forever families!


July 23, 2017 - BOOK PUBLISHED!  First day of Cocoa book sales.


July through Dec 2017 - 441 Cocoa books sold.

Jan - May 2018 - 54 Cocoa books sold.

June 2018 - 11 Cocoa books sold.

July 2018 - 1 Cocoa book sold.

Marla Wears A Halo

  

Marla, the Standard Poodle, and her best friend, Betty the Boxer, were freed from years of neglect and loneliness. Even though Marla loses her eyesight, with help from Betty and their Forever Family, she finds happiness and a life full of purpose.  


Find out how Marla and her special friend Faith realize they are just alike.


The last sentence of the book is in braille.


June 9, 2018 - BOOK PUBLISHED!  First day of Marla book sales.

June 2018 - 71 Marla books sold.

July 2018 - 11 Marla books sold.

Meet Marla

Marla, the standard poodle, finds purpose in life. She is rescued and although she loses her eye sight, she meets a girl who is just like her. They realize they are beautiful together.

Children's Book - Marla Wears A Halo

$20.00

($3.00 shipping)

Pay with PayPal or a debit/credit card

U.S. shipping only.  If you would like the book personalized, please provide name/s in the "Instruction to Merchant" box.  If you would like to purchase more than one book, please drop me a line (Contact Me) and I will invoice you through Paypal with the correct amount or you may repeat the purchase with the BUY NOW button. Thank you for buying a self-published book.  

Contact Me

Drop Marla a line!

Better yet, see Marla in person at book sales.

Hartwood Pet Lodge LLC

Hartwood, Virginia, United States

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