Trumbull author tells rescue story in kids book
Weber the dog was given his name after he was found alone and trembling beneath a Weber grill.
Lost in Trumbull, Weber was taken to the town’s animal shelter. It was there he encountered volunteer Debbie Selski.
Still frightened and pinned to the back of his cage, Selski won over Weber with a handful of kibble.
Selski and her husband, Bill, knew immediately they wanted to adopt him, but had to wait seven days for his owners to surface. When they didn’t, he was theirs.
Weber remained shy at first. He was never an outgoing dog, yet over time the sheltie learned to trust humans.
“He came out of his shell eventually,” Selski said. “But it took him a long time to really be able to close his eyes and feel safe.”
Selski had Weber for 10 years before he passed away.
Losing a pet is never easy so Selski coped by writing a children’s book about Weber to promote shelter adoption.
In Selski’s debut book “Where’s Weber?” the fictional Weber finds love and security after he’s adopted. It’s based on the dog’s life — grill and all.
The book’s theme, Selski said, is overcoming fear through love, patience and trust.
“There’s something special about rescuing animals,” she said. “They know it and they give you endless love.”
“The joy of rescuing is watching them turn around,” she added. “It brings endless joy to your heart.”
“Where’s Weber?” was printed by Payton Press, and illustrated by Jim Rosanio.
While this is her first book, Selski has a publishing background.
She worked for a children’s book publisher and was a longtime production editor at the Bridgeport Post (now Connecticut Post). She and Bill have lived in Trumbull for 26 years.
After Weber’s passing, Selski decided to adopt another sheltie.
This time she contacted Long Island Sheltie Rescue, which is how she found her new pet, Jessie.
Like Weber, Jessie is shy around strangers, yet still curious. She will sit nearby and approach you once she’s comfortable.
Despite Jessie’s shyness, she has come a long way in the months since she was adopted, Selski said, and seems to be comfortable at home.
Before Weber and Jessie, the Selskis had never adopted a dog, though they owned a Brittany spaniel that was purchased from a breeder.
“Having Weber opened my eyes to how you could find a wonderful dog in a shelter,” she said. “There’s so many dogs out there who need homes.”
Selski is treasurer of the Trumbull Animal Group, an organization of volunteers who work with the Trumbull Animal Shelter, which has cats, dogs and even rabbits available for adoption.
Animals are put up for adoption for many reasons, Selski said. Pets become too difficult or expensive to care for in their old age. Owners move. Some are strays.
Selski never found out where Weber came from, but believes he enjoyed life with her family.
“I just felt he was very happy being here and he felt very loved,” the Trumbull author said.
“Whoever lost him should know he had a wonderful life.”
“Where’s Weber?” is for sale on Amazon.com. Reach the Trumbull Animal Shelter at 203-452-5088.