A Girl in wheelchair can stay warm outside thanks to Mom’s invention #WATB

The #WATWB was created as a mission to negate the overwhelming negativity that has been present in our social media streams. For every negative news story in the world, there are plenty of positive, uplifting stories that show hope, compassion and the resiliency of everyday people who face insurmountable challenges. Our hope is to share heartwarming stories that lift the human spirit. 

The last Friday of every month bloggers will share their stories led by six co-hosts, this month’s co-hosts are:

Sylvia Stein,
Inderpreet Uppal,
Shilpa Garg,
Damyanti Biswas and
Simon Falk
For more information or to join our #WATWB please click here!



#Weekly Book review via NetGalley ~The Cold Is In Her Bones by Peternelle van Arsdale.

The Cold Is In Her Bones

By  Peternelle van Arsdale.

the cold in her bones

Milla’s whole world is her family’s farm. She is never allowed to travel to the village and her only friend is her beloved older brother, Niklas. When a bright-eyed girl named Iris comes to stay, Milla hopes her loneliness might finally be coming to an end. But Iris has a secret she’s forbidden to share: The village is cursed by a demon who possesses girls at random, and the townspeople live in terror of who it will come for next.

Now, it seems, the demon has come for Iris. When Iris is captured and imprisoned with other possessed girls, Milla leaves home to rescue her and break the curse forever. Her only company on the journey is a terrible new secret of her own: Milla is changing, too, and may soon be a demon herself.

Suspenseful and vividly imagined, The Cold Is in Her Bones is a novel about the dark, reverberating power of pain, the yearning to be seen and understood, and the fragile optimism of love.

The characters in this book were very interesting the villains very complicated, and a plot pulled from a dark fairy-tale.  This was a very suspenseful and quick read, one that held my interest from cover to cover with a very satisfying ending.

Thanks again to NetGalley for the opportunity to review this book.

Available from www.amazon.com, www.amazon.ca, www.kobo.com, and other fine bookstores and libraries.


Professor Owls Book Corner~February 2019


Welcome to the February 2019 Issue of  Professor Owl’s Book Corner Newsletter where in addition to supporting those with special needs and learning challenges, we are also committed to being more focused on YA/New Adult reading and literacy.  We will be featuring tips from a certified literacy tutor to help make your reading experience the best it can be.

We will also be encouraging young writers and artists with tips, writing exercises and will still be updating our Community News Boards with the latest news from Variety Village and The March of Dimes.

Professor Owl’s Book Corner hopes you enjoy this month’s edition! Please feel free to give us your feedback on our new issue, also send us any ideas you may have to help Professor Owl’s Book Corner be all that it can be.  We look forward to hearing from you and to bring you a new, more interesting newsletter.

Love Your Pet Day


When Celebrated: Always February 20th

Love Your Pet Day is the day to pamper and spoil our pets. Families just love their pets, and really do not need an excuse to spoil them. It is an easy excuse to spend time with them and to give them special treats. Whether it is a dog, a cat, a fish, small horses, a pet snake, or your pet rock……give them lots of love and attention today.

However, there is a group of pets that have important jobs to do. Many of them are dogs’ but other animals used are listed above.

Working dogs typically get plenty of R&R and playtime. When they’re working dogs. These animals cannot be spoilt if they are at home and out of their “work clothes,” they are free to behave like any other dog.

Since the jobs these wonderful animals do are often challenging and stressful, their handlers recognize they need plenty of downtime and exercise.

  • Most people do not realize there are rules of etiquette when in the presence of a service dog team (the dog and the owner/handler)
  • Service dogs should never be approached, talked to or touched unless permission is asked for and granted by the dog’s handler. No offense should be taken if the handler asks you not to interact with the dog
  • Distracting a working dog can result in potential harm to the handler, and can interfere with the dog’s focus and ability to follow potentially life-saving commands or cues

If you’re crazy about dogs, you’ve probably found it difficult to “mind your manners” in the presence of service animals. I know I have. These dogs are so beautiful and carry themselves with such quiet dignity that they’re nearly irresistible.

But resist we must.

Whether the dog is in service or in training to serve, the rule of thumb is: don’t touch or distract him. This is because interacting with a dog that is working, or training could put the other half of his team — his owner — in harm’s way.

It could also interfere with the dog’s focus and inhibit his ability to pick up commands.

Puppies destined to be service dogs begin training on the day they’re born, and it takes a minimum of two years before they’re ready to work full-time. Training is customized for each dog. Essentially, the dogs choose their jobs based on their specific skill sets.

In case you’re not sure of proper etiquette when you encounter a working dog, the following are some do’s and don’ts for behavior around a service dog team (dog and owner).

Dos and Don’ts for Behavior Around a Service Dog Team

  • DO speak to the owner/handler rather than the dog:.

The service dog and her handler are a team. If you want to talk to them, always speak to the person first rather than automatically approaching the dog. Remember, the animal is working, and her human’s life could depend on her staying focused on her job

  •  DO NOT touch the dog without asking permission first.

Touching or petting a working dog is a distraction and may prevent him from tending to his human partner. The dog may be in the process of completing a command or direction given by his human, and you don’t want to interfere.

Fortunately, most service dogs are trained to stay in work mode until they receive a release command from their handler. That’s why many service dogs are able to ignore outside influences.

  • DO keep your own dog a distance away from a working dog

If you happen to have your dog with you when you encounter a service dog team, don’t allow your pet to approach them without first talking with the handler to see if it’s permissible.

Other animals are an obvious distraction to working dogs, and in a worst-case scenario, there could be an altercation between the two animals.

  • DO NOT offer food to a service dog

According to Canine Companions for Independence, “Food is the ultimate distraction to the working dog and can jeopardize the working assistance dog team.”1

Not only are food and treats a potential distraction, but many service dogs are fed a specific diet and often on a specific schedule.

  • DO treat the owner/handler with sensitivity and respect

Asking a service dog’s handler personal questions about his or her disability is out of bounds. It’s disrespectful and an intrusion of privacy.

Assume the service dog team can handle things themselves. If you sense they could use your help, ask first. And don’t take it personally if your offer is rejected, as there’s usually a good reason.

  • DO N0T assume a napping service dog is off duty

All dogs nap, including working dogs. When her handler is sitting or standing for some length of time, it’s perfectly natural and appropriate for a service dog to catch a few winks. She’s still technically at work, however, so all dos and don’ts remain in effect.

  • DO inform the handler if a service dog approaches you

If a working dog approaches you, sniffs or nudges you, etc., politely let the handler know. Resist the urge to respond to the dog — the handler will correct the dog.

  • DO NOT assume service dogs never get to ‘just be dogs’

If you don’t have a pet, maybe today is the day to adopt a pet. Take a trip to your local Humane Society and bring home an animal that needs you. It will make you both feel good.

Origin of Love Your Pet Day:

Our research did not find the creator or the origin of this day. Most likely, it was a pet lover or an animal rights group.



If you have any information about this holiday, please email us. professorowl@outlook.com

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