The Triumphant Tails of Rescue Dogs Punk's Plight

This morning, I have a heartwarming, children's book to share with readers.  Check out Punk's Plight from The Triumphant Tails of Rescue Dogs by  Dr. Hope A. Walter, EdD, read my thoughts on the book and be sure to enter for a chance to win a prize in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post.

Book Title:  The Triumphant Tales 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.

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About the Book

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.

My Review

Relatable, Heartfelt Children's Book for Animal Lovers. Punk's story is shared and illustrated so that children and caregivers will find it very relatable and emotional yet hopeful. For animal lovers, Punk is a perfect character! He experienced neglect and abuse--but also struggled to understand his situations and emotions at times. This story is ideal for families introducing rescue dogs (or other pets) into their homes.


Punk's Story Makes the Perfect Launching Point for a Much Deeper Story. The author takes Punk's story and relates it quite well to the emotions, confusion, and fear faced by abused and neglected humans. Readers will undoubtedly begin to realize the plight of a neglected child certainly shares some parallels with Punk the rescued bulldog. Whether the reader is a child of foster care--or a child who knows an abused/neglected child--this book opens the door to a much deeper conversation about trust, healing, and safe/nurturing homes.


Would I Recommend The Triumphant Tails of Rescue Dogs Punk's Plight? I was expecting a feel-good story about a rescued dog finding his forever home. I found so much more in this story. The author makes excellent use of each page to share much deeper, human-related messaging as she shares Punk's story with readers. I definitely recommend it to families seeking to understand the cycle of neglect and abuse--and the long-term effects carried by a neglected animal (and children) alike. It is a valuable story to teach children about patience and compassion in interactions with others.

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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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