LUBECK - A Wood County goat named Zelda is featured in a new children's book written by Becky Szakats Dines.
The book is entitled "Zelda The Adventuresome Kid."
Dines said the book was inspired by the baby goats born on the family's farm in Wood County and the animals' interaction with the children and adults who visit.
Hannah Barnett named Zelda after her maternal grandmother.
Dines and her husband, Jim, started Rusty-Horse Stables on Wadesville Road in 2007. She retired early from DuPont to work the business, while Jim still works at DuPont.
The Dineses offer riding lessons, boarding, training and parties, along with raising and selling Boer goats.
Zelda was named by a girl, Hannah Barnett, whose mother, Tammy Barnett, scheduled Hannah's birthday party at the stables, Becky Dines said.
- Becky Dines will sign copies of "Zelda The Adventuresome Kid" from 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 20 at Borders bookstore in Vienna.
- ? A dollar from each book sold is donated to the Humane Society of Parkersburg and the Ritchie County Animal Shelter.
"As part of her birthday surprise, we told Hannah that she could name one of the baby goats that was one week old," Dines said. "Hannah came to me and asked if she could name her Zelda after her maternal grandmother. I loved her decision to name the baby goat Zelda."
The book's cover has a picture of Hannah holding Zelda. The back cover has a picture of a girl walking back to the barn with another of the Dineses' favorite goats, Chocolate Abie Greyce.
As the goats grew, Zelda always seemed to be the leader, Dines said.
"She was super friendly and always enjoyed the company of people as well as her fellow kids. She was (and remains) truly adventuresome. We still have her here at the farm and do not plan to sell her," Dines said.
The book is targeted as a "read to" book for younger children and a "read aloud" book for ages 6 and above. It is filled with educational facts regarding goats and has pictures of the goats and the children who visit the stables.
The baby goats are named after children who ride or visit Rusty-Horse Stables.
One dollar from the sale of each book will be donated to the Humane Society of Parkersburg and the Ritchie County Animal Shelter for rebuilding, Dines said.
Lisa Collins provided editing, publication and promotional assistance for the book, Dines said. The book design and graphics are by Lisa Miser.