Wyoming author returns for Lewistown’s Stroll

Author Gayle Irwin will share her stories about dogs and sign books during the Christmas Stroll.

Photo courtesy of Gayle Irwin

Award-winning Wyoming author Gayle M. Irwin returns to Lewistown for this year’s Christmas Stroll, bringing new children’s books about her therapy dog.

Irwin and her husband adopted Mary, a springer/cocker mix, in 2013. Mary was certified as a therapy dog; she and Irwin have visited libraries, schools, and bookstores, encouraging children to read and to be kind to others. One of the books, “A Kind Dog Named Mary,” reminds children about the importance of being kind to others, both people and pets. The other book, “A Town Dog Named Mary Visits a Ranch,” teaches children about the domestic and wild animals found on a western ranch. 

Additionally, Irwin is part of the latest internationally acclaimed “Chicken Soup for the Soul” book family. She has a story in the August release, “The Dog Really Did That,” a collection of works about shelter and rescue dogs. Irwin’s story, titled “Jasmine’s Journey,” reflects upon the first dog she transported for a Colorado rescue and the importance of volunteers, adopters, and others in saving the lives of pets. This is Irwin’s seventh short story in a Chicken Soup book.

Keystone Books welcomes Irwin on Friday, Nov. 24, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Along with her will be Mary and her most recent adopted rescue dog, Jeremiah. Free coloring pages for children will be available, and for people who purchase a book that night, Irwin will give a “teaser” from an upcoming book about Jeremiah. Part of that night’s book sale proceeds will be donated to a local animal rescue organization.

“I support pet rescue and adoption,” Irwin said. “Jeremiah, a four-year-old Shih Tzu, is now part of my family; he’s a puppy-mill survivor and has an incredible story to tell. I look forward to finishing that book in the coming months, but in the meantime, people who purchase one of the other books while we’re at Keystone will receive a ‘sneak peek’ at the work. Everyone who comes to the store that evening will be able to meet both Jeremiah and Mary. The two dogs have bonded well. They both have amazing experiences to share, and their stories reflect the trust, kindness, devotion and forgiveness dogs depict.”

Irwin is also the author of “BobCat Goes to School,” a children’s story based on a cat that lives in Denton who gets locked in the school building. That book will also be available for sale.

“I have a wonderful connection to Montana,” said Irwin, who once resided in Bozeman and West Yellowstone. “Not only have my parents lived in Denton for more than 20 years, but the first dog my husband and I adopted as a married couple came from Lewistown. I’ve spent time at area libraries, schools, and bookstores, and I enjoy returning to Montana to share my works whenever I can.”

Learn more about Irwin and read her pet blog at www.gaylemirwin.com.

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