Meet the Moodoggies

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Our Chief MooDoggie, Mel LeCompte Jr., is a man of many talents. He is a retired educator of 20+ years, where he taught a multitude of subjects in both public and private schools, in all grades Pre-k through 12th.

While teaching, Mel became a sports journalist and editorial cartoonist for several newspapers and magazines in Louisiana's 'Cajun Country' triangle. His efforts earned him much recognition, as his work has been fetted with such honors as the Associated Press Best Sports Columns plaque and three nods in the Louisiana Press Association Best Editorial Cartoon Category.

Mel's work in sports journalism allowed him a special bond with the Tee Cotton Bowl, a special high school game in Ville Platte, LA. The game itself has been featured on ESPN, given an award by Tony Dungy, and was even blessed by Pope John Paul II. Mel's book on the subject, Sharpened Iron, topped out at #4 in its respective Amazon category.

Artwise, Mel's love for visual art has led to invitations to community art projects, hosting at two Painting With a Twist franchises and uptown New Orleans galleries, and working as an art teacher for the elementary set.

His love for drawing was the driving force for his Ice Cream Cow and T-Boy and the Terrible Turtle books, as well as illustration work for other children's authors.

While Mel has retired full-time from the classroom, he still works with the kiddos as an art enrichment instructor for elementary schools.

Besides being leader of the MooDoggies, Mel is also available separately to read from and discuss his books with classrooms, libraries, etc., and can be contacted at