The Triumphant Tails of Rescue Dogs: Punk’s Plight by Hope A. Walter

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

Well this was just an absolutely wonderful book! We get introduced to Punk, an adorable English Bulldog. He tells us his story, which is filled with heartwarming moments, some sad spots, an adorable pup, and caring people!

Punk starts life with a family that loves and cares for him, but something changes, and he’s soon forgotten. He is not treated well or cared for, and is rescued by someone. We follow Punk’s story as he is taken in by someone who cares for mistreated animals. Punk learns to trust again and is able to heal while in the care of these wonderful people.

This was just a great story. I loved learning about Punk, and my kids were fascinated with him. I thought this was written really well. It explains the health issues that Punk had in a way that children can understand, and it provides a great message!

Where to Find This Book:

Amazon ~ B&N  ~ Mascot Books


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.

Just the Facts:

The Triumphant Tails of Rescue Dogs: Punk’s Plight by Hope A. Walter
Genre: Childrens
Page Count: 38 pages
Publisher: Mascot Books
Pub Date: August 2021

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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