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Don Kaleta, Author of Puppy Scents

Don Kaleta, author of Puppy Scents


Don is a regular guy who loves kids, animals and helping people.  Due to his inability to be nothing other than a kid in a grownup body, Puppy Scents, The Kids’ Guide to Puppy Care was born.  His out-of-the-ordinary sense of humor and his quirky way of looking at life is evident in the writing of this book.  Don is passionate about lessons learned in relationships between kids and pups. Roc’s story is filled with life lessons for every child.

Don lives in Central Ohio with his wife Mindy and shares their home with their three cats, Katie, Maggie & Miley, Roc and Golden Retriever Chloe.



Helen Habel, illustrator

of Puppy Scents


Helen Habel, Illustrator of Puppy Scents

As a child, Helen was always sketching every spare minute she had and knew someday that she would illustrate children’s books.  Now with the help of Don Kaleta’s imagination and her artistic abilities, her childhood dream has come true.

Helen also enjoys relaxing with oil paints and has been studying under the guidance of renowned artist and instructor Robert Warren in Canal Winchester, Ohio. It was here that she was inspired to always strive to capture the essence of that which she is painting. Helen works from her studio in Ohio and teaches oil painting classes at various locations as well as her home studio where she resides with her husband and two sons.

Mindy left pose

Mindy Kaleta, author of Surviving the Puppy Stage, Kaleta Publishing, LLC


Mindy J Kaleta is a wife, mother, grandma, certified life coach, author, workshop facilitator and publisher. She is the author of Surviving the Puppy Stage, How to get Inside Your Dog’s Mind Without Losing Your Own! and publisher of the kid’s pet dog training book, Puppy Scents, The Kids’ Guide to Puppy Care written by her husband Don Kaleta, beautifully illustrated by Helen Habel and endorsed by Jack Hanna, Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, Host of “Into the Wild” and “Wild Countdown”. She is an animal advocate, rescuer and humane educator.

Mindy currently lives in Ohio with the loves of her life, her husband Don, rescued cats Katie, Maggie and Miley, adopted shelter dog Roc (the feisty Rottie mix star of Puppy Scents whose love for treats goes unmatched!) and  Chloe, a beautiful Golden Retriever.

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