"Dogs and people need each other for friendship.
A great book to teach young children about
both care for animals and acceptance
of individuals with disabilities.”
"Nuzzle is great and a beautiful way to teach children (and adults) about living withFAS and FASD. The illustrationsare beautiful and it is so colorful.
—Temple Grandin, author, Thinking in Pictures
Congratulations on a wonderful publication!"
—Nancy Viking, Director of Development,
NACAC (North American Council of Adoptable Children)
"This beautiful story has so much heart in it that it sings to the reader and everyone within listening distance no matter how young or old. From the moment we meet Chancer at the belly of his Mama we know he is bound for an amazing and rewarding life of giving as he awaits his destiny to be trained as a service dog for a child who struggles with the effects of in utero alcohol exposure. The support he provides for his boy, Iyal, is unparalleled as he is trained to keep Iyal both safe and help when he becomes dysregulated, as with brain injury one often experiences. This book is an extraordinary tool to introduce the concept of those who are differently abled due to the exposure of alcohol in-utero (FASD), the amazing skills of the animals around us,the dedication of those that train those animals, and the awareness and empowerment that comes with being supported by a loving, caring animal like Chancer. 5 Stars!!!!!”
—Lori Gertz, When Mama Can't Kiss It Better
“I would like to see this small but powerful book in the waiting room of OB-GYNs and pediatricians, as well as in health clinics, throughout our country. And public libraries. It’s brief, educational, and gentle.”
— Judy Vorfeld, Communication Expressway
“This book sings. It is now my all time favorite children’s book!”
— Deb Evensen, FASD Special Education Consultant, Anchorage, Alaska
“NUZZLE is an auditory and visual joy—the lively artwork and engaging words offer an easy-to-read format both children and their parents will understand. How I wish I had such a book in my early journey into the world of FASD. Perhaps through the heart of Chancer, FASD can be better understood and families can receive the help they need most.”
— Victoria Deasy, M.S. Special Education Teacher, California Consultant,
Writer, Parent to a wonderful son living with FASDs
Chancer is so stinkin' cute!
“Nuzzle is a wonderful story for any kid who doesn’t understand what FASD is. I have FASD and I struggle with Math—a lot! I have my own little comfort of fluff, my cat MiMi. Iyal is lucky to have a companion like Chancer who is so stinkin’ cute! I’m glad after being abused, Chancer found love in the arms of a boy who needed a good friend.”
— Rachel Ness, aspiring author, age 14
A profound story
“Nuzzle - love between a boy and his service dog is a book that can be read on many levels and by many ages. What looks like a children’s book is actually a profound story about the need to be loved, the need to be accepted, and the need to have a place in the world. It is a book about the strong connections that animals and humans have and ways that they can work together to make the world a more manageable and accessible place for individuals with disabilities. Children will love Chancer. The words, style and art work are very child-centric. On a more important level, children and adults will gain an understanding of fetal alcohol syndrome, its impact, and the important role that service dogs can have in the lives of people with disabilities. I look forward to reading this book to my grandchildren, and sharing it with co-workers, family, and friends. What a wonderful gift!”
— Eve Bogan, Director, Tools for Independence, Disabilities Services Division, Jewish Family & Career Services, Atlanta