Tails to wag with
13 May 2016
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Green Gables resident Steph Loader with some of her adopted Dalmatians
Those who know Nelson woman Steph Loader also know of her fondness for dogs, especially ones with spots. Even as a young child, dalmatians were her favourite. She worked as an animal behaviourist for many years and was often seen around town and at the beach with several spotted friends in tow. Loader, who is now 60, suffered a stroke several years ago and with the help of close friend Jo Brown, has now completed a book of stories about her four-legged friends.
Tails to Wag With tells the tales of her beloved dalmatians, Leicester, Patrick, Phoebe, Benny, Bess, Dilly, Podge and Salty to name but a few, as well as stories from those who adopted other dalmatians she rescued. "Some of them are just hilarious," Loader said of the stories in the book. "There's always tails to wag with." Family and friends gathered in the lounge of the Green Gables retirement village on Bridge St on Thursday for the book's launch. Many of those in the room had adopted dalmatians that had been rescued by Loader. "It's been totally successful and I have thoroughly enjoyed it," Loader said of the experience.
Brown said it had been great to put a copy of the book in Loader's hands after all the work that had gone into it. " Her face just beamed, she didn't want to let it go," she said. "It was just really nice to be able to make it happen for her."
Loader said she had been in love with dalmatians since she was a child and it wasn't until later in life that she adopted her first dalmatian, Patrick. "The trouble is, as much as they make you love them, they also drive you mad sometimes with their infuriating behaviour," she wrote. Loader's sister Penny Nelson said the book wouldn't have been possible without the help of Brown, who sat with her weekly, taking down the stories. "It's been a long time coming, Steph has wanted to do this for a long, long time," Nelson said.
Thanks to the generous donations from those who knew Loader, Brown was able to get 170 copies of the book printed. All donations from the book would go to the Assistance Dogs New Zealand Trust, who provide trained dogs to people with disabilities, stroke survivors and those with epilepsy or diabetes.
Copies of Tails to Wag With are available for a donation at Halifax Vets on Bridge St.
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