Hi, my name is Stacy Raye Waibel.
I write children’s stories with our small poodle, Rudy, as the main character. I feel children of all ages, races, and genders can relate to Rudy.
It all started when I tried adding some levity to the annual Christmas letter. I wrote it from the perspective of our new poodle named Rudy. Many friends and family encouraged me to continue writing stories about Rudy’s life and his impressions of it. Thus began the adventures of Rudy and “Rudy’s Little World.”
They are stories that are informative and educational as well as entertaining and heart-warming. Dealing with such subjects as blindness, going to the doctor, transplants, problem solving, and diversity, Rudy’s stories also include fun and humor so children aren’t overwhelmed.
Many of the stories I write are from personal experience. Because of diabetes, I lost my sight at the age of 19 and had my first kidney transplant at 31. In 2009, I needed a second kidney transplant. My husband Wayne donated one of his kidneys. Before losing my sight, I was an artist. I believe this perspective helps me write the vivid pictures I can see in my mind.
Even with the many challenges in my life, I have always tried to maintain a positive attitude. I truly believe that everything happens for a reason. Growing up in a small mid-western town, there wasn’t much opportunity, especially for a blind person. So, I went back to college where I graduated magna cum laude with a degree in speech communication/psychology and a human relations minor. While in college, I met my husband, Wayne – truly a blessing. We now live in Apple Valley, MN. (a suburb of Minneapolis/St. Paul) with little brothers Boomer and Ringo. Our star, Rudy and his big brothers Kirby, Dito and Dexter, live in heaven.
Please take a moment to check out some of the TV appearances and newspaper articles about our lives, the children’s programs and the “Rudy’s Little World” book series. A story I wrote, “Blind Ambition,” also chronicles my getting back into the creative world.
I’m happy to have you here and I hope this will help provide some insight about my life and the life of Rudy and his “Little World.”
Yours very truly,
Stacy Raye Waibel