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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
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.
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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Children will relate well to this sweet little bulldog and his sad story. Little Punk’s family got busy and started to ignore him. Because they neglected his health for quite a time, the dog started having skin problems and trouble with his tail. One day, when he was left out in the yard, a nice man came by. He saw Punk’s neglected body and asked the family if he could take the dog.
This nice man took care of neglected dogs at his Rescue. He got Punk all the help he needed to get him back to good health. Punk was healing outside, but inside he was sad and worried that he would be left alone. He still loved his first family and was afraid that he would be neglected again.
The Rescue farm was careful to not push Punk, but explained to him that a new family wanted to take him home. Punk was frightened and hid under the chair, but the new family was patient and didn’t push him. Over time, Punk came to trust his new family. Although he had endured hurt, he knew that he could now have a new life. I love how this author wrote this book to help children who have gone through neglect or abuse. There are multiple helps in the back of the book for educators and social workers to use to help children to understand this process of healing inside.