Barchelle (“Chelly”) Bolger Wathen has always loved dogs, her own plus shelter
dogs. Her world changed forever when she adopted a very special dog—Shayla from Ukraine. This remarkable shepherd mix, abandoned as a puppy, learned to love and trust those who raised her at the Christian orphanage Otchiy Dim (Father’s House), then came to America. Chelly was inspired by Shayla’s life, the orphanage leaders and kids, and courage of the Ukrainian people despite the turmoil of war. She wrote Shayla and Friends to share their true story, while Shayla’s Adventure books inspire kids who have also experienced challenges.