August 23, 2021

GIVEAWAY & Guest Post: The Triumphant Tails of Rescue Dogs (Children)

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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
Publisher: Mascot
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.

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The Triumphant Tails of Rescue Dogs is a sweet story yet holds an emotional and significant message. Though told from the perspective of a sweet dog nicknamed Punk, the purpose of this story isn’t merely for entertainment.

This tender tale shares a story about an English Bulldog that was neglected by his original owners. Punk wasn’t cared for properly and developed skin and hair problems. He felt forgotten and sad. Even when he was taken to a rescue and recovery ranch, he found it difficult to trust his caretaker and other animals. But he was strong and worked hard to overcome his past, and eventually found a forever home where his new family was kind, understanding, and patient.

Through his gentle narration, Punk encourages young readers to seek help from a trusted adult if they, or someone they know is being neglected or mistreated as he was. Because, like him, they can become stronger and healthier in the right environment.

This book is for a reading age of 4-7. Due to the delicate subject matter, perhaps having a parent or other adult present might help younger or more sensitive readers understand the unfortunate realities that some pets and children face. Parents can also emphasize the importance of empathy and understanding for others.

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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.

connect with the author: website ~facebook ~ instragram

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Guest Post

Adverse Childhood Experiences and Why It’s So Important

ACEs are adverse childhood experiences. There are 10 original adverse childhood experiences including emotional and physical neglect, which are addressed in Punk’s Plight.  Research suggests children who have had trauma or ACEs have a much higher chance of having significant health conditions or mental health later in life. 
This is concerning, because over half of children ages 2-5 have experienced a severe life stressor, and child abuse is reported every 10 seconds.  That does not count the unreported cases.  Children who experience ACES are often less ready to learn at school, have greater difficulty with attendance, behavior, health, and struggle with schoolwork.  Therefore, it is important to teach children and adults about PCE (positive childhood experiences) and how to help children grow into healthy, successful adults.

There have been four simple, but important steps to helping children develop positive childhood experiences (PCEs) to help create healthy adults.  These four are:  
    1.     Creating nurturing and supportive relationships
    2.     Provide a safe, stable, and equitable learning environment
    3.     Provide opportunities to engage socially and feel connected
    4.     Teach socio-emotional competencies

Healthy relationships should include at least two safe and healthy non-parental relationships with adults.  The equitable learning environment should allow children to learn, play and develop physically, allow for basic needs to be met, and allow children to feel safe.  Children also need to feel like they belong and that they are respected for who they are.  Lastly, children need to be taught how to express their feelings in socially appropriate ways.

In helping children grow and develop in safe and stable environments with people they can trust to value them as individuals, they are more likely to grow up mentally and physically healthy.  This is so important to the individual child, but it is also so important for our society to nurture our future generations.  Punk’s Plight is an attempt to be part of that supportive and nurturing culture that teaches children how to understand difficult feelings and topics.  Our series The Triumphant Tails of Rescue Dogs will continue to highlight ACEs through a different, true story of a rescued dog who has learned to trust despite the trauma they have faced.  We hope our message helps children and adults learn about adverse childhood experiences in order to help prevent them.



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  1. This sounds like a needed book. I would read to my grandson

  2. 🐾🐾Thank you for your kind words and for helping us spread awareness of child neglect and recovery!🐾🐾

  3. 🐾🐾Thank you for your kind words and for helping us spread awareness of child neglect and recovery!🐾🐾

  4. Thank you for your kind words and for helping to spread the word about the impact of childhood neglect. We appreciate your support!


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