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Former Milligan Teacher Publishes Book

Carrie Dow of Lakewood, Colo., has published her first book for children, Morning, Miss Moo (Story of an Ornery Cat), by Trafford Publishing. Dow used her own cat, a stray she and her husband found behind the garage, as inspiration for the story. According to Dow, the cat causes a lot of trouble. “But we still love her,” she says.

“Pets are a lot like children, in that they do things that we don’t always approve of,” she states. “While their actions may be bad, their intentions are good. That’s what I wanted to convey in the story.”

Dow created the book with the help of her friend, Roxanne Macke of Broomfield, Colo. Macke, a graphic artist, was able to use digital photos of the cat and put them into her illustrations. Dow is hoping to turn the book into a series with other misadventures to follow. “What can I say? She’s a very ornery cat, which provides me a lot of material.”

It was also featured on Colorado and Company (KUSA Channel 9) in their local authors segment on May 4.

Dow is a freelance writer who has been published in several magazines including Islands, Go World Travel and International Living. She currently has two animal-centric columns at, Lakewood Pet Examiner and International Pet Examiner.

Dow taught English at Milligan Public School during the 1990-91 school year and worked at The Nebraska Signal from 1991 to 1992.