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I Am A Wolf

By: Kelly Leigh Miller

Dial, May 21, 2019

My debut picture book published by Dial with editor Ellen Cormier.

In this pet adoption story that's as laugh-out-loud funny as it is heart-tugging, a dog who insists she's a wolf finds the perfect home with a young girl who sees past her prickly personality.

When a particularly growly pup finds herself in an animal shelter, she insists that she is a wolf--a lone wolf. After all, she's not sweet, she's not cute, and she is just fine on her own! Luckily, there's one little girl at the shelter who knows that sometimes, good dogs act bad when they feel afraid and that extending a little kindness can help even the most wolfish pup at the pound let down her guard.


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Inspiration for I Am A Wolf

I Am A Wolf was inspired by my current dog’s adoption story. Frankie, short for Francesca, was originally found by Animal Control and eventually picked up by the animal shelter, Paws Chicago. We don’t know much about her her story before this, but wherever it was, it must have been scary because she was afraid of EVERYTHING. Anything she didn’t understand, she would bark at which made finding her forever home difficult. Whenever she would meet someone new, she would bark at them. She stayed there for 6 months before Alexander and I came to see her. We were told of her barking ahead of time but when we came in the room, she didn’t bark at all! She seemed more interested in my backpack, which had at one point contained my lunch from earlier that afternoon. After that, we knew we had to take her home. With lots of love, training, and patience, we turned her scared barks into playful ones. All she really wanted was to feel safe in her forever home!

©Emily Portugal

©Emily Portugal

©Emily Portugal

©Emily Portugal


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