Meet Heidi

Short Bio for Kids

Heidi, who grew up with many rescue puppies and dogs, preferred her dog companions over dolls or toys! She always wanted to help people and to be surrounded by dogs as she grew from a young girl to an adult.

And she has been doing just that! Heidi rescues dogs from shelters, volunteers at her local shelter to walk dogs who have no homes, and is now sharing Reed's story through her new children's book! She's working on ideas for her next book about Reed's brother Rooney, who also has a very special story...

Longer Bio for Anyone

Heidi Kristan Mottin is a volunteer & animal rescue advocate in southeastern PA, outside of Philadelphia. She & her pit bull Reed, whom she rescued from a shelter where he had resided for 4 years, work as a therapy dog team in area schools & hospitals.

Heidi, Reed & RooneyHeidi has always been a dog lover & has had many rescue dogs. Almost all of her childhood pictures show her arms around a dog or a puppy in her lap.

Heidi's early career years were spent in advertising sales, during which time she earned a Master's Degree in Training & Organizational Development from St. Joseph's University. In 2010 she became the Financial Controller for her husband's golf course renovation company, freeing up more time for her to volunteer with animals.

She became passionate about working with difficult & misunderstood dogs in the shelter. Reed was one of those dogs whom Heidi knew needed a chance for someone to believe in him. So she worked with Reed for 2 years at the shelter before adopting him in September 2015. One year later Heidi & Reed became a Certified Therapy Dog team.

Heidi was inspired to write her first children's book after witnessing how the story of Reed's resilient journey, a homeless dog to therapy dog, resonated with all who met (and pet) him, from preschoolers to high schoolers to adults. Her goal is to spread Reed's multi-faceted message of hope & redemption to every person possible while encouraging pet rescue/adoption & breed awareness in the process. She believes every living being has worth & a purpose — sometimes it just takes one person to believe.

In addition to volunteering with animals, training her rescue dogs & writing, Heidi also competes in half marathons &triathlons. Her other rescue dog Rooney enjoys accompanying her on runs & makes a great training partner.

Fun Facts About Heidi

  • As a child, Heidi did NOT like playing with dolls. Instead, her favorite things to play with were.... puppy dogs!
  • She always wanted to be a veterinarian but is having more fun being an author instead!
  • Her favorite place to spend time is the beach although she loves to be outside, no matter where she is.
  • Heidi's favorite color is ORANGE.
  • She runs a lot for exercise & competes in many running races throughout the year.

Author FAQs

How did you become an author?
I have always been a good writer, finding it easy for my feelings to flow on paper, and I've always dreamed about writing a book for adults. I never dreamed I'd write a children's book! But the school that Reed & I visit the most as a therapy dog team really pushed me to write his story down for children. They saw first-hand how powerful his story is and how much it affects students we visit with. So one evening I just sat down and wrote the story. That's how Rescuing Reed came about!
How long did it take you to write Rescuing Reed
I wrote Rescuing Reed in about 30 minutes, on my laptop one evening, while my husband was watching a football game. It's a true story, so it was easy to put it down on paper.
What was your favorite book as a kid?
The Velveteen Rabbit. I loved that book because it is such a story of hope and love. It shows that often times love really can make a big difference in others' lives, which is theme I portray in Rescuing Reed.
Best adventure in life so far?
Writing a book about my dog!
How hard was it to get your first book published?
Generally, it is difficult to get a big publisher to notice and publish a book. Shortly after I wrote Rescuing Reed, I read a memoir written by a friend of mine and looked to see who the publisher was. I contacted that publisher (a small company in Virginia) and they asked to see my script. After receiving it, they responded with a proposal the very next day! So, for me, it was not as hard as I thought it would be. However, in using a small publishing company, I do all my own marketing and selling of my book, which is why many authors seek to sign on with big publishing houses, who handle all of that.
Do you have any tips for kids who want to write?
If you want to write, just do it. Start by writing for yourself, see if you enjoy it, then decide if you want to pursue it further. Don't be afraid of rejection. Not everyone will like everything that we craft, but if it's our dream or our passion, we need to do it anyway. It's important to remember that we only live once, so there is no reason to let anyone squash our dreams or our talents or our passions.
Are you planning to write a sequel to Rescuing Reed?
I am considering writing a book about our other rescue dog Rooney, who also had a rough journey as a young dog before we rescued him. It would be fun to have a similar title, with a different bi-line, so stay tuned... there may be a sequel in the future!