OUR STORY Big World of Little Dude was inspired when I began volunteering with Little Dude, my therapy dog, with The Good Dog Foundation. It is through this experience that I had a revelation about kindness – that it is reciprocal and a small act of kindness can have a large impact. I began bringing Little Dude into an early childhood classroom to teach children about kindness and it ignited a journey of research into social and emotional learning for young children. I learned that kindness can be taught. This led me to write social and emotional themed books and curricula for families and teachers. In 2014, Big World of Little Dude was born! Our mission is to support you at home and in the classroom, to help you nourish the little humans in your lives.
FOUNDER CARA ZELAS, is an early childhood educator, who received a Bachelor of Media Communications and Bachelor of Elementary Education Degrees (Macquarie University, Sydney) as well as an Early Childhood Montessori Certification (West Side Montessori School, New York). Cara is in the process of completing a Master of Education (Charles Sturt University, Sydney). Cara lives between New York and Byron Bay. Cara is a parent of two children, Grace and Theodore. Little Dude has taught Cara and countless children that being kind to others is contagious.