A huge animal lover, Andrea is a journalist who lives in Washington D.C. and covers travel for the Washington Post. Whenever she can, she writes about animals! She has written about dog sitting around the world (Andrea says that she has taken care of dogs in Quito, Ecuador and Malta), animal migration - especially those of butterflies, sandhill cranes, whales, tarantulas, and brown pelicans, and how to help stray dogs when you are on vacation.
Andrea says that whenever she travels, she always volunteers with animals. "I have worked with shelter dogs in Thailand, Spain, and Mexico, and volunteered at a horse, donkey, and mule hospital in Morocco," says Andrea. "I have also flown dogs from Colombia and Puerto Rico to the United States, where their chances of getting adopted are much higher."
In the picture above left, Andrea is filling in as a baboon mom for an orphaned baboon baby when she volunteered at a wildlife resource center in Namibia. Her volunteer duties included having a sleepover with the baboon babies and changing their diapers, much like human babies, in the middle of the night.
Since the pandemic, Andrea has fostered over 30 dogs, and several cats - helping each one find their new home. She is pictured with one of her former foster dogs, Olive, in the picture top right when they visited Virginia to pick a spectacular bouquet of flowers. Shown in the picture on the bottom right are the gentoo penguins Andrea met on her visit to the Falkand Islands, home to the largest population of gentoo penguins in the world.
Andrea is looking forward to reading the stories in the upcoming Taradiddle Youth Writing Contest. She has these writing tips to share:
When writing, the more specific you can be, the better. Details like color, textures, sounds and smells will help draw in the reader.
If possible, throw in dialogue, even if it's an animal speaking its own language (Woof. Wooof. Wooooof!) or ours (Throw the ball, please!).
Avoid cliches, or phrases that a lot of other people use. Be inventive and take risks with storytelling.
Learn more about Andrea and the other wonderful Taradiddle Judges here .
The first Taradiddle Youth Writing Contest of 2023 is in progress! Clues about the mystery animal to be featured are emailed every Thursday until the contest starts on Thursday, March 9.
It's not too late to join! Visit here for more information and to sign up.
Volunteer with the Book Buddies!!
Do you love books and dogs?
Can you not think of a more perfect combination?
Would you like to be champion for children and help them develop a love of reading?
Consider volunteering for the Book Buddies!
As our Book Buddies Reading Program is growing, we are looking for more volunteers. We have openings for canine therapy teams (your dog must be a registered therapy dog!) and for program coordinators to help facilitate the programs. If interested, please email Michelle at [email protected] for a volunteer application.
The Book Buddies LOVE being read to! Catch them every second Saturday of the month between 9:30-11:25 am at City Dog Vet Clinic, 1004 East Washington Avenue and every second Wednesday of the month between 5-7 pm at Valor, for Valor residents only.
To schedule a reading session at City Dog, visit here . To schedule a reading session at Valor email [email protected] or call/text (608) 886-8849. The Book Buddies dogs can surely get busy! Be sure to reserve a session before they are gone!
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