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Schmitty the Weather Dog Visits HBS Students 

Author Elly McGuire, Schmitty the Weather Dog and RIC President Nancy Carriuolo.

Author Elly McGuire, Schmitty the Weather Dog and RIC President Nancy Carriuolo.

 

Where there’s a dream, there’s a way to make it happen – even if there seems to be more clouds than rainbows along the way.

Take the case of Schmitty the Weather Dog, whose story is profiled in a children’s book of the same name written by Elly McGuire. McGuire recently came to Rhode Island College, her alma mater, to read her book to youngsters at the Henry Barnard Laboratory School.

McGuire, '76, is a former teacher and completed her student teaching education at HBS.

In McGuire’s book, Schmitty is a dog that longed to educate people on the weather after finding that humans often were wrong in their sunshine or rain predictions.

Naturally, Schmitty is brutally rebuffed in her first attempts to break into the weather business - after all, she is a dog. But with persistence and perseverance, Schmitty eventually makes her case and now is a famous pup delivering the weather on air with her two-legged dad, Ron (Trotta) the Meteorologist.

In real life, Schmitty is McGuire and Trotta’s beloved canine companion. Trotta has developed a business around weather broadcasting with Schmitty, and the trio lives in New York City.

McGuire’s story is similar to Schmitty’s. She was a dissatisfied corporate worker until she adopted her weather-loving dog.

“When I got my dog, I fell in love and she became my passion,” McGuire told the HBS children. “When you find your passion, you end up doing the best things.”

She’s now an author who tours with her book and, of course, Schmitty and Trotta. Since 2001, she and Trotta have raised funds for the Uniformed Firefighters Association Scholarship Fund, a fund for fallen firefighters and their families. They also raise money for pet charities through the Schmitty-inspired New Yorkie-line of people and pet products.

McGuire’s presentation at HBS included a little science education on the weather and a little song-and-dance to the Schmitty-the-Weather-Dog jingle.

McGuire told the HBS children that a dream doesn’t just come true on its own. She said it involves a lot of hard work and learning, which starts in elementary school.

“When your brain learns a lot, it’s going to help you do wonderful things when you grow up,” McGuire said. “Nothing you’re going to do is going to be easy if it’s going to be great. But you can do anything you put your mind to.”