Temecula native publishes first children’s book, honors service dogs and military

TEMECULA – Mallory Curtin, of Temecula, recently published her first book for children. As a home health nurse for families in the military who have children with various disabilities, she noticed the impact deployment had on their lives.

“While researching ways that these soldiers could be helped, I came across several programs who specialize in training service dogs for military members who have suffered from armed conflict,” said Curtin. “These dogs not only help returning soldiers physically rehabilitate, but also offer an incredible amount of emotional support.”

Curtin is a mother of two toddlers and has another child on the way. Books are a huge part of her life and Curtin said, “After reading what seemed like the 50th book of the day, I thought I could really make a difference if I put what I found in my research about service dogs into an inspiring children’s book.”

“Not only would the children of these affected families enjoy it, but I wanted to put a smile on the faces of the soldiers themselves,” added Curtin.

After a year of hard work, Curtin published her book called “There Are Dogs.” The story, which revolves around a lonely shelter dog that is adopted and trained to serve wounded warriors who have returned from Iraq with limitations, rhymes and is fully illustrated.

Curtin’s first book signing event was held on Nov. 18 at the Temecula Public Library. Service dogs and representatives from the non-profit organization “Freedom Dogs” based out of San Diego attended the event.

For more information on the book or to purchase a copy, visit facebook.com/ThereAreDogs.

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