Why I Volunteer with WEP

By Judith Shields Louis Call it serendipity. Call it karma. Call it just dumb luck. At a book signing on Sanibel Island in March 2012, I fell in love. A neighbor had already been to the local book signing taking place and called me, telling me I’d regret it if I didn’t hop in my car ASAP and go. Well, I went, and was enchanted with what was there. My new love was 2 years old, 10 pounds, furry, and masked. His name was Trouper, and he was a blind raccoon. Trouper was in the arms of his mom, Dot....
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Diver to share adventures at free talk

Cunningham will show his slides and tell his tales of whales, shark tagging, underwater map making, and cave, shipwreck and volcano diving during a presentation at Lakes Regional Library. He will take questions during the interactive presentation. The presentation is sponsored by WEP (Wildlife Education Project), a new Fort Myers nonprofit whose founders were inspired by Trouper, a raccoon blinded and brain damaged as an infant when he was beaten by a golfer. Trouper’s caretakers will open the talk by introducing the raccoon to the audience and giving a short presentation about WEP and then turn the floor over to...
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Naples Preserve sponsors family-friendly holiday open house

Because they have proven such a popular attraction at past open houses, this year the live animal ambassadors will attend all three evenings of the event. Discovery Reptiles will bring a number of their rescued and endangered lizards and snakes. Trouper the blind raccoon, a federally licensed animal ambassador, will return for his meet-and-greet where he will shake hands with open house attendees. Trouper was blinded and brain damaged when he was bludgeoned by a golfer who attacked him and left him for dead when he was an infant. His caretakers, wildlife rehabilitator Dot Lee and children’s author Kyle Miller,...
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Trouper the blind raccoon to star at annual animal show

Cape Coral Parks & Recreation has presented an annual Live Animal Show at the Cape Coral Yacht Club for nearly a decade, but this year the program will undergo a metamorphosis. The Rotary Park Environmental Center will co-host the program for the first time, and the emphasis will shift toward educating children and adults about respecting and protecting the environment in Cape Coral. The guest of honor, Trouper the blind raccoon, embodies this new theme….

Self-publishing: So you want to be an author

The old adage, “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” seems to have lost its power in the brave new era of self-publishing, where many potential readers make their decisions about books based upon quick glances at tiny cover pictures and titles. While e-books and Internet sales are the growing trend, they don’t provide a product to have in hand for authors who tie book sales into personal appearances. Kyle Miller, a retired educator and author of several educational wildlife storybooks for children set on Sanibel, sells books when she takes Trouper the blind raccoon, the subject of one of...
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