Written by Irene van Raadshooven
Irene van Raadshooven lives with her husband Robert, dogs, and horses in the Netherlands. She spends most of her time with the dogs; each one has their own unique needs and experience life in different ways. In her spare time, Irene enjoys spending time in nature, to read, write, draw and paint.
Irene’s beloved dog, Belle, passed away on April 25, 2017. In her memory, Irene founded Little Belle’s Magical Sanctuary in August 2017. The Sanctuary gives senior and differently-abled dogs a forever home and a high quality of life. Irene’s mission is this: all dogs, regardless of age, illness or disability, have the right to live a happy, full life and receive the care and unconditional love they need so that they can live their best lives exactly as they are.
Cloudy joined the family in January 2018. Irene first met Cloudy in Spain; it was a meeting that changed both their lives. Cloudy’s exuberant and indomitable spirit brightened Irene’s life as well as the lives of thousands of friends around the world. Cloudy inspired Irene to write this children’s book.
‘I am Cloudy’ is a book for absolutely anyone who has ever felt ‘different’. Whether you are a parent, a child, or you just love Cloudy, I invite you to join Cloudy on a delightful journey of discovery and self-acceptance as he learns (with a little help from his new friends) to embrace the very things that set him apart.
This book and the Sanctuary are Belle and Cloudy’s legacy.
Some helpful links:
Cloudy’s book: www.cloudysadventures.com
You can learn more about the Sanctuary here: www.littlebellesmagicalsanctuary.org
Irene also wrote a book about Little Belle’s inspiring story: www.littlebelle.nl