Children love stories with animals as the characters. No wonder there are many stories about animals out there, like the Runaway Bunny or even the story of Goldilocks and the three bears, to name a few. And to add to that large lists of animal stories is the new book called ‘I Am Abel.’
Jeff Froelich from Jefferson County, NY sheriff’s deputy, wrote the story amidst the lockdown. The story he wrote was inspired by his k-9 partner, Abel. He began writing in March, and the book was released in October.
The book tells the story of Abel, Belgian Malinois who is a k-9. Abel first joined the force back in 2016. North Country Kennel Club helped in purchasing him for the department. He was named after the first sheriff of Jefferson County, Dr Abel Sherman.
Once Abel completed his training, he gained skills for drug detection, tracking, and handler protection. He did well in the operations he took part in.
As for the officer, Jeff Froelich was originally from Baltimore, Maryland. He spent 20 years in the army until he retired in 2008. After his retirement, he joined the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. Three years on his job, the deputy was selected for his department’s elite K9 unit.
The story of Abel is told through the k-9’s perspective. Froelich wanted the children to connect with the dog’s story as well as his point of view.
And to be honest, the children who will read this book will be able to relate with Abel. Take officer Froelich’s words, for example; he said that like the children, Abel has to go to school and have homework.
The earnings of the book will go to Protecting K9 Heroes, a non-profit organization that provides protection and first-aid gear to k-9s as well as their handlers across the country.
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