There will be a special furry guest at the Salvation Army Santa Clarita Valley Corps’ Red Kettle kickoff on Thursday. Vicky Abramson, a retired elementary school teacher living in Valencia, published a picture book, “The Adventures of Kirby,” earlier this year about her pet dog, a Yorkshire terrier named Kirby. Abramson is bringing Kirby, the star of the book, to the Salvation Army event at its headquarters to sign and sell copies of her books at the launch of the Corps’ fundraising efforts for the Christmas season. “The books will make perfect gifts for little ones on your list,” she said. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Santa Clarita Valley Corps, Abramson said. When her friend suggested she write a story about Kirby into a book, Abramson liked the idea. She enlisted the help of Gazebo Gardens Publishing, and soon Kirby’s story was born. “We have this deep relationship that inspired the story,” she said. “I really think people with dogs will understand how they play in everyday life, and how they really are like our children.” Kirby’s book can be purchased at the Red Kettle Kickoff event on Thursday. The paperback will be sold at $12. The hardback for $18. The festivities will begin at 5 p.m. with music, food and activities for the family. The Salvation Army Santa Clarita Corps headquarters is located at 22935 Lyons Ave. in Newhall.