When Laurie Brown-Nagin was driving in uptown Manhattan one day, she didn't expect to get a dog.
But spotting a tiny puppy enfolded in the arms of an NYPD officer, she couldn't help but pull over and ask about the puppy's story.
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Jingles as a puppy[/caption]
That puppy's name was Jingles, and she is now not only a member of the family, she's the inspiration behind Operation ResCute
is the brainchild of Laurie Brown-Nagin, born out of her desire to help educate children everywhere about dogs like Jingles.
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The ResCute Jingles set[/caption]
"We want to change the conversation in households when it comes to getting a pet," explained Ms. Brown-Nagin over the phone. "So, not only to have kids know about shelter dogs, but to start saying, 'I want a shelter dog' to their parents instead of 'I want to go to the pet store!'"
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A fan with ResCute Jingles![/caption]
Launched this August, this non-profit has all proceeds go directly to animal rescues. They offer children books about real-life rescued pups. Each book comes with a stuffed animal of the featured dog, as well asa sticker for the child that says, "I am a ResCuter!"
The series kicks off with the story of Jingles. The next ResCute dog, named Tanner, will be released around the holidays.
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A sneak peek of ResCute Tanner![/caption]
As for the third, it's up to the public to decide. Operation ResCute has a contest currently running to find the next ResCute! Pup parents of adopted dogs can go to their website and upload a picture and the story of their pooch. The winner will have their fur baby be the next ResCute story!
For more on Operation ResCute, check out their website
! Currently the ResCute books and accompanying kits are not available in retail stores, however you can purchase them through Amazon
or through the site
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Jingles and Tanner, best friends IRL![/caption]
All images via Operation ResCute and Laurie Brown-Nagin.