Vet’s Books For Kids Promote Responsible Animal Care
Rebekah Hartfield's series includes “Pistol the Horse” and “Rosie the Pig.”
Dr. Rebekah Hartfield, center, brought the real-life Rosie to an April 20 reading of her first book, “Rosie the Pig,” at Parkview Weekday Preschool, 5805 S. Sheridan Road.
Veterinarian Rebekah Hartfield has added a second book to her children’s series that follows a young girl’s adventures discovering how to take care of her animals.
In “Pistol the Horse,” released this past June, Abby finds a miniature horse limping and helps give him medical attention. In “Rosie the Pig,” released in May 2017, Abby helps a pig with pneumonia.
The series is a family project based on true stories; Hartfield is the author, and her sister, Sarah Haug, is illustrator and publisher.
Hartfield reads her books at Tulsa-area schools and libraries with guests like the real-life Rosie and Pistol. “When my PR rep asked me what I envisioned, I said, ‘I have to be able to bring my pig! They won’t remember me, but they’ll remember my pig,’” Hartfield says.
These animals help spark children’s interest in veterinary school and motivates them to make sure their pets receive proper medical attention, Hartfield says.
She also lectures at veterinary schools and brings vet students to volunteer at her Cushing, Oklahoma, clinic to gain experience. “I love seeing their faces light up when they learn something new,” Hartfield says.
“Rowdy the Dog” will be released next summer, followed later by books about a cow, a cat and a goat. “Rosie the Pig” and “Pistol the Horse” are available for $14.99 at doctorhartfield.com or locally at River Trail Animal Hospital and Pet Lodge’s two locations: 10102 S. Delaware Ave. and 12630 S. Memorial Drive, Bixby.