Thursday, February 23, 2023

DAWGS by Diane Trull & Meredith Wargo - Book Tour + Giveaway


Book Details:

​Book Title:  DAWGS: A True Story of Lost Animals and the Kids Who Rescued Them by Diane Trull with Meredith Wargo
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18+),  256 pages
GenreNarrative Non-Fiction 
Publisher:  Citadel Press - Kensington Publishing Corp.  
Release date:  March 2020
Content Rating: This non-fiction book is rated PG. There is one scene in which the shelter was broken into and several puppies were killed. The author does not go into any gory details, but this information may trigger some sensitive readers. 

2021 Hearten Grand Prize Winner, Chanticleer International Book Awards - Uplifting & Inspiring Non-Fiction
Award Winner in the Animals/Pets: Narrative Nonfiction category of the 2021 Best Book Awards sponsored by American Book Fest
Book Description:

We can all make a difference.

Elementary-school teacher Diane Trull’s life-defining moment happened when her fourth-grade reading class saw a photo of a cardboard box overflowing with homeless puppies. Her young students were determined to save these lost pups and others like them. In that moment, the Dalhart Animal Wellness Group and Sanctuary—known as DAWGS—was born.

​How Trull and her fourth graders started their own animal shelter is a story of dedication, commitment, and perseverance. Trull shares inspiring stories about animals and animal lovers of all ages in this moving story of hope and compassion. DAWGS is a testament to how love and a strong measure of determination can offer second chances—one animal, one child, and one day at a time.

Guest Post
With a Knick-Knack Paddywhack, Give a Dog a Bone

 The National Day Calendar has become the authoritative source for fun, unusual and unique national celebrations. The calendar currently tracks nearly 1,500 days that shine the spotlight on a variety of activities, foods or behaviors that should be celebrated.

 But for your dog, there’s really only one day that matters and it’s today because February 23rd is National Dog Biscuit Day! (This day is also observed around the world as International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day.)

 Back in the late 1820s, a butcher in England was trying a new recipe for biscuits that turned out to be terrible. He gave one to his dog who loved it. For many years, the country produced dog biscuits on a small scale. Then, in 1907, the first bone-shaped biscuit for dogs appeared in the U.S. and the shape caught on. And as they say, the rest is history!

 It’s no secret that most dogs love getting treats. Some like it with bacon, others with peanut butter and a few even like pumpkin! But keep in mind that biscuits and other snacks should only make up 10% of a dog's daily calorie intake or dogs can become overweight. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian to determine the frequency of treats for your four-legged pal.

 So how should you observe this special day?  

 ·        Give your canine companion a dog biscuit to celebrate.

·        Make some homemade biscuits to ensure the best ingredients are used.

·        Use #NationalDogBiscuitDay to post on social media.

 And here’s a dog biscuit fun fact: In 2011, Hampshire Pet Products in Joplin, Missouri, received an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records for making the biggest dog biscuit. The biscuit weighed 617 pounds and measured 19 feet long, 1.63 inches deep, and 3.8 feet wide. It required 10 bakers to bake it.


Meet the Authors:

Diane Trull’s lifelong passion for rescuing animals served as the catalyst for cofounding the Dalhart Animal Wellness Group and Sanctuary (DAWGS) with her husband, Mark Trull, and a group of fourth-grade students. Diane continues to teach those involved in animal rescue about the importance that compassion and community service play in making a difference in the lives of homeless animals.

Meredith Wargo​ is an award-winning author and advocate for animals. The recipient of four Maxwell Medallions from the Dog Writers Association of America, she has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Although a native Texan, Meredith currently lives in southern Utah with her husband and a menagerie of rescued pets.

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  1. Thank you for the opportunity to provide a guest blog! My hope is that readers will be inspired by what a group of fourth-grade students were able to accomplish. Happy to answer any questions about the book!


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