Book Title: The Triumphant Tails of Rescue Dogs: Punk’s Plight
by Dr. Hope A. Walter, EdD
Category: Children’s Fiction (Ages 5-12), 38 pages
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Release date: Aug, 2021
Format available for review: print – hardback (USA), pdf
Tour dates: Aug 23 to Sep 10, 2021
Content Rating: G
This is not just another book about a dog! Meet Punk, an eight-year-old petite English Bulldog. Her life appears great right now, but it wasn’t always that way. Join Punk as she recounts her story of neglect, her rescue and recovery, and her journey of learning to trust and heal again. Punk’s Plight is meant to help educators, psychologists, social workers, counselors, and allies of children teach children about the difficult topic of neglect. Punk teaches that neglect may change you forever, but it does not have to stop you from living your best life.
I am a huge animal lover, especially dogs, and I’ve rescued a few animals . One of my dogs was born in a puppy mill at a woman’s house where she had over 300 dogs. I have no idea what my dog went through in her 2 years there, but I do know it was something that made her not trust people. She wasn’t housebroken, wouldn’t go through a doorway if I was standing there. I was told that it was because the woman would slam the door to the cages the dogs were in if they tried get out. I had to back away from the door and then she hesitantly went into the room. I could go on and on, but I’m sure most of you know about puppy mill dogs. It was so sad to see her that way knowing she was treated so badly.
It took some time, but finally she realized I wasn’t going to hurt her and that she would never go hungry or thirsty again. Now she is the happiest dog and I love seeing her little tail wagging every time anyone goes near her. At first she didn’t even know how to play and it took me months to get her to understand it was something to have fun with. Then she realized she wasn’t in a cage and could go wherever she wanted. That’s when she started doing zoomies, and it was a wonderful thing to see.
The author of this book did a fantastic job of telling the story of how a mistreated and/or neglected dog or any animal acts. The beginning is sad but the patience and love the author and her family had for this dog was very uplifting and made me love this book. Hope described exactly how my dog acted when I brought her into a new home. She was so scared of anyone hurting her again. I had many different feelings while I was reading it, and it actually made me tear up.
I think every child would love this book. I also think they would benefit from it in case they ever have an abused animal come into their life or experience abuse themselves. It will also teach them not to abuse or mistreat an animal in any way.
This book is a 10*!
Meet The Author
Hope A. Walter, Ed. D grew up in East Greenville, Pennsylvania. After graduating from Upper Perkiomen High School, Hope received her B.S. in Elementary Education at Kutztown University in 1996, her M.S. in Educational Psychology in 2002 from the University of Las Vegas in Nevada, and her Ed.D in Educational Leadership in 2018. Currently, Hope resides in McMinnville, Oregon with her husband of 25 years, her 3 boys, and her 2 dogs and 2 cats. She works as an adjunct professor at Linfield University and Oregon State University teaching mathematics education and educational psychology to future teachers.
Punk’s Plight was conceptualized after teaching future teachers about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Hope saw the connection between ACES and the journey of her own bulldog, Pumpkin, who was neglected, rescued, and spent the rest of her life learning how to trust and love again. Sadly, Pumpkin passed away peacefully in November 2020 after a long life with the Walter family. Hope wants Punk’s story to help children suffering from neglect by showing children they can recover, heal, and prosper despite experiencing neglect.
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