Wallenpaupack Area High School graduate Howard Krum teamed up with some of his colleagues from University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine and put together “An Animal Life: The Beginning,” the first of a six book series.
Krum co-wrote the book with Roy Yanong and Scott Moore, with illustrations by Patty Hogan. It is a work of fiction based off of real people and real experiences. Net proceeds from book sales will go to several animal charities.
“The idea came to me on the very first day of veterinary school when I met a crazy cast of characters (my classmates) and the impression never diminished over the years,” said Krum. “Most animal lovers, at one time or another, have wondered about going to veterinary school and I discovered that it's an amazing, almost hidden world filled with drama, conflict and irreverent humor. It seemed to be the perfect storytelling platform. It's a glimpse into what veterinary training can be like. As far as we know, this is the first time a veterinary school setting has ever been used in a novel series.”
“An Animal Life: The Beginning” came out in November 2012 and the second book will be out this fall.
“The response so far has been great,” Krum said. “People are enjoying it. It's a medical mystery and a love story. Each book will have a different medical mystery and they are based off real experiences. Even though the characters are made up, they are inspired by real people we know.”
Krum added that before they wrote the first word, they knew that they wanted a “give-back component” for the project.
“In the case of this book, animal charities including service dogs for the handicapped, animal shelters, and veterinary student groups are the beneficiaries,” he said. “All net proceeds from paperback and e-book sales through our website, AnAnimalLife.com, will go to charity.”
He said that ordering the book through their website will give you the option of which charity you want to donate to. The book is also available at other locations such as Amazon, but only their website lets you choose.
Two of the partnerships who will benefit are Penn Vet Working Dog Center, the Service Dogs of VA.
The Penn Vet Working Dog Center helps train dogs for TSA, police work and rescue. Krum said he and his colleagues will also be sponsoring the healthcare for one of the center's dogs for a year.
Service Dogs of VA raises, trains, and places dogs to assist people with disabilities.
“Sometimes we do fundraisers to help too,” Krum said. “I hope we can connect to other local areas who would be interested in participating.”
Page 2 of 2 - Krum stated that there are ideas in the works to publish more books and to even have other potential series that would animal-based.
“It's been a challenge, but we enjoy doing it a lot,” Krum said.