- Vanessa Estrada Marin is the director at Frolic, a
unique facility specializing in dog-centric programming for kids in
New York City. Previously, she was an adoption center manager at
North Shore Animal League America. She lives in Queens with her
husband, Jorge, and their Chihuahua mix rescue Reyna.
- Frolic is a 1,500-square-foot space on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, where the interactive and educational are taken to a new level. Truly unique, Frolic is home to four friendly career change service dogs. Visitors come to meet Patience, Chichy, Huxley, and Murray while simultaneously learning about man's best friend from Frolic's dog-loving experts. Frolic supports the community through various after-school programs, camps, specialized courses such as Overcoming Fear of Dogs and Canine Companion (how to have/care for a dog), and birthday parties. Frolic also hosts special events held on-site and off-site. They have worked with Girl Scouts of America and various schools.
"A must read for kids thinking about getting a dog or puppy. An extremely informative guide for children that will set them up for success in understanding, caring for, and training their new best friend. One of a kind book!" --Kristin Sells, Senior Canine Behavior Counselor CPDT-KA, Biscuits & Bath NYC
"This book is written in a way that my child could follow along with the tutorials easily, especially when paired with the detailed illustrations. As a parent, I appreciate the positive language the author used to encourage children to be kind and patient with dogs as well as themselves." --Celeste A. Ramirez, President and Owner of CARA Construction Management, mother of Catherine (11-year-old dog owner) "My daughter is a dog lover, but not a fan of reading. She could not put this book down! My child has read it more than once because it doesn't feel like a boring manual, and there is so much to learn about dogs. I feel like now she knows more than most people do!" --Yuan Wang, mother of Siena (8-year-old dog owner)