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American Humane Association Teams with BLUES CLUES Creator for 'Hero Dog Art Show'

American Humane Association Teams with BLUES CLUES Creator for 'Hero Dog Art Show'

American Humane Association, the first national humane organization, is teaming up with Todd Kessler, author of the innovative new children's book "The Good Dog" and the co-creator of the wildly successful "Blue's Clues" television program, for the Hero Dog Art Show. Children of all ages are invited to submit drawings of their own hero dogs for a chance to have their drawings shown on the nationwide television broadcast of the 2014 American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards on Hallmark CHANNEL on October 30. All participants in the art show will receive personalized commemorative certificates.

The deadline to submit art to be considered for the television broadcast of the Hero Dog Awards is September 1, but the art show will accept submissions through October 15. All entries will be displayed online at www.herodogawards.organd on American Humane Association's Facebook page.

"The Good Dog" follows the adventures of Tako, a puppy adopted by 8-year-old Ricky without his parents' permission. Mom and Dad agree to let Tako stay under one condition: he must be a good dog and always follow the rules, or off to the pound he goes. More than anything, Tako wants to be good and stay with Ricky. But when the family opens a new bakery in town, a competing bakery owner sets out to secretly sabotage the Happy Family Bakery, and the only way Tako can protect Ricky and his family is to break the rules. Tako and Ricky's family discover that sometimes you have to be a little bit bad to be very good.

"I'm thrilled to be working with a dynamic and effective organization like the American Humane Associationto help spread the'The Good Dog's' enduring message that hero dogs come in all shapes and sizes," said Kessler. "Adopting a shelter pet can have a significant, positive effect on us as individuals and as a community.I know Tako is looking forward to seeing all of the wonderful drawings of hero dogs."

Kessler is the co-creator and show runner of the highly successful children's television series "Blue's Clues." As director of the pilot, he helped create an original storybook world unlike anything seen before on television. He completed over 150 episodes, which now air in over 30 countries around the world.

His philosophy is that children yearn to engage in a longer format of storytelling and will stay enthusiastically focused if the plot and characters are smart and compelling. This is the same theory that drove the success of "Blue's Clues," which was the first educational children's television series with a continuous half-hour narrative. Kessler has now translated his concepts to a new genre "The Good Dog" which features a significantly more complex and longer narrative than typical books aimed at children ages 3 to 6.


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